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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM

Weekly Planner: Slurping Turtle, Ronero's Happy Hour, Big Jones Delivery and More

Slurping Turtle Begins Brunch

If dishes like duck fat fried chicken and “hangover ramen” sound appealing, then you should set your alarm and wake up in time for brunch at Slurping Turtle. The River North restaurant, an early adopter of the ramen craze and one of Chicago’s preeminent Japanese haunts, has introduced Sunday brunch to its repertoire, and true to form, it looks like one of the most unique offerings downtown these days. The menu is small but mighty, featuring clever riffs on familiar brunch staples. This includes duck fat fried chicken and matcha waffles with buckwheat honey and whipped butter; breakfast bao featuring steamed lotus buns with pork belly, sunny side-up egg and hollandaise; and ramen with spicy pork miso paste, molten egg, bok choy, bean sprouts, fried pork belly and more of that duck fat fried chicken. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

 

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Happy Hour at Ronero

Oysters take the spotlight at Chicago’s newest happy hour. Nowadays, head to Ronero Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to enjoy discounted food and drinks, including dollar oysters. The freshly shucked bivalves come with a variety of accompaniments, including leche de tigre mignonette, house-fermented hot sauce and Brazilian farofa. Champagne and rosé specials are also on hand for happy hour, with selections changing weekly. 

Carryout and Delivery at Big Jones

As the temperature continues to dip, one thing becomes increasingly clear: it’s delivery season. But just because you want to hibernate at home doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice quality in food. Thankfully, restaurants like Big Jones are raising the bar on delivery (and carryout) with menu options that provide restaurant-caliber cuisine right at your front door. Andersonville’s premiere Southern-inspired restaurant features an impressive menu lineup this season, including fried chicken, barbecued pork shoulder po’ boys, gumbo, pimento cheese and shrimp & grits, along with sweets like housemade dark chocolate-rum chocolate macaroon chunk ice cream. The carryout and delivery menu is available during lunch and dinner on weekdays, and during dinner on weekends. Check out the full menu here: https://bigjoneschicago.com/dine/to-go/


Coastal Southern cuisine gets an update in Andersonville with potato-herb croquettes and sweet-tea infused pork chops, plus a focus on locally grown, sustainably-farmed food. Big Jones' recipes: Reezy-peezy Southern-style pickles...

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South American, Central American and Caribbean influences are drawn upon at the rum-focused Ronero in the West Loop. The multi-level venue, from Chicago nightlife vet Nils Westlind, features a main...

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Michelin-starred chef Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi) opens his Japanese noodles shop in River North, offering a moderately priced menu. In addition to a number of noodle dishes, you'll also find dumplings,...

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Bao, or Chinese-style steamed buns, are the focus at this Lettuce Entertain You stand, which offers the portable snacks with fillings like Kung pao chicken, Thai curry chicken, green vegetable,...




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