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Weekly Planner: Sushi Sundays, Tiki Book Release, Beer Lovers’ Day

Sushi Sundays, Tiki Book Release, Beer Lovers’ Day . Sushi Sundays at Tokio Pub Discounted sushi specials are a surefire way to take the sting out of the end of the weekend. Tokio Pub just introduced its new Sushi Sundays menu, which features half orders of sushi rolls for half price and half pours of […]

Prime & Provisions : Weekday Planner: Maki Monday, Moody Tongue

Prime & Provisions Dinner : Weekday Planner: Maki Monday, Moody Tongue   Prime & Provisions Wine Dinner at Prime & Provisions Prime & Provisions: If wine and steak are more your thing, look no further than Prime & Provisions, which is serving up its second wine dinner on March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Spotlighting various […]

Chicago’s Top Lenten Dishes

Chicago’s Top Lenten Dishes SEE FULL STORY   Shrimp at Erie Cafe: This longstanding River North bastion is known for its steaks and chops, but soon you’ll be regarding it for its stellar shrimp. Of the many great fish and seafood items here, like the crab cakes and baked clams, the shrimp stands supreme. Most notably because […]

Weekend Planner: Valentine’s Edition

Weekend Planner: Valentine’s Edition  SEE FULL STORY   Sushi Cupcakes (and More) at Seadog Sushi Sushi burritos are so 2015. Sushi cupcakes are what’s in this year. The novelties are on special for Valentine’s Day weekend at Seadog Sushi, along with a couple other non-cupcake specials. The savory cupcakes are cupcake-looking nigiri sushi that’s been molded […]

Taste the Rainbow: Gay Pride

Taste the Rainbow: Gay Pride   As the glittery Gay Pride Parade gets underway this weekend, it’s a fine time to feast on all things rainbow-hued in Chicago. And in honor of Gay Pride Month, restaurants and bars have rolled out a miscellany of colorful eats and treats.     Things get sweet at Magnolia Bakery, where Pride-friendly […]

Weekend Planner: Celebrate National Sushi Day and Tailgate Like a Pro

This weekend, enjoy $5 signature rolls at Jellyfish in honor of National Sushi Day, check out Dollop Coffee Company’s new Modbar coffee equipment, eat altruistic sandwiches, and tailgate like a champ. (Closeup of the new taps at Dollop Coffee Company) November 1 is National Sushi Day, so you know you’ll have to eat more sushi […]

Thinking Outside the Box for Novel Bento Boxes

Remember when you were a kid and your boxed lunch was your lifeblood? Well boxed lunches are hot again, and it’s thanks to a roster of restaurants serving up bento box lunches that go far beyond the Japanese standard. These precious contraptions are a great, affordable way to sample an array of flavors and preparations […]

Antique Taco Blows Out the Margarita Candle for Their First Birthday

  I can’t believe it’s been one year since I learned of Antique Taco, the restaurant with the atypical antique store-meets-taqueria concept. I’ll admit that when I first heard about it, I was confused. So it’s all the more impressive that not only was the restaurant able to execute each element with aplomb, but they’ve managed […]

Korean Cuisine Crosses Borders at En Hakkore


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Sushisamba rio in River North shows off the talents of its Japanese chefs, Shigeru Kitano and Koji Kagawa, in an exquisite series of omekase (oh-MEH-ka-say) dinners. Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, four weekly, eight-course dinners will each focus on a different region of Japan: Hiroshima, Akita, Nagano and Nigata. The menus include such […]