Weekday Planner: National S'mores Day, Taco Tuesday, Indian Independence Day

Top Picks for National S'mores Day

Summer's quintessential dessert gets its due diligence on August 10, which just so happens to be National S'mores Day. In honor of the gooey occasion, we've rounded up some top picks for s'more supremacy around Chicago:

Likely the coolest, most awe-inducing interpretation of the almighty s'more can be found at Atwood, where chef Brian Millman cooks up his s'mores baked Alaska, served with housemade marshmallow and graham cracker ice cream. It's a thorough reinvention of the fireside classic, appropriately torched to achieve the same kind of toasty marshmallow effect we all remember from camping. The dessert starts with a chocolate cake, topped with a scoop of that ice cream and surrounded by marshmallow fluff. It's all bruleed before it gets accented with chocolate sauce, graham cracker crumbs, and flaked salt. 

Another top spot for S'mores Day is Fish Bar, which is offering complimentary s'mores desserts for the holiday. All diners have to do in order to receive the freebie is post an Instagram of the dessert, tagged at Fish Bar, with the hashtag #FishBarChicago. The s'mores are DIY-style at Fish Bar, served with all the essential fixings and a tiny stovetop for the table. 

The only way to improve upon the comfort food aspect of a s'more is by transforming it into a pie. Baker Miller is doing just that this season, with their summertime s'mores pie. Served in a graham cracker crust (duh), the chocolate-based pie gets a heaping crown of smoked marshmallow, which gets nicely toasted to achieve a golden brown patina. 

S'mores Baked Alaska at Atwood

Taco Tuesday at The Anthem

If you're hungry for a new Taco Tuesday fix, look no further than The Anthem. The sports bar may be an unassuming spot for a tortilla fix, but this is one of the better bars on Division for grub. Their Taco Tuesday special is pretty legit as well, wherein guests get any three tacos for $12. 

Indian Independence Day

The season of cultural Independence Days just keeps going and going. After American Independence Day, French Bastille Day, and both Peruvian and Jamaican Independence Days, it's time to commemorate India. In honor of the holiday on August 15, Himalayan Restaurant in Niles and Gurnee will serve a special prix fixe menu for both vegetarians and omnivores at $19.47, a nod to the year India gained independence from England. 

- Matt Kirouac