Weekly Planner: Rosh Hashanah Specials, Football Fare, Apple Bao and More

Rosh Hashanah Menu at Bistronomic

You know it’s really fall when the holidays start to trickle in. First up is Rosh Hashanah, which Bistronomic is celebrating with a special three-course menu from October 2 through October 4, beginning at 5:00 p.m. each night. The special menus combine chef Martial’s penchant for seasonality and local sourcing with traditional flavors of the Jewish New Year, such as apples, pomegranates, fish, beets, and honey. Items on the tasting include Chioggia and golden beet salad, prime beef short ribs, and apple challah bread pudding. Vegetarian options are also available. The price is $39 per person, or a two-course meal is also available for $32 per person. Guests get to select one dish from each course to customize.  


Bistronomic; photo by jwkphoto.com

Game Day Specials at AceBounce

Now that we’re deep in the throes of football season, it’s a wise idea to map out your game day plans for the season. The best place to visit and hang out on Sundays this year may very well be AceBounce. As a ping pong bar and club, the Loop newcomer certainly knows a thing or two about sports and gaming. Every Sunday that the Chicago Bears play, AceBounce will feature viewing parties with abundant food and drink specials, plus tailgate-themed games and activities. Naturally, these include beer pong and table tennis football. Throughout football season, AceBounce will open early at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. Specials on game days include DIY Bloody Marys, $5 select craft beers, BBQ chicken pizza, fried oysters, and more. 

Rosh Hashanah at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Another one of the best Rosh Hashanah menus in town is courtesy of Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. On October 2 and 3, the River North staple will be serving a multi-course meal to celebrate the holiday. All the essentials are present and accounted for, like challah with sliced apples and honey, homemade gefilte fish with red beet horseradish, and lots more. The cost is $45.95 per person and $19.95 per child 12 and younger. To make a reservation, call the restaurant and tell them that you’d like to dine from the Rosh Hashanah menu. 

Missouri 2.0 Menu at Chicago q

Rotating themed menus are nothing new in Chicago. They happen regularly at Next, Sixteen and a few others. But what Chicago q is doing is quite unique and exciting. Continuing their “q-Tour” program, the Gold Coast barbecue bastion has rolled out its Missouri 2.0 menu, which adjoins its regular menu with a variety of dishes directly inspired by a group trip to Missouri barbecue regions for research. Under pitmaster Art Smith, the q-Tour is a new series wherein Smith and co. venture to different barbecue regions of the country, unearthing techniques, traditions, and flavors, and then bringing it back to Chicago. Every six months, it’s off to a new region. Along with a couple items off their first Missouri menu, like prime brisket burnt ends and prime Angus beef ribs, the new menu features dishes like a KC pastrami sandwich and the q-Bano, which features housemade salami, pulled pork, q-jardiniere, Swiss cheese, mustard, and toasted French bread. Go and get a taste today!


Wow Bao
New Bao and Soup Dumplings at Wow Bao

New Bao and Soup Dumplings at Wow Bao

Dining-wise, fall is the most wonderful time of year! The spices, the fruits, the vegetables, the aromas! For a prime example, swing by Wow Bao to try some of their incredible new menu additions for the season. These include the apple bao, which finds baked apples and cinnamon steamed inside the signature pillowy dough. Then there are the soup dumplings, a brand new offering this year. Just in time for the impending cold, these guys contain a savory chicken and herb-infused broth

- Matt Kirouac