About Lettuce Entertain You

“Lettuce Entertain You started because of ideas. We are a band of entrepreneurs that do something under one umbrella and it’s our culture of caring that bonds us. Caring about the food, service, our people and our guests.”

– Rich Melman, Founder of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

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Who We Are

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. (LEYE) is an independent, family-owned restaurant group based in Chicago that owns, manages and licenses more than 130 establishments in Illinois, Arizona, Minnesota, Maryland, Nevada, California, Virginia and Washington D.C. We were founded in June 1971 by Richard Melman and Jerry A. Orzoff with the opening of R.J. Grunts and today, thanks to the creativity of our partners, we proudly service guests at more than 60 concepts ranging from fast casual restaurants like M Burger to fine dining, Michelin-starred establishment, Everest.

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Fast Facts

  • Open on Earth, June 10, 1971

    Lettuce opened on earth, June 10, 1971 with the opening of R.J. Grunts in Chicago’s Lincoln Park

  • We Operate Over 130 Restaurants

    Lettuce owns and operates more than 60 restaurant concepts from fine dining restaurants like Everest to fast casual concepts like M Burger. Our goal is not to be the biggest, but to be the best we can be.

  • The Lettuce Entertain You Test Kitchen

    The Lettuce Lab is our test kitchen located at the corporate office. It’s here where restaurant concepts are born and recipes are tested daily. Hundreds of chefs have worked in the Lettuce Lab over the years and our corporate chef/ partner Rita Dever oversees it all.

     

     

  • Over 7,500 Beloved Employees

    Lettuce proudly employs over 7,500 employees. We have all levels, positions and opportunities.

  • James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

    Our Founder Rich Melman was honored with the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his dedication and thought leadership in the hospitality industry.

     

     

Our History

On earth since June, 1971, Lettuce Entertain You has unveiled a plethora of restaurants across the country. From burger joints to fine dining, Michelin-starred restaurants, our company is diverse, ever-evolving and imaginative.

1970
June 10, 1971: Lettuce Entertain You is Open on Earth
June 1971
June 10, 1971: Lettuce Entertain You is Open on Earth

Richard Melman and his partner Jerry Orzoff open R.J. Grunts in Chicago’s Lincoln Park and Lettuce Entertain You is born.

Lettuce Entertain You Re-creates the Pump Room
June 1976
Lettuce Entertain You Re-creates the Pump Room
1980
Ambria Becomes our First Fine Dining Restaurant
June 1980
Ambria Becomes our First Fine Dining Restaurant

Lettuce Entertain You opens Ambria, our first fine dining restaurant.

Lettuce Takes Over Chicago's River North
June 1984
Lettuce Takes Over Chicago's River North

Lettuce Entertain You enters into (what was) an un-tested neighborhood, Chicago’s River North, with concepts like Ed Debevic’s, Shaw’s Crab House and Scoozi.

1990
Tucci Benucch Becomes the First Lettuce Restaurant in Minnesota
June 1992
Tucci Benucch Becomes the First Lettuce Restaurant in Minnesota
May 1993
Introducing one of Chicago's Very First Food halls

Foodlife becomes one of the Windy City’s very first food hall concepts, opening in Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue.

September 1999
Lettuce Entertain You Heads to Las Vegas

Mon Ami Gabi and Eiffel Tower Restaurant open in Las Vegas, right on the strip!

2000
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Comes to the Windy City
October 2000
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Comes to the Windy City

Lettuce Entertain You partners with Miami’s famous Joe’s Stone Crab to open the first Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in Chicago.

March 2002
Mon Ami Gabi Heads to D.C.

The first restaurant in the D.C. area opens with Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda, MD.

August 2003
Kevin Brown is named CEO of Lettuce Entertain You
Hub 51 is Now Open
August 2008
Hub 51 is Now Open

R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman open their first restaurant Hub 51 in Chicago’s River North.

2010
April 2011
Lettuce Opens on the West Coast

M Street Kitchen and Stella Barra Pizzeria open in Los Angeles.

The RPM Brand is Born
February 2012
The RPM Brand is Born

R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman partner with celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic and Chef Doug Psaltis to open RPM Italian, a modern Italian restaurant in Chicago.

It's Tiki Time
June 2013
It's Tiki Time

Three Dots and a Dash, Lettuce Entertain You’s first cocktail bar is now open. This award-winning tiki bar was named one of the “Best Bars in America” by Esquire Magazine and would later become one of the most Instagrammed restaurants in the country.

Rich Melman is awarded the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award
May 2015
Rich Melman is awarded the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award
RJ Melman headshot
September 2017
R.J. Melman is named President of Lettuce Entertain You

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Press Releases

The Bamboo Room Opens Tonight in Three Dots and a Dash

Feb 14, 2019

The team behind the award-winning Three Dots and a Dash from Lettuce Entertain You is opening The Bamboo Room, a 22-seat bar room that will feature guest bartenders, rum classes and cocktails crafted with our most high-end, rare rums.  Led by beverage director Kevin Beary, The Bamboo Room is tucked inside Three Dots and a… read more ›

Windy City Smokeout Moves to Chicago's Iconic United Center for its 7th Year

Feb 11, 2019

Windy City Smokeout, the nation’s premier outdoor BBQ and country music festival, will be held the weekend of July 12-14, 2019 at a new location right outside of Chicago’s historic United Center. Hosted by popular barbecue joint, Bub City, and ACM award-winning, Joe’s Bar, Windy City Smokeout is the first official outdoor music festival to… read more ›

Chef Cory Morris Joins Lettuce Entertain You as the New Executive Chef of Nacional 27

Jan 31, 2019

Nacional 27 is an iconic Latin American spot in River North that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Known for a menu that’s representative of all 27 Latin countries, salsa dancing and cocktails, Nacional is excited to not only welcoming a new chef, but also a new menu AND new dining room look! Want to be… read more ›

Split Nutrition Announces Partnership With Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Jan 17, 2019

Chef and nutritionist created PB&J side-by-side pack is experiencing rapid expansion into national retailers. Split, a first of its kind, side-by-side nut butter and fruit jam pack, is excited to announce that it is partnering with one of the largest multi-concept restaurant groups in the U.S, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise (LEYE). Split co-founders, Chef Jeff… read more ›

Ramen-san’s Newest Location is Now Open in Streeterville

Dec 04, 2018

Ramen-san Streeterville opens today, Tuesday, December 4 at 165 E. Huron St., dishing out its signature ramen, Express Lunch and new menu additions to the neighborhood. The third downtown location of the ramen shop from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman brings the "San" vibe and energy to Streeterville with its old-school… read more ›

Wow Bao is Opening at 46 E. Chicago on November 14

Nov 02, 2018

Wow Bao, the fast-Asian concept specializing in savory steamed buns, pan-seared dumplings, and rice & noodle bowls, is celebrating the Grand Opening of its newest location at 46 E. Chicago location by offering a free meal to the first 100 guests in line for lunch and again for dinner on Wednesday, November 14. This newest… read more ›

Opening Soon: Ramen-san Streeterville

Nov 01, 2018

Ramen-san is heading to Streeterville (676 N. Saint Clair St.), dishing out its signature ramen, Express Lunch and new menu additions to the neighborhood later this month. The third downtown location of the ramen shop from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman will bring the "San" vibe and energy to Streeterville. The… read more ›

Opening Soon: Beatrix Oak Brook

Oct 03, 2018

Beatrix, the neighborhood coffeehouse and restaurant, is opening its fourth location early 2019 at 272 Oakbrook Center in Oakbrook Mall. This will be the first suburban location for Beatrix, and the fourth of its kind in Illinois. The concept was created by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Executive Partner and President Marc Jacobs and Chef/Partners John Chiakulas, Rita Dever and… read more ›

Chicago’s Only Unlimited Alaskan King Crab & Prime Burger Restaurant is Opens Five-Nights a Week

Oct 01, 2018

Due to the success of Oyster Bah’s Thursday night unlimited Alaskan King Crab and Burger Night, the team behind Lincoln Park’s freshest seafood spot is excited to introduce Crab Cellar opening Wednesday, October 10. Crab Cellar is Chicago’s only unlimited Alaskan King Crab & Prime Burger experience which is located down the stairs at 1962… read more ›

Shaw’s Crab House Celebrates the 30th Pearl Anniversary of Oyster Fest

Sep 20, 2018

Join us at Shaw’s Chicago & Schaumburg from October 4-12!   Shaw's Crab House is celebrating its 30th "Pearl" Anniversary of Oyster Fest from October 4 - 12, 2018 at Shaw's Crab House Chicago (21 E. Hubbard Street) and Shaw's Crab House Schaumburg. (1900 E. Higgins Road). Join us for a week full of events… read more ›

Bar Ramone Opens Tonight in Chicago's River North

Aug 30, 2018

Lettuce Entertain You’s first-ever wine bar featuring Spanish tapas with a modern influence Bar Ramone opens for dinner tonight in Chicago’s River North neighborhood (441 N. Clark Street), and is Lettuce Entertain You’s first wine bar. The concept was created by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Founder Rich Melman, Executive Partner and Divisional President Marc Jacobs,… read more ›

Opening Soon: Lettuce Entertain You's First Wine Bar, Bar Ramone

Jul 23, 2018

We are excited to announce that Bar Ramone, Lettuce Entertain You’s first wine bar, is opening this summer at 441 N. Clark Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The wine program is curated by Lettuce Entertain You Associate Partner Richard Hanauer and features a wine list of just over 100 bottles. The collection will feature… read more ›

Studio Paris Lollapalooza lineup announced: Kaskade Performing, Z-Trip to host official afterparty

Jul 20, 2018

Don’t Miss the Full Lineup of Performances and Afterparties All Weekend Long                                                                                       … read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You to Kick Off Strawless Initiative Fall 2018

Jun 20, 2018

We're proud to announce that beginning fall 2018, all Lettuce Entertain You restaurants will be removing plastic straws in an effort to reduce our environmental footprint. Lettuce's goal is to transition all restaurants to utilize natural and biodegradable alternatives including paper, hay, biodegradable plastic straws but most importantly, none at all.    This initiative is projected to be… read more ›

Wow Bao Relocates its 175 W. Jackson Blvd Restaurant to 200 N. Michigan Ave.

Jun 20, 2018

The fast-casual concept is relocating from Jackson Blvd and transforming into a fully tech enabled restaurant at N. Michigan Avenue Wow Bao, the fast-Asian concept known for being at the forefront of technology is closing the 175 W. Jackson Blvd location with the last day of service on June 29. Wow Bao will relocate to… read more ›

Aba Opens Tonight in Chicago's Fulton Market

Jun 07, 2018

The new restaurant brings a taste of Mediterranean summer and a rooftop patio with a view CHICAGO, IL. – June 7, 2018 - Aba opens for dinner tonight in Chicago’s Fulton Market (302 N. Green Street). Bringing vibes of a Mediterranean summer to Chicago year-round, Chef CJ Jacobson is serving a Mediterranean menu with an… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Introduces Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels

May 25, 2018

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has created an all-new concept opening Friday, May 25, 2018 at Navy Pier.  Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels will be located in the center of the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion. Created by Ozzie Ocegueda, Ozzie's will specialize in homemade paletas, hand-twisted pretzels, fresh-squeezed juices, seasonal fruits, & ice cold horchata. Ozzie's inspiration for the concept stems… read more ›

Ramen-san Fulton Market Opens Today

May 23, 2018

The second location of popular River North ramen shop, Ramen-San is headed to Fulton Market at 219 N. Green Street. From R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Chef Doug Psaltis, Ramen-San Fulton Market will bring the "San" vibe and energy to the West Loop starting today. The menu introduces a handful of new items available exclusively at the new… read more ›

Opening Soon: Chef CJ Jacobson's Aba Plus The Dalcy

May 09, 2018

We are excited to announce Aba, a new restaurant with a rooftop patio from Chef CJ Jacobson and the team from Lettuce Entertain You restaurants opening late spring at 302 N. Green Street in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood. In addition to Aba, the restaurant will share its third-floor space with The Dalcy, Lettuce’s largest private event hall. About Aba: Aba (which means "father" in Hebrew)… read more ›

Peapod Partners with Wildfire and Big Bowl To Create New Meal Kits

Apr 12, 2018

Chicago, IL - April 12, 2018 — Peapod, the country’s leading online grocer, announces the expansion of its popular meal kit line with its first ever restaurant collaboration. In 2014, Peapod began offering a variety of meal kits, and today continues to innovate with a partnership with two Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises® restaurants including Big Bowl®, known… read more ›

Beatrix Market DePaul Loop Opening Today

Apr 04, 2018

CHICAGO, IL. – April 3, 2018–  Beatrix Market is now open on DePaul’s Loop campus (23 E. Jackson Blvd). This is the second standalone location and is the fourth of its kind in Chicago. The concept was created by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Founder Rich Melman, Executive Partner and Divisional President Marc Jacobs and Chef… read more ›

RPM Restaurants To Open Four-Level Chicago Waterfront Property

Mar 12, 2018

CHICAGO – RPM On The Water, a dramatic four-level restaurant and events venue, is slated to open on the north side of Chicago’s downtown riverfront at 321 N. Clark Street. This marks the fourth collaboration for the RPM Restaurants team of partners, celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic, acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis and siblings R.J.,… read more ›

The National Restaurant Association Announces New Board Officers for 2018

Jan 25, 2018

Washington, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) today announced the swearing in of officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively. Jay Stieber, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, will serve as Chair of the NRA board, and Sam Facchini, co-founder/co-owner and… read more ›

Sushi-san is Now Open

Dec 26, 2017

From the team behind Ramen-san comes Sushi-san – serving up fresh fish with fresher beats – now open at 63 W. Grand Avenue in River North. With crispy hand rolls, bincho-tan roasted meats and ice-cold beer – this is not your typical sushi joint. Sushi-san uses the best ingredients it can get its hands on… read more ›

Beatrix Market DePaul Loop Campus Opening Spring 2018

Dec 11, 2017

Neighborhood grab-and-go market, salad bar, pizza counter and lounge opens at DePaul University Loop Campus This spring, Beatrix Market will open its second stand-alone location in the Loop (23 E. Jackson Blvd) and will be the fourth of its kind in Chicago. The concept was created by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Founder Rich Melman, Executive… read more ›

Wow Bao Set to Launch The First Fully Automated Dining Experience in Chicago

Nov 17, 2017

Wow Bao, the fast-casual concept specializing in savory steamed buns, pan-seared dumplings, and rice & noodle bowls is opening its sixth Chicago location at 1 West Division Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood. The next-generation store, opening December 1, is set to become Chicago’s first and only fully automated dining experience. read more ›

The Return of an Icon: Booth One Is Now Open

Nov 16, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017 – Booth One (1301 N. State Parkway) is a classic Chicago restaurant reinvented by the Lettuce Entertain You team of partners Molly Melman, Sue Kim-Drohomyrecky, Doug Psaltis and Rich Melman and opens today at the Ambassador Chicago in the Gold Coast. The restaurant is being reintroduced into one of the most… read more ›

Three Dots and a Dash Announces Fall / Winter 2017 Menu

Nov 02, 2017

Seasonal Ingredients & Inventive Techniques from Beverage Director Kevin Beary CHICAGO, IL – November 2, 2017 – Three Dots and a Dash’s new fall / winter menu launches today, featuring modern and revitalized versions of classic tiki cocktails from Beverage Director Kevin Beary. The seasonal menu highlights winter spices and rich flavors, and it incorporates Midwest… read more ›

R.J. Melman Named President of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Oct 04, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – September 2017 – Richard Melman, Founder and Chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) announced today that his son, R.J. Melman will be taking over as President of the private restaurant group. Kevin Brown, current CEO and President will remain on as Chief Executive Officer. Richard Melman will remain as Founder and… read more ›

Beatrix Market Opening in the Loop Today

Sep 26, 2017

BEATRIX MARKET OPENING IN THE LOOP TODAY Neighborhood grab-and-go market and salad bar opens its first stand-alone location in the Loop CHICAGO, IL. – September 26, 2017–  Beatrix Market is now open in the loop (155 N. Wacker). This is the first stand-alone location and the third of its kind in Chicago. The quick grab-and-go market experience originated in Streeterville in 2015 as a… read more ›

M Burger’s Huron location to serve the Impossible Burger starting September 21 for a limited time

Sep 22, 2017

M Burger is excited to announce their partnership with Impossible Foods to introduce Chicago to the Impossible Burger. Starting Thursday, September 21, M Burger’s Huron location (161 E. Huron St.) will be among the first in Chicago where you can try the Impossible Burger, the world's only burger that looks, handles, smells, cooks and tastes like ground beef… read more ›

Shaw's Oyster Fest 2017 10-Day Celebration!

Sep 11, 2017

Shaw’s Crab House Oyster Fest is headed home. This year to mark its 29th annual celebration, Shaw’s is inviting guests inside its much beloved downtown Oyster Bar for a 10-day party from October 5th through the 15th. The 10-day party includes it all, from all day happy hours to dinners with award-winning oyster purveyors from around… read more ›

Booth One? Sure, Right This Way…

Sep 11, 2017

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is excited to announce Booth One (1301 N. State Parkway), a classic Chicago restaurant being re-introduced in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood from founder Rich Melman. Drawing inspiration from the legendary restaurant at the former Ambassador East Hotel, Booth One will be a modern American restaurant with a vibrant… read more ›

Now Delivering: Wow Bao expands to Los Angeles with its first delivery-only restaurant

Aug 21, 2017

Wow Bao is headed west bringing its fresh, fast-casual cuisine to downtown Los Angeles with a delivery-only restaurant opening today, Monday, August 21, 2017 for lunch and dinner. Wow Bao specializes in savory steamed buns, pan-seared potstickers, steamed dumplings and rice & noodle bowls. Savory bao flavors include: Teriyaki Chicken, Whole Wheat Edamame, BBQ Pork,… read more ›

Beatrix Market Opening in the Loop Summer 2017

Jul 08, 2017

This summer, Beatrix Market will open its first stand-alone location in the loop (155 N. Wacker) and will be the third of its kind in Chicago. The grab-and-go market experience originated in Streeterville in 2015 as a part of Beatrix, the neighborhood coffeehouse and restaurant, and most recently opened this summer in Fulton Market. The… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You is Opening ASAP Poke, a Delivery Only Restaurant on July 11, 2017

Jun 29, 2017

CHICAGO, IL. – June 29, 2017 – Lettuce Entertain You introduces ASAP Poke, a delivery only restaurant that will be serving signature and make-your-own poke bowls and rolls starting Tuesday, July 11. ASAP Poke was born out of a single idea: to bring Chicago the freshest, sushi-quality fish coupled with seasonal ingredients, as fast as possible. ASAP Poke is… read more ›

Foodease Brings Chef Janet Kirker

Jun 08, 2017

Foodease expands its palate with the addition of new Executive Chef CHICAGO, IL – November 29, 2012 – Janet Kirker is joining Lettuce Entertain You as the Executive Chef at Foodease Market (835 N. Michigan Ave., 312-335-3663), where she has been enlisted to help expand the concept through menu creation and operations. She is excited… read more ›

Bub City Opens in River North, December 2012

Jun 08, 2017

After a 14-year hiatus, Melman siblings are bringing back Bub City BBQ, Beer, Bourbon and the Best of Country Music Comes to River North CHICAGO, IL – December 12, 2012 – The Melman siblings, RJ, Jerrod and Molly, in conjunction with partners chef Doug Psaltis and mixologist Paul McGee, have created their own destination for… read more ›

Beatrix Fulton Market and Beatrix Market Opening Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jun 08, 2017

Neighborhood coffee house, restaurant and market opens its third location in Fulton Market and reservations are now available CHICAGO, IL – May 2017 – Beatrix and Beatrix Market are opening in the Fulton Market District in the West Loop (834 W. Fulton Market) tomorrow, May 31, 2017, and will be Lettuce Entertain You’s first restaurant in… read more ›

Award-winning Tiki Bar Three Dots and a Dash Introduces New Cocktail Menu

Jun 05, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – June 1, 2017 – Three Dots and a Dash, the award-winning tiki bar, is pleased to announce its latest cocktail menu launching today, Thursday, June 1. Three Dots and a Dash’s Beverage Director Kevin Beary along with Beverage Director of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE), Julian Cox have created a menu that features classic… read more ›

Ramen-san Brings Neighborhood Ramen Shop to Chicago's River North

Mar 28, 2017

Chicago, IL – July 2014 – R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman along with Chef/Partner Doug Psaltis expand their growing roster of restaurants with Ramen-san, a 90-seat, neighborhood ramen restaurant and bar opened on May 12, 2014 in River North. Ramen-san offers diners a menu reflective of traditional ramen dishes made with house-made broths, all natural proteins… read more ›

Bub City to Host Second Annual Windy City Smokeout July 11 - 13, 2014

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – July 2014 – Bub City’s second annual Windy City Smokeout will return this summer on Friday, July 11 – Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Grand Street and the Chicago River. More than 10,000 guests per day are expected to come down to this year’s Festival to taste BBQ offerings from some of… read more ›

RPM Steak Brings a Stylish, Chef-Driven Steakhouse to Chicago's River North

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – August 26, 2014 – RPM Steak, a new concept from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ restaurateurs R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman, celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic, and acclaimed chef/ partner Doug Psaltis opens today in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The sister restaurant to RPM Italian, which opened in February 2012, RPM Steak… read more ›

Shaw's Crab House Presents 26th Annual Oyster Fest on Friday, September 26, 2014

Mar 28, 2017

The best in live music, fresh seafood and oysters from Shaw's and Goose Island Beer WHAT: Shaw’s Oyster Fest Block Party returns to downtown Chicago on Friday, Sept. 26 from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Hosted by Chicago’s premiere oyster bar, Shaw’s Crab House, Oyster Fest brings together live music, Goose Island beers, fresh seafood including… read more ›

Tallboy Taco Opens

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – October 2014 – Operating out of Nacional 27 at 325 W. Huron Street, Tallboy Taco is ready to offer River North an assortment of tacos for both lunch and dinner, as well as carryout. Chef/Partner Tim Hockett, who also oversees Nacional 27 and M Burger, created Tallboy Taco with a desire to… read more ›

Wow Bao Opens in Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – November 2014 – Wow Bao, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ fast-casual Asian concept, is pleased to announce the opening of our fifth location on Monday, November 17 at 2806 N. Clark Street (at Diversey) in Lakeview. Bao, steamed buns with delicious savory and sweet fillings, are a favorite portable snack throughout Asia, and have… read more ›

M Burger Opens in Skokie, IL With Concept's First Drive-Through

Mar 28, 2017

SKOKIE, IL – Fall 2014 – M Burger will soon offer its quick-service, easy-to-navigate menu of juicy Midwestern beef burgers, golden fries and low-fat ice cream in Skokie, IL. Set to open this fall in the newly constructed Touhy Marketplace at 3654 W. Touhy Avenue (at N. Lawndale Avenue), M Burger is perfect for lunch,… read more ›

Shaw's Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Commemorative Goose Island Beer

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – December 2014 – Dreamed up by the creative team of Nate Redner (Shaw's bar manager), Luke Hornberger, Jacob Sembrano (Goose Island's head brewer), and John Hall (Goose Island founder), the special brew is called Pearl, Shaw's Commemorative Common. Designed to pair perfectly with Shaw's seafood menu, namely its oysters, Pearl is a… read more ›

Richard Melman Named James Beard Foundation's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Mar 28, 2017

New York, NY – January 26, 2015 – The James Beard Foundation announced today that Richard Melman, renowned restaurateur, and Michel Nischan, acclaimed leader in the sustainable food movement, have been named the recipients of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement award and Humanitarian of the Year award, respectively. The Lifetime Achievement award is bestowed… read more ›

Summer House Santa Monica Opens in North Bethesda Today

Mar 28, 2017

North Bethesda, MD – January 22, 2015 – Chef/Partners Jeff Mahin and Francis Brennan are introducing two of their successful restaurant concepts to the East Coast. Today, Summer House Santa Monica, a California‐inspired restaurant with an existing location in Chicago, opens in the Pike & Rose community in North Bethesda, MD. Following in early February, Stella Barra, an… read more ›

Intro Opens Its Doors in Chicago Today

Mar 28, 2017

WHAT: Intro opens in the former L2O space today, February 4, and is a new innovative restaurant that introduces up-and-coming culinary talent to Chicago. Conceptualized by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ founder Rich Melman and Chef/Partner Matthew Kirkley, who helmed the kitchen at two-Michelin star L2O, Intro is a “school for entrepreneurs” that plays host to… read more ›

Stella Barra Pizzeria Opens in North Bethesda Today

Mar 28, 2017

North Bethesda, MD – February 12, 2015 – Stella Barra, the artisanal pizzeria from chef/partners Jeff Mahin and Francis Brennan, opens today in the Pike & Rose community in North Bethesda, MD. The new pizzeria debuts adjacent another Mahin and Brennan restaurant, the California-inspired Summer House Santa Monica, which opened Jan. 22, 2015. RJ, Jerrod and Molly Melman… read more ›

Wow Bao Launches New Branded Mobile App Powered by Mocapay

Mar 28, 2017

Denver, CO – February 19, 2015 – Mocapay, a merchant-centric, mobile marketing and payments solution provider, announced today the launch of fast-casual Asian concept Wow Bao’s customized mobile program. The new Wow Bao-branded mobile app will provide users a personalized and unique offering and has the ability to issue loyalty and reward benefits to its guests. Additionally,… read more ›

“Rising Star Chef” Dinner Series Co-hosted by SAVEUR and Benefiting The James Beard Foundation at Intro

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – April 8, 2015 – Rich Melman, founder of Lettuce Entertain You and recipient of this year’s James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, with Chef/Partner Matthew Kirkley, will bring together rising star chef talent from around the country to create a once-in-a-lifetime dinner series at Intro, LEYE’s new rotating-chef restaurant.  From Friday, May… read more ›

Intro Welcomes Chef Erik Anderson, May 14, 2015

Mar 28, 2017

WHAT: Intro welcomes its next chef-in-residence, Erik Anderson, tonight, Thursday, May 14. Personally selected by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ founder Rich Melman and Chef/ Partner Matthew Kirkley. Anderson will cook at Intro through July, collaborating with Rich Melman and the Intro team to create a concept reflective of his style. Intro is a “school for… read more ›

Wow Bao is Going Back to School

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – Fall 2015 – Wow Bao, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise's (LEYE) Fast Casual Asian concept, is excited to announce that this August, in partnership with Sodexo, they will offer their signature steamed buns on the campus of Kent State University. Beginning with the Fall 2015 semester, students hurrying to and from class will be… read more ›

Big City Chicken Opens on Navy Pier, June 25, 2015

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – June 25, 2015 – Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is excited to announce the opening of its new casual fried chicken restaurant, Big City Chicken, at the Midwest’s most popular leisure destination, Navy Pier! Opening tomorrow,Thursday, June 25, Big City Chicken joins other LEYE locations including Frankie’s by the Slice and Big Bowl… read more ›

Bub City Presents the Third Annual Windy City Smokeout, July 10-12, 2015

Mar 28, 2017

WHAT: Bub City’s third annual Windy City Smokeout returns this weekend from Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 560 W. Grand St. (Grand Street and the Chicago River) in downtown Chicago. More than 30,000 guests are expected to attend the festival, tasting BBQ offerings and craft beer from around the country and enjoying… read more ›

Intro Unveils Chef-in-Residence Lineup Through 2015

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – July 15, 2015 – Continuing in the entrepreneurial spirit of introducing up-and-coming chefs to Chicago, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ founder Rich Melman is pleased to announce that Commis vet, Chef Aaron Martinez and Jean-Georges Vongerichten protégé Chef Stephen Gillanders will complete Intro’s inaugural year. “I'm having a lot of fun with Intro!” says… read more ›

Indie Pop Band St. Lucia to Headline the 27th Annual Oyster Fest

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – July 27, 2015 – Oyster Fest Presented by Shaw’s Crab House is back and on Friday, September 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., will bring live music from synth-pop act band, St. Lucia, fresh seafood, a variety of East, West and Gulf Coast Oysters, craft beer, and cocktails to more than 6,000 guests… read more ›

Introducing Aaron Martinez

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – July 29, 2015 – After garnering a three-star review from Chicago Tribune, Erik Anderson, Intro’s second chef-in-residence, will pass the torch to Chef Aaron Martinez, who begins overseeing the Intro kitchen on Thursday, July 30. Personally selected by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ founder Rich Melman, Martinez describes his cooking style as “spontaneous and… read more ›

The 27th Annual Oyster Fest Presented by Shaw's Crab House

Mar 28, 2017

Chicago, IL – August 19, 2015 – Oyster Fest Presented by Shaw’s Crab House returns to Chicago on Friday, September 11, 2015 for its 27th year. More than 6,000 guests are expected to descend upon the corner Hubbard St. and Rush St. to hear live music from indie pop headliner, St. Lucia, and taste fresh… read more ›

An Oyster Bar and East Coast Influenced Seafood Restaurant Coming to Lincoln Park

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO – August 24, 2015 – Oyster on Halsted is an oyster bar and East Coast-inspired seafood restaurant opening in Lincoln Park (1962 N. Halsted St.) in November 2015. The concept was created in partnership with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ founder Rich Melman and the team behind Shaw’s Crab House and Oyster Bar, including Shaw’s… read more ›

Intro Debuts A La Carte Menu Beginning October 29

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – October 5, 2015 – Following rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune, Aaron Martinez, Intro’s third chef-in-residence, will hand the reins to Chef Stephen Gillanders, who will launch Intro’s first-ever a la carte menu when he begins his tenure at the restaurant Thursday, October 29. Gillanders’ cuisine is contemporary, presenting nostalgic flavor combinations… read more ›

Beatrix Streeterville Opening Thursday, October 19, 2015

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – October 19, 2015 – Beatrix is opening its second location in Streeterville (671 N. St. Clair St. @ Northwestern Memorial Hospital) on October 22, 2015. New to this location is The Market @ Beatrix, featuring a salad bar, soup counter, hot entrée bar, healthful grab-and-go selections and a fully stocked chocolate closet. Beatrix,… read more ›

Oyster Bah to Open December 9, 2015

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – December 5, 2015 – Oyster Bah, a new Lincoln Park oyster bar and East Coast-inspired seafood restaurant created in partnership with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and the team behind Shaw’s Crab House, opens Wednesday, December 9, 2015. The new restaurant’s menu will highlight all things fresh seafood with an influence that’s anchored… read more ›

Jessica Largey Announced as Fifth Chef-in-Residence at Intro

Mar 28, 2017

WHAT: Starting February 2016, Intro will welcome Chef Jessica Largey as its next chef-in-residence. Largey will follow current chef-in-residence Stephen Gillanders, and will bring her culinary style to Intro’s evolving a la carte menu. In a departure from her fine dining roots as former Chef de Cuisine at the renowned Manresa, Largey will explore a… read more ›

Studio Paris Launching Unlimited Admission WinterLIFT Music Series

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – December 2015 – River North hotspot Studio Paris Nightclub is launching its 2016 WinterLIFT unlimited-admission music series with dozens of the best DJs and performances all under one roof, running January 1 through February 28. For just $100, this pass offers guests guaranteed admission into ALL shows ALL winter long at Studio Paris… read more ›

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Celebrates 30 Years of Tapas in Chicago

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – December 21, 2015 – On December 26, Chicago’s first-ever tapas bar, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! marks 30 years of serving Spanish cuisine in the Windy City. To celebrate, the restaurant will host a series of events from January 18 – January 27 to not only commemorate the restaurant’s history, signature dishes and loyal guests but… read more ›

New Italian Trattoria – il Porcellino – Opening Soon in River North

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – January 2016 – Il Porcellino, a rustic everyday trattoria from partners R.J., Jerrod & Molly Melman and chef/partner Doug Psaltis, is opening at 59 W. Hubbard Street. The casual restaurant will deliver authentic Italian fare and focus on local ingredients and artisans. Highlights of the menu include a large selection of antipasti,… read more ›

Chef Naoki Nakashima to Open New Namesake Sushi Spot, Naoki, on Wednesday, January 20

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – January 6, 2016 – Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is excited to announce the opening of Naoki Sushi, a new sushi spot located behind Intro in The Belden-Stratford in Lincoln Park. Led by Naoki Nakashima, Lettuce Entertain You’s long-time sushi chef, Naoki Sushi is a playful, fun mix of contemporary and classic Japanese… read more ›

Joe’s Live and Bub City are Coming to MB Financial Park in Rosemont on Feb. 25

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 2016 – The partners behind Bub City, Joe’s on Weed Street and the Windy City Smokeout, a BBQ and country music festival, are bringing two new ventures that will occupy 35,000 square feet at 5441 Park Place in the MB Financial Park. “After we got over our initial fears of taking… read more ›

Aaron Martinez Joining Upcoming il Porcellino as Chef de Cuisine

Mar 28, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 2016 – The team behind il Porcellino has tapped Aaron Martinez as its chef de cuisine. He will be working directly with chef/partner Doug Psaltis and partners R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman on the new restaurant opening this spring in River North. Martinez, who was most recently at Intro and garnered three… read more ›

Stephen Gillanders Named Executive Chef/Partner of Intro; Jessica Largey Begins as Next Visiting Chef

Mar 27, 2017

Current chef-in-residence Stephen Gillanders has joined Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises as Intro’s new executive chef/partner. In this new permanent role, Gillanders will serve as a direct partner with all upcoming visiting chefs, as well as work on other LEYE projects. This new partnership and collaboration was sparked by the success of his residency, where his… read more ›

Windy City Smokeout Announces 2016 Country Music Lineup

Mar 27, 2017

4th Annual Weekend-Long Festival Features Country Music Stars Old Dominion, Chase Rice, and Frankie Ballard CHICAGO, IL – February 15, 2016 – Windy City Smokeout—the foremost BBQ and country music festival in the Midwest—is excited to announce its 2016 award-winning country music lineup. Returning to Chicago Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 for its… read more ›

RPM Italian Opening June 29 in Washington, D.C.’s Mount Vernon Triangle

Mar 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JUNE 2016 – RPM Italian, the modern Italian restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You restaurateurs R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman, chef/partner Doug Psaltis, and celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic, will open Wednesday, June 29th at 601 Massachusetts Avenue NW. The menu will feature signature RPM dishes and handmade pastas from the Chicago… read more ›

Il Porcellino Opens This Week in River North

Mar 14, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 15, 2016 – Il Porcellino, a rustic everyday trattoria from partners R.J., Jerrod & Molly Melman and chef/partner Doug Psaltis, is opening Thursday, March 17, at 59 W. Hubbard Street. The rustic Italian menu focuses on housemade pastas, vegetable antipasti, focaccia pizzas and the signature dish, il porcellino, with heritage Berkshire… read more ›

Windy City Smokeout Announces 2016 BBQ Lineup

Mar 14, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – March 28, 2016 – Windy City Smokeout is thrilled to announce the official lineup of all-star BBQ pitmasters and competition teams, showcasing their award-winning recipes at the fourth annual festival this summer. More than 40,000 guests are expected to descend upon Grand Avenue near the Chicago River on Friday, July 15 through… read more ›

Mixologist Julian Cox Joins Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Tiki Bar, Three Dots and a Dash, in Chicago

Mar 14, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – April 5, 2016 – Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) is pleased to announce that critically acclaimed mixologist Julian Cox is joining the Three Dots and a Dash team. Initially overseeing the beverage program at recently opened il Porcellino, Cox is expanding in the restaurant group as LEYE Beverage Director, now also overseeing the… read more ›

CJ Jacobson to Introduce his California Cooking to River North

Mar 14, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – April 7, 2016 – Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Founder, Rich Melman and Executive Vice President and Partner Marc Jacobs are teaming up with Chef/ Partner CJ Jacobson to open Ēma (pronounced: ee-ma) this summer in River North (74 W. Illinois). You may recognize Chef CJ as Intro’s first chef-in-residence, garnering three stars… read more ›

Three Dots and a Dash and Mixologist Julian Cox Launch All New Menu

Mar 14, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – April 29, 2016 –Three Dots and a Dash is pleased to announce that the team behind the award-winning Polynesian tiki bar is launching a new cocktail menu today, Friday, April 29. Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise’s Beverage Director, Julian Cox, says they’re reinventing classic tiki cocktails and large-format drinks using fresh, seasonal ingredients and… read more ›

RPM Italian Opens June 29 in Washington, D.C.’s Mount Vernon Triangle

Mar 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JUNE 2016 – RPM Italian, the modern Italian restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You restaurateurs R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman, chef/partner Doug Psaltis, and celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic, will open Wednesday, June 29th at 601 Massachusetts Avenue NW. The menu will feature signature RPM dishes and handmade pastas from the Chicago… read more ›

Intro Welcomes New York City’s Jonah Reider

Mar 14, 2017

 Beginning Thursday, September 15 Reservations for Limited Seating Communal Supper Club Experience Will Be Made Available to Intro Email List Subscribers CHICAGO, IL – Intro welcomes Jonah Reider, of New York City's Pith, to Chicago for a limited one-month engagement. Working under the mentorship of Executive Chef Stephen Gillanders, Reider—a cook, event curator and entrepreneur who… read more ›

Introducing Chef Hisanobu Osaka’s Japanese Trattoria

Mar 14, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – Intro’s Executive Chef Stephen Gillanders welcomes Chef Hisanobu Osaka (best known for his long-term affiliation with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto) as he transforms Intro into a casual, Japanese-style trattoria starting Wednesday, November 2.  This latest iteration of Intro presents the most concept-driven cuisine offered at the restaurant so far, fusing Chef Osaka’s passion… read more ›

Ema in River North Now Open

Mar 14, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – June 30, 2016 – Ēma, a Mediterranean restaurant showcasing Chef CJ Jacobson’s lighter California style of cooking is now open in River North (74 W. Illinois St.).  The concept was created by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Founder Rich Melman, Executive Partner Marc Jacobs and Chef / Partners CJ Jacobson, John Chiakulas and… read more ›

The 28th Annual Oyster Fest

Mar 14, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – Oyster Fest Presented by Shaw’s Crab House returns to Chicago on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the corner of Hubbard St. and Rush St. in River North. More than 3,000 guests are expected at this year’s Festival which combines live music from four local blues bands including headliner,… read more ›

Oyster Bah Introduces Weekend Brunch

Mar 14, 2017

CHICAGO, IL — Oyster Bah is excited to announce its brand new weekend brunch beginning just in time for New Year’s Eve on Saturday, December 31st. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the restaurant will feature a small menu of specialties, along with three different Frittatas and a selection of Early… read more ›

Chef Joho Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Everest

Mar 14, 2017

Join legendary Chef/Proprietor J. Joho as he recognizes a very important milestone—30 years of Everest. Recognized the world over for its unforgettable setting on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange overlooking the Chicago skyline, Everest has wowed generations of diners with Joho’s renowned personalized French cuisine. With national and international recognition, including International… read more ›

Intro Goes Modern Dim Sum

Mar 14, 2017

CHICAGO, IL – Coming off the success of the dim sum pop up at Intro last month, Chef Stephen Gillanders, Chef CJ Jacobson and Chef Aaron Martinez are returning to the kitchen to collaborate on the next iteration of the restaurant- a modern dim sum concept - launching Thursday, January 26, just in time for… read more ›

Beatrix Fulton Market Opening Spring 2017

Mar 09, 2017

This Spring, Beatrix will open its third location in Chicago at 834 W. Fulton Market. This will be Lettuce Entertain You’s first restaurant in the West Loop neighborhood. Beatrix West Loop will include both Bea’s Market and Beatrix, featuring its signature coffee bar, house-made pastries, and healthy meets delicious specials. This location will also feature an outdoor patio for both Bea’s Market and Beatrix, a coffee lounge, and new brunch, and bakery selections. read more ›

Windy City Smokeout Takes Over Chicago

Mar 09, 2017

Chicago, Ill. – February 7, 2017 – Windy City Smokeout, the premier BBQ, craft beer and country music festival, hosted by popular Chicago restaurant, Bub City, and ACM award-winning, Joe’s Bar, will return to Chicago on July 14 – 16 for the fifth consecutive year. More than 45,000 guests are expected to descend upon Grand Avenue near the Chicago River for a weekend-long event where attendees will savor some of the best BBQ and craft beers from around the nation while listening to many of country music’s biggest names and up-and-coming talent. read more ›

New Carryout and Delivery Only Restaurant, Seaside's Launches

Mar 08, 2017

Welcome to Seaside’s - a carryout and delivery concept launching on Monday, March 13th from the team behind Oyster Bah in Lincoln Park. Seaside’s will be serving up a menu focused on fried chicken, slow-cooked BBQ ribs, fresh Maine lobster, and sides - all fit for sharing. The restaurant evolved from the childhood memories of Oyster Bah and Shaw’s Crab House Partner Bill “Seaside” Nevruz. He spent his summers along the Jersey Shore where dinner was always a family-style affair with simple, delicious fare. Seaside’s is offered exclusively for carryout from its shared kitchen space at Oyster Bah or through the Door Dash delivery service app. Right now, diners who place an order through Door Dash can receive $5 off (with a minimum purchase of $15) by using promo code LETTUCEEATS. read more ›

Beatrix Opens in Chicago's River North, June 20, 2013

Jun 20, 2013

CHICAGO, IL – June 20, 2013 –Lettuce Entertain You Chef/Partners Susan Weaver, John Chiakulas and Rita Dever alongside Lettuce Executive Partner Marc Jacobs are excited to open Beatrix at 519 N. Clark Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The name "Beatrix" comes with special meaning to the Lettuce family, honoring Rich and Martha Melmans' mothers,… read more ›

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Everything You Need to Do in DC This Weekend

Thrillist DC |
Lani Furbank |
Feb 14, 2019
Original Article: "Everything You Need to Do in DC This Weekend"

Love is in the air this weekend, and whether you’re smitten and swooning, single and salty, or independent and owning it, you can find somewhere to celebrate Cupid’s big day. We’ve rounded up your best bets a romantic dinner, singles-friendly happenings, festive events that are out-of-the-box(-of-chocolates), and go-to Galentine’s gatherings. If you’d rather ignore the… read more ›

Where To Go When You Don’t Want To Have To Explain Your Dietary Restrictions Seven Times

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Feb 14, 2019
Original Article: "Where To Go When You Don’t Want To Have To Explain Your Dietary Restrictions Seven Times"

20 spots that won’t make you give a PowerPoint presentation on what you can’t eat. We’ve reached a point where most restaurants ask about food allergies at the start of your meal. And that’s great. But just because they ask doesn’t mean they’re equipped to handle the answer. Sometimes after explaining what you can’t (or… read more ›

There’s an exclusive new rum bar tucked inside Three Dots and a Dash

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Feb 14, 2019
Original Article: "There’s an exclusive new rum bar tucked inside Three Dots and a Dash"

Tonight the team behind Three Dots and a Dash debuts a new bar-within-a-bar concept called the Bamboo Room, where guests can sip cocktails mixed with rare and high-end rums. The 22-seat area offers a menu curated by beverage director Kevin Beary; expect simple, well-balanced beverages that are more refined than their Three Dots counterparts. A… read more ›

Female Elvis joins Valentine's Day wedding crush in Las Vegas

Los Angeles Times |
Jay Jones |
Feb 13, 2019
Original Article: "Female Elvis joins Valentine's Day wedding crush in Las Vegas"

For a more standard Vegas wedding, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas offers a luxe Elopement Package for $1,495, from Thursday through Sunday. Couples receive an officiant for a daytime wedding, plus cake, Champagne, flowers and photos. The price also includes a guaranteed window table for a special Valentine’s four-course dinner, featuring roasted chicken breast, filet mignon, sautéed salmon,… read more ›

Valentine's Day in Chicago: Celebrating Singledom

Lux and Concord |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Feb 13, 2019
Original Article: "Valentine's Day in Chicago: Celebrating Singledom"

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples! Why should they get to have all the fun?! They shouldn’t! Today is Galentine’s Day and (in case you didn’t know) February 11th was National Satisfied Staying Single Day. So if you think this week is all about love and romance between couples, think again. This week is for… read more ›

Love at First Sip – A Valentine-Inspired Cocktail Class at Il Porcellino

Love at First Sip – A Valentine-Inspired Cocktail Class at IL Porcellino ilporcellinochicago.com Tuesday, February 12 Click here to watch the Love at First Sip – A Valentine-Inspired Cocktail Class at IL Porcellino video on WGN-TV. RECIPES: Love at First Sight (French 75): This cocktail is light, playful, and effervescent. It represents the honeymoon phase of a relationship.Ingredients 1 oz.… read more ›

Cole Swindell, Chris Young, Old Dominion to Anchor 2019 Windy City Smokeout

Rolling Stone |
Stephen L. Betts |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Cole Swindell, Chris Young, Old Dominion to Anchor 2019 Windy City Smokeout"

Annual Chicago country-and-barbecue festival also features Ashley McBryde, Bailey Bryan, Hannah Ellis and Jessie James Decker Windy City Smokeout, the Chicago outdoor festival combining country music, barbecue and craft beer, has announced its 2019 lineup. Set for the weekend of July 12th through 14th, Old Dominion, Chris Young and Cole Swindell will headline the three-day fest, with artists like Lanco,… read more ›

11 Fantastic Wine Bars to Sip, Swirl and Drink at in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Nicole Schnitzler and Daniel Gerzina |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "11 Fantastic Wine Bars to Sip, Swirl and Drink at in Chicago"

From the far North Side to downtown, Chicago can be a wine kind of town When it comes to Chicago winters — or really anytime — it doesn’t get much better than a few glasses of wine, a spread of cheese and charcuterie, and a quiet, cozy space to lay claim to for a couple… read more ›

Annual Windy City Smokeout announces move to United Center parking lot, musical lineup

Chicago Tribune |
Jessi Roti |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Annual Windy City Smokeout announces move to United Center parking lot, musical lineup"

The Windy City Smokeout is expanding in its seventh year — taking over the 250,000 sq.-foot United Center parking lot for its return July 12-14 and boasting headliners including Grammy nominee Chris Young, award-winning Nashville-based quintet Old Dominion and platinum-selling country singer Cole Swindell. The three day BBQ and country music festival, hosted by River… read more ›

Valentine's Day in Chicago: Date Nights Du Jour

Lux and Concord |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Valentine's Day in Chicago: Date Nights Du Jour"

No pressure people, but the date you go on for Valentine’s Day will define your relationship for the next year. Just kidding! But it feels like that sometimes, doesn’t it? There’s so much emphasis and pressure put on making this date night the most perfect one ever. We are here to relieve that pressure! Valentine’s… read more ›

Where To Go To Pretend It’s Not Winter

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Where To Go To Pretend It’s Not Winter"

The guide for when you’d really just rather be on vacation. After the fun of the holidays is over, there’s January through March - the long, bleak hallway toward spring that seemingly goes on forever. And just when you think the end is in sight, it’s 15 degrees again and/or you wake up to another… read more ›

Find special Valentine’s Day menus at restaurants across Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sun |
Brock Radke |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Find special Valentine’s Day menus at restaurants across Las Vegas"

Las Vegas is one of the greatest restaurant cities in the world but so many terrific dining options can make it difficult to choose your destination for Valentine’s Day. Here are 14 possibilities for a special Feb. 14. Don’t wait to make your reservation. Valentine’s Day favorite Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas (3655 Las Vegas… read more ›

Sommelier Roundtable: What's in Your Personal Cellar?

Wine Spectator |
Wine Spectator |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Sommelier Roundtable: What's in Your Personal Cellar?"

These 9 wine pros sell bottles for a living, but here's what they collect on their own dime and time On the job, sommeliers may nudge diners toward certain personal favorites, but ultimately they serve the wines their customers demand. On their own time, in their own cellars, though, they can lay down the wines… read more ›

Ema - River North on Check, Please!

WTTW |
WTTW |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Ema - River North on Check, Please!"

California style cooking meets Mediterranean flavors at this restaurant. Small plates are at the core of the menu along with dips and spreads. Click here to watch Ema - River North on Check, Please! on WTTW. read more ›

The Best LA-Based Healthy Snack Brands

LA Confidential |
Christina Najjar |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "The Best LA-Based Healthy Snack Brands"

A Los Angeles cliche: everyone eats healthily. And while this stereotype might ring true, who cares! Healthy snacking is something to be proud of. It is no surprise that some of the most innovative and delicious new health food brands are born out of LA. Of course, in part, this is due to the wellness… read more ›

Las Vegas Food Events

Gayot Las Vegas |
Gayot Las Vegas |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Las Vegas Food Events"

Find the latest restaurant and culinary events in Las Vegas with GAYOT's calendar featuring chef pop-ups, special dinners, tasting menus, food festivals and more. For even more updates, check out the latest Las Vegas Restaurant News. Vegas Food Events February 21  El Segundo Sol at the Fashion Show mall will host a tequila dinner showcasing Mexican cuisine… read more ›

6 Perfect Ways to Spend Galentine’s Day This Year

A Luxe Life |
Naowshaba F. |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "6 Perfect Ways to Spend Galentine’s Day This Year"

No date? No problem. Celebrate the day with the ladies who love you most. Get ready to eat, drink and experience your way through D.C. for an unforgettable Galentine’s Day this year. EAT At RPM: Open from 11am-11pm on February 14th, the authentic Italian restaurant offers a multitude of tasty shareable dishes like the Whole Grilled Branzino for two, plus… read more ›

Chef's Counters

Chicago Splash |
Samantha Lande |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Chef's Counters"

Pull up a chair to the best seat in the house — right in front of the kitchen Some of Chicago’s best restaurants offer a front-row seat to the hustle and bustle of the kitchen and exclusive access to chat with the chefs while they create your dish. The chef’s counter is no longer a… read more ›

Where To Take Your Out-Of-Town Friends To Eat In Chicago

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Where To Take Your Out-Of-Town Friends To Eat In Chicago"

Friends in town? Here’s where to take them for good food and a great time. Three things always happen when your friends come to visit: you eat too much, you drink too much, and you spend too much money on stupid things. Being a good host and keeping everyone happy is also trickier than it… read more ›

Chefs on the move: February 2019

Nation's Restaurant News |
Bret Thorn |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Chefs on the move: February 2019"

A look at recent chef changes at restaurants across the country Cory Morris is the new executive chef at Nacional 27, a pan-Latino restaurant by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises in Chicago. Morris previously worked at Chicago restaurants Mercat a la Planxa, Rural Society, Romero and Boleo.   read more ›

Room, dinner, show, propose? A guide to your Valentine's Day in Las Vegas

News 3 Las Vegas |
Cody Miller |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Room, dinner, show, propose? A guide to your Valentine's Day in Las Vegas"

Millions of people come to Las Vegas each year with love on their minds. Whether it’s to pop the question, to tie the knot, to spice it up or just spend time together, the valley offers a wide variety of options for all those lovebirds. So, on Valentine’s Day, Thursday Feb. 14, whether you’re single… read more ›

Cory Morris Joins Chicago’s Nacional 27 and More Chef News to Know This Week

Plate |
Matt Kirouac |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Cory Morris Joins Chicago’s Nacional 27 and More Chef News to Know This Week"

Catch up on all the openings, closings, and chef shuffles across the country this week. Midwest News: In Chicago, Cory Morris (Boleo) landed at Nacional 27 as executive chef. Ashlee Aubin (Salero) joined Fisk & Co. as executive chef. The Violet Hour brought on Jeremy Nelson (Dovetail) as chef de cuisine. The Hampton Social expands to Skokie February 11. Miami’s Barton G. The Restaurant arrives in River North February 15. Paul Virant (Vie)… read more ›

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Great Presents To Elevate The Home Bar

Forbes |
Aly Walansky |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Great Presents To Elevate The Home Bar"

A home bar is very often a reflection of someone's journey to adulthood and maturity. The same beer and wine coolers that defined our college dorms is by no means acceptable if we are hosting dinner parties in our thirties. If someone in your life loves to entertain but has a home bar that could… read more ›

Sweet! Suburban restaurants extend Valentine's Day 2019 celebrating

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Feb 12, 2019
Original Article: "Sweet! Suburban restaurants extend Valentine's Day 2019 celebrating"

Why celebrate Valentine's Day 2019 only on Thursday, Feb. 14, when you can make a week of it? Many suburban restaurants are hosting dinners, specials and events starting this weekend and running through next weekend. Have you made your reservation yet? Antico Posto 118 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9200 or antico-posto.com/ Extend your Valentine's Day… read more ›

From Southern comfort to Japanese ramen: Are these trending Chicago restaurants on your radar?

Want the intel on Chicago's most happening local spots? We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which eateries have been in the spotlight this month. To find out who made the list, we looked at Chicago businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them… read more ›

A fine dining romance: The way to your loved one’s heart is a reservation at one of these dreamy spots

Luxury Las Vegas |
Heidi Knapp Rinella |
Feb 11, 2019
Original Article: "A fine dining romance: The way to your loved one’s heart is a reservation at one of these dreamy spots"

The view from the Eiffel Tower Restaurant is romantic any night of the year. But dining there on Valentine’s Day is an experience you and your special someone won’t soon forget. Las Vegas has endless romantic opportunities, and they extend to the city’s restaurants. So if you’re thinking of treating that special someone on Valentine’s… read more ›

Warm up with these 7 sensational soups at Twin Cities restaurants

Star Tribune |
Rick Nelson |
Feb 11, 2019
Original Article: "Warm up with these 7 sensational soups at Twin Cities restaurants"

Minnesota is deep in the heart of soup season. Let's make the most of it.  Hall of fame: Keep these keepers in mind. • Pork hot-and-sour soup at Big Bowl (3669 Galleria, Edina; 1595 Hwy. 36, Roseville; and 12649 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, bigbowl.com), $4.95 and $8.95. read more ›

Radiant Spaces

Chicago Magazine |
Chicago Magazine |
Feb 6, 2019
Original Article: "Radiant Spaces"

During the bleak, short days of winter, there is no natural resource the body and spirit crave more than sunlight. We asked art photographer Clarissa Bonet to capture five urban sanctuaries designed to make the most of this precious commodity. Summer House Santa Monica In photographing the sun-drenched atrium dining room of this popular Lincoln… read more ›

Critic's Choice Dining Awards: The Chicago chefs who defined excellence in 2018

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Feb 6, 2019
Original Article: "Critic's Choice Dining Awards: The Chicago chefs who defined excellence in 2018"

The Chicago Tribune's Critic's Choice Dining Awards honor outstanding work in 2018 and parts of 2017. (Achievement doesn't always adhere to the calendar.) Our honorees embody excellence and innovation, beginning with our Chef of the Year, Diana Davila. Other honorees range from impressive newcomers to industry veterans who found new ways to tell their stories.… read more ›

Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Chicago

UrbanMatter Chicago |
Courtney Rios |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Chicago"

Although New Year’s Eve passed, we can still celebrate new beginnings. Chinese Year New, or the Lunar New Year, is one of the biggest events in Chinese and Chinese-American tradition. The Chinese New Year is from Friday, February 1 to Saturday, February 9. The cultural zodiac is represented by 12 different animals, and February 5th … read more ›

Chicago's Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Guide

UrbanMatter Chicago |
Jennifer Ball |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago's Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Guide"

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and whether you’re in a committed relationship or just committed to having a good time, we know that you deserve some love this year. And while, yes, it can certainly be hard to find the right place to go on Valentine’s Day in a city with so many romantic restaurants,… read more ›

Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles

SoCalPulse |
William Yelles |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles"

Here are our 30 picks for great places to cozy up for a romantic dinner plus lots more ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in L.A. Note: Most venues and activities require advance reservations. Be sure to call ahead to confirm availability. Stella Barra Pizzeria Stella Barra is serving a special prix-fixe menu featuring a bottle… read more ›

The Essential Chicago Eats For Every Omakase Mood

Haute Living |
Nika Sagalchik |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "The Essential Chicago Eats For Every Omakase Mood"

The Japanese concept of omakase—“I’ll leave it up to you”—allows the expert chefs to make the choices. And who better to decide which freshly flown in fish you’ll be indulging in tonight? As these multi-course tasting menus are completely customized, you should expect a unique experience to the gastronomic delight you have the pleasure of… read more ›

11 Ways to Feel Fit and Well Now

Chicago Splash |
Kelly Aiglon |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "11 Ways to Feel Fit and Well Now"

No worries if you’ve already broken your fitness resolutions (we don’t judge). Chicago is full of opportunities to sneak in a body-mind boost without a huge commitment. Glowing facial? We got one. Yoga class for nonyogis? That, too. Jump into this list whenever you need a little health or pampering. 6. Sip Thai Herb Bone… read more ›

The best seafood restaurants in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "The best seafood restaurants in Chicago"

For crab, shrimp or lobster, check out our complete guide to the best seafood restaurants in Chicago The Midwest wasn't always such a great spot for seafood, but these days, it's plenty easy to ship fresh oceanic treasures straight from the coasts. Add in some of the best chefs in the country, and it's not hard to… read more ›

National Pizza Day: Top choices in Santa Monica for takeout and dining in

A lot goes into choosing a pizza -- even beyond the question of toppings. But whether you go for takeout or sit-down, thick crust or thin, sauced or bare, you want something delicious -- particularly on National Pizza Day, Feb. 9. Fortunately, Santa Monica boasts a number of quality pizza shops to satisfy your craving… read more ›

Lunar New Year 2019: Kick off the Year of the Pig with special menus and celebrations

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "Lunar New Year 2019: Kick off the Year of the Pig with special menus and celebrations"

The Lunar New Year is Feb. 5 and Chicago spots are ringing it in with style. Kick off the Year of the Pig at these seven spots celebrating Chinese culture with special menus, giveaways and performances. Big Bowl 60 E. Ohio St., 312-951-1888 Choose your fortune for the New Year based on the special dishes… read more ›

15 of Chicago’s Most Romantic Restaurants — 2019 Edition

Make it Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "15 of Chicago’s Most Romantic Restaurants — 2019 Edition"

Every year, in the weeks before Valentine’s Day, romance becomes the name of the game. Tables are reserved, flowers arranged, and chocolates purchased. Restaurants are full to bursting and couples feel the love on Feb. 14. But what about Feb. 15, and beyond? This year, let’s keep that Valentine’s spirit going. By all means, check… read more ›

All-You-Can-Eat Taken to the Max

Localish |
Localish |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "All-You-Can-Eat Taken to the Max"

How many Alaskan king crab legs can you eat? What would you pay to find out? See if you can push the limit at Chicago's speakeasy-style AYCE haven: the Crab Cellar. Click here to watch the full Crab Cellar video on Localish. read more ›

From the community: February is Restaurant Month on Chicago’s North Shore

Chicago Tribune |
Glencoe News |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "From the community: February is Restaurant Month on Chicago’s North Shore"

North Shore Restaurant Month is back, and it's bigger and better than ever before! Presented by Chicago's North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau (CNSCVB), North Shore Restaurant Month - which runs the entire month of February - is celebrating its 11th year with the return of dozens of local favorites, as well as several new… read more ›

25 Best Chicago Wedding Venues

Dream Vacation Magazine |
Dream Vacation Magazine |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "25 Best Chicago Wedding Venues"

Couples looking for a beautiful start to their shared lives will find no shortage of incredible wedding venues in Chicago. For an intimate affair, there's Villa D'Citta in fashionable Lincoln Park, where couples can rent the entire mansion including six guest accommodations for their big day. The Metropolitan Club in Willis Tower caters to Chicago's glamorous… read more ›

Your Talking Points for February 2019

Chicago Magazine |
Chicago Magazine |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "Your Talking Points for February 2019"

This month’s essential cocktail party fodder Flying out of O’Hare and Midway comes with a perk during Airport Restaurant Week, which runs through Feb. 7: free eats from Summer House Santa Monica, Torta Frontera, and more. read more ›

10 Chicago Bars You Must Visit

Society19 |
Ciara Barnett |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "10 Chicago Bars You Must Visit"

Chicago locals will drink anywhere. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bar within a hotel, a rooftop bar with a view or has a hidden entrance in an alleyway: we don’t discriminate. If a bartender is willing to pour us a drink, we’ll take it. Here’s a list of bars you must visit in Chicago.… read more ›

Valentine's Day in Chicago is upon us again

The Local Tourist |
The Local Tourist |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "Valentine's Day in Chicago is upon us again"

Chicago sure is a romantic city. There are so many places to choose from whether it's an evening between sweethearts, a group of friends, or just a great night out with your single friends. Check out these Valentine's specials and events. You're bound to find one that's right for you. Valentine's Day at il Porcellino… read more ›

The Restaurant Industry Personnel Shuffles Chicago Needs to Know

Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina and Ashok Selvam |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "The Restaurant Industry Personnel Shuffles Chicago Needs to Know"

An ongoing log of chef and staff changes for 2019 RIVER NORTH— Nacional 27, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Latin American restaurant, has hired Cory Morris (Boleo, Mercat a la Planxa, Ronero) as the River North spot’s new executive chef. Morris started in December, as LEYE also renovated the 20-year-old restaurant’s dining room, refinishing the floor and refreshing the decor. Morris has already… read more ›

7 unique Chicago spots where kids eat free (or almost free)

Chicago Parent |
Keely Flynn |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "7 unique Chicago spots where kids eat free (or almost free)"

You know how everyone says that raising a kid in the city is crazy expensive? Not during happy hour. Here are seven of our favorite picks (one for every day of the week!) where your little one can eat for free or cheap—and live large.  Sunday: Shaw’s Crab House Where: 21 E. Hubbard St., Chicago Teach ‘em young… read more ›

8 operators ringing in Lunar New Year

Restaurant Hospitality |
Anna Kang |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "8 operators ringing in Lunar New Year"

Restaurants have offers, giveaways in store for Year of the Pig Lunar New Year is a holiday celebrated across many Asian countries, most notably China. According to the lunar calendar, Tuesday will mark the beginning of the Year of the Pig. Operators, namely those who serve food rooted in Asian cuisine, are vying to be… read more ›

Where To Go When You Just Got A New Haircut

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "Where To Go When You Just Got A New Haircut"

Your hair looks fantastic (according to you), and you have roughly 24-48 hours to take advantage of that fact. Here’s where to go. You just got a fantastic haircut, if you do say so yourself, and you know that no matter how many instructions and products you’re given to help “recreate it at home,” tomorrow… read more ›

Throwback Tipples: Classic Cocktails Stage a Comeback

OpenTable |
Laurie Wilson |
Feb 5, 2019
Original Article: "Throwback Tipples: Classic Cocktails Stage a Comeback"

The ultimate #TBT, National Brandy Alexander Day, is Thursday, January 31. So, let’s toast the oldies but goodies, the vintage cocktails that we still sip and love. We’ve rounded up 14 restaurants that go retro with classic sips this winter — some of these comeback kid cocktails are much the same when the twenties roared,… read more ›

Chicago Super (Bowl) Meals for Game Day

DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Feb 1, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago Super (Bowl) Meals for Game Day"

Gather your best foodie friends to cheer on your team over amazing food Who doesn’t love a great game day meal? It’s all the juicy, gooey, cheesy goodness we love, with the perfect excuse to nosh all day long. You’re surrounded by friends, family, fellow fans, and fantastic food. Sounds like the making of a… read more ›

Escape to a Mediterranean oasis at Aba for Restaurant Week

Chicago Tribune |
Grace Wong |
Feb 1, 2019
Original Article: "Escape to a Mediterranean oasis at Aba for Restaurant Week"

You don’t have to hop on a plane to escape the brutal polar vortex in Chicago, just head to Aba in the West Loop for a Mediterranean oasis that whisks you away from the cold and snow. The notoriously hard-to-get-a-reservation restaurant is participating in Chicago Restaurant Week for the first time, and boy, oh, boy,… read more ›

Suburban bars and restaurants go big or go home for Super Bowl Sunday

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Feb 1, 2019
Original Article: "Suburban bars and restaurants go big or go home for Super Bowl Sunday"

It's true: Football is always more fun to watch in a group. Super Bowl 53 promises to be big this year, so why not celebrate the meeting of the Patriots and Rams at a suburban bar or restaurant? Here are some places that are hosting parties and specials Sunday, Feb. 3. And there's even an… read more ›

Chicago Restaurants are the New Remote Office

DiningOut Chicago |
Morgan Carter, Peyton Garcia, and Elizabeth Liberatore |
Feb 1, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago Restaurants are the New Remote Office"

Stay warm, cozy, and well-fed while you get work done When working remotely, the “at home” part is purely optional. That’s why so many places that double as office spaces have popped onto the scene—to cater to the modern, remote worker. Whether you take inspiration from a quiet, distraction-free setting or thrive amid a bustle… read more ›

Dining out: Big Bowl fetes Chinese New Year with week of good luck specials

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Feb 1, 2019
Original Article: "Dining out: Big Bowl fetes Chinese New Year with week of good luck specials"

Year of the pig To celebrate Chinese New Year, which is Tuesday, Feb. 5, Big Bowl in Lincolnshire and Schaumburg will be plating good luck foods Friday through Thursday, Feb. 1-7. Specialty drinks include blood orange ginger ale for $3.75 and blood orange sangria (white wine infused with blood orange puree) for $7.50 a glass… read more ›

The Best Super Bowl 2019 Food and Drink Specials for LA Rams Fans

Eater LA |
Farley Elliott |
Feb 1, 2019
Original Article: "The Best Super Bowl 2019 Food and Drink Specials for LA Rams Fans"

Catch all the action while drinking and dining on the cheap Despite a little rain over the next few days, Los Angeles bars and restaurants are still looking on the bright side of life with a variety of deals for the upcoming Super Bowl weekend featuring the New England Patriots and hometown heroes the Los… read more ›

The Best Places in Chicago to Watch the Super Bowl

Thrillist Chicago |
Jay Gentile and Rob Ryan |
Feb 1, 2019
Original Article: "The Best Places in Chicago to Watch the Super Bowl"

Chicago, get your shorts and sandals out. The polar vortex is set to lift just in time for this weekend and Super Bowl LIII will be on. We’ve got you covered for the best places to eat and drink around the city as we see if another team can knock off Tom Brady and the… read more ›

Veteran chef Cory Morris takes the reins at Nacional 27

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Feb 1, 2019
Original Article: "Veteran chef Cory Morris takes the reins at Nacional 27"

Nacional 27 (325 W. Huron St.), which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, begins its next 20 years with a new chef. Cory Morris, last seen at Boleo, the rooftop bar in the Loop, quietly joined N27 in November. “It’s really great to be here,” he said. “Not a lot of restaurants celebrate 20 years… read more ›

8 Super Bowl Recipes That Can Be Made in 30 Minutes or Less

AskMen |
Samantha Leffler |
Feb 1, 2019
Original Article: "8 Super Bowl Recipes That Can Be Made in 30 Minutes or Less"

The Super Bowl is almost here, and if you’re hosting or attending a party, you likely don’t want your pals to think you’re a total disaster in the kitchen. On the other hand, you probably don’t want to spend a long time whipping up some eats either, because, let’s face it, there’s a football game… read more ›

New on the Menu: Peruvian stew-turned-croquettes at LEYE concept, coconut ash churros

Restaurant Hospitality |
Anna Kang |
Feb 1, 2019
Original Article: "New on the Menu: Peruvian stew-turned-croquettes at LEYE concept, coconut ash churros"

RH looks at buzzworthy food and beverage items across the country Dishes and drinks that have us doing a double-take this week include a panko-crusted crab “bomb,” churros made with coconut husk ash and croquettes inspired by a Peruvian chicken stew at Nacional 27, a restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Those of us at… read more ›

Reader Picks 2019: Restaurant Industry Execs

Nation's Restaurant News |
Nation's Restaurant News |
Feb 1, 2019
Original Article: "Reader Picks 2019: Restaurant Industry Execs"

Find out who readers nominated as restaurant industry power players Each year, Nation’s Restaurant News editors select outstanding industry executives for The Power List. But we also want to hear who you think deserves recognition. That’s where our Reader Picks comes in. We asked you, NRN readers, to tell us who you see as leaders… read more ›

Where to Watch the 2019 Super Bowl in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Jan 30, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Watch the 2019 Super Bowl in Chicago"

Celebrate the big game in style Super Bowl LIII is just days away and whether fans are rooting for the Patriots or the Rams, they’ll want to do so with good food and drinks. Chicago restaurants and bars will be celebrating the big game with specials, parties, and catering packages for those who want to… read more ›

Lobster Rolls, Veggie Tacos, and 13 More Super Bowl Takeout Ideas Around DC

Washingtonian |
Daniella Byck |
Jan 30, 2019
Original Article: "Lobster Rolls, Veggie Tacos, and 13 More Super Bowl Takeout Ideas Around DC"

Leave the game day wings (and the football) to the pros. It’s the Los Angeles Rams versus the New England Patriots in this Sunday’s Super Bowl showdown. But in our world, the question isn’t who you are cheering for—it’s what you will be eating. These local restaurants are offering takeout meals and Super Bowl specials.… read more ›

What Should Restaurants Do When Record Deep Freeze Hits?

Restaurant Business |
Heather Lalley |
Jan 30, 2019
Original Article: "What Should Restaurants Do When Record Deep Freeze Hits?"

Many operators had to make the tough choice to close or reduce hours in the face of this week’s extreme cold snap. Record-setting cold is freezing much of the Northern U.S. this week, forcing schools to shutter, the U.S. Postal Service to halt deliveries and, in many cases, restaurant operators to make the tough decision… read more ›

Polar vortex leads Midwest operators to close stores

Nation's Restaurant News |
Joanna Fantozzi and Lisa Jennings |
Jan 30, 2019
Original Article: "Polar vortex leads Midwest operators to close stores"

Restaurants in Chicago, Midwest brace for subzero temperatures Restaurants across the Midwest are shuttering in anticipation of the sub-freezing polar vortex that is forecast to send temperatures plummeting into the negative double digits in the Midwest on Wednesday. In the middle of Chicago’s winter Restaurant Week, which runs until Feb. 7, restaurants were choosing to… read more ›

#Trending: What's heating up Chicago's food scene this month

ABC7 |
Hoodline |
Jan 30, 2019
Original Article: "#Trending: What's heating up Chicago's food scene this month"

Want the scoop on Chicago's buzziest local spots? We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which local businesses have been getting a significant increase in attention this month. From customizable frites to literary-inspired cocktails and wood-fired pizzas with unusual names. To find out who made the list, we looked at Chicago businesses… read more ›

9 Romantic Spots for Valentine's Day Dinner in Chicago

Choose Chicago |
Dan Morgridge |
Jan 30, 2019
Original Article: "9 Romantic Spots for Valentine's Day Dinner in Chicago"

The biggest date night of the year is coming, and anybody who's trying to leave the house that night should do their homework.You could probably throw a box of chocolates in any direction and hit a restaurant decked out in candles and roses, but it's no guarantee of quality. We've picked out some great deals,… read more ›

Want To Curb Food Waste In Your Restaurant? Start Making More Cocktails

Forbes |
Lizzy Saxe |
Jan 30, 2019
Original Article: "Want To Curb Food Waste In Your Restaurant? Start Making More Cocktails"

Imagine yourself as the executive pastry chef of a huge hotel. Every day is a flurry of activity. When you’re not ordering ingredients, you’re cooking with them. You get up at five in the morning every day. Your coworkers are the only people you ever see. If you have to throw out some mint before… read more ›

Expand Your Tastebuds at Chicago Restaurant Week: Our Top 5 Favorites

Concierge Preferred |
Kaitlyn Barcal |
Jan 30, 2019
Original Article: "Expand Your Tastebuds at Chicago Restaurant Week: Our Top 5 Favorites"

Chicago’s 12th annual Restaurant week began January 25th and will be happening all across Chicago until February 7th. If you’ve always wanted to try different restaurants around the city, then this is your time to shine! With over dozens of restaurants participating there is an endless amount of food to consume from now until then! Here...… read more ›

From ramped-up food delivery to work-from-home policies, Chicago businesses brace for subzero temperatures

Chicago Tribune |
Chicago Tribune staff |
Jan 29, 2019
Original Article: "From ramped-up food delivery to work-from-home policies, Chicago businesses brace for subzero temperatures"

Chicago businesses are battening down in preparation for the subzero temperatures forecast for Wednesday. Restaurants are bracing for an onslaught of delivery orders. Construction projects are grinding to a halt. And businesses large and small are sending employees home with their laptops and directions to work from home. PricewaterhouseCoopers Chicago employees got an email over… read more ›

Elope in Style at Eiffel Tower Restaurant this Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas

Vegas News |
Vegas News |
Jan 28, 2019
Original Article: "Elope in Style at Eiffel Tower Restaurant this Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas"

From February 14 – 17, Eiffel Tower Restaurant is giving you the opportunity to elope at one of the most romantic restaurants in the country.*  Throughout Valentine’s Day weekend, the restaurant has created luxury elopement packages that includes everything from a certified officiant and bouquet to champagne and a romantic dinner overlooking the Bellagio fountains. Couples will… read more ›

What’s new and happening in Chicago

A Luxury Travel Blog |
Paul Johnson |
Jan 28, 2019
Original Article: "What’s new and happening in Chicago"

Chicago welcomed over 57.6 million visitors in 2018, a growth of 4.3% over the previous year, resulting in a new tourism record. In 2019, Chicago will continue to wow visitors with its world-class theater, innovative culinary and mixology adventures, state-of-the-art hotels, premiere exhibits and more. This winter in Chicago, experience the Year of Chicago Theatre,… read more ›

Our Favorite Choices for Chicago Restaurant Week 2019

Lux and Concord |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Jan 25, 2019
Original Article: "Our Favorite Choices for Chicago Restaurant Week 2019"

It. Is. Here. Our favorite time of year. Restaurant Week has come to Chicago {HOORAY}! Until February 7th, the city will be digging iintothe best Chicago food has to offer…and on a budget too! There is nothing we love more than a truly good meal that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. It’s the perfect time… read more ›

Chicago Restaurant Week 2019: Best deals, recommendations for reservations

ABC 7 Chicago |
Steve Dolinsky and Sara Tenenbaum |
Jan 25, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago Restaurant Week 2019: Best deals, recommendations for reservations"

Chicago Restaurant Week begins on January 25 and lasts until February 7. There are 10 of the best deals you can get, as chosen by ABC7's Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky. Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab 60 E. Grand Avenue 312-379-5637 Website | Pre Fixe Menu Best Deal Pick: Dinner It's normally impossible to get out… read more ›

20+ Best Gluten-Free Restaurants in Chicago, IL

Happy Celiac |
Happy Celiac |
Jan 25, 2019
Original Article: "20+ Best Gluten-Free Restaurants in Chicago, IL"

If you think eating gluten-free in Chicago is difficult, think again! With the growing number of restaurants now offering gluten-free options, your biggest issue is going to be figuring out which of them are the best gluten-free restaurants! But fear not, our list will take you only to the best gluten-free restaurants in Chicago, all… read more ›

Pie, Oh My! 15 Restaurants for National Pie Day — or Any Day

OpenTable |
Nevin Martell |
Jan 25, 2019
Original Article: "Pie, Oh My! 15 Restaurants for National Pie Day — or Any Day"

Pie is always a good choice. Whether it’s super simple or elevated to new heights, a wedge never fails to put a smile on our faces. Here are 15 stellar slices to savor on National Pie Day and beyond. Not near any of these spots? Find a place to celebrate the day – or any day –… read more ›

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas: It’s Not Too Late to Plan the Perfect Romantic Day in Chicago

Have you made plans for Valentine’s Day yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a foolproof guide to the most romantic things to do, see, taste, and indulge in around Chicago with your significant other this Feb. 14. For the Perfect Staycation Escape… Ambassador Chicago Rates start at just $209 for the J’adore package… read more ›

Dining Tip: Lobster Tail with Avocado and Spicy Dressing

Wine Spectator |
Wine Spectator |
Jan 25, 2019
Original Article: "Dining Tip: Lobster Tail with Avocado and Spicy Dressing"

This 'Lobster Louie' dish from the team at Booth One in Chicago makes a delicious pairing served with a bold white wine from Austria Note: This recipe originally appeared in the Nov. 30, 2018, issue of Wine Spectator, "Southern Rhône." Recipe courtesy of restaurateur Rich Melman and chef Doug Psaltis of Booth One in Chicago Lobster Louie Salad • 2 sticks… read more ›

Crab Cellar offers limitless crab legs, burgers in Lincoln Park basement

ABC 7 Chicago |
Steve Dolinsky |
Jan 25, 2019
Original Article: "Crab Cellar offers limitless crab legs, burgers in Lincoln Park basement"

How does all-you-can-eat Alaskan King Crab and prime-grade beef burgers sound? It's not some gimmick from a chain restaurant, but rather, a new concept tucked away in the basement of an oyster bar, from the folks at Lettuce Entertain You. When one of the partners from Shaw's Crab House decided to reinvent the basement of… read more ›

18 don't-miss spots to try during Chicago Restaurant Week, beginning Friday

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Jan 25, 2019
Original Article: "18 don't-miss spots to try during Chicago Restaurant Week, beginning Friday"

The 12th annual Chicago Restaurant Week begins Friday and runs through Feb. 7, during which a record number of participating restaurants — nearly 400, at last count — will offer prix-fixe lunches ($24), brunches ($24) and/or dinners ($36 or $48, sometimes both). You’ve got two ways to narrow your search. One is to log in… read more ›

The 150 Best Bars in America for 2019

The Daily Meal |
Lauren Mack |
Jan 23, 2019
Original Article: "The 150 Best Bars in America for 2019"

A spirited guide to the country’s top watering holes The 150 Best Bars in America The Daily Meal walks into a bar and — we peruse the menu, the clientele, and the drinks list; we scrutinize the drink, the place, the vibe; we take mental notes. Then we decide to grab a wad of cocktail… read more ›

30 Essential Hollywood Restaurants You Need to Know

Thrillist National |
Tiffany Tse |
Jan 23, 2019
Original Article: "30 Essential Hollywood Restaurants You Need to Know"

Believe it or not, Hollywood's not just a place where movies get made and sex tapes get "leaked" -- it's also a neighborhood jam-packed with places to get your chow on. Yes, you may have to navigate tourist-riddled Hollywood Boulevard or spend 15 minutes trying to wedge yourself into a tight parking spot on Sunset,… read more ›

Where To Go To Pretend It’s Not Winter

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Jan 22, 2019
Original Article: "Where To Go To Pretend It’s Not Winter"

The guide for when you’d really just rather be on vacation. After the fun of the holidays is over, there’s January through March - the long, bleak hallway toward spring that seemingly goes on forever. And just when you think the end is in sight, it’s 15 degrees again and/or you wake up to another… read more ›

The Chicago Delivery Greatest Hits

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Jan 22, 2019
Original Article: "The Chicago Delivery Greatest Hits"

What to order when there’s no way you’re going outside. Maybe the thought of putting on 26 layers of clothing to go outside is overwhelming. Or maybe your car is buried under six feet of snow, and you’ve run out of random household objects to save the spot you just spent hours digging out. Whatever… read more ›

Dining out: Only a few days left for Geneva Restaurant Week

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Jan 22, 2019
Original Article: "Dining out: Only a few days left for Geneva Restaurant Week"

Bourbon dinner at Wildfire If you're a fan of bourbon, make reservations now for Wildfire Lincolnshire's Beam Suntory Bourbon Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. The $100 dinner starts off with stuffed shrimp scampi and honey-bourbon chicken meatballs paired with Jim Beam Black. Next up is Basil Hayden's-brown sugar glazed Faroe Islands salmon with… read more ›

Split Partners with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise

Food Newsfeed |
Food Newsfeed |
Jan 22, 2019
Original Article: "Split Partners with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise"

Split, a first of its kind, side-by-side nut butter and fruit jam pack, announced that it is partnering with one of the largest multi-concept restaurant groups in the U.S, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise (LEYE). Split co-founders, Chef Jeff Mahin and Chris Meers are longtime LEYE partners having opened restaurants with the group in Chicago, DC… read more ›

The Best Places to Eat Healthyish in Chicago

PureWow |
Amanda Nyren |
Jan 18, 2019
Original Article: "The Best Places to Eat Healthyish in Chicago"

Sure, we aspire to eat healthier. But we’ll settle for healthyish. These ten restaurants occupy that hard-to-define sweet spot between good for you and just plain good. BEATRIX If Beatrix were a person, she’d be someone we’d want to have lunch with all the time… at one of her namesake restaurants, of course. The laid-back, friendly spot serves tasty… read more ›

6 New Restaurants We're Excited About in 2019

UrbanMatter |
Arniecea Johnson |
Jan 18, 2019
Original Article: "6 New Restaurants We're Excited About in 2019"

That’s right. Exciting, new restaurants are popping up on a corner near you and though you have your favorite eateries, it never hurts to try something new. Hey, you might even discover a new fav in doing so. So if eating out is your hobby, here are some cool, new restaurants to look out for in… read more ›

Chicago Mocktails with Real Flavor

DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Jan 18, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago Mocktails with Real Flavor"

Introducing our top 10 spots to help you through "Dry January" with ease January is a time when we hear a lot about fresh starts and new goals. Eating clean, cleaning out (thanks Marie Kando!), and participating in “Dry January” are common-place moves for the start of a new year. Participating in Dry January doesn’t… read more ›

Fierce Feasting

CS Modern Luxury |
Ariel Cheung |
Jan 18, 2019
Original Article: "Fierce Feasting"

Chicago Restaurant Week, Jan. 25-Feb. 7, is the perfect excuse to indulge in longtime favorites or explore new eateries making their mark on the city’s dining scene. Here, some of our top picks. Aba Make your reservations fast, because this Fulton Market darling is a hard spot to get into on a regular week. Restaurant… read more ›

Naoki Sushi

Check, Please! |
WTTW |
Jan 18, 2019
Original Article: "Naoki Sushi"

Naoki Sushi is truly hidden gem serving a mix of classic and contemporary Japanese cuisine. You can enjoy a special Omakase or the infamous fried chicken. You can watch the full video here: https://checkplease.wttw.com/restaurants/naoki-sushi read more ›

16 Stellar All-Day Cafes in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Elizabeth Atkinson |
Jan 17, 2019
Original Article: "16 Stellar All-Day Cafes in Chicago"

It’s work and coffee in the morning and dinner and drinks in the evening Some days, there’s nothing better than finding a spot to hunker down for the whole day — a spot to drink coffee, get work done, do a little reading, and even hang out for dinner with a glass of wine or… read more ›

'Buon Appetito': Chicago's Top Italian Restaurants for Pasta, Pizza and Amore

USA Today |
Jacky Runice |
Jan 17, 2019
Original Article: "'Buon Appetito': Chicago's Top Italian Restaurants for Pasta, Pizza and Amore"

A generation ago, Chicago's Italian restaurants were strictly the red sauce and meatball variety but today, it's a veritable feast from every part of the boot. We surely are blessed with excellent Italian eateries from fine dining via Spiaggia, RPM Italian and Gibson's Italia  to the affordable and family-friendly Quartino. Spiaggia is the Italian spot along the Magnificent Mile and… read more ›

Chicago's Best Breakfast Sandwiches

Food Network |
Samantha Lande |
Jan 17, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago's Best Breakfast Sandwiches"

Say "good morning" to the Windy City with breakfast sammies that go well beyond the classic egg and cheese. Pepper and Egg White Sandwich at Beatrix This sandwich at Beatrix may be super-healthy, but that doesn't keep it from packing a punch. It's built on ciabatta, and the egg white is topped with pepper Jack cheese. Shishito… read more ›

From restaurant cuisine to PB&J: Lettuce Entertain You teams up with with nut-butter-and-jam packaged food startup

In its first foray into packaged foods, Chicago-based restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is partnering with a snack startup that sells nut-butter-and-jam packs to the nutrition-conscious crowd. Split Nutrition, launched last year, was co-founded by two longtime Lettuce Entertain You partners: chef Jeff Mahin, the creative force behind a number of Lettuce restaurants including… read more ›

Chicago Restaurant Week 2019 returns featuring a bounty of suburban eateries

Daily Herald |
Scott C. Morgan |
Jan 17, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago Restaurant Week 2019 returns featuring a bounty of suburban eateries"

Local foodies can once again rejoice: The 12th annual Chicago Restaurant Week returns from Jan. 25 to Feb. 7. The name might be a bit misleading in that there are a number of suburban restaurants on board and "week" actually means two. But adventurous diners willing to brave the winter weather likely won't mind extra… read more ›

10 Amazing Food Places In Chicago

Society19 |
Ciara Barnett |
Jan 16, 2019
Original Article: "10 Amazing Food Places In Chicago"

Knowing exactly where to find the best food places in Chicago is important, whether it’s picking a hotspot for lady’s night or a date with someone you met off Tinder. From steakhouses to restaurants with Instagram worthy backgrounds, there are so many places in the city to choose from. Here’s a list of the top… read more ›

Eat This Town: Chicago

Blackboard Eats |
Anthony Todd |
Jan 16, 2019
Original Article: "Eat This Town: Chicago"

It’s a new year, which means—well, honestly, it means a lot of nesting inside, because it’s pretty darn cold out. But you should fight the impulse to stay at home hidden under blankets, because there are some awesome events and dining deals coming up. Class up happy hour One of the prettiest bars in town… read more ›

The Best West Loop Restaurants

The Infatuation Chicago |
Sam Faye and Adrian Kane |
Jan 16, 2019
Original Article: "The Best West Loop Restaurants"

Our favorite places for a meal in the neighborhood. The West Loop is like the Disney World of neighborhoods when it comes to restaurants. In fact, there’s so much going on that it was hard not to list every restaurant in the area and tell you to try them all. But just like Disney World,… read more ›

Craving: Deals — our monthlong search for Chicago's best dining and drinking values

Chicago Tribune |
Chicago Tribune |
Jan 16, 2019
Original Article: "Craving: Deals — our monthlong search for Chicago's best dining and drinking values"

When it comes to resolutions, "save money" or "spend less" top many people's list. In that vein, for the month of January, the Chicago Tribune Food & Dining team is scouring the city for food deals — from happy hour or lunch specials to high-quality values, like three-courses for a steal — to help you spend… read more ›

Wintertime Al Fresco Dining: Igloos and More Give ‘Dining Out’ New Meaning

OpenTable |
Carley Wade |
Jan 15, 2019
Original Article: "Wintertime Al Fresco Dining: Igloos and More Give ‘Dining Out’ New Meaning"

Just because the mercury has dropped doesn’t mean going out has to go on ice — or does it? Whether it’s igloos, ski chalet inspo, or massive fire pits that make for cool outdoor fun (with toasty drinks and blankets) there’s a flurry of wintertime al fresco dining opportunities this season. Not near any of… read more ›

Taking a break from booze? Try a mocktail at one of these 14 Chicago spots

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Jan 15, 2019
Original Article: "Taking a break from booze? Try a mocktail at one of these 14 Chicago spots"

After more than a month of indulging in eggnog, bubbly and Christmas ale, it’s understandable if the holiday season has left you feeling boozed out. Taking a break from alcohol doesn’t mean you need to limit yourself to water or iced tea when you go out. These 14 spots offer mocktails that skip the spirits… read more ›

Celebrity Restaurant Sightings: See the Hot Spots Where the Stars Are Dining

People Magazine |
People Staff |
Jan 15, 2019
Original Article: "Celebrity Restaurant Sightings: See the Hot Spots Where the Stars Are Dining"

These eateries are attracting an A-list crowd. ASHLEE SIMPSON ROSS & EVAN ROSS RPM STEAK Chicago The singers, who were joined by actor Taylor Kinney and Tommy Lipnick, ordered filet mignon, the Millionaire’s Potato, Coal-Roasted King Crab, oysters and hamachi crudo. read more ›

How to Eat #LikeAJetsetter in 2019: 19 Hot Tables to Book Now

Jetsetter Magazine |
Laura Itzkowitz |
Jan 15, 2019
Original Article: "How to Eat #LikeAJetsetter in 2019: 19 Hot Tables to Book Now"

If you—like us—travel for the eats, you’re gonna want to start planning some culinary-fueled trips for this year. Whether you favor nostalgic gastropubs or have your heart set on the world’s highest ranked tables, there’s a place on this list for you on our #LikeAJetsetter list. From Los Angeles to London, we rounded up the hottest restaurants… read more ›

Brad Wermager at Wildfire in Chicago on Steakhouse Pinot—Noir and Grigio

Wine & Spirits Magazine |
Tara Q. Thomas |
Jan 15, 2019
Original Article: "Brad Wermager at Wildfire in Chicago on Steakhouse Pinot—Noir and Grigio"

A sommelier explains why two varieties are performing so well at his steakhouses and predicts what may be making a comeback. Brad Wermager started out as a server at Wildfire 23 years ago; after making the rounds at several other Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, he set his sights on getting into the wine side of the business. He now… read more ›

10 Chicago restaurants warming us up with heated patios this winter

UrbanMatter |
Arniecea Johnson |
Jan 14, 2019
Original Article: "10 Chicago restaurants warming us up with heated patios this winter"

The weather outside is frightful, but that doesn’t mean the outdoor patio should be. Luckily, we have some of the best restaurants here, keeping us in our favorite spot with intimate igloos, heaters, wooden fireplaces, and snug seats. Enjoy the comforts of the patio all winter long at these Chicago restaurants. Stella Barra Pizzeria 1954 North… read more ›

12 Best Ramen Shops in Chicago

UrbanMatter |
Courtney Rios |
Jan 14, 2019
Original Article: "12 Best Ramen Shops in Chicago"

It’s the perfect season for some savory steaming ramen, and we’re not talking about those sad, store-bought ones you had on broke and hungry college nights. We’re talking the real deal. Here are the top 12 best ramen shops to seek shelter in for Chicago’s brutal winter. Ramen-San 59 West Hubbard Street This well-known, funky… read more ›

10 Chicago spots extending outdoor season with heated patios and rooftops

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson and Adam Lukach |
Jan 14, 2019
Original Article: "10 Chicago spots extending outdoor season with heated patios and rooftops"

Most spots pack up their outdoor furniture around the time Chicagoans give up on shorts and sandals, but not everyone’s willing to let snow and 20-degree temperatures deter them. These spots use fire pits, tents and even heated domes to extend patio and rooftop season into winter. Stella Barra 1954 N. Halsted St., 773-634-4101 If… read more ›

Show Me Chicago's best bets on where to eat for Chicago Restaurant Week 2019

Choose Chicago |
Carole Kuhrt Brewer |
Jan 14, 2019
Original Article: "Show Me Chicago's best bets on where to eat for Chicago Restaurant Week 2019"

Many of Chicago's most celebrated restaurants are back for Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW) 2019 that, once again, will be dishing up unmatched dining deals to power us through the winter. The "week," actually two weeks, kicks off on January 24 with First Bites Bash (FBB)--the perfect spot to help you decide what restaurants you'll want to visit… read more ›

The 17 best downtown Chicago restaurants

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Jan 10, 2019
Original Article: "The 17 best downtown Chicago restaurants"

Grab a table at the best downtown Chicago restaurants for memorable bites and great service In a sprawling metropolis like Chicago, it's no surprise that some of the most established restaurants are concentrated in the city's heart. The best downtown Chicago restaurants are diverse in their offerings, from a pair of excellent food halls to a top-rated barbecue joint to Michelin-starred dining experiences. No… read more ›

A Guide to Winter Produce

The Epoch Times |
Crystal Shi |
Jan 10, 2019
Original Article: "A Guide to Winter Produce"

How to buy and eat the best of the season, according to chefs Despite the cold weather and seasonal gloom, winter hides a surprising abundance of produce to enjoy. Bright citrus abounds, adding sunshine to any dish; hearty root vegetables surface ready to shine, roasted or pureed into comforting goodness; and complex winter greens, kissed… read more ›

The 10 Most Anticipated Restaurants in Chicago of 2019

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam and Daniel Gerzina |
Jan 10, 2019
Original Article: "The 10 Most Anticipated Restaurants in Chicago of 2019"

Chicago diners have much to look forward to this year Chicagoans have plenty to look forward to in 2019 with plenty of upcoming restaurants representing a diverse scale. Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ has a massive four-level river project. The crew from Michelin-starred Parachute are working on a mystery restaurant in Avondale. An acclaimed New Orleans… read more ›

Dining Tip: Learn How to Make Beef Wellington

Wine Spectator |
Wine Spectator |
Jan 10, 2019
Original Article: "Dining Tip: Learn How to Make Beef Wellington"

Restaurateur Rich Melman and chef Doug Psaltis of Booth One in Chicago run through how to master this English classic Note: This recipe originally appeared in the Nov. 30, 2018, issue of Wine Spectator, "Southern Rhône." Recipe courtesy of restaurateur Rich Melman and chef Doug Psaltis of Booth One in Chicago Beef Wellington with Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce • 1 1/2 pounds… read more ›

6 Best Bars for Singles in Chicago

UrbanMatter |
Arniecea Johnson |
Jan 10, 2019
Original Article: "6 Best Bars for Singles in Chicago"

Yes, the single life can be a bit pathetic and lonely at times. You head out to the bar, thinking you’re going to find some hot dude or girl to flirt all night and even (if things go great) hookup with. But instead, you end up eating an appetizer for three all by yourself. Same, I’ve been there before. Truth is, the single life… read more ›

Power Lunch Restaurants Catering To Your Business Agenda

Eater Las Vegas |
Susan Stapleton |
Jan 10, 2019
Original Article: "Power Lunch Restaurants Catering To Your Business Agenda"

Get business done at these great restaurants in Las Vegas Whether you need to dine out to impress that new client, land a new contract or hire that new employee, Las Vegas has the right power lunch restaurant for you. Some such as Cili at Bali Hai Golf Course come with a view of the… read more ›

A Guide to Eight Special Dinners in Las Vegas

Eater Las Vegas |
Susan Stapleton |
Jan 10, 2019
Original Article: "A Guide to Eight Special Dinners in Las Vegas"

Snack wagon takeovers, a wine dinner series, Joe Beef, and more special dinners Las Vegas restaurants are fond of putting together special dinners that might highlight a spirit, a wine or even a style of cooking. To keep those dinners on your radar, meet the dining calendar of special dinners, updated as frequently as the dinners… read more ›

Persimmon’s bittersweet symphony

Restaurant Hospitality |
Tara Fitzpatrick |
Jan 9, 2019
Original Article: "Persimmon’s bittersweet symphony"

Mythologically speaking, persimmons are a symbol of enlightenment. Bitter and acrid (with ignorance) at first and maturing into a mellow sweet phase (of wisdom), these fruits are a metaphor for a life of learning and growing, or at least mellowing out. One variety, the Hachiya, has to be especially ripe before eating. The Fuyu can… read more ›

100 Best Restaurants in Chicago

UrbanMatter |
Kali Cramer |
Jan 9, 2019
Original Article: "100 Best Restaurants in Chicago"

Well, folks. It’s about damn time we got this one out there. We put all of our foodie knowledge together and came up with a straight-forward list of the absolute best restaurants around Chicago. 100 to be exact. Yes, our rubric is vague. No, they’re not in a particular order, and no, we’re not giving… read more ›

Dining out: Olive Garden goes lighter with Tastes of Mediterranean menu

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Jan 9, 2019
Original Article: "Dining out: Olive Garden goes lighter with Tastes of Mediterranean menu"

Get infused Temper your taste buds for Wildfire Oak Brook's four-course Infused Spirit Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. It's $85, which includes a menu of caviar blini (crème fraîche and salmon caviar) and savory sausage pierogi (Fuji apple) with a house-infused vodka cocktail, butter poached lobster tail (saffron fennel broth and crispy pancetta)… read more ›

20 Fabulous Events Happening in Southern California This Week

LAist |
Christine N. Ziemba |
Jan 8, 2019
Original Article: "20 Fabulous Events Happening in Southern California This Week"

Awards season is in full swing and you can reap the benefits with tons of free screenings and filmmaker Q&As. There's also comedy by Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, Ilana Glazer and John Early; Korean cooking demos; cheeseburgers galore and a persimmon-centric restaurant week in Santa Monica. MONDAY, JAN. 7 - SUNDAY, DEC. 13  Santa Monica… read more ›

Santa Monica Celebrates Persimmons This Week

LA Weekly |
Michele Stueven |
Jan 8, 2019
Original Article: "Santa Monica Celebrates Persimmons This Week"

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism’s signature culinary program, Santa Monica Restaurant Week, is back for its seventh year starting today and running through Sunday, Jan. 13, in conjunction with California Restaurant Month. To celebrate Santa Monica’s status as a health-conscious culinary destination, nearly 30 Santa Monica restaurants will offer specially crafted dishes, all created to… read more ›

9 restaurants to try if you're already sick of your resolution to eat healthy

CityPages |
Stacy Brooks |
Jan 7, 2019
Original Article: "9 restaurants to try if you're already sick of your resolution to eat healthy"

You started 2019 with the best of intentions. This would be the year, you resolved, that you'd get enough sleep, go to the gym consistently, and eat vegetables other than French fries. Now that we’ve hit the second week of January, you’re starting to lose some steam—this whole healthy living thing is tougher than it… read more ›

The River North Guide

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Jan 7, 2019
Original Article: "The River North Guide"

There’s a lot going on in this neighborhood, and deciding on a restaurant can be tough. This is where you should be eating. River North is a perplexing place: You love it. You hate it. The restaurants are great. The restaurants are annoying. It’s great for people-watching. Oh my god, these people are the worst.… read more ›

A Guide To Chicago’s Secret Steakhouses

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Jan 7, 2019
Original Article: "A Guide To Chicago’s Secret Steakhouses"

We’re so obsessed with red meat in this city that even our non-steakhouses have great steak. Here’s where to find it. Chicago has lots of steakhouses, and it seems like they just keep multiplying. In fact, there might be a new one growing in your closet right now that you don’t even know about. Basically,… read more ›

2019 Preview: 10 Most Anticipated Chicago Venues for Meetings and Events

BizBash |
Melissa Maynard |
Jan 7, 2019
Original Article: "2019 Preview: 10 Most Anticipated Chicago Venues for Meetings and Events"

The hotels, conference spaces, restaurants, cultural spaces, slated to open in Chicago for events and entertaining this year. CHICAGO Looking for a new venue for your next event? Here are the most anticipated Chicago restaurants, corporate event venues, hotels, conference centers, and party rooms slated to open in 2018. These new and renovated Chicago venues will… read more ›

5 new brunches to try in 2019

DC Refined |
Nevin Martell |
Jan 7, 2019
Original Article: "5 new brunches to try in 2019"

Take your brunch game to new heights. Here are five fantastic new options that will help you level up. Mon Ami Gabi (Reston)  11950 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA Do you love omelets? Then this brunch is for you. There’s a quintet of fresh offerings: Lorraine (thick cut bacon, cheese, caramelized onions and chives), brie cheese… read more ›

Where To Go For Drinks And A Light Bite

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Jan 3, 2019
Original Article: "Where To Go For Drinks And A Light Bite"

Our picks for when it’s more about the drinks, but you still want some good food. Drinking on an empty stomach is a bad idea. Remember that time you went out for Happy Hour after work, and instead of heading right home, you took an Uber out to Rivers Casino? That was an expensive detour,… read more ›

Best Chicago happy hour deals: Jan. 3-9

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Jan 3, 2019
Original Article: "Best Chicago happy hour deals: Jan. 3-9"

Here’s where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago. Thursday, Jan. 3 Big Bowl (60 E. Ohio St., 312-951-1888) offers half-price appetizers in the bar area from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 Ema (74 W. Illinois St., 312-527-5586) offers $5 craft beer and glasses of wine from 3 to 5 p.m.… read more ›

Chill out in a rooftop igloo, try some mofongo or learn how to make espresso, plus other weekend activities

Start your new year off right by exploring your neighborhood. Whether it’s relaxing in a rooftop igloo or learning how to make espresso, these events kick off 2019 with a bang. 1) Don’t let a little cold stop you from hanging out on a patio. Aba now has four rooftop igloos, so grab a couple… read more ›

4 Itineraries for Throwing an Anything-But-Basic Bachelorette Party in Washington DC

Washingtonian |
Hayley Garrison Phillips |
Jan 3, 2019
Original Article: "4 Itineraries for Throwing an Anything-But-Basic Bachelorette Party in Washington DC"

Rare are the bar-hopping bachelorette blowouts of pop-culture comedy; today’s bride appreciates a more personalized celebration. These itinerary ideas pair Champagne sipping with gal-pal bonding. And hey, a cute party sash doesn’t hurt. Perfume, Candle Pouring, and Pampering for the Beauty-Obsessed Kick it off with Play perfumist at Jo Malone in CityCenterDC. A party of… read more ›

15 suburban eateries to watch for in 2019

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Jan 2, 2019
Original Article: "15 suburban eateries to watch for in 2019"

Suburban foodies with a sophisticated palate for new and flavorful culinary experiences will have an eclectic choice of eateries for dining out next year. Here are some of the restaurants targeted to open: Beatrix 272 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, beatrixrestaurants.com/ Targeted opening date: First quarter of 2019 Specialties: "Healthy meets delicious" specials for breakfast, lunch… read more ›

The 18 best foods we ate in 2018

Chicago Tribune |
Chicago Tribune |
Jan 2, 2019
Original Article: "The 18 best foods we ate in 2018"

Another year of eating is over — and it was a good year. The bathroom scale doesn’t lie. A year of patties and pates, surf and turf, luscious desserts and even a salad now and then. Time to look back at all those indulgences and select the drinks and dishes that really curled our toes… read more ›

The Restaurant of the Future

Foodservice Equipment and Supplies |
Amelia Levin |
Jan 2, 2019
Original Article: "The Restaurant of the Future"

Restaurant operators remain stuck in a rut, dealing with the same list of recurring challenges: slow traffic, labor issues and accelerating real estate costs. Adding to their roster of woes are disrupting entities such as Whole Foods, now under the Amazon umbrella; and cashierless Amazon Go stores, which attract would-be restaurant diners with lower prices, home delivery,… read more ›

Midwest Winter Cocktails in Chicago, Cleveland and St. Louis

Thirsty Mag |
Denise Castillon |
Dec 31, 2018
Original Article: "Midwest Winter Cocktails in Chicago, Cleveland and St. Louis"

In the U.S.’s Midwest, winters can be long and frigid.  Thankfully, Midwesterners have an abundant of outstanding cocktail bars where they can keep warm and spirits up.  Whether you a frozen visitor or red-nosed local, here are a few Midwest hotspots to head for winter cocktails. THREE DOTS AND A DASH’S – CHICAGO Three Dots and… read more ›

Here’s Where to Celebrate New Year’s Around Reston

Reston Now |
Vernon Miles |
Dec 31, 2018
Original Article: "Here’s Where to Celebrate New Year’s Around Reston"

From 5Ks to champagne toasts, there are plenty of events around Reston on New Year’s Eve if you’re still scrambling to put together plans for this Monday. Tuesday (New Year’s Day) New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch Mon Ami Gabi (11950 Democracy Drive) Time: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. For the early risers, this New Year’s Day brunch… read more ›

Sommelier Roundtable: Wine-Inspired Pet Names

Wine Spectator |
Wine Spectator |
Dec 31, 2018
Original Article: "Sommelier Roundtable: Wine-Inspired Pet Names"

We asked 9 wine pros if they have dogs, cats—or kids—they named after grapes, regions, wine labels (or snacks) that are close to their hearts With year-end lists of the most popular pet and baby names coming out, we hoped to see the Millennials taking their love of wine into consideration when christening, now that they're becoming… read more ›

New Year’s Eve: 5 places to ring in 2019 in Chicago

Chicago Sun-Times |
Chicago Sun-Times |
Dec 31, 2018
Original Article: "New Year’s Eve: 5 places to ring in 2019 in Chicago"

Revelers looking to ring in 2019 in style have no shortage of options this year. From fireworks displays to sausages at swanky restaurants, here are a few of the things going on in Chicago on New Year’s Eve. Hot Doug’s pop up Though the original storefront closed in 2014, Hot Doug’s is back for New… read more ›

The best new restaurants in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Dec 31, 2018
Original Article: "The best new restaurants in Chicago"

Chicago's culinary newcomers are shaking up the restaurant scene with inventive eats, clever drinks and vibes for days Even for self-proclaimed foodies, it can be tough to keep up with Chicago's constantly evolving dining scene. And since this hungry town shows no signs of slowing down, we compiled the best new restaurants in Chicago in one place.… read more ›

Where to Enjoy New Year’s Day Brunch in Chicago

DiningOut Chicago |
Audrey Rompon |
Dec 30, 2018
Original Article: "Where to Enjoy New Year’s Day Brunch in Chicago"

Let’s kick off 2019 the right way—with pancakes and mimosas! Since it’s almost the first day of 2019, we need to make plans to kick it off with a bang! How about spending the day with friends and family at a New Year’s Day brunch? Keep reading for where to head for the best brunch… read more ›

Skip the Negroni, Order a Fancy Shot Instead

Eater National |
Claire Shaffer |
Dec 28, 2018
Original Article: "Skip the Negroni, Order a Fancy Shot Instead"

Forget the buttery nipples and mind erasers: these $5 shots are essentially mini craft cocktails Other bars may add more interactive elements. At Three Dots and a Dash, a tiki bar in Chicago, beverage director Kevin Beary designed a group drink order called the Shotstopus, where three rum, passionfruit, and tangerine shots are presented on… read more ›

8 Chicago Restaurant Openings to Watch in 2019

Choose Chicago |
Rosalind Cummings-Yeates |
Dec 28, 2018
Original Article: "8 Chicago Restaurant Openings to Watch in 2019"

Chicago flies its foodie flag proudly. Michelin-starred restaurants, food festivals and the James Beard Foundation Awards are as much a part of the city’s landscape as the skyscrapers. And every year, dozens of exciting new restaurants are added to an already-booming culinary scene. Here’s a look at some of the most anticipated restaurant openings for… read more ›

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Naperville Magazine |
Naperville Magazine |
Dec 28, 2018
Original Article: "Braised Beef Short Ribs"

Yield: 4 Portions 2½ pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 3” pieces 4 cups Burgundy wine 4 cups yellow onion, peeled, cut into julienne 2 tablespoons garlic cloves, peeled 4 cups button mushrooms, sliced 1 sprig rosemary 3 sprigs thyme 1 each bay leaf salt and black pepper, to taste 2 cups olive… read more ›

Where to get brunch, lunch or dinner on New Year’s Day

Twin Cities Pioneer Press |
Nancy Ngo |
Dec 28, 2018
Original Article: "Where to get brunch, lunch or dinner on New Year’s Day "

Part of enjoying the holidays means taking time out, including from the kitchen. In that regard, let us help you extend your holidays as long as possible with a few restaurant recommendations of places open on New Year’s Day. Hours can change, so be sure to check in with each restaurant. And in some cases,… read more ›

The Most Beautiful Chicago Restaurants of 2018

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Dec 27, 2018
Original Article: "The Most Beautiful Chicago Restaurants of 2018"

Where stunning design steals the spotlight While great food is of the utmost importance, a beautiful design is also integral to a restaurant’s experience. 2018 saw a slew of big openings but the following spots stood out from the pack with their bold and stunning interiors. Whether it was an Asian-themed clubsteraunt or a lush… read more ›

The 10 Best Chicago Restaurant Openings of 2018

InsideHook |
Amanda Topper |
Dec 27, 2018
Original Article: "The 10 Best Chicago Restaurant Openings of 2018"

From gastropubs to omakase to a pair of exotic mashups In 2017, Bon Appétit named Chicago the best restaurant city in America. One year later, we are happy to report that the city is certainly not resting on its laurels — over the last 12 months, a handful of delicious new trends have emerged. We’ve seen the rise… read more ›

Best Chicago happy hour deals: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Dec 27, 2018
Original Article: "Best Chicago happy hour deals: Dec. 27-Jan. 2"

Here’s where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago. Thursday, Dec. 27 Il Porcellino (59 W. Hubbard St., 312-595-0800) offers $3 Italian sub sandwiches, $5 glasses of wine and $8 negronis from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 Bar Ramone (441 N. Clark St., 312-985-6909) offers $7 glasses of wine and $5… read more ›

Chicago Pizza: 13 Must-Try Local Spots

Choose Chicago |
Choose Chicago |
Dec 27, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago Pizza: 13 Must-Try Local Spots"

Mark your calendars: National Pizza Week is Jan. 6 – 12, 2019. Whether it’s a real holiday or not, it’s the perfect excuse to chow down on some ‘za all week long. And what better place to celebrate than Chicago? The city is home to some of the best pies in the country, from deep dish… read more ›

Save the Tables: Your New Year's Eve reservation is ready — all you have to do is call

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Dec 26, 2018
Original Article: "Save the Tables: Your New Year's Eve reservation is ready — all you have to do is call"

Welcome back to our annual Save-the-Tables story, a tradition that I’ve been doing, with only two interruptions, since 1994. Here’s how it works. I’ve arranged for restaurants in the city and suburbs to reserve a table (or two or more) for New Year’s Eve under my name. Starting Wednesday, readers can call those restaurants, ask… read more ›

Nine Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Dec 26, 2018
Original Article: "Nine Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now"

An ongoing log of the best restaurant and bar deals in town Happy hour specials are important. The discounted prices are a great tool to bring Chicagoans into bars and restaurants no matter the weather. It’s been almost three years since state lawmakers legalized happy hour, lifting obsolete restrictions that prevented restaurant and bar owners… read more ›

Italian Classic Sabatino’s Officially Shutters After More Than 40 Years

Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Dec 26, 2018
Original Article: "Italian Classic Sabatino’s Officially Shutters After More Than 40 Years"

Plus, a Fulton Market hotspot gets trendy outdoor domes and more intel Aba installs trendy outdoor domes on its terrace The hottest trend in Chicago’s al fresco scene is now at perhaps Fulton Market’s hottest restaurant and bar. Aba management recently installed igloos on its terrace, which should keep the elevated outdoor space packed with diners and drinkers… read more ›

New Year's Eve 2018: Eat, drink your way into 2019

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Dec 26, 2018
Original Article: "New Year's Eve 2018: Eat, drink your way into 2019"

If you want to send out 2018 with a bang, here are some suburban restaurants and clubs where you can celebrate with a special meal, live music, dancing, a champagne toast and more on Monday, Dec. 31. Let the New Year's Eve party and New Year's Day brunch planning begin. Antico Posto: 118 Oakbrook Center, Oak… read more ›

The Ultimate Guide to New Year's Eve in Chicago

UrbanMatter Chicago |
Michael Norris |
Dec 24, 2018
Original Article: "The Ultimate Guide to New Year's Eve in Chicago"

To absolutely no one’s surprise, there is A LOT to see and do this New Year’s Eve in Chicago. And while we’ve been toiling away at our desks, we’ve also been daydreaming about all the events, parties, and down-right blowouts we could be going to on the 31st. The good news? Since we’ve spent so much time… read more ›

Great Chicago Restaurants For New Year’s Eve That Don’t Require A Tasting Menu

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Dec 24, 2018
Original Article: "Great Chicago Restaurants For New Year’s Eve That Don’t Require A Tasting Menu"

Places to have a normal, a la carte meal. Maybe you successfully dodged the CTA Santa train this season, but New Year’s Eve can’t be avoided so easily. And while you want to acknowledge the holiday, you’d prefer to skip the prix fixe menus that build in an extra $100 for a “complimentary” glass of… read more ›

Turn It Up: Restaurants for a New Year’s Eve 2018 Party to Remember

OpenTable |
Kelly Merritt |
Dec 24, 2018
Original Article: "Turn It Up: Restaurants for a New Year’s Eve 2018 Party to Remember"

What used to be labeled as the ultimate date night has evolved into one of the best reasons to grab your squad and hit the town. New Year’s Eve is not just for toasting at midnight anymore, either. Fine dining is also part of the party. And as 2018 draws to a close, OpenTable restaurants… read more ›

The Best of Chicago Food & Drink for 2019

CS Modern Luxury |
CS Modern Luxury Editors |
Dec 24, 2018
Original Article: "The Best of Chicago Food & Drink for 2019"

We’ve got all the finest spots for all kinds of sipping and snacking (and quaffing and feasting...). Best Celeb Spotting Both RPM Steak and RPM Italian are great spots for a swanky night out, but they’re also often packed with a who’s who of local and national notables. Recent guests included the cast of Shameless, former President… read more ›

13 Restaurants That Make Waiting to Eat Fun

Red Tricycle |
Katie Brown |
Dec 24, 2018
Original Article: "13 Restaurants That Make Waiting to Eat Fun"

We know the feeling well: it’s 6:32 pm and your kids are either crawling beneath the restaurant table or breaking the sound barrier with their delightful shrieks because you just might’ve forgotten to pack the arsenal of snacks that they require. When three crayons and a coloring book won’t do, the 13 restaurants below deliver with child-friendly entertainment… read more ›

9 New Year's Day pajama brunches not to miss

Chicago Parent |
Lori Orlinsky |
Dec 24, 2018
Original Article: "9 New Year's Day pajama brunches not to miss"

There are very few instances when it is acceptable to wear pajamas in public. Fortunately, New Year’s Day is one of them, as a number of restaurants in the city and the suburbs offer pajama brunches for the whole family to enjoy. So roll out of bed (literally), grab some hair of the dog and eat… read more ›

Best Chicago happy hour deals: Dec. 20-26

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Dec 21, 2018
Original Article: "Best Chicago happy hour deals: Dec. 20-26"

Here’s where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago. Friday, Dec. 21 Ramen-San (165 E. Huron St., 312-767-4075) offers $5 cilantro lime margaritas, $7 old fashioneds and $3 Asahi beer from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 Kids eat free from 5 to 6 p.m. at Oyster Bah (1962 N. Halsted St.,… read more ›

Christmas 2018: Where to eat out in the suburbs

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Dec 21, 2018
Original Article: "Christmas 2018: Where to eat out in the suburbs"

With so much to do to get ready for the holidays, why not take one stress off your plate by taking the family out to eat for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (or both!)? Make your reservations quickly as the holiday is right around the corner. Big Bowl: 215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950… read more ›

The Best Restaurants in Chicago Open on Christmas Day

Thrillist |
Jay Gentile |
Dec 21, 2018
Original Article: "The Best Restaurants in Chicago Open on Christmas Day"

We know. It would take a Christmas miracle to get you cooking behind the kitchen on Christmas Day. Luckily, you don’t have to. You can pay people to do this for you. These people work at places called restaurants, several of which are actually open on Christmas Day. Here’s some of the finest Christmas eats… read more ›

Everything You Need to Do in Chicago This Weekend

Thrillist |
Jay Gentile |
Dec 21, 2018
Original Article: "Everything You Need to Do in Chicago This Weekend"

Hang in there, folks you’re almost there. With Christmas weekend on the horizon, it’s your last chance to get in the holiday spirit with the help of a variety of appropriately themed events including The Office Olympics, a boozy Christmas Story pop-up, a Festivus gathering, and a naughty Bad Santa party. Oh come all ye faithful, here’s everything you need to… read more ›

12 D.C. Destinations for the Feast of the Seven Fishes

Eater D.C. |
Travis Mitchell |
Dec 21, 2018
Original Article: "12 D.C. Destinations for the Feast of the Seven Fishes"

Where to find a celebratory Italian seafood feast For many people, Christmas Eve is a time to pause from the harried season of shopping and partying and spend time with family and friends. If time allows for a leisurely dinner, consider adopting the Southern Italian tradition of the feast of the seven fishes. The multi-course… read more ›

The 15 most romantic restaurants in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
Elizabeth Atkinson and Morgan Olsen |
Dec 21, 2018
Original Article: "The 15 most romantic restaurants in Chicago"

Upgrade date night or plan an anniversary dinner at these intimate, memorable dining destinations Maybe it's the candlelit tables or the lengthy wine list. Or perhaps it's the cozy booth seating that squeezes you even closer to your dining companion. The most romantic restaurants in Chicago crank up the heat and set the mood for an intimate evening out. Over… read more ›

A Family Affair: Restaurants for a Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve 2018

OpenTable |
Caroline Potter |
Dec 19, 2018
Original Article: "A Family Affair: Restaurants for a Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve 2018"

Spending the 31st with the kiddos? You don’t need to shell out for a sitter because we’ve got you covered with family-friendly options to ensure everyone at the table has a good time. Check out these restaurants for a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve 2018. Not dining with any little ones? Then head on over to… read more ›

Dining out: Spirits, a burger challenge, an ugly sweater brunch & more

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Dec 19, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: Spirits, a burger challenge, an ugly sweater brunch & more"

In the spirit • Bub City Rosemont is getting in the holiday spirit with its annual Bad Santa Christmas Party starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Sip on $5 Old Fashioneds, spiked cider and boozy hot cocoa while enjoying live music, giveaways and photos with Santa. • Bub City takes its whiskey seriously. For… read more ›

What to Eat and Drink Around the World This Week: Christmas Edition

DEPARTURES Magazine |
Leah Koenig |
Dec 19, 2018
Original Article: "What to Eat and Drink Around the World This Week: Christmas Edition"

The best openings, tasting menus, and launches across the globe. Don’t get caught without holiday plans next week. Now is the time to book yourself a merry (and delicious) little Christmas. Here are some of our favorite holiday-centric dining experiences from around the country. Lettuce Entertain You Chicago and DC: Feast of the Seven Fishes at RPM Italian… read more ›

Four New Year’s Eve Dining Specials (That You Can Still Reserve)

Chicago Magazine |
Anthony Todd |
Dec 19, 2018
Original Article: "Four New Year’s Eve Dining Specials (That You Can Still Reserve)"

Send 2018 out the door in style What with politics, wildfires, hurricanes, and a whole ton of restaurant closures (RIP, Sabatino’s), it’s not surprising that a lot of people are excited to see the dumpster fire that is 2018 come to an end. Whether you’re in that camp, or you happened to defy the prevailing… read more ›

Weekend 101: Dec. 21-23

Make It Better |
Anna Carlson |
Dec 18, 2018
Original Article: "Weekend 101: Dec. 21-23"

Whether you’re entertaining guests for the holidays or simply need a break yourself, here are a few can’t-miss shows and events this weekend. Ugly Sweater Brunch Dec. 22-23 Chicago and Schaumburg Don your best ugly sweater for brunch at Shaw’s Crab House (think oysters, malted Belgian waffles, lobster mac & cheese, cinnamon roll french toast, and much… read more ›

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018 in Chicago

WhereTraveler |
Selena Fragassi |
Dec 18, 2018
Original Article: "Top 10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018 in Chicago"

We're counting down the ways. We’re counting down some of our favorite ways to ring in the new year in Chicago. From a dart party to the return of Hot Doug’s, here are our picks in no particular order. Booth One For one night only, the legendary and much-missed Hot Doug’s comes back to life… read more ›

What to Eat. Drink. Do. in December and January

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Dec 18, 2018
Original Article: "What to Eat. Drink. Do. in December and January"

Dancing, tunes, foodie and boozy fun things to do in Chicago in the next month TUESDAY, JAN. 1 New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba 2024 N. Halsted St., 773-935-5000 Don’t bother getting dressed before heading out to the Lincoln Park restaurant, which will be giving all diners who come in their PJs a… read more ›

The Calendar: January 2019

Chicago Splash |
Chicago Splash |
Dec 18, 2018
Original Article: "The Calendar: January 2019"

Through December 31 December 24 “Feast of the Seven Fishes” Indulge in an updated version of the classic Italian celebration. The menu includes an array of antipasti and traditional fare — Alaskan king crab risotto, whole roasted lobster, and Santa Barbara uni spaghetti with white truffle — with optional wine pairings.  Time: noon-10 p.m. Place: RPM Italian, 52… read more ›

New on the Menu: LEYE’s Miso Matzo Ball Ramen, David Burke’s St. Louis slinger

Restaurant Hospitality |
Anna Kang |
Dec 18, 2018
Original Article: "New on the Menu: LEYE’s Miso Matzo Ball Ramen, David Burke’s St. Louis slinger"

RH looks at buzzworthy food and beverage items across the country Dishes and drinks that have us doing a double-take this week include a gingerbread cookie-inspired latte, a new take on the classic St. Louis slinger at Grand Tavern by David Burke and the Miso Matzo Ball Ramen at the newest location of Ramen-San, a… read more ›

Sommelier Roundtable: Your Wine Predictions for 2019

Wine Spectator |
Wine Spectator |
Dec 18, 2018
Original Article: "Sommelier Roundtable: Your Wine Predictions for 2019"

New Year, new wine trends! We asked 9 wine pros what regions, styles and philosophies will reign in 2019—and what fads they hope will die When 2018 kicked off, we asked in-the-know wine pros what to expect for the year: more bubbles, more New Zealand, more Napa and, they hoped, better "natural" wine. The past 12 months… read more ›

A Guide To 2019 New Year's Day Brunches In And Around Chicago

WBBM Radio |
Shannon Blum |
Dec 18, 2018
Original Article: "A Guide To 2019 New Year's Day Brunches In And Around Chicago"

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Who said the party has to end when the clock strikes midnight? Why not keep it going with brunch at one of your favorite spots in and around Chicago? And you know what is even better than just regular brunch? Pajama brunch! That's right, roll right out of bed and head out to… read more ›

Chef Picks: Kitchen Gifts for the Holidays

The Epoch Times |
Crystal Shi |
Dec 14, 2018
Original Article: "Chef Picks: Kitchen Gifts for the Holidays"

For the cooking enthusiasts in your life, whether professional chefs or budding home cooks, a thoughtful present for the kitchen is always welcome. To help you navigate through the noise and find the perfect piece, chefs and beverage pros share the top kitchenware items they’re gifting—and wishing for (hint, hint)—this holiday season. Doug Psaltis Chef… read more ›

Your guide to the 5 most popular spots in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood

ABC 7 Chicago |
Hoodline |
Dec 14, 2018
Original Article: "Your guide to the 5 most popular spots in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood"

Visiting Streeterville, or just looking to better appreciate what it has to offer? Get to know this Chicago neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a donut shop to a steakhouse. Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Streeterville, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce… read more ›

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Dec 13, 2018
Original Article: "Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Chicago"

Kick off the new year in style As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about what to do on New Year’s Eve. Chicago’s restaurants and bars are celebrating the occasion by throwing blowout bashes, creating one-night-only prix fixe menus, and offering other specials. The various events include Doug Sohn popping up… read more ›

10 Chicago Wine Pros Pick Their Go-To Bottle Under $20

InsideHook |
Amanda Topper |
Dec 13, 2018
Original Article: "10 Chicago Wine Pros Pick Their Go-To Bottle Under $20"

Or, how to be a great holiday house guest on a budget ‘Tis the season to find yourself roaming liquor-store aisles wondering what the heck to bring to that holiday party you’re invited to. But while every host appreciates a nice bottle, very few hosts will know (or care) how much you spent on that… read more ›

The best meal of 2018: Chicago-area chefs share their picks

Chicago Tribune |
Veronica Hinke |
Dec 13, 2018
Original Article: "The best meal of 2018: Chicago-area chefs share their picks"

What’s the best meal you ate out in the Chicago area in 2018? We asked Chicago food pros to name their absolute favorite. This is the first of a two-part story on the chefs’ recommendations. This year, again, several chefs picked Smyth, Boka, Bad Hunter and others again as in previous years. We heard about… read more ›

Dining out: Holiday teas, spirits, Sunday brunch at Fat Rosie's & more

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Dec 12, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: Holiday teas, spirits, Sunday brunch at Fat Rosie's & more"

Sweet deal For a Monday night treat, head to Di Pescara in Northbrook Court for half-price sushi and wine by the glass or the bottle from 5 to 9 p.m. Chow down on classic sushi rolls such as the rainbow or California rolls. Or try some of chef Mychael Bonner's creations including the Ocean Roll… read more ›

Eat this Town: Chicago

Blackboard Eats |
Samantha Nelson |
Dec 12, 2018
Original Article: "Eat this Town: Chicago"

Hot drinks at Naoki Sushi Bundle up to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo for their annual ZooLight’s holiday display between now and January 6—and after the show, warm up with the Snow Monkey, a new cocktail named for some of the zoo’s most newest residents. The $9 drink is made with Japanese whisky, spiced pear… read more ›

DINING Twain brunch, Little Goat, December Pride event

Windy City Times |
Andrew Davis |
Dec 12, 2018
Original Article: "DINING Twain brunch, Little Goat, December Pride event"

—Esteemed spot Everest, 425 S. Financial Pl., is hosting "Christmas in Alsace" through Thursday, Dec. 27 ( excluding Dec. 23-26 ) at 5-10 p.m. Chef/proprietor J. Joho brings traditional preparations to Everest, serving a holiday multi-course menu. The price is $165/person, plus tax and gratuity. ( Wine pairings are another $98/person, plus tax and gratuity.… read more ›

The Four Best Impossible Burgers in Chicago

Chicago Magazine |
Carrie Schedler |
Dec 11, 2018
Original Article: "The Four Best Impossible Burgers in Chicago"

M Burger The closest possible approximation of a drive-through burger, in all the right ways. $9. mburgerchicago.com for locations read more ›

22 restaurants serving Christmas meals, from roasts to gingerbread to Feast of the Seven Fishes

The idea of making Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner is a nice one. But in practice, it can create more stress than you really need. You already have your hands full with gifts, activities and coordinating with people who can’t seem to remember where they’re supposed to be and when. Make a reservation at… read more ›

Where to Celebrate the Best Italian Christmas Eve Tradition: Feast of the Seven Fishes

Washingtonian |
Daniella Byck |
Dec 11, 2018
Original Article: "Where to Celebrate the Best Italian Christmas Eve Tradition: Feast of the Seven Fishes"

Restaurants serving a bounty of Italian seafood for Christmas Eve and beyond. RPM Italian 650 K St., NW Start the meal with seafood cicchetti (Italian small snacks) before moving on to the whale-size portions such as whole roasted sole and Maine lobster. Toast the holidays with a vino pairing for an additional $65 per person. Details: Monday, December 24 from 3… read more ›

Wine Bar: Bar Ramone

Wine and Spirits Magazine |
John Lenart |
Dec 11, 2018
Original Article: "Wine Bar: Bar Ramone"

At Bar Ramone, a cozy 80-seater in Chicago’s River North—the first wine bar in Lettuce Entertain You’s 120-restaurant portfolio—longtime wine pro Ryan Arnold set out to create a list that would inspire conversation. To that end, he and sommelier Richard Hanauer built a list of 100 picks, few of them household names. Want sparkling? Choose between… read more ›

Where to Dine on Christmas Eve and Day in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Dec 10, 2018
Original Article: "Where to Dine on Christmas Eve and Day in Chicago"

Where to leave the hard work to the experts this holiday A great meal without the hassle of cooking and cleaning up might be the best gift of all this holiday season. The following Chicago restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day, serving their regular menus or special offerings. From prime cuts… read more ›

20 Best Fruity Winter Cocktails To Get You Nice And Toasty

YourTango |
Aly Walansky |
Dec 10, 2018
Original Article: "20 Best Fruity Winter Cocktails To Get You Nice And Toasty"

Prost! Think fruity cocktails are limited to frozen drinks with umbrellas while sitting by the pool? No way! While fruity drinks are very popular in the summer months, we need our fruits and vegetables all year long, right? These fruity winter cocktails are found at spots around the country that are fresh and full of fruit… read more ›

5 Seasonal Delicacies

DC Modern Luxury |
Nevin Martell |
Dec 10, 2018
Original Article: "5 Seasonal Delicacies"

December is peak truffle season, so chefs are highlighting the “black diamonds” in decadent dishes. 1. AGED PARMESAN RISOTTO The supremely creamy rice dish at RPM Italian is finished off with a flurry of truffles, which are shaved on top at the table as guests “ooh” and “aah.” $35 half, $63 full, 650 K St. NW, 202.204.4480 read more ›

Chicago's Best Secret Menu Items

UrbanMatter |
Jessica Hamrick |
Dec 7, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago's Best Secret Menu Items"

Hey you…yeah, you! Can you keep a secret? Chicago may be well-known for its amazing restaurants and bars, but it just so happens that some of the best food in the city is actually being kept under wraps. Yes, from mysterious meatball subs to covert sushi rolls, the city’s restaurant scene is practically teeming with classified… read more ›

Meet the Man Who Brought His Homebrewing Hobby into Chicago’s Best Restaurants

October Magazine |
Diana Hubbell |
Dec 7, 2018
Original Article: "Meet the Man Who Brought His Homebrewing Hobby into Chicago’s Best Restaurants"

When Phil Stubstad started brewing five-gallon batches his garage, he never imagined it would one day lead to a crucial turning point in his career. As a veteran of the restaurant industry and an ambitious home cook, he figured that homebrewing was a logical extension of his existing hobby—following a recipe for beer couldn’t be… read more ›

10 Spots for the Most Delectable Cookies in Chicago

Make It Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Dec 7, 2018
Original Article: "10 Spots for the Most Delectable Cookies in Chicago"

The holidays may come and go, but our obsession with cookies, those crunchy, crispy, chewy, and sweet wonders, will never die, because cookies tell our story. Your childhood, your Girl Scout troop, your grandmother, your culture, all on view. One woman’s lebkuchen is another’s gingerbread; my twice-baked cookie might be biscotti or Mandelbrot. Nut-centric cookies such as Chinese… read more ›

These 7 Festive Pop-Ups and Experiences Bring Holiday Cheer to a Whole New Level

Michigan Avenue Magazine |
Emma Sarran Webster |
Dec 7, 2018
Original Article: "These 7 Festive Pop-Ups and Experiences Bring Holiday Cheer to a Whole New Level"

The great thing about December in Chicago is that, while the weather is getting cold and grey, the rest of the city is getting warm and bright. It’s an undeniable fact: Chicago knows how to do the holidays, which means there’s no lack of places to go and things to do when you want to… read more ›

Have a Bright, Food-Filled Hanukkah in Chicago

DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Dec 7, 2018
Original Article: "Have a Bright, Food-Filled Hanukkah in Chicago"

Entertain or dine out in style this holiday season There are so many reasons to celebrate this holiday season, not the least of which is the eight magical nights that make up Hanukkah. This holiday is full of light, family, giving thanks, and (of course) lots of good food. Whether you’re entertaining at home, welcoming… read more ›

The Ultimate New Year's Day Brunch Guide in Chicago

UrbanMatter |
Arniecea Johnson |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "The Ultimate New Year's Day Brunch Guide in Chicago "

Okay, so New Year’s Eve was intense. You have a banging headache. Have no idea where your car keys are. You sent a regrettable text to your ex last night and you smell a little like vomit. No, you may not remember all of last night, but you do know it was fun. But no, no,… read more ›

Sommelier Roundtable: How Do You Stay Fit and Healthy?

Wine Spectator |
Wine Spectator |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "Sommelier Roundtable: How Do You Stay Fit and Healthy?"

Restaurant work at the highest level of service is notoriously grueling, but the job of sommelier is particularly suited to taxing one's health: lugging cases up and down from the cellar, racing from table to table bearing knowledge and bottles, long hours late into the night, days of wine tasting that blur into dinners and… read more ›

Dining out: National Brownie Day, Artic Winter Bar & an Elf pub crawl

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: National Brownie Day, Artic Winter Bar & an Elf pub crawl"

Shop and dine Shop at the Streets of Woodfield in Schaumburg and then, as a bonus, get a discount at Tokio Pub. All you have to do is show your shopping receipt to your Tokio Pub server to receive a 25 percent discount on your food and beverage. Restrictions apply. The special runs through Dec.… read more ›

Eatsa pivots to restaurant-tech platform

Nation's Restaurant News |
Joanna Fantozzi |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "Eatsa pivots to restaurant-tech platform"

Automated eatery finds new life in other fast-casual concepts When Eatsa first opened in San Francisco in 2015 as a “robot-run” fast-casual eatery, it caused quite a stir. Reminiscent of mid-20th century automats, customers could order at digital kiosks and pick up their freshly made food in individual cubbyholes without interacting with human beings. While… read more ›

The 20 Essential Ramen Shops in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "The 20 Essential Ramen Shops in Chicago"

Slurp on these oodles of noodles Ramen is a Japanese specialty beloved by many and mastered by few. Chewy noodles in hot broth with a layer of pork, soft-boiled egg, nori, and spices are an artful combination that can be enjoyed at just about any hour of the day (it's also a great hangover cure).… read more ›

12 holiday date nights that sleigh

Chicago Parent |
Cortney Fries |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "12 holiday date nights that sleigh"

As jolly as December can be, it can be difficult not to get your tinsel in a tangle with all the to-do items parents have around the holiday season. Yet, Chicago is a magical place this time of year. Get your gift shopping done without the kiddos, then take in a festive show, enjoy a… read more ›

We Hereby Declare These The 7 Best Pasta Dishes in Chicago

InsideHook |
Amanda Topper |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "We Hereby Declare These The 7 Best Pasta Dishes in Chicago"

In May, we challenged our readers to build a six-pack from scratch in 30 days. Today, we present that challenge’s spiritual opposite: a list of the seven best pasta dishes in Chicago, which could conceivably double as a guide to building a six-pack in 30 days. Look, if you’re gonna indulge, now’s the time to do it.… read more ›

13 of Chicago’s Most Epic Champagne Deals

Eater Chicago |
Kat Odell |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "13 of Chicago’s Most Epic Champagne Deals"

Where to drink discounted Krug and Dom Champagne has become a beverage synonymous with specials occasions, so it’s no surprise that during the holidays the French wine flows. Not to be confused with other sparkling wines from around the world—like Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava—Champagnes, from the namesake region in eastern France, carry a unique terroir,… read more ›

5 of Chicago's Best Late Night Go-To's For the Perfect Night Out

Concierge Preferred |
Kaitlyn Barcal |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "5 of Chicago's Best Late Night Go-To's For the Perfect Night Out"

Want to hit all of Chicago’s best late night spots in one night? Here are some of the top hot spots to hit on your night out, recommended by the ones who know best. FLOR SIGARAN, CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION HOTEL Aba, new Mediterranean spot for food and rare cocktail drinks. The inside is as beautiful… read more ›

Inside LEYE’s Third Ramen-san, Bringing Miso Matzo Ball Ramen to Streeterville Today

Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "Inside LEYE’s Third Ramen-san, Bringing Miso Matzo Ball Ramen to Streeterville Today"

East of Michigan Avenue gets some popular Japanese spicy noodle soups and more Steaming bowls of heartwarming spicy Japanese noodle soup, lobster dumplings, and frosty mugs of Asahi beer arrive in Streeterville today. Lettuce Entertain You opened the third Ramen-san location — its growing wing of ramen-focused restaurants — this time to serve medical professionals and other diners east of Michigan… read more ›

Neighborhood Gems: Restaurants for a Hip, Casual New Year’s Eve Celebration with Friends

If you’re looking for a lo-fi New Year’s Eve celebration that’s less about the pomp and circumstance and more about delicious food, chill ambience, and the company you’re with, check out these neighborhood gems for a fun-yet-low-key way to ring in 2019. Not near any of these spots? With more than 47,000 restaurants on OpenTable, we… read more ›

Protean Rum Breathes Life into the Classics

The Rum Reader |
Maggie Hennessy |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "Protean Rum Breathes Life into the Classics"

Hot on the heels of Chicago’s rum-fueled tiki movement, bartender Peter Vestinos opened the chic, 1930s-styled bar Sparrow in the city’s posh Gold Coast neighborhood in 2015. The cocktail bar features a focused lineup of mostly rum-based cocktails, the sort one might find at a hotel bar in Prohibition-era Havana: the golden El Presidente, the… read more ›

LEYE's Ramen-san Streeterville Opens

QSR Web |
QSR |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "LEYE's Ramen-san Streeterville Opens"

Ramen-san Streeterville opens Tuesday, Tuesday, December 4 at 165 E. Huron St., dishing out its signature ramen, Express Lunch and new menu additions to the neighborhood. The third downtown location of the ramen shop from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman brings the "San" vibe and energy to Streeterville with its old-school… read more ›

OpenTable Diners Have Spoken: The 100 Best Restaurants in America 2018

OpenTable |
OpenTable |
Dec 6, 2018
Original Article: "OpenTable Diners Have Spoken: The 100 Best Restaurants in America 2018"

Honorees span 23 states and Washington, D.C.; New York and California receive top honors SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG), revealed the 100 Best Restaurants in America 2018according to OpenTable diners. The list is a comprehensive look at the year's most beloved dining spots culled from… read more ›

Hot Doug’s to Pop Up in the Gold Coast on New Year’s Eve

Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Dec 3, 2018
Original Article: "Hot Doug’s to Pop Up in the Gold Coast on New Year’s Eve"

Plus, Tempesta Market opens a breakfast pop-up in the Loop and more morning news — Chicagoans will have a unique way to spend New Year’s Eve this year — by partying with Hot Doug himself and an unlimited selection of his sausages. Doug Sohn will helm a pop-up on December 31 at the Library Bar… read more ›

Chicago’s Best New Restaurants Of 2018

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Dec 3, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago’s Best New Restaurants Of 2018"

We spent the year looking for the best new restaurants across Chicago. This is where you’ll find them. Plenty of restaurants have opened in Chicago over the past year, and despite the buzz and press surrounding so many of them, a lot have been disappointing. Not the 11 listed here. These are the kinds of… read more ›

10 thoughtful details that will make your holiday gathering feel warmer than a roaring fireplace

HelloGiggles |
Patrice J. Williams |
Dec 3, 2018
Original Article: "10 thoughtful details that will make your holiday gathering feel warmer than a roaring fireplace"

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But wait a minute, it can also be a super stressful and busy time. Between finding the right gift for everyone on your list, planning for the crush of holiday travel, and trying to manage a growing list of get-togethers, life can feel unmanageable this time of year. And… read more ›

Asian fusion, Bavarian fusion and more: What's trending on Chicago's food scene?

ABC 7 Chicago |
Hoodline |
Dec 3, 2018
Original Article: "Asian fusion, Bavarian fusion and more: What's trending on Chicago's food scene?"

Food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending today? We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to uncover which local businesses have been getting a notable increase in attention this month. To find out who made the list, we looked at Chicago businesses on Yelp by category and… read more ›

Dining out: B.GOOD opens in Schaumburg, Shake Shack comes to Oak Brook

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Dec 3, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: B.GOOD opens in Schaumburg, Shake Shack comes to Oak Brook"

Burgers & Brews Tokio Pub in Schaumburg recently introduced Burgers & Brews on Wednesdays. Combine any of the three burgers -- Sunrise, Eruption or the signature Ramen -- with any of eight beers for $12. Pairing suggestions include the Sunrise Burger (Angus beef, Asian barbecue sauce, crispy pork belly, white cheddar and fried egg on… read more ›

A Tale of Two Pancakes

ChicagoNow |
Barbara Revsine |
Nov 30, 2018
Original Article: "A Tale of Two Pancakes"

Special Bites Around Town The Ambassador Chicago is planning a series of holiday events. Santa kicks off the festivities with visits to the Library Bar on Sunday, December 16 and 23 from 11am-2pm. In addition to a chat with Santa, guests can enjoy decorating cookies and sipping hot chocolate. The event also includes a toy drive benefitting… read more ›

Where to enjoy brunch with Santa in the suburbs in 2018

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Nov 30, 2018
Original Article: "Where to enjoy brunch with Santa in the suburbs in 2018"

Catch some of the Christmas spirit and put in a good word with St. Nick during an upcoming Breakfast with Santa in the suburbs. Kids will delight in meeting Santa Claus, and everyone will enjoy sampling seasonal sweets. Brunches are filling up fast, so make your reservations now. Mon Ami Gabi: 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook,… read more ›

Where to See Santa in Chicago

Choose Chicago |
Amy Bizzarri |
Nov 30, 2018
Original Article: "Where to See Santa in Chicago"

You can catch Santa all over Chicago during the holidays. He might be feeding hay to his reindeer at the Lincoln Park Zoo, sipping hot cocoa with Mrs. Claus at a cozy café, or hanging out in some of Chicago’s beloved museums. So if you’re looking for the perfect family photo for your Christmas card,… read more ›

20 Must-Eat Pies in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai and Ashok Selvam |
Nov 30, 2018
Original Article: "20 Must-Eat Pies in Chicago"

The apple pies of our eyes A slice of pie seems to have an uncanny way of melting away problems and Chicago's bakers have an arsenal of great ideas when it comes to the pastry. They've all mastered the art of crust making and fill their creations with seasonal fruits and luscious creams. Some use… read more ›

Eat Your Way Through December With These Holiday Specials

Chicago Magazine |
Anthony Todd |
Nov 30, 2018
Original Article: "Eat Your Way Through December With These Holiday Specials"

Fill your calendar with these holiday markets and dining deals You’ve survived Thanksgiving. Now, it’s time to start thinking about how to party until the year’s end. Whatever holiday you celebrate, there’s plenty of good food, drink, and fun to keep away the winter chill. Here are some of the best ways to kick off your merrymaking… read more ›

It’s Time Steakhouses Got Serious About Beer

October Magazine |
Maggie Hennessy |
Nov 30, 2018
Original Article: "It’s Time Steakhouses Got Serious About Beer"

Ordering from the Fancy Beers list at posh Chicago steakhouse RPM Steak is almost exactly like ordering wine. After choosing from among the 75-bottle rare brew list—with prices that top out at $148 for a 2015 Goose Island Brewing Co. Bourbon County Brand Rare imperial stout—a server in a crisp white jacket presents the bottle… read more ›

15 Restaurants With Action At The Bar

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Nov 30, 2018
Original Article: "15 Restaurants With Action At The Bar"

People appreciate a two-in-one. Case in point: reversible jackets, and the fact that Pert Plus still exists. So it’s understandable if, on a night out, you’re looking for the combination of a fun bar and a restaurant with great food. Especially in Chicago, where, for large portions of the year, we do everything possible to… read more ›

How Far Can the Grab-and-Go Trend Go?

QSR Magazine |
Devon Flaherty |
Nov 30, 2018
Original Article: "How Far Can the Grab-and-Go Trend Go?"

Premium grab-and-go options give hurried guests better food opportunities while they’re on the move. Some grab-and-go concepts feature bars where customers can pick and choose what they want, package them up, pay, and go about their day. Beatrix Market in Chicago is one such place, with a self-serve salad, soup, and hot-food bar that stands alongside options… read more ›

Where to enjoy brunch with Santa in the suburbs in 2018

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Nov 30, 2018
Original Article: "Where to enjoy brunch with Santa in the suburbs in 2018"

Catch some of the Christmas spirit and put in a good word with St. Nick during an upcoming Breakfast with Santa in the suburbs. Kids will delight in meeting Santa Claus, and everyone will enjoy sampling seasonal sweets. Brunches are filling up fast, so make your reservations now. Mon Ami Gabi: 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook,… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Among Investors in Tock Reservation Platform

Restaurant Business |
Heather Lalley |
Nov 30, 2018
Original Article: "Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Among Investors in Tock Reservation Platform"

The fast-growing tech company secured $9.5 million in its latest funding round. Reservation platform Tock announced Wednesday it has secured $9.5 million in funding to fuel its expansion, in part from Chicago-based multiconcept operator Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. The funding round was led by Tesla and SpaceX investor Valor Equity Partners as well as venture-capital firm… read more ›

8 Must-Visit Tiki Bars in the U.S.

Money Inc. |
Matt Kirouac |
Nov 30, 2018
Original Article: "8 Must-Visit Tiki Bars in the U.S."

The tiki renaissance continues to sweep the U.S., with tropical bars popping up at a rapid clip. On the heels of pioneers like Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, the rum wave has spilled over into markets large and small, from Denver hot spots to more offbeat watering holes in cities like Tulsa and Arlington, Texas. Here are some… read more ›

Two for One: 10 Memorable Restaurants Within Restaurants

OpenTable |
Nevin Martell |
Nov 29, 2018
Original Article: "Two for One: 10 Memorable Restaurants Within Restaurants"

Sometimes one isn’t enough. A growing number of restaurants conceal a second, discrete experience – from exclusive tasting menus and all-you-can-eat extravaganzas to karaoke bars and Champagne rooms. Double your fun at these 10 restaurants within restaurants for a true insider experience. Not near any of these chic spots? We can help you find the… read more ›

The best ramen in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Nov 28, 2018
Original Article: "The best ramen in Chicago"

Forget about the microwavable mush and slurp down savory tonkotsu broth and crispy pork belly at these top restaurants Over the last decade, ramen has been elevated from dorm room microwaves to trendy restaurants in Chicago's top foodie neighborhoods. Upgrades include hand-crafted noodles, slabs of tender pork belly, molten eggs, mouth-tingling chiles and deeply savory broth. Whether you're looking for a… read more ›

Elevated Israeli cuisine popping up on Chicago’s culinary landscape

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago |
Stacey Ballis |
Nov 28, 2018
Original Article: "Elevated Israeli cuisine popping up on Chicago’s culinary landscape"

While we have always enjoyed a vibrant Middle Eastern culinary scene here, things seem to be picking up speed in recent years. Israeli cuisine is having a moment. Borne of the success of powerhouses like Zahav in Philadelphia and Shaya in New Orleans, the multifaceted and multi-cultural foodways of the Middle East in general and… read more ›

The 50 best dishes and drinks in Chicago in 2018

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen and Maggie Hennessy |
Nov 28, 2018
Original Article: "The 50 best dishes and drinks in Chicago in 2018"

From breakfast to booze, these are the all-time best dishes we tried in Chicago in 2018 We’re officially stuffed. Throughout 2018, we sampled our way through some of Chicago’s best restaurants—both newcomers and mainstays—to hunt down knockout dishes and drinks that left us feeling inspired. We ended up with a collection of menu items that is as diverse… read more ›

How to Make Fresh Pasta

Chowhound |
Julie Vadnal |
Nov 27, 2018
Original Article: "How to Make Fresh Pasta"

Making your own fresh pasta is one of those things that seems super complicated—until you learn that there’s only two ingredients and you don’t need any tools other than a bowl and your hands. Just ask Doug Psaltis, chef and partner at RPM Italian in Chicago, where his team churns out shareable bowls of handmade bucatini, cavatelli, pappardelle, and more on the… read more ›

Best 2018 Holiday Restaurant Gift Card Deals In Minnesota

CBS Minnesota |
Jason DeRusha |
Nov 26, 2018
Original Article: "Best 2018 Holiday Restaurant Gift Card Deals In Minnesota"

It’s the best time of the year if you’re looking for a great deal on restaurant gift cards. Spend $100, get $20. Spend $100, get $25. Spend $25, get $5. It’s the perfect way to say “thank you” to coworkers, or your babysitter, or a great gift for family and friends. I’ve compiled a list… read more ›

9 Festive Restaurants for a Holiday Dinner in Chicago

Choose Chicago |
Dan Morgridge |
Nov 26, 2018
Original Article: "9 Festive Restaurants for a Holiday Dinner in Chicago"

Winter means it’s time to celebrate the holidays, and sooner or later, festive decorations will start popping all over the city. You know your local department store will deck the halls, but which restaurants are sure to hang their stockings by the mantle with care? We’ve found a few restaurants and bars that go all… read more ›

19 fun ways to spend your time and money on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in Chicago

Chicago Tribune |
Aine Dougherty and Adam Lukach |
Nov 26, 2018
Original Article: "19 fun ways to spend your time and money on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in Chicago"

You want to satisfy your Black Friday cravings, or maybe do some holiday shopping, or maybe just treat yourself a bit — you know, in the spirit of the holiday. But! You don’t want to feed the big-box retailers. No worries — RedEye has a list of local businesses and vendors from throughout Chicago offering… read more ›

Concierges’ Favorite 50 Dining Destinations – 2019

Concierge Preferred |
Concierge Preferred |
Nov 26, 2018
Original Article: "Concierges’ Favorite 50 Dining Destinations – 2019"

The following restaurants were hand-picked by Chicagoland’s 600-plus concierge as their favorite dining destinations for 2019. Chicago offers one of the best dining scenes in the entire country. Whether you are visiting Chicago or just looking for a great new restaurant to try, leave it to the experts to find out where to go. Fun fact? … read more ›

United Center ups dining game with more Chicago standouts, plus other restaurant news

Chicago Tribune |
Grace Wong |
Nov 26, 2018
Original Article: "United Center ups dining game with more Chicago standouts, plus other restaurant news"

Other openings STREETERVILLE — Wow Bao opened its seventh location offering dumplings, baos and other Asian-inspired fare. 46 E. Chicago Ave., wowbao.com read more ›

The Best Cocktails To Pair With Thanksgiving Foods, According To Bartenders

UPROXX |
Christopher Osburn |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "The Best Cocktails To Pair With Thanksgiving Foods, According To Bartenders"

Thanksgiving is a time for family and traditions. Some of us play football with our buddies, some of us watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and some of us watch the Detroit Lions lose to whoever they’re playing each year. To each their own. But with family and tradition comes an astronomical amount of stress. And, as… read more ›

Seven Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "Seven Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now"

An ongoing log of the best restaurant and bar deals in town Happy hour specials are important. The discounted prices are a great tool to bring Chicagoans into bars and restaurants no matter the weather. It’s been almost three years since state lawmakers legalized happy hour, lifting obsolete restrictions that prevented restaurant and bar owners… read more ›

Thanksgiving Dining Guide: A rundown of holiday offerings in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sun |
Ray Brewer and Wade McAferty |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "Thanksgiving Dining Guide: A rundown of holiday offerings in Las Vegas"

If you aren’t cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home, Las Vegas has plenty of options. OK, Las Vegas has too many options. Whether it’s up and down the Strip or at a neighborhood casino, there are plenty of choices — and in a variety of price ranges. Restaurants and buffets will likely be packed because 300,000 visitors… read more ›

How Independent Restaurants Handle Labor Pressure

Restaurant Business |
Jonathan Maze |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "How Independent Restaurants Handle Labor Pressure"

This week’s episode of "A Deeper Dive" features R.J. Melman, president of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. How do the largest and most successful restaurant companies handle the rising cost of labor? This week’s edition of Restaurant Business' podcast, "A Deeper Dive," is all about RB's Top 100 Independents ranking. It features an interview with R.J. Melman, president of Lettuce Entertain… read more ›

Review: Melman plays it small with intimate Bar Ramone, but goes big on breadth, quality of wine

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel and Joseph Hernandez |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "Review: Melman plays it small with intimate Bar Ramone, but goes big on breadth, quality of wine"

The 400 block of North Clark Street is becoming quite the little drinking destination. At 435 North, there’s Three Dots and a Dash, the subterranean Tiki hideaway; at 445 North, the just-opened Bar Sotano features Lanie Bayless’ Mexico-inspired cocktails. And in between, at 441 North, sits Bar Ramone, a wine bar by Lettuce Entertain You… read more ›

Chicago’s 8 best brunch spots

Orbitz |
Danielle Braff |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago’s 8 best brunch spots"

There’s a reason why Chicagoans will wait hours—often in frigid winter temps—in line for breakfast or brunch: It’s because A.M. meals here rule. From Blackberry Blisscakes (tastes as good as it sounds) to porchetta sandwiches, here are the best breakfasts and brunches in Chicago that are worth the wait. Summer House Santa Monica This restaurant… read more ›

All of the Speakeasies & Hidden Bars You Need to Visit ASAP

Venue Report |
Alyssa Brown |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "All of the Speakeasies & Hidden Bars You Need to Visit ASAP"

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, you’ll have to walk into at least one of these. From moody spaces with faded wallpaper walls and velvet settees to tiny hideaways with glossy leather banquettes and mirrored ceilings, there’s every shade of glamour and flash to be found within the… read more ›

DINING Tokio Pub burgers, The Dearborn's pies, Sable's pop-up bar

Windy City Times |
Andrew Davis |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "DINING Tokio Pub burgers, The Dearborn's pies, Sable's pop-up bar"

—On Wednesdays, Schaumburg's Tokio Pub is offering, for $12, any combination of three burgers—including the Tokio Sunrise Burger, Eruption Burger and the signature Ramen Burger—with any of the eight beers for 24 pairings. See http://tokiopub.com/. read more ›

Black Friday Deals in Chicago: 60 Percent Off Pappy, Burger Specials and More

Eater Chicago |
Kat Odell |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "Black Friday Deals in Chicago: 60 Percent Off Pappy, Burger Specials and More"

Plus discounted pizza, sandwiches, and more booze With Thanksgiving looming, it’s time to mentally prepare for one of the most chaotic days of the year: Black Friday, followed closely by Cyber Monday, which is a little bit more sane thanks to the glory of the internet and online shopping. And while the holidays don’t come… read more ›

Chicago wine pros share wines they are grateful for

Chicago Tribune |
Joseph Hernandez |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago wine pros share wines they are grateful for"

Get to know wine professionals long enough, and you’ll find out the bottle that “changed their life,” expanding their mind and propelling them into the profession. But what about a bottle they’re thankful for, a bottle transporting them to a cherished place and time? Wine is, in some ways, a time travel device — our… read more ›

An after-school Thanksgiving feast for Austin public school families

Chicago Tribune |
Katie Galioto |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "An after-school Thanksgiving feast for Austin public school families"

There was turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie. The students of Howe School of Excellence had all the fixings of a Thanksgiving feast in their school cafeteria after classes wrapped up Monday. It’s the second year first-grade teachers Dani Avvisati and Chelsea Clar invited students and their families for a free meal at the public school… read more ›

Thanksgiving Recipes From Stars and Celeb Chefs: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and More

US Magazine |
Samantha Leffler |
Nov 21, 2018
Original Article: "Thanksgiving Recipes From Stars and Celeb Chefs: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and More"

Looking to liven up your Thanksgiving table this year? Try these holiday recipes from an array of stars and celebrity chefs that have been shared with Us Weekly. Keep things healthy with Gordon Ramsay’s roasted cauliflower, quinoa and pomegranate salad, or wow your guests with Martina McBride‘s versatile green beans with goat cheese and warm bacon dressing. There’s… read more ›

What to Eat and Drink Around the World This Week

Departures Magazine |
Leah Koenig |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "What to Eat and Drink Around the World This Week"

From a traditional bird with all the trimmings, to a Cajun-inspired holiday meal and a Thanksgiving dinner in Paris, here are a few standout ways to celebrate Thanksgiving away from home. Chicago: Thanksgiving at Booth One Late last year, restaurateur Rich Melman launched this modern American eatery as an homage to the legendary Chicago restaurant, The Pump… read more ›

The 10 Essential Spanish Restaurants in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Nicole Schnitzler |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "The 10 Essential Spanish Restaurants in Chicago"

Where to find terrific tapas, pintxos, sangria, and much more Between siestas, sangria, and 10 p.m. dinners, there’s a lot to love about Spanish culture. And then, of course, there are the tapas — the small plates that are easy to share, brimming with bold flavors, and just exotic enough to please even the largest… read more ›

9 great restaurants for your Thanksgiving celebration in Chicago

Blackboard Eats |
Nicole Bruce |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "9 great restaurants for your Thanksgiving celebration in Chicago"

Not every Thanksgiving has to involve the headache of dinner prep and entertaining combined with screaming fights over politics and Netflix show spoilers. Focus on spending quality time with family and friends by heading to one of these Chicago restaurants with chefs preparing the best Thanksgiving Day spreads (with varying degrees of traditionalism) on November… read more ›

Chicago’s Most Exciting New Restaurants

Travel and Leisure |
Hannah Walhout |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago’s Most Exciting New Restaurants"

With debut restaurants from young-gun chefs and new projects from Chicago legends, this great dining city stays on its toes. Booth One This Gold Coast newcomer, opened in the Ambassador Chicago in late 2017, began its life over 80 years ago as the iconic and oh-so-exclusive Pump Room — a favorite of visiting stars from Josephine Baker to Mick Jagger. It’s… read more ›

Where To Go For An Early-In-The-Game Date

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Go For An Early-In-The-Game Date"

An early-in-the-game date is a date that’s more than just drinks (or drinks and a light bite), but less than a tasting menu extravaganza. (Save that for your anniversary - seems like things are going well so far.) You need a spot where you can have a great time and get to know each other, without… read more ›

12 Nice, Naughty and New Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Chicago

PureWow |
Amanda Nyren |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "12 Nice, Naughty and New Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Chicago"

If your favorite holiday traditions are starting to feel more ho-hum than ho-ho-ho, we’ve got 12 unexpected activities to put on your seasonal checklist, from an edifying tea service to an epic sundae. SOUTHERN THANKSGIVING Break with your roasted turkey tradition. Bub City’s Southern-inspired smoked turkey comes with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and “sweet tater fluff.” The… read more ›

Everything You Must Do in DC This Holiday Season

Thrillist D.C. |
Lani Furbank |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "Everything You Must Do in DC This Holiday Season"

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, the holiday season feels like we’re all just dashing through the snow in a one-horse open runaway sleigh. There are family obligations, company parties, and frenzied travel, but don’t forget to make time for some festive fun. Hit a craft market, stroll through a lights display, go to a jingle-bell-rockin’ party,… read more ›

Everything You Need to Do in Las Vegas Over the Holidays

Thrillist Las Vegas |
Thrillist Las Vegas |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "Everything You Need to Do in Las Vegas Over the Holidays"

Las Vegas isn't just a city of sin. It's a city of celebration. As the temperatures drop to "is it really that cold?" levels, the holiday season heats up with plenty of events, dinners, and activities around town. From Thanksgiving to New Year, we've got it covered in Las Vegas. Here's what to do in… read more ›

Where to Eat and Drink at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Eater D.C. |
Eater Staff |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "Where to Eat and Drink at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)"

Visit the last Taylor Gourmet left, or grab Sushi or Mexican People love flying into Reagan National Airport because of the view of the monuments downtown upon landing. It also has the advantage of its own stop on Washington's Metro. In recent years, the dining options have vastly improved as well. While Taylor Gourmet has been slinging sandwiches inside… read more ›

Liven up your Thanksgiving Eve with these 16 Black Wednesday bashes

Chicago Tribune |
Aine Dougherty |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "Liven up your Thanksgiving Eve with these 16 Black Wednesday bashes"

To prep for the massive amounts of food you’re about to eat on Thanksgiving, spend the night before overindulging in liquor instead. Catch up with old friends or your favorite cousins and live life to the fullest as you celebrate the long weekend — don’t just veg out on Netflix. Those comfy sweatpants can wait until… read more ›

Every Day I’m Trufflin’: 12 Restaurants for Truffle Season

OpenTable |
Nevin Martell |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "Every Day I’m Trufflin’: 12 Restaurants for Truffle Season"

‘Tis the season…for truffles. Prepare yourself for a tsunami of umami as chefs take everyday dishes to the most luxe level possible by incorporating an onslaught of fresh truffles. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or a birthday or, simply, the arrival of this delicious ingredient, these 12 restaurants for truffle season ensure that you’ll be… read more ›

Dessert drinks can add a finishing touch to the bottom line

Nation's Restaurant News |
David Flaherty |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "Dessert drinks can add a finishing touch to the bottom line"

Smart pairings and well-trained staff are key to boosting sales Oftentimes, the back of the book is the best part of the story. It’s where the journey, after being laid out in multiple chapters, often concludes with a bang. That’s how astute operators look at their dessert beverage program. If organized smartly, and curated with… read more ›

The ultimate guide on where to buy Thanksgiving pies

DC Refined |
Nevin Martell |
Nov 19, 2018
Original Article: "The ultimate guide on where to buy Thanksgiving pies"

Pretty much everybody loves pie at Thanksgiving, but not everyone wants to spend the time making them. Spare yourself the schlep, the prep, the struggles, the stress and the scrubbing by picking up a pie (or three) at one of these sweet spots.  Summer House North Bethesda The pie: Spiced pumpkin chiffon ($36). Ordering info: Order at… read more ›

Dining out: Fat Rosie's, IllumiBrew, turkey to-go and more

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Nov 15, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: Fat Rosie's, IllumiBrew, turkey to-go and more"

• Bub City Rosemont: The Thanksgiving Feast To Go features a whole smoked turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and more. It serves eight and costs $29.95 per person plus tax. Order by Wednesday, Nov. 21, for pickup between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. (847) 261-0399 or bub-city.com/rosemont/. • Di Pescara: Order from… read more ›

Best Chicago happy hour deals: Nov. 15-21

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Nov 15, 2018
Original Article: "Best Chicago happy hour deals: Nov. 15-21"

Here’s where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago: Saturday, Nov. 17 Booth One (1301 N. State Parkway, 312-649-0535) offers $2 mini-martinis, $5 glasses of wine, $1.84 prime rib sliders and $1.66 vegetable crudites from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (60 E. Grand Ave.,… read more ›

Hold the Turkey: 9 Thanksgiving Restaurants for Vegetarians + Vegans

OpenTable |
Nevin Martell |
Nov 15, 2018
Original Article: "Hold the Turkey: 9 Thanksgiving Restaurants for Vegetarians + Vegans"

Thanksgiving dinner is usually all about emphasizing meat and animal products. For those diners maintaining a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, this can make the holiday more of a helliday. Thankfully, plant-focused chefs are helping out by offering up veg-centric creations that rival the classics. Here are 9 Thanksgiving restaurants for vegetarians and vegans that will… read more ›

Chicago's pizza styles: a guide

Gourmet Traveller |
Steve Dolinsky |
Nov 15, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago's pizza styles: a guide"

Food writer Steve Dolinsky set himself a mission: to methodically work his way through the pizza joints of Chicago and its suburbs to identify the best examples of the many styles on offer. These are his picks. Food writer Steve Dolinsky tested more than a hundred different pizzas to complete his mission. To say that… read more ›

Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Chicago

Choose Chicago |
Choose Chicago |
Nov 14, 2018
Original Article: "Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Chicago"

Thanksgiving is supposed to be about food and family. But between all the cooking and cleaning, the family part tends to fall by the wayside. This year, leave the grocery shopping and dishwashing to someone else. Dining out for Thanksgiving is a great way to spend more time with your loved ones, and less time… read more ›

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving for Dinner

NBC Chicago |
NBC Chicago |
Nov 14, 2018
Original Article: "Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving for Dinner"

There's no need to slave over your Turkey Day meal thanks to these Chicago-area restaurants. Wildfire Wildfire will serve a family-style Thanksgiving menu between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. There will also be gluten-free menu items and a Thanksgiving party platter menu for carryout. The cost is $49.95 per adult and $21.95 for ages 12… read more ›

Let Us Give Thanks: 13 Restaurants for Thanksgiving 2018 Dinners That Don’t Require You to Cook or Clean

Pretty much everybody loves Thanksgiving, pretty much nobody loves doing the dishes. Spare you and your guests the schlep, the prep, the struggles, the stress, and the scrubbing by making a reservation to eat out. These 13 restaurants for Thanksgiving 2018 are serving up epic feasts that ensure you can all enjoy the day and… read more ›

14 Terrific Thanksgiving Takeout Options in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Elizabeth Atkinson |
Nov 13, 2018
Original Article: "14 Terrific Thanksgiving Takeout Options in Chicago"

These Chicago restaurants have everything for a great Thanksgiving meal without the kitchen mess Bub City This popular barbecue spot offers whole smoked turkeys and all the fixings to go. The meal serves eight and is available for Thanksgiving day pickup orders through Wednesday, November 21. Sides include mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and more. Shaw's Crab House… read more ›

Wow Bao Offers Free Meal to First 100 Guests at New Location

Patch: Lincoln Park, Chicago |
Heron Agency |
Nov 13, 2018
Original Article: "Wow Bao Offers Free Meal to First 100 Guests at New Location"

More WOW coming to Chicago! Wow Bao, the fast-Asian concept specializing in savory steamed buns, pan-seared dumplings, and rice & noodle bowls, is celebrating the Grand Opening of its newest location at 46 E. Chicago location by offering a free meal to the first 100 guests in line for lunch and again for dinner on… read more ›

15 restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, so you don't have to cook at home

Chicago Tribune |
Grace Wong |
Nov 13, 2018
Original Article: "15 restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, so you don't have to cook at home"

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may already feel the stress of having family over and planning a feast. You might not dodge that testy political conversation with your uncle, but you can relieve some anxiety by eating out instead of tackling a meal for many hungry mouths. Here are 15 restaurants around Chicago and the… read more ›

Impress Your Guests With These Thanksgiving Recipes From Restaurants on Chicago's North Shore

Visit Chicago North Shore |
Visit Chicago North Shore |
Nov 12, 2018
Original Article: "Impress Your Guests With These Thanksgiving Recipes From Restaurants on Chicago's North Shore"

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start thinking about your holiday feast. But more often than not, the task can seem daunting. That’s why we asked a few of our members to share their best recipes, from side dishes to dessert. So whether you’re looking to (literally) spice… read more ›

A Guide To Chicago’s “Super Cute Reasonably Priced Restaurants To Catch Up With A Few Friends”

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Nov 12, 2018
Original Article: "A Guide To Chicago’s “Super Cute Reasonably Priced Restaurants To Catch Up With A Few Friends”"

The Infatuation is built on the idea of “Perfect For” categories, catering to assorted restaurant needs. Dinner With The Parents? Date Night? Impressing Out Of Towners? We got it. But occasionally, we field requests that don’t quite fit into any of The Infatuation’s predetermined categories. And there is one such genre of restaurant that comes… read more ›

Where To Have Dinner With Clients

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Nov 12, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Have Dinner With Clients"

Clients are like plants - except instead of watering them and placing them in direct sunlight, you need to take them to dinner sometimes. But you can’t just take them to any restaurant. You need someplace that’s nice but not awkwardly formal, and trendy while still being quiet enough for a conversation. It should also… read more ›

Fun with food: An essential to the eatsa experience

QSR Web |
S.A. Whitehead |
Nov 12, 2018
Original Article: "Fun with food: An essential to the eatsa experience"

Is food, and more specifically foodservice, fun today,  or is it essentially, eat-and-run, no time for fun at most brands these days? Well, at eatsa, operators say that even if eating is now a rushed experience for many consumers, they still want it to be fun, rather than just an answer to our growling guts.… read more ›

Dining Out On Thanksgiving: 23 Restaurant Feasts To Be Thankful For

Forbes |
Maggie McGrath |
Nov 9, 2018
Original Article: "Dining Out On Thanksgiving: 23 Restaurant Feasts To Be Thankful For"

Among the many things to be grateful for this autumn: You don’t actually have to roast a Thanksgiving turkey if you don’t want to, let alone clean up after. Many of America’s finest restaurants are open for Thanksgiving dinner. So instead of making stuffing and cranberry sauce, just make a res­ervation. While some cities have more… read more ›

Stand Out With Beer and Ethnic Food Pairings

McCain Foodservice |
McCain Foodservice |
Nov 9, 2018
Original Article: "Stand Out With Beer and Ethnic Food Pairings"

Now that ethnic foods and flavors have become mainstream, and culinary companies like McCain Foods are delivering new menu items with an ethnic twist, diners are enjoying them more often — particularly when accompanied by a complementary alcoholic beverage like craft beer. According to research from Nielsen, one out of three Americans consumes foods that contain multicultural flavors… read more ›

Frank Rotondo, longtime bartender at L. Woods, Bones, Kenilworth Inn, dead at 83

Chicago Sun-Times |
Maureen O'Donnell |
Nov 9, 2018
Original Article: "Frank Rotondo, longtime bartender at L. Woods, Bones, Kenilworth Inn, dead at 83"

It didn’t matter if you had a bad day, a bad check-up, or your car and love life sputtered. Frank Rotondo would have your drink waiting for you and maybe a little advice, if you wanted it. Mr. Rotondo spent 48 years tending bar at L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge and its previous incarnations… read more ›

Feast without the fuss: Where to dine out in the suburbs on Thanksgiving 2018

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Nov 9, 2018
Original Article: "Feast without the fuss: Where to dine out in the suburbs on Thanksgiving 2018"

If you feel like your life is jam-packed with activities, take a break this Thanksgiving and let someone else do the cooking and clean up. Namely, a suburban restaurant. Once you make your reservation, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy Thursday, Nov. 22, with family and friends. Here's a sampling… read more ›

20 Chicago restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Nov 8, 2018
Original Article: "20 Chicago restaurants open on Thanksgiving"

Step away from the stove and let these restaurants cook for you on Thanksgiving Day Preparing a Thanksgiving feast is no joke—there's brining and baking and peeling and roasting. Did we mention the mountain of dirty dishes at the end of the night? If you'd rather not step foot in the kitchen on November 22, make plans… read more ›

44 Chicago restaurants and bars with fireplaces

Time Out Chicago |
Elizabeth Atkinson and Morgan Olsen |
Nov 8, 2018
Original Article: "44 Chicago restaurants and bars with fireplaces"

Hot cocktails alone won't abate the wind chill—snuggle up next to one of these fireplaces Chicago's long and brutal winters have one serious upside: Our favorite bars and restaurants turn into cozy hideouts, complete with Hot Toddies and hearty comfort food. But the best of the bunch also have roaring fireplaces that make us feel right at… read more ›

What Culinary Jet Setters Eat at the Devour! Food Film Fest

Hollywood Reporter |
Etan Vlessing |
Nov 8, 2018
Original Article: "What Culinary Jet Setters Eat at the Devour! Food Film Fest"

Michelin comes knocking at a Canadian film festival known for its carefully curated food and wine pairings at red-carpet dinners. The Nova Scotia festival, which in earlier years hosted Jacque Pepin, the late Anthony Bourdain and San Francisco-based chef Dominique Crenn of the two-Michelin-starred Atelier Crenn, also allows celebrity chefs to champion local produce and… read more ›

Where to Dine on Thanksgiving in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Nov 8, 2018
Original Article: "Where to Dine on Thanksgiving in Chicago"

20 great options to gobble up turkey, stuffing, and loads of tryptophan Thanksgiving is on November 22 and for those who would rather not toil away in the kitchen, many Chicago restaurants will be open and ready to accommodate. Leave the hard work to somebody else by sitting back and digging into holiday prix fixe… read more ›

Brunch at Osteria Via Stato

ChicagoNow |
Barbara Revsine |
Nov 8, 2018
Original Article: "Brunch at Osteria Via Stato"

Add Osteria Via Stato to the list of restaurants serving brunch on Sundays. The restaurant has always done festive buffet brunches for Mother's Day and Easter, and according to chef/partner David Di Gregorio, the response has been so good that the restaurant decided to make brunch a weekly event. "Sunday brunch is my favorite part… read more ›

Best Chicago happy hour deals: Nov. 8-14

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Nov 8, 2018
Original Article: "Best Chicago happy hour deals: Nov. 8-14"

Here’s where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago. Tuesday, Nov. 13 Stella Barra (1954 N. Halsted St., 773-634-4101) offers $3 draft beers, $4 glasses of wine, $5 well drinks and $6.95 garlic and rosemary chicken wings from 4 to 6 p.m. read more ›

Craving: Desserts — our monthlong look at Chicago's best cakes, pies, puddings and more

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Nov 7, 2018
Original Article: "Craving: Desserts — our monthlong look at Chicago's best cakes, pies, puddings and more"

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who order dessert and those who don't. If you find yourself in the latter group, it's time to do a little soul-searching. While the main event of dinner is often the entree with an assist from appetizers, dessert is often the last thing one thinks… read more ›

Edgewater's Little Mexican Cafe reincarnated with new owner, name, dishes — plus more restaurant news

Other openings STREETERVILLE — Noodle soup fanatics will have another spot to get their fix when Ramen-san opens its third location in late November. You can expect bowls that are available at other locations, like the pork tonkotsu and spicy Szechuan wings, but also the Streeterville spot will feature new items, such as a pork… read more ›

The hottest food trend in the year you were born

INSIDER |
Janaki Jitchotvisut |
Nov 7, 2018
Original Article: "The hottest food trend in the year you were born"

Food trends may come and go — but there's nothing like a shared memory of something delicious to trigger your nostalgia. Some popular foods have stuck around longer than others. We rounded up some of the most popular food fads in the US from each year since 1955. 1973 was a great year for salad… read more ›

6 Most Mouthwatering Pies in Chicago

UrbanMatter |
Kali Cramer |
Nov 7, 2018
Original Article: "6 Most Mouthwatering Pies in Chicago"

It’s that time of year again for Chicago’s most creative bakeries to put their best foot forward. Pie season is in full swing and we’re totally here for it. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there’s nothing like a delicious pie to complete that wholesome dinner. Sure, you can hit up your standard Corner Bakery and… read more ›

32 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes That Will Make Any Family Gathering a Breeze

Town and Country |
Sam Dangremond |
Nov 6, 2018
Original Article: "32 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes That Will Make Any Family Gathering a Breeze"

Kick off the holiday season with some classic recipes and a few new creations. Basic B Ingredients 1.5 oz Hanks Vodka .75 oz heavy cream .75 oz pumpkin syrup .25 oz Frangelico Instructions Build in mixing tin, shake, and double-strain into a coupe. Garnish with pumpkin spice. From Hub 51 in Chicago Boulevardier Ingredients 1.5 oz Elijah… read more ›

Belinda Chang Blazes a New Trail

SevenFiftyDaily |
Betsy Andrews |
Nov 6, 2018
Original Article: "Belinda Chang Blazes a New Trail"

How the mentor, manager, and marketer has set a new standard for wine events Belinda Chang, who lives in Chicago, was in Manhattan recently to throw a party. That makes sense. You’d expect a James Beard Award–winning sommelier who does marketing work with brands like the Fladgate Partnership to throw parties. But not like this one. Held… read more ›

10 Brunch Spots in Chicago Neighborhoods

WhereTraveler |
Selena Fragassi |
Nov 6, 2018
Original Article: "10 Brunch Spots in Chicago Neighborhoods"

Wake up and head out to these brunch hot spots n Chicago's favorite 'hoods Wake up and step out this weekend! While every hotel in Chicago has their own variety of brunch service, there’s a whole world of restaurants waiting in every neighborhood offering something even more unique and delicious. Here are our top 10… read more ›

9 restaurants with the best views in Chicago

Matador Network |
Benjamin Schaye |
Nov 6, 2018
Original Article: "9 restaurants with the best views in Chicago"

CHICAGO HAS ONE of the best dining scenes in the country, with some extremely talented chefs doing really creative and innovative things. It’s also a city of exquisite views with a world-class skyline set along a gorgeous blue lakefront. So what could be better than combining that incredible food with those great views? Here are our picks… read more ›

Three Words: Eat More Fish

Chicago Magazine |
Carly Boers, Maggie Hennessy, John Kessler, Jeff Ruby, Carrie Schedler and Claire Voon |
Nov 5, 2018
Original Article: "Three Words: Eat More Fish"

Especially these five nutritious, flavorful, and widely available varieties Salmon This ubiquitous pink-fleshed fish — both the wild-caught Pacific and the farmed Atlantic kinds — is a stellar source of omega-3s, and the wild Pacific variety provides a day’s worth of vitamin D. TRY IT …grilled with a teriyaki barbecue sauce at Oyster Bah ($24), pan-seared with wild mushrooms… read more ›

These Are the Fall Beers You Should Be Drinking Right Now

GQ |
Paula Forbes |
Nov 5, 2018
Original Article: "These Are the Fall Beers You Should Be Drinking Right Now"

Bartenders share their favorite autumnal six packs. It’s time to face the facts: summer is long gone. The cold has set in. The leaves are changing and the heat is flipped on and the sweaters are out of storage. Thankfully, there are beers for this situation. Below, three beer experts from across the country recommend their… read more ›

Top Workplaces 2018: Salesforce, American Litho, CASE take top rankings in Energage survey

Chicago Tribune |
Chicago Tribune |
Nov 3, 2018
Original Article: "Top Workplaces 2018: Salesforce, American Litho, CASE take top rankings in Energage survey"

Salesforce, American Litho and the Cooperative Association for Special Education have taken the top spots for large, midsize and small Chicagoland workplaces, respectively, according to rankings released by Energage on behalf of the Chicago Tribune. Though Salesforce has been recognized several times in the past, this marks the first time the other two top organizations… read more ›

Going 10 Rounds with Top Bartender Kevin Beary

The Daily Beast |
Noah Rothbaum |
Nov 2, 2018
Original Article: "Going 10 Rounds with Top Bartender Kevin Beary"

The beverage director at Chicago’s acclaimed tiki haven, Three Dots and a Dash, tackles our speed round of questions. What do you like to drink after a shift? “Rhum agricole & tonic.” What is the all-time best dive bar jukebox song? “‘Move On Up’ by Curtis Mayfield.” What drink should be banished and why? “Anything ordered as ‘not… read more ›

Dining out: Movement & Mimosas at Maggiano's, National Sandwich Day & more

DiningOut Chicago |
Caroline Linden |
Nov 2, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: Movement & Mimosas at Maggiano's, National Sandwich Day & more"

Gluten-Free Wine Dinner Attention all gluten-free diners: Wildfire in Oak Brook is hosting its ninth annual Gluten-Free Wine Dinner, with optional wine pairings, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Resident gluten-free expert Ruth Hayden will discuss the five-course gluten-free menu. The menu includes salmon tartare on baked potato chips paired with Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc… read more ›

Streeterville’s Getting a Ramen-San Near Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Nov 2, 2018
Original Article: "Streeterville’s Getting a Ramen-San Near Northwestern Memorial Hospital"

It’s the third location of Lettuce Entertain You’s ramen shop Signage has been up for a couple weeks in Streeterville where Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises plans to open the company’s third Ramen-san restaurant. LEYE is shooting to open the last week of November at 676 N. Saint Clair Street on the ground floor of the building shared with… read more ›

Guest chefs contribute to Somerset's soup-and-sandwich lunch series

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Nov 1, 2018
Original Article: "Guest chefs contribute to Somerset's soup-and-sandwich lunch series"

It’ll be cold and blustery in Chicago for the next five months (at least), and Somerset (1112 N. State St.) will try to take the edge off with a monthly series of soup-and-sandwich lunch features, beginning Thursday and extending through March. Somerset chef Lee Wolen will collaborate with a different chef each month, creating a… read more ›

16 All-Season Patios to Escape the Chicago Cold

Eater Chicago |
Elizabeth Atkinson |
Nov 1, 2018
Original Article: "16 All-Season Patios to Escape the Chicago Cold"

The weather outside is frightful, but retractable rooftops and enclosed patios are so delightful. When the weather gets cool, many Chicagoans love to be in denial that winter is around the corner or already here. Thankfully, some of Chicago’s restaurants and bars have just the right cure for winter denial—all-seasons patios. With cozy fireplaces, glass-enclosed… read more ›

The Best U.S. Fall Drinking Destinations, According To Bartenders

UPROXX |
Christopher Osburn |
Nov 1, 2018
Original Article: "The Best U.S. Fall Drinking Destinations, According To Bartenders"

When most of us think about traveling, we tend to imagine the summertime. The humid, sunny summer days are perfect for road trips and vacations. But in June, July, and August doesn’t it make more sense to stay home where everything is already idyllic? That’s why we believe that fall travel is hugely underrated. Depending on where… read more ›

Gobble, Gobble! Let Someone Else Do the Thanksgiving Cooking

Red Tricycle |
Amy Bizzarri |
Nov 1, 2018
Original Article: "Gobble, Gobble! Let Someone Else Do the Thanksgiving Cooking"

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and feasting–not freaking out about burnt birds. Skip the hassle of time-consuming food prep by treating yourself and your loved ones to a Thanksgiving dinner to-go. From smoked turkeys to pumpkin pies to all the traditional fixins’, Chicago’s best chefs have you covered. Wildfire Wildfire is offering two… read more ›

13 Great Chicago Restaurants For Thanksgiving Dinner

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Nov 1, 2018
Original Article: "13 Great Chicago Restaurants For Thanksgiving Dinner"

Not every Thanksgiving has to involve an impromptu overnight at your packed hometown airport, a fight with your sister at the Des Plaines Oasis, or finally hitting absolute rock-bottom and making a phone call to the Food Network Turkey Hotline. Chicago has lots of great restaurants that serve Thanksgiving dinner (with varying degrees of traditionalism),… read more ›

How to Buy Salt Like You Know What You’re Doing

Extra Crispy |
Natalie B. Compton |
Nov 1, 2018
Original Article: "How to Buy Salt Like You Know What You’re Doing"

A chefs' guide to shopping for your kitchen's most essential ingredient There are few more basic yet more essential ingredients than salt. A mineral that has started wars, salt is so important in just about everything you cook. It's much more than just means of punching up a savory dish. Different salts yield different results, and taking the time… read more ›

What to Do in Chicago in November 2018

Conde Nast Traveler |
Antonio Basada |
Oct 29, 2018
Original Article: "What to Do in Chicago in November 2018"

Here's what's happening in the city this month. Post-campaign cocktails The November election means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one thing we can generally agree on is that we’ll need a drink. Luckily, a bevy of bars will unveil their new cocktail menus in time to help take the edge… read more ›

Lunch in Chicago: So Many Options From Healthy to Indulgent

USA Today |
Jacky Runice |
Oct 26, 2018
Original Article: "Lunch in Chicago: So Many Options From Healthy to Indulgent"

Lunch is a great way to experience Chicago's local flavor. In a full-service restaurant, like the Loop's lively Dearborn Tavern or the contemporary Robata outpost of Roka Akor, you're likely to spend less money than at dinner while savoring the same deep flavors. Sit down or carry out healthy, delicious menu specials, sandwiches and salads, fresh-squeezed juices, robust… read more ›

Check Out Chicago’s Top 5 Halloween Haunts

Haute Living Chicago |
Lindsey Malkus |
Oct 26, 2018
Original Article: "Check Out Chicago’s Top 5 Halloween Haunts"

When it comes to Halloween happenings, Chicago is second to none. With frightening fêtes, a few ghosts, and out of this world dining, the Windy City’s nightlife is alive and ready to party. Bring your weekend plans back from the dead with these top Chicago Halloween haunts. Studio Paris If your ultimate fear is missing out on an epic party, Studio… read more ›

Dining out: Treat yourself to Halloween specials this week

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Oct 26, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: Treat yourself to Halloween specials this week"

Costumes strongly encouraged It's time to get dressed up, in your Halloween costume that is, for Shaw's Crab House's Halloween Costume Brunch happening Sunday, Oct. 28. Diners who come in costume will receive a $25 gift certificate good for a future visit. Brunch costs $65 for adults, $15 for kids 7-12, and free for kids… read more ›

Fresh eats: Your guide to 5 new Chicago spots for baked goods, steak and more

ABC 7 Chicago |
Hoodline |
Oct 26, 2018
Original Article: "Fresh eats: Your guide to 5 new Chicago spots for baked goods, steak and more"

Itching to get to know the newest businesses to open in Chicago? From a locally owned bakery to a steakhouse, read on for a list of the newest hot spots to arrive around town. Stop by 1962 N. Halsted St. in Lincoln Park and head downstairs to the Oyster Bah where you'll find Crab Cellar, a… read more ›

Great Chicago Restaurants For Dining Solo

The Infatuation Chicago |
Sam Faye and Adrian Kane |
Oct 25, 2018
Original Article: "Great Chicago Restaurants For Dining Solo"

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who like to dine solo, and those who don’t know what they’re missing. Count us among the first group. We’re not recommending you become a recluse with zero human interaction, but sometimes it’s nice to eat by yourself. And we’re not talking about grabbing things… read more ›

Table Stakes: October

InsideHook |
Amanda Topper |
Oct 25, 2018
Original Article: "Table Stakes: October"

The 7 best restaurants that opened their doors this month To keep tabs on every Chicago restaurant and bar opening is folly. But to keep tabs on the most worthy? Yeoman’s work, and we’re proud to do it. Thus we present Table Stakes, a monthly rundown of the five (or so) must-know spots that have… read more ›

50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America for 2018

OpenTable |
OpenTable |
Oct 25, 2018
Original Article: "50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America for 2018"

Gone are the days where those who choose not to eat meat are relegated to mediocre sides and salads — OpenTable's 2018 list of the 50 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in America highlights the most popular veg-forward restaurants, all across the country. The menus at these vegetarian, vegetarian-friendly, and vegan restaurants feature vegetables front and center,… read more ›

Tree of Life at Bar Ramone in Chicago

Thirsty Mag |
Casey Brennan |
Oct 25, 2018
Original Article: "Tree of Life at Bar Ramone in Chicago"

Since opening this past August in the River North neighborhood, Bar Ramone is a wine bar featuring Spanish tapas with a “modern influence” – think Galician octopus, lamb meatballs, patatas bravas and pan con tomate. With a list curated by Ryan Arnold (Wine Enthusiast ‘40 Under 40 Tastemaker’) and Richard Hanauer (Food & Wine ‘Sommelier of the Year’),… read more ›

Pumpkin spice everything: 14 places serving up the flavor in Chicago this fall

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Oct 24, 2018
Original Article: "Pumpkin spice everything: 14 places serving up the flavor in Chicago this fall"

Like the changing of the leaves or the need to pull your jackets out from the back of the closet, one of the surest signs that fall has arrived is the return of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. That flavor has become so beloved, it's moved beyond the coffee chain to the fall menus of… read more ›

Top 100 Independents

Restaurant Business |
Restaurant Business |
Oct 23, 2018
Original Article: "Top 100 Independents"

Restaurants in this year’s Top 100 Independents ranking brought in about the same in food and beverage revenues as they did the prior two years—$1.8 billion. The number may be the same, but the operating atmosphere definitely was not. Independents faced challenges in labor, real estate and more, all while still competing for consumers’ dollars.… read more ›

100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America for 2018

OpenTable |
OpenTable |
Oct 23, 2018
Original Article: "100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America for 2018"

As Voted by OpenTable Diners Fun, delicious, and a great treat for Mother’s Day, brunch brings people together like no other meal. Gather with family or friends at one of 2018’s 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America, and keep building your story around the table. Our list is based on an analysis of 12,000,000+ reviews… read more ›

14 Places Where You Can Eat Something Healthy (Even If You Decide Not To)

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Oct 22, 2018
Original Article: "14 Places Where You Can Eat Something Healthy (Even If You Decide Not To)"

Generally speaking, you enjoy eating healthy things. Theoretically, you like vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and legumes. That being said, just because you want a salad for dinner doesn’t mean you won’t feel like following it up with skillet cookie for dessert. Or maybe having a couple of french fries on the side. Or not… read more ›

3 Big Changes Looming For Restaurants?

Restaurant Business |
Peter Romeo |
Oct 22, 2018
Original Article: "3 Big Changes Looming For Restaurants?"

Third-party delivery and guest loyalty programs may be undergoing a major change, according to attendees of this week’s TechTable conference. Several of the mega-forces shaping the restaurant business are set for a near-term change in direction, predicted participants at an industry event this week, citing third-party delivery and guest loyalty programs as particularly likely to… read more ›

More places to get your juice (and farm-to-table eats and Kati rolls) on

Crain's Chicago |
Crain's Dining |
Oct 22, 2018
Original Article: "More places to get your juice (and farm-to-table eats and Kati rolls) on"

A new group of casual Chicago restaurants emphasize healthy, local and farm-to-table cuisine. Beatrix, Lettuce Entertain You’s popular coffeehouse/restaurant, is expanding to the suburbs, opening its fourth location early 2019 in Oakbrook Center. Beatrix originated in River North in June 2013 and is known for its healthy menu specials, fresh-squeezed juices and a coffee and pastry counter.… read more ›

Behind the Scenes with the Culinary and Design Team at Aba

DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Oct 22, 2018
Original Article: "Behind the Scenes with the Culinary and Design Team at Aba"

Take a tour of Lettuce Entertain You's new Mediterranean escape If you’re looking for an escape from the cooler temperatures of Chicago’s fall, you won’t have to look far. You can take a trip to the Mediterranean just by visiting Aba {302 North Green Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago; 773.645.1400}, Lettuce Entertain You’s latest addition to the Chicago restaurant scene.… read more ›

The History of Gnocchi

Chowhound |
Greg Stegeman |
Oct 22, 2018
Original Article: "The History of Gnocchi"

When you think of Italian food, you probably think of things like chicken piccata, veal parmesan, and pasta. Lots and lots of pasta. In my experience, one dish that goes under the radar is gnocchi (pronounced: no-key). As a result, I thought I’d explore gnocchi a bit more. You never know, maybe this will entice you to… read more ›

Where To Get An Affordable Lunch In River North

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Oct 19, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Get An Affordable Lunch In River North"

River North is full of hotels, tourists, and expensive, sceney restaurants. But this neighborhood also has a number of spots where you can have a very good, affordable lunch (we’ve defined “lunch” here as an entree with a side or a drink). Whether you want pizza, burgers, or something kind-of-healthy, this guide has a good… read more ›

The Ultimate Guide to Halloween 2018 in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Oct 19, 2018
Original Article: "The Ultimate Guide to Halloween 2018 in Chicago"

These 20 spots have plentiful tricks, treats, and spooky scares Halloween is right around the corner and while one’s costume is essential, where to show it off is just as important. Don’t be left without plans; places around the city are throwing spooky parties or offering food and drink specials to celebrate the occasion. From… read more ›

Boozy Brunches: 10 Restaurants to Celebrate the Weekend

Time Out Chicago |
Kelly Merritt |
Oct 18, 2018
Original Article: "Boozy Brunches: 10 Restaurants to Celebrate the Weekend"

It’s Saturday night. The bar is closing. The night feels young, but it’s last call. Home in bed, sleep comes easy. Come the morning sun, an unspoken invitation peaks through the curtains. The promise of Eggs Benedict, shrimp and grits, and breakfast tacos awaits you, and, of course, a Bloody Mary in a tall glass,… read more ›

The 24 best restaurants in the West Loop

Time Out Chicago |
Amy Cavanaugh and Morgan Olsen |
Oct 18, 2018
Original Article: "The 24 best restaurants in the West Loop"

From sleek Japanese restaurants to fine dining spots, you'll eat well at these West Loop restaurants Once a strictly industrial area, the West Loop has transformed into Chicago's dining epicenter over the last decade (Randolph Street earned the nickname “Restaurant Row”). With new restaurants debuting every month, the neighborhood's dining selection shows no signs of… read more ›

What to Eat, Drink and Do For An Awesome Chicago Staycation

Michigan Avenue Magazine |
Elizabeth Harper |
Oct 18, 2018
Original Article: "What to Eat, Drink and Do For An Awesome Chicago Staycation"

Who says you need to leave town to get away? Here’s your plan for a fab Chicago weekend. EAT "I wanted to combine my California roots with the Mediterranean to create vibrant, fresh and clean dishes,” says chef C.J. Jacobson of his newest venture, Aba. The restaurant is a study in light cooking that leans toward… read more ›

13 Comforting Desserts for Cold Fall Weather in D.C.

Eater D.C. |
Rebecca Gale |
Oct 18, 2018
Original Article: "13 Comforting Desserts for Cold Fall Weather in D.C."

Filling, nostalgic treats to bundle up with Something about the cooler air, the darker evenings, and the desire to pull on a scarf and block out the wind makes fall a go-to time to reach for comforting desserts. These calorie-laden dishes are made up of more than sugar and butter; they’re both filling and nostalgic.… read more ›

Gorge on Unlimited Burgers and Crab in This Cozy Cellar

Chicago Mag |
Anthony Todd |
Oct 17, 2018
Original Article: "Gorge on Unlimited Burgers and Crab in This Cozy Cellar"

It’s a shellfish frenzy in the basement of Oyster Bah. Hidden in a tiny Lincoln Park basement is a new restaurant that’s shaping up to be one of the hottest openings of the year, with reservations being made up to two months in advance. Is it another omakase bar? An intimate tasting menu destination from an… read more ›

18 Fulton Market Restaurants You Need to Check Out

Make It Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Oct 17, 2018
Original Article: "18 Fulton Market Restaurants You Need to Check Out"

The West Loop is the neighborhood bounded by the Chicago River to the east, Grand Avenue to the north, Ashland to the west, and I-290 to the south. It has exploded with activity in the past 10 years; at any given moment, you’ll find umpteen construction cranes, all hell-bent on urban domination. All these new… read more ›

Where to Drink Tempting Fall Cocktails in Chicago Right Now

Eater Chicago |
Kat Odell |
Oct 16, 2018
Original Article: "Where to Drink Tempting Fall Cocktails in Chicago Right Now"

Hit these 13 bars for seasonal elixirs with pumpkin, apple, and more fall flavors As bright and juicy summer ingredients fade out of season, warm fall flavors set into Chicago bars. That means pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, and more are often mixed and muddled into a seemingly endless roster of new fall cocktails. Autumn also signals… read more ›

29 Halloween Cocktail Recipes That Are Scarily Delicious

Town and Country |
Sam Dangremond |
Oct 16, 2018
Original Article: "29 Halloween Cocktail Recipes That Are Scarily Delicious"

Prepare yourself for a drink made with dry ice. Sure, the best part about Halloween is indulging in all of the candy—but activated charcoal, dry ice, and a special tea that changes colors are a few of the secret ingredients in these ghoulish delights. Whether you're throwing a monster mash bash or spending the night… read more ›

Head to Beatrix Market DePaul Loop for Healthy Grab-and-Go Eats

Fitt Chicago |
Nicole Briese |
Oct 15, 2018
Original Article: "Head to Beatrix Market DePaul Loop for Healthy Grab-and-Go Eats"

Student or not, if you find yourself on the DePaul University campus when those hunger pangs hit, your only options are endless, unhealthy temptations such as pizza, burgers, and Ramen noodles. Well, no longer! Say hello to Beatrix Market DePaul Loop. This new concept, a buffet-style eatery from the masterminds behind River North’s health-centric Beatrix(now open in… read more ›

12 New Spins on Classic Fall Pies

Food Network |
Patty Lee |
Oct 15, 2018
Original Article: "12 New Spins on Classic Fall Pies"

Move over, pumpkin. Step aside, apple. This season's pie lineup brings some unexpected flavor combinations to the table. From sophisticated new takes on fruit pies to Southern classics revamped with different ingredients, here are a dozen alternatives to get excited about this fall. Oh My! Caramel Pie at Beatrix, Chicago This decadent slice was dreamed… read more ›

12 secrets to enjoying the perfect bottle of wine, according to wine experts

INSIDER |
Taylor Tobin |
Oct 15, 2018
Original Article: "12 secrets to enjoying the perfect bottle of wine, according to wine experts"

Whether you're looking for a fancy red or a cheap white, it can be tough to find the wine that best fits what you want. INSIDER spoke to wine experts to find the best tips for enjoying your perfect bottle of wine. When you're at the wine shop, keep an eye on wines in the $17-20 price range.… read more ›

Winning the wine game: Experts share advice for building great lists

Nation's Restaurant News |
David Flaherty |
Oct 15, 2018
Original Article: "Winning the wine game: Experts share advice for building great lists"

Understanding your customers and winemakers is key Keeping in mind that a wine list is there to serve the guest, not the sommelier’s ego, must always be kept at the forefront, but that’s not to say that guests aren’t ready for an adventurous recommendation. “There has to be a balance of meeting the needs of… read more ›

Celebrity Chefs Dish On Their Favorite Tailgating Foods And Football Teams

Mandatory |
Christopher Osburn |
Oct 15, 2018
Original Article: "Celebrity Chefs Dish On Their Favorite Tailgating Foods And Football Teams"

Celebrity chefs are just like us. They put their pants on one leg at a time. The only exception is that their pants are professional chef pants and ours are Dockers or some kind of trendy jeans that will be out of style in six months. Since they’re like us, they have favorite NFL teams as well as… read more ›

Dining out: Tuscany mixes up Halloween cocktails, Francesca's fetes National Pasta Day

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Oct 15, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: Tuscany mixes up Halloween cocktails, Francesca's fetes National Pasta Day"

Wine and dine Antico Posto in Oak Brook has paired up with Cambria Estate Vineyard and Winery for two upcoming wine dinners. Make reservations for the 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, or 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, dinner created by executive chef/partner John Chiakulas. It's $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity; reservations are required.… read more ›

The Eater Chicago Bar Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, October 2018

Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Oct 12, 2018
Original Article: "The Eater Chicago Bar Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, October 2018"

Behold the 16 hottest drinking spots in Chicago Beyond where to eat right now, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater often have another burning question: Where should one drink right now? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering the best standbys and neighborhood essential restaurants across the city and the Eater Heatmap highlights where the restaurant… read more ›

Top Of The Hour: Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Washington City Paper |
Alexa Mills |
Oct 12, 2018
Original Article: "Top Of The Hour: Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab"

Cheap snacks and discounted classic cocktails set to the tune of "Big Spender." Where: Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, 750 15th St. NW Hours: 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily Drink specials: Half-priced signature cocktails ($6), draft beer ($3.50), and wine by the glass ($4.50–$14) Food specials: A selection of superb “cocktail sandwiches” ($3.95–$4.95), snacks ($2.95–$4.95), and… read more ›

Oyster Fest wraps up, plus Lost Lake hosts a post-season baseball pop-up and more

Chicago Tribune |
Grace Wong |
Oct 12, 2018
Original Article: "Oyster Fest wraps up, plus Lost Lake hosts a post-season baseball pop-up and more"

It’s that time of year when carving pumpkins and exploring corn mazes are on our minds, but there are other ways to spice up your weekend sans pumpkin spice. Slurp up bivalves in the suburbs or in the city, indulge your sweet tooth or try a comforting bowl of bun bo hue from the hands… read more ›

Where To Go Out When You Don’t Go Out Anymore

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Oct 11, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Go Out When You Don’t Go Out Anymore"

One day, someone will ask you where you go out, and you’ll just stare into space for a second or two and then say, “I don’t.” This might happen when you’re 23 or it might happen when you’re 63. If it happened already, this guide’s for you. Below you’ll find two lists of options. The… read more ›

26 ways to eat and drink pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Nation's Restaurant News |
Holly Petre |
Oct 11, 2018
Original Article: "26 ways to eat and drink pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month"

Aba The Chicago restaurant is offering a featured item, Tuna Tagliata with pickled red peppers and mustard seed, where $1 from each entrée will benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation. Beatrix All three Chicago locations will offer Pink Ribbon Sugar Cookies where $1 of the proceeds will benefit The Lynn Sage Foundation. Ema The Chicago restaurant is offering… read more ›

Where To Go For Drinks And A Light Bite

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Oct 11, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Go For Drinks And A Light Bite"

Drinking on an empty stomach is a bad idea. Remember that time you went out for happy hour after work, and instead of heading right home, you took an Uber out to Rivers Casino? That was an expensive detour, and might not have happened if you had ordered some food. Or maybe you’re planning a… read more ›

20 Excellent Lunch Options in Downtown Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Oct 10, 2018
Original Article: "20 Excellent Lunch Options in Downtown Chicago"

Make the workday better with gyros, barbecue, Asian fusion, and more Lunch is perhaps the best motivator for getting through a long morning so don't settle for leftovers or a sad PB&J when there are better options available. From customizable salads and poke bowls to grilled cheeses and lobster rolls, these 20 great spots in… read more ›

The 10 Best Chicago Whiskey Bars

TripSavvy |
Audarshia Townsend |
Oct 10, 2018
Original Article: "The 10 Best Chicago Whiskey Bars"

WhiskyFest happens every spring at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and sells out almost immediately when tickets go on sale. True whiskey aficionados know that if they want to attend this highly anticipated event where more than 300 distillers converge under one roof, they need to act fast. So that everyone else isn’t left out in the… read more ›

Better Makers: Chicago’s Lakeview Pantry Funds More Than 5 Million Meals

Make It Better |
Emily Stone |
Oct 10, 2018
Original Article: "Better Makers: Chicago’s Lakeview Pantry Funds More Than 5 Million Meals"

Imagine living a life that requires you to choose between food and utilities, food and medical care, food and housing, food and transportation, or even food and education. Forty-nine million people in the U.S. struggle to put food on the table, with one in nine on Chicago’s North Side suffering from food insecurity — a lack of access to enough food for… read more ›

Order Up Fall Eats At These Cozy Brunch Spots

UrbanMatter |
Kali Cramer |
Oct 10, 2018
Original Article: "Order Up Fall Eats At These Cozy Brunch Spots"

We brought you the best summer brunches around Chicago earlier this year, and while those spots are still definitely great as we venture into the cold season, we wanted to bring you something a little more focused on fall. These are all the coziest spots with some of the best fall-themed eats in Chicago, so you can… read more ›

11 Quiet Chicago Restaurants for a Grown-Up Night Out

Make It Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Oct 10, 2018
Original Article: "11 Quiet Chicago Restaurants for a Grown-Up Night Out"

Sometimes I just want to be heard. I’m exhausted from dining out in of-the-moment restaurants and shouting “conversations” at my dining partner. True story: A few summers ago, we were dining in a then-new, pricey Fulton Market restaurant with friends, and the music was so egregiously loud that we asked the hostess if it could… read more ›

Where To Have An Affordable Group Dinner

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Oct 9, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Have An Affordable Group Dinner"

We’ve all been there. You’re enjoying a meal with your friends - until the bill arrives. It rolls across the table like a medieval scroll, and just keeps going. You didn’t even get a bite of that risotto, and come to think of it, you barely drank any wine. When did Robin find time to… read more ›

Lettuce's Beatrix heading for Oak Brook

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Oct 9, 2018
Original Article: "Lettuce's Beatrix heading for Oak Brook"

Beatrix, the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises casual-American-plus-coffeehouse with three Chicago locations, is headed for the suburbs. Lettuce will open its fourth Beatrix in Oakbrook Center mall, in the space that belonged to Reel Club, another Lettuce property, which quietly closed Sept. 2. Like its predecessors, the newest Beatrix will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu… read more ›

We Can't Get Enough Truffles: Watch Them Elevate The Most Classic Of Dishes

Forbes |
Aly Walansky |
Oct 8, 2018
Original Article: "We Can't Get Enough Truffles: Watch Them Elevate The Most Classic Of Dishes"

Pizza, burgers, macaroni and cheese: We love them in their classic form, but the addition of some truffles make them simply magical. Check out these spots around the country using truffles to elevate timeless dishes. Millionaire’s Potato This is not your average baked potato. Instead it's a large baked potato topped with Fontina Cheese and… read more ›

14 of the Best Restaurants For Group Dining in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Nicole Schnitzler |
Oct 8, 2018
Original Article: "14 of the Best Restaurants For Group Dining in Chicago"

Finding a great restaurant that can accommodate a large group doesn’t have to be hard Between reservation policies, cumbersome orders, and splitting the bill 10 ways, let’s face it — dining with a big group isn’t always easy. Thankfully, plenty of Chicago restaurants are now on the case, helping to make large party experiences less… read more ›

Every single Michelin-starred restaurant in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Oct 5, 2018
Original Article: "Every single Michelin-starred restaurant in Chicago"

When it comes to dining out, we are positively spoiled. As of 2019, Chicago is home to 23 Michelin-starred restaurants that range from fine-dining heavyweights to a culinary brewpub to an upscale Mexican mainstay. The best part? You don't have to drop an entire paycheck to enjoy some of the city's finest eateries—there are a handful of affordable (and very approachable) options on this year's… read more ›

Bar Ramone Proves that Wine Bars Can Be Hip

Chicago Magazine |
Claire Voon |
Oct 4, 2018
Original Article: "Bar Ramone Proves that Wine Bars Can Be Hip"

You can totally let loose at this cozy River North Spot. Think of a wine bar, and your mind might conjure a super classy space with a decidedly adult vibe. Bar Ramone (441 N. Clark St., River), the first spot from Lettuce Entertain You dedicated entirely to vino, will likely shatter all these notions. Long and narrow,… read more ›

69 exciting openings in Chicago in October

Time Out Chicago |
Zach Long |
Oct 4, 2018
Original Article: "69 exciting openings in Chicago in October"

Fall in Chicago is officially underway and, along with some sweater weather, it's bringing along plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained. When you're not working on your Halloween costume, you can hang out at an outdoor pop-up bar with its own corn maze, spend an evening at the opera, see Gorillaz at the United Center or sit down for… read more ›

Dining out: Restaurants go pink for breast cancer awareness

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Oct 4, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: Restaurants go pink for breast cancer awareness"

In Good Taste October is breast cancer awareness month, and this is the 11th year for The Lynn Sage Foundation's In Good Taste campaign. To honor it, more than 175 Chicago-area restaurants and bars will donate proceeds from select dishes, desserts and drinks to help raise awareness and support for local breast cancer research during… read more ›

Beatrix To Bring Upscale Comfort Food To Oak Brook

Oak Brook Patch |
Lisa Marie Farver |
Oct 3, 2018
Original Article: "Beatrix To Bring Upscale Comfort Food To Oak Brook"

The restaurant will serve up house-brewed coffee, freshly squeezed juice, and inventive meals. OAK BROOK, IL — The popular Chicago-based restaurant, Beatrix, is aiming to open its first suburban location in Oakbrook Mall in 2019. The coffeehouse and restaurant's Oak Brook location will offer fresh juice and inventive options for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.… read more ›

Everything That’s Worth Drinking in Chicago, According to Three Dots and a Dash’s Kevin Beary

There are few guarantees in this world, and yet one can confidently assert that there is no better way to experience the Windy City than with a bona fide tiki legend as your guide. Kevin Beary, beverage director of Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash, is up to the task. A modern great with an old island soul,… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You's 'secret' all-you-can-eat crab and burger concept goes public Oct. 10

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Oct 3, 2018
Original Article: "Lettuce Entertain You's 'secret' all-you-can-eat crab and burger concept goes public Oct. 10"

For the last several months, Oyster Bah (1962 N. Halsted St.) has been offering a sweet Thursday-night deal in its tiny downstairs space: all-you-can-eat king crab and half-pound burgers, $59.95. Only regular customers hooked up to Oyster Bah’s social-media channels were in on the deal. But, beginning Oct. 10, Crab Cellar (as the place is… read more ›

The Best West Loop Restaurants

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Oct 3, 2018
Original Article: "The Best West Loop Restaurants"

The West Loop is like the Disney World of neighborhoods when it comes to restaurants. In fact, there’s so much going on that it was hard not to list every restaurant in the neighborhood and tell you to eat at them all. But just like Disney World, some rides are still better than others (It’s… read more ›

The Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now

Thrillist Chicago |
Kailley Lindman |
Oct 3, 2018
Original Article: "The Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now"

Bar Ramone River North Wine and tapas from a hospitality powerhouse Lettuce Entertain You's first ever wine bar has landed in the one-time Bottlefork space, and it's pouring everything from sparking Txakoli (porron-style, of course) and ginger-infused sangria to a Burgundian pinot noir that clocks in at a cool $995 a bottle, with plenty of… read more ›

Six Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Oct 1, 2018
Original Article: "Six Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now"

An ongoing log of the best restaurant and bar deals in town Happy hour specials are important. The discounted prices are a great tool to bring Chicagoans into bars and restaurants no matter the weather. It’s been almost three years since state lawmakers legalized happy hour, lifting obsolete restrictions that prevented restaurant and bar owners… read more ›

Review: Aba

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Oct 1, 2018
Original Article: "Review: Aba"

The last thing the West Loop really needs is another big, trendy restaurant - but that doesn’t stop them from appearing. And Aba certainly falls into this category. Your personal opinion on it will depend at least a little on your patience for crowds, celebrity chefs, and sports cars being dropped off at the valet.… read more ›

2018 RH 25: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Restaurant Hospitality |
Nancy Luna |
Sep 28, 2018
Original Article: "2018 RH 25: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises"

Creating new revenue streams The 2018 class of Restaurant Hospitality's annual RH 25 looks at bold moves made by multi-concept operators — the companies that are crossing segments, shifting operations, building big or pivoting in some way. There is no ranking. These are companies to watch. See all concepts >> HQ: Chicago Leadership: Richard Melman, founder; Jerry A.… read more ›

5 Spots for Wining & Dining

Concierge Preferred |
Amber Holst |
Sep 28, 2018
Original Article: "5 Spots for Wining & Dining"

Diane Martinez, Concierge, Palmer House Hilton If you’re in the mood for some body-warming French bistro fare in a historic setting that’s sure to impress, you can’t beat Mon Ami Gabi  in Lincoln Park. A classic brasserie located in the iconic Belden Stratford, this neighborhood gem is sure to delight with classics like French onion soup, beef… read more ›

Table Stakes: September

InsideHook |
Amanda Topper |
Sep 27, 2018
Original Article: "Table Stakes: September"

The 8 best restaurants that opened their doors this month To keep tabs on every Chicago restaurant and bar opening is folly. But to keep tabs on the most worthy? Yeoman’s work, and we’re proud to do it. Thus we present Table Stakes, a monthly rundown of the five (or so) must-know spots that have… read more ›

Shaw’s Crab House Celebrates the 30th Pearl Anniversary of Oyster Fest

Chicago Food Magazine |
Chicago Food Magazine |
Sep 27, 2018
Original Article: "Shaw’s Crab House Celebrates the 30th Pearl Anniversary of Oyster Fest"

Shaw's Crab House is celebrating its 30th "Pearl" Anniversary of Oyster Fest from October 4 - 12, 2018 at Shaw's Crab House Chicago and Shaw's Crab House Schaumburg (1900 E. Higgins Road). Here is the full calendar of events in celebration of this year’s Oyster Fest: EVERY DAY OYSTER FEST HAPPENINGS:  OYSTER HAPPY HOUR - Shaw’s Chicago & Schaumburg Oyster Happy… read more ›

Dining out: From Seasons 52's new harvest menu to a new Stan's Donuts

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Sep 27, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: From Seasons 52's new harvest menu to a new Stan's Donuts"

Lighter lunch Schaumburg's Tokio Pub recently introduced a lighter lunch menu. New options include the Toki Poke Bowl for $16, Ceviche & Chips for $10, Tokio's Skillet Nachos (Chihuahua cheese, barbecue sauce, roasted tomato salsa, sour cream, guacamole, cilantro and Fresno peppers) for $12, sesame crusted chicken sandwich (with house slaw and soy mirin aioli… read more ›

Here are Chicago's 2019 Michelin-starred restaurants

Time Out Chicago |
Zach Long |
Sep 26, 2018
Original Article: "Here are Chicago's 2019 Michelin-starred restaurants"

Time to start making your reservations—the 2019 Michelin Guide star rankings have arrived. Each year, Michelin sends anonymous inspectors to restaurants around the globe to rate the best dining experiences. A total of 22 Chicago restaurants were awarded stars this year, down from last year's crop of 25 local spots. The sole newcomer on the 2019 list… read more ›

Best Special Occasion Lunches in Chicago

Zagat |
Zagat Staff |
Sep 25, 2018
Original Article: "Best Special Occasion Lunches in Chicago"

The places to go for a birthday, day off, or anytime you want something more exciting than your usual salad. Ema Shareable Mediterranean plates and house-baked breads highlight the vegetable-centric menu at this spacious River North locale from Top Chef winner and Intro alum C.J. Jacobson. Walls of windows and greenery growing from the ceiling… read more ›

7 Instagram Hot Spots in Chicago This Fall

Choose Chicago |
Anastasia Straley |
Sep 25, 2018
Original Article: "7 Instagram Hot Spots in Chicago This Fall"

It’s only a matter of time before the 2018 leaf peeping guides take over your timeline. Here’s where you can go to fill your feed with Instagram envy.  West Loop Restaurants The West Loop is hailed the world over for its incredible dining scene, concentrated along Randolph Street's Restaurant Row in the West Loop. Instagrammable… read more ›

The world in a clamshell: Mollusks go global

Restaurant Hospitality |
Fern Glazer |
Sep 24, 2018
Original Article: "The world in a clamshell: Mollusks go global"

Mussels, clams and oysters get ethnic treatments Mollusk dishes — specifically mussels, clams and oysters — are going international of late, a testament to consumers’ more assertive tastes and a long-term trend toward ethnic cuisine and global flavors on menus. “The first time I had mussels was at a Belgium-inspired restaurant, classically served with fries… read more ›

Seven Chicago Neighborhoods to Explore in Your First Year

The Chicago Maroon |
Robyn Myers |
Sep 21, 2018
Original Article: "Seven Chicago Neighborhoods to Explore in Your First Year"

Chicago is so much more than the Sears Tower and The Bean. When Hyde Park starts to feel stale and you’ve ticked off your basic tourism bucket list, check out these neighborhoods:  Lincoln Park is one of the busiest neighborhoods in Chicago. Get here by taking the Red Line to North/Clybourn or Fullerton, depending on where exactly you… read more ›

12 New Chicago Restaurants to Check Out (Plus 5 More on the Horizon)

Make It Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Sep 21, 2018
Original Article: "12 New Chicago Restaurants to Check Out (Plus 5 More on the Horizon)"

Summer’s over, school’s begun, and you’re back in town. The question of the hour, obviously, is where to eat? While you were at the lake/camp/family reunion or generally off having fun elsewhere, your must-try list of new restaurants has grown. Allow me to break it down for you. Bar Ramone 441 N. Clark St., Chicago… read more ›

Dining out: Raise a glass at Oktoberfests, Oartoberfest, Rumtoberfest & more

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Sep 21, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: Raise a glass at Oktoberfests, Oartoberfest, Rumtoberfest & more"

Oktoberfest time Bub City joins in the Oktoberfest fun with its own two-week-long celebration from Saturday, Sept. 22, to Sunday, Oct. 7. Take advantage of German-inspired food and drink specials including housemade brats and sausages, Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese, and lots of craft Oktoberfest beers from local breweries. Don't miss out on the festive… read more ›

Where To Eat When You’re Visiting A College Student In Chicago

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Sep 21, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Eat When You’re Visiting A College Student In Chicago"

You’re here for the first (or second, or 15th) visit since your mostly-grown-up child started college, and it’s time to make sure all that hard work in high school and/or debt being accrued isn’t going to waste. Or maybe you’re the college student, and you don’t know what to tell your parents about where to… read more ›

Raise a Glass: The 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in America 2018 #OpenTable100

Harvest season is here! In celebration of crush season, a magical and exhilarating time for winemakers, as ripened grapes journey from vine to barrel, we’re thrilled to release our list of the 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in America 2018. Featuring restaurants across 26 states, from sizzling steakhouses and Italian cucinas to French brasseries and… read more ›

DINING Hoptoberfest, "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Nacional 27

Windy City Times |
Andrew Davis |
Sep 20, 2018
Original Article: " DINING Hoptoberfest, "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Nacional 27"

—Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St., is celebrating 20 years with a three-day birthday bash on Sept. 27-29. Beginning Sept. 27, guests can enjoy a throwback menu featuring favorite dishes from 1998. On Sept. 28, guests will be transported to the atmosphere of a South Beach club featuring bottle specials, Latin beats and "Wear Your… read more ›

Big and boozy: Where to get cocktails for a group in Chicago

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Sep 19, 2018
Original Article: "Big and boozy: Where to get cocktails for a group in Chicago"

Three Dots and a Dash The River North tiki bar specializes in shareable drinks like Lapu Lapu, rum, passion fruit, lime and tangerine for two served in a giant shell bubbling with dry ice ($28) or the Head Hunter, a drink for three to four featuring Caribbean rum, strawberry, watermelon, starfruit, lime and pineapple served… read more ›

The Most Decadent Dishes to Order on Grubhub

Departures |
Sean Patrick Flynn |
Sep 18, 2018
Original Article: "The Most Decadent Dishes to Order on Grubhub"

From whole suckling pig to lobster dinners, here's a list of the most over-the-top dishes to order on Grubhub. Have you ever wanted to treat yourself to a delicious five-star meal but are too lazy to leave your house? Well, GrubHub has you covered. While the delivery service is known for quick bites to enjoy at home,… read more ›

16 operators promoting pumpkin-spice season

Restaurant Hospitality |
Anna Kang |
Sep 18, 2018
Original Article: "16 operators promoting pumpkin-spice season"

Independent concepts use the fall flavor for drinks, dessert and even bao Large chains are well underway to introducing pumpkin-spice-inspired menu items this season, and independent operators are following suit with an array of cocktails, lattes, desserts and even bao boasting the popular fall flavor. See the pumpkin spice promos. Beatrix For pumpkin-spice latte lovers, Beatrix,… read more ›

How To Eat Your Way Through the Las Vegas Strip in 24 Hours

Eater Las Vegas |
Susan Stapleton |
Sep 18, 2018
Original Article: "How To Eat Your Way Through the Las Vegas Strip in 24 Hours"

Make every second count As the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas welcomed 42.2 million visitors in 2017. Countless options can satisfy any hunger no matter what time of day, but it would take weeks of nonstop eating just to scratch the surface of what’s available. To make things less daunting, the 24-hour itinerary… read more ›

The best restaurants in Hollywood

Time Out Los Angeles |
Erin Kuschner, Time Out contributors and Stephanie Breijo |
Sep 17, 2018
Original Article: "The best restaurants in Hollywood"

Thai food, French food, pizzerias—the best Hollywood restaurants run the culinary gamut. Here are Tinseltown's tastiest spots to dine. Hollywood may be known for its star-studded walkway, over-the-top movie premieres and famous faces, but it's also chock-full of restaurants—yes, inevitably filled with a celeb or two—and home to some of the best food in Los Angeles. Whether you're craving… read more ›

Get Cozy at Chicago's Best Restaurants for Fall Dining and Drinking

USA Today |
Jacky Runice |
Sep 17, 2018
Original Article: "Get Cozy at Chicago's Best Restaurants for Fall Dining and Drinking"

It's time to reject charcoal lemonade and poké bowls and order anything soaked in smoky whiskey or sticky maple. Bring back the carbs in the most delicious way at Logan Square's Daisies, where Chef Joe Frillman manages to effortlessly combine dishes from his Polish/Russian/German heritage with his training in Italian food. You can't believe what this guy does with… read more ›

The Eater Chicago Bar Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, September 2018

Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Sep 14, 2018
Original Article: "The Eater Chicago Bar Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, September 2018"

Behold the 16 hottest drinking spots in Chicago Beyond where to eat right now, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater often have another burning question: Where should one drink right now? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering the best standbys and neighborhood essential restaurants across the city and the Eater Heatmap highlights where the restaurant… read more ›

New on the Menu: Chris Cosentino’s foie gras ‘peach Melba,’ LEYE’s duck confit poutine

Restaurant Hospitality |
Anna Kang |
Sep 14, 2018
Original Article: "New on the Menu: Chris Cosentino’s foie gras ‘peach Melba,’ LEYE’s duck confit poutine"

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is branching out with its first-ever wine bar — Bar Ramone. The new Chicago spot offers an extensive wine list and a menu of small plates with Spanish influences. One dish is a duck confit poutine with crispy potatoes, Mahón cheese (a Spanish cow’s milk cheese) and a fried egg. Availability: Indefinitely Price: $14.95 read more ›

Sweet Sandos: 10 Restaurants for Ice Cream Sandwiches

OpenTable |
Nevin Martell |
Sep 13, 2018
Original Article: "Sweet Sandos: 10 Restaurants for Ice Cream Sandwiches"

Growing up, one of the best parts about summer was enjoying ice cream sandwiches. The crunch of the cookies contrasted wonderfully with the smoothness of the scoop, making the frozen finales feel like a double dessert. Here are 10 restaurants for ice cream sandwiches that will make your inner-child oh-so-happy as the season draws to… read more ›

Shout Out: Patrick Gallivan, restaurant manager and former Little League umpire

Chicago Tribune |
Pioneer Press |
Sep 13, 2018
Original Article: "Shout Out: Patrick Gallivan, restaurant manager and former Little League umpire"

Patrick Gallivan has managed the popular L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge restaurant for 17 years. In addition to being the manager of one of the village’s busiest restaurants, he is also one of the officers of the Lincolnwood Police Foundation. Q: Where did you grow up? A: I grew up in Sauganash not far from here… read more ›

These Creative Spins On Lobster Brings Our Favorite Seafood To The Next Level

Forbes |
Aly Walansky |
Sep 12, 2018
Original Article: "These Creative Spins On Lobster Brings Our Favorite Seafood To The Next Level"

While we'd never shun lobster on a roll or steamed on our plates, there's some places around the country doing some pretty creative spins on our favorite crustacean. Lobster Caprese - RPM Italian At RPM Italian, this dish is a spin on the classic caprese via sliced Maine lobster tail served over basil pesto with Italian… read more ›

Salads with seasonal appeal

Restaurant Hospitality |
Ken's Foodservice |
Sep 12, 2018
Original Article: "Salads with seasonal appeal"

Chefs, operators promote exciting fall salads showcasing fresh, seasonal ingredients. Sponsored by Ken's Foodservice Innovative fall salads keep menus fresh and relevant for customers. Starring as main courses, starters and side dishes, they are springboards for local ingredients, global flavors and healthful eating. While for some the term “salad” may still conjure up the traditional… read more ›

20 of Chicago's Best Seafood Restaurants

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai and Eater Staff |
Sep 11, 2018
Original Article: "20 of Chicago's Best Seafood Restaurants"

The choices are nearly as vast as the ocean There's something about food from the ocean and other bodies of water that people are drawn to. Perhaps it's the seemingly endless variety of delicacies or maybe it's the brininess of each bite that evokes images of sandy beaches and radiant skies. Equally, for chefs, there… read more ›

Prime Time: 9 Restaurants for Prime Rib Dinners to Remember

OpenTable |
Nevin Martell |
Sep 11, 2018
Original Article: "Prime Time: 9 Restaurants for Prime Rib Dinners to Remember"

Prime rib is a beloved throwback dish making a colossal comeback. The big, beefy cut is traditionally roasted slow and low and served with au jus and horseradish sauce. Here are 9 restaurants for prime rib that you won’t soon forget. Wildfire, McLean, Virginia Rubbed with fresh garlic, sea salt, and cracked black pepper, the prime… read more ›

Restaurants Celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Around DC

Washingtonian |
Daniella Byck |
Sep 10, 2018
Original Article: "Restaurants Celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Around DC"

Feasts and takeaway dishes for the High Holidays. The Jewish High Holidays start when the sun sets on Sunday, September 9th. Restaurants in the DC area are serving menus with the symbolic foods of the New Year: apples, honey, and challah. Other traditional favorites like matzo ball soup and kasha varnishkes are also on the Rosh… read more ›

Chicago’s New Restaurant Openings

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Sep 10, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago’s New Restaurant Openings"

If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Chicago, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises.… read more ›

Eight Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Sep 7, 2018
Original Article: "Eight Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now"

An ongoing log of the best restaurant and bar deals in town September 6 GOLD COAST — Booth One, 1301 N. State Parkway This Lettuce Entertain Your Enterprises revamp of the old Pump Room space has opened up its bar for a variety of specials. Crispy halibut tacos, veggie towers, a trio of mini tarts, and other items are… read more ›

Bennett, Davis and Lyric Opera stars kick off a brisk fall season

Chicago Tribune |
Howard Reich |
Sep 6, 2018
Original Article: "Bennett, Davis and Lyric Opera stars kick off a brisk fall season"

The Labor Day weekend just ended, but the fall season has wasted no time getting started. Among the musical highlights of this weekend: John Mahady. The veteran Chicago cabaret singer (and beloved waiter at Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park) will celebrate his 30th anniversary of “slinging hash,” as he puts it, in the best way… read more ›

20 Stellar Gluten-Free Restaurants in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Sep 6, 2018
Original Article: "20 Stellar Gluten-Free Restaurants in Chicago"

Dining out doesn’t have to be limited Eating out can be a complicated task when faced with dietary restrictions. Though restaurants are becoming more and more accommodating, diners who suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity still often find themselves with limited options. Fortunately, the following places offer plenty of gluten-free choices and go the… read more ›

French Lessons

Hinsdale Living |
Peter and Kate Michael |
Sep 4, 2018
Original Article: "French Lessons"

There are certain givens in life. Death and taxes immediately come to mind, as well as the inevitability that at least one string of holiday lights will always burn out each year. But let us offer you one more assurance. There is nothing in this world—whether it’s a bout of back-to-school blues or the prospect… read more ›

Foodies Flock

Naperville Magazine |
Naperville Magazine |
Sep 4, 2018
Original Article: "Foodies Flock"

The sixth annual Taste of Lettuce—a culinary sampling of the Lettuce Entertain You brands in the western ’burbs—will be held on September 24. Chefs from Mon Ami Gabi, Antico Posto, and Wildfire will offer guests a four-course meal at host Wildfire, discussing culinary pairings throughout the evening. The event begins with a reception of passed… read more ›

New Unlimited Sunday Brunch Buffets at Osteria Via Stato and Oyster Bah

Chicago Food Magazine |
Chicago Food Magazine |
Sep 4, 2018
Original Article: "New Unlimited Sunday Brunch Buffets at Osteria Via Stato and Oyster Bah"

Need new brunch options in your life? Osteria Via Stato and Oyster Bah have launched new unlimited Sunday brunches this month, both for under $35. Osteria Via Stato: Located in River North, this Italian-inspired brunch buffet features items like the Carving Station featuring Slagel Farm Pork Belly, a Ricotta Doughnut station, a Dolce station and a Smoked Fish station highlighting Faroe Island Salmon, Trout and Bay Scallops.  Guests can also order Made-to-Order Sourdough Waffles, desserts… read more ›

Sea Notes

CS Modern Luxury |
Ariel Cheung |
Sep 4, 2018
Original Article: "Sea Notes"

Lettuce Entertain You ups the ante with its new Mediterranean concept, Aba, delivering enticing entrees and an eclectic list of unique wines from far-flung places. As a lover (and heavy-handed user) of garlic, I found myself delighted in Aba, the immensely popular West Loop follow-up to River North’s Ema. The pungent flavor wove its way… read more ›

End-of-Summer Drinks the Size of Your Head

Food & Wine |
Caitlin Petreycik |
Aug 31, 2018
Original Article: "End-of-Summer Drinks the Size of Your Head"

Summer may not be over yet—technically, it ends September 22, which means we have a whole month to go—but, warm weather-wise, things are starting to wind down (I'm so sorry). What better way to spend these last, precious sunny weeks than by tracking down the most enormous cocktails you can get your hands on? Here, we've… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You Opens Its First Wine Bar in Chicago

Food & Wine |
Lisa Elbert |
Aug 31, 2018
Original Article: "Lettuce Entertain You Opens Its First Wine Bar in Chicago"

Two guys walk into a bar. The bar is theirs. They built it. It’s a wine bar, and the two guys are Ryan Arnold and Richard Hanauer of Chicago-based restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You. Arnold and Hanauer are both divisional wine directors for multiple restaurants, but Bar Ramone, which opened Thursday night in River North, brought the two wine guys together for their… read more ›

When a Phone at Your Table Wasn’t an Annoyance, But the Ultimate Luxury

Robb Report |
Alyson Sheppard |
Aug 31, 2018
Original Article: "When a Phone at Your Table Wasn’t an Annoyance, But the Ultimate Luxury"

In Midcentury America, the country’s biggest celebrities flocked to Chicago’s Pump Room to be pampered—and for this strange perk. Back in the 1930s, when people regularly traveled across country via train, they usually had a 10-hour layover in Chicago. In later years, when celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and Phyllis Diller ended up in… read more ›

5 things to know about LEYE's new wine bar, Bar Ramone

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Aug 31, 2018
Original Article: "5 things to know about LEYE's new wine bar, Bar Ramone"

Hospitality giant Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises opens its decidedly small project Bar Ramone on Thursday night. Here are the five things you need to know about the cozy wine bar sandwiched between Frontera Grill and Bub City. 1) It's the smallest concept Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has opened in a long, long time. "It's tiny,"… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You Opens its First Wine Bar Tonight in River North

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Aug 31, 2018
Original Article: "Lettuce Entertain You Opens its First Wine Bar Tonight in River North"

Tour and read the menu for Bar Ramone, which features a $995 vintage bottle Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has recently opened a few restaurants in Fulton Market, but Chicago’s largest restaurant group has hardly forgotten its River North base. Tonight, the Melmans open Bar Ramone, the company’s first wine bar. They’ve taken over the former Bottlefork space and will serve small… read more ›

Vegan ice cream, $1 dumplings and a seafood brunch buffet, plus other weekend plans

Chicago Tribune |
Grace Wong |
Aug 31, 2018
Original Article: "Vegan ice cream, $1 dumplings and a seafood brunch buffet, plus other weekend plans"

Labor Day usually marks summer’s end, but it’s not too late to beat the heat with some ice cream. Channel end-of-season vibes with these events around town. 5) Indulge in a seafood buffet brunch at Oyster Bah. Start your morning off right with oysters on the half shell, aloha mussels, shrimp cocktail, ceviche, smoked salmon… read more ›

How to Eat Cheap(er) at Chicago’s Finest Restaurants

Eater Chicago |
Kat Odell |
Aug 30, 2018
Original Article: "How to Eat Cheap(er) at Chicago’s Finest Restaurants"

These deals are too good to be true Chicago is rife with excellent dining, but oftentimes those expert plates come at high prices. But luckily, there are hacks to be found. From lunch specials to bar menus to prix fixe deals, many of the city’s most esteemed dining engagements offer more affordable options, even those… read more ›

Guy Fieri Checks out mfk and More Dining News

Chicago Mag |
Anthony Todd |
Aug 29, 2018
Original Article: "Guy Fieri Checks out mfk and More Dining News"

Plus: Neon Wilderness opens in Wicker Park and Oyster Bah launches a brunch buffet. Morsels A great brunch buffet is a true treasure. When Oyster Bah (1962 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park) announced that it was launching one, my ears perked up, particularly as it’s under the same ownership and management as Shaw’s Crab House… read more ›

24 Things to Do in 24 Hours in Las Vegas

College Magazine |
Summer Cortes |
Aug 29, 2018
Original Article: "24 Things to Do in 24 Hours in Las Vegas"

Everyone dreams of having at least one wild night in Sin City, AKA Las Vegas. Embrace all Vegas has to offer through its big lights, entertainment, fine-dining, gambling and alcohol because a good probability exists that you won’t remember the next 24 hours. WHAT HAPPENS IN LAS VEGAS DOES INDEED STAY IN VEGAS, SO MAKE ALL… read more ›

New in Town: 8 Chicago-Area Foodie Destinations to Check Out Now

Make It Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Aug 28, 2018
Original Article: "New in Town: 8 Chicago-Area Foodie Destinations to Check Out Now"

From Detroit-style square pizza and gourmet hot dogs to restaurant-caliber movie theater dining and yet another Loop food hall, these are latest new foodie destinations we’re checking out in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Aba 302 N. Green St., 3rd Floor, Chicago, 773-645-1400 [caption id="attachment_24573" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Beet Tzatziki from Aba[/caption] Chef CJ Jacobson and Lettuce Entertain You hit it… read more ›

Summer's End News at 3 Chicago Restaurants

Chicago Restaurant Examiner |
Barbara Payne |
Aug 28, 2018
Original Article: "Summer's End News at 3 Chicago Restaurants"

Our beloved Chicago food scene is constantly changing and surprising us with new delights. The last days of summer are no exception. Check out some of the specials you can treat yourself and your loved ones too through August and into September. Osteria Via Stato, 620 N. State St., offers an Italian-inspired brunch buffet with… read more ›

Where To Find the Best Happy Hours in Las Vegas

Eater Las Vegas |
Susan Stapleton |
Aug 28, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Find the Best Happy Hours in Las Vegas"

Eat and drink for a discount One of the best bets in Vegas is happy hour, that time of day when restaurants and bars offer up discounted food and drink specials. Customers looking for a deal can find these deals all up and down the Strip, in Summerlin, Henderson, and at points in between. Get… read more ›

If You're Reading This Sign, Customer Experience Is Happening

Forbes |
Dan Gingiss |
Aug 27, 2018
Original Article: "If You're Reading This Sign, Customer Experience Is Happening"

What does the signage in and around your place of business say about your company? More and more, companies are using printed signs to show off their brand’s unique personality. This is a simple, inexpensive way to make the customer experience memorable and differentiated from the competition. In some industries, like fast food, signs can set… read more ›

A (Dining) Room with a View: 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America 2018 #OpenTable100

For diners looking to broaden their travels and enjoy astonishing scenery as they feast — from wooded overlooks to twinkling skylines and everything in between — look no further than our list of the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America 2018 offering stunning views across the country. This list offers the perfect scenery for everyone. Whether you’re… read more ›

DINING Lawry's special, free Wow Bao lunch, banana-pudding cones

Windy City Times |
Andrew Davis |
Aug 23, 2018
Original Article: "DINING Lawry's special, free Wow Bao lunch, banana-pudding cones"

—Wow Bao will mark National Bao Day ( Wed., Aug. 22 ) by offering free lunch. The offer is available at all Chicago Wow Bao locations, including the newest fully tech-enabled location at 200 N. Michigan Ave., and the Water Tower location at 835 N. Michigan Ave. Said offer is available 11 a.m.-2 p.m, with… read more ›

18 Outstanding Chicago Restaurants That Are Open Mondays

Eater Chicago |
Kat Odell |
Aug 23, 2018
Original Article: "18 Outstanding Chicago Restaurants That Are Open Mondays"

On a day when many restaurants are closed, eaters can still get a great meal out If there’s one day that Chicago’s hospitality industry sleeps, it’s Mondays. Which means that dining out on a Monday night can prove challenging, and frustrating for those who want a great meal out on a day when many restaurants… read more ›

From poke to pastries: Explore these 5 new businesses to debut in The Loop

Hoodline |
Hoodline |
Aug 23, 2018
Original Article: "From poke to pastries: Explore these 5 new businesses to debut in The Loop"

Interested in checking out the freshest new spots to debut in the Loop? From skincare services to fusion eats, read on to see the newest hotspots to open for business in this Chicago neighborhood.   Beatrix Market DePaul Loop Beatrix Market DePaul Loop is a new breakfast and lunch spot offering a convenient way to pick up… read more ›

Get free lunch Wednesday at Wow Bao

Chicago Tribune |
Adam Lukach |
Aug 20, 2018
Original Article: "Get free lunch Wednesday at Wow Bao"

It’s Wednesday. “What are you doing for lunch?” your coworker inquires. “Wow Bao has free lunch today. I’m thinking a-baot going,” you reply. “Never say that again,” they retort. This conversation is hypothetical, but the deal is real. To celebrate National Bao Day this Wednesday, Wow Bao will offer free lunch for three hours Wednesday,… read more ›

Is this Chicago's toughest reservation? Middle Eastern-style fare reigns at crazy-popular Aba

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Aug 17, 2018
Original Article: "Is this Chicago's toughest reservation? Middle Eastern-style fare reigns at crazy-popular Aba"

If there’s a hotter restaurant this summer than Aba, I must have missed it. Plopped down in the heart of Fulton Market, surrounded by superbly worthy competition, this lively homage to all flavors Middle Eastern has become a magnet for the young and prosperous. Aba has been jampacked since opening day (back in early June).… read more ›

The Best Cocktails to Drink On National Rum Day

Town and Country |
Sam Dangremond and Kara Thompson |
Aug 17, 2018
Original Article: "The Best Cocktails to Drink On National Rum Day"

Take your rum recipes beyond the Mai Tai and the Mojito. WIKI WIKI Ingredients 1.5 oz Blanc Rhum Agricole .5 oz mango brandy 1 oz fresh lime juice 1 oz fresh pineapple juice .5 oz petite cane syrup 1/2 peeled kiwi Instructions  Muddle kiwi in tall glass, add liquid ingredients. Insert swizzle stick, add crushed… read more ›

The Tiki Revolution Has Come to the Most Unexpected Places

Supercall |
Brad Japhe |
Aug 16, 2018
Original Article: "The Tiki Revolution Has Come to the Most Unexpected Places"

If you’ve sipped cocktails at all over the past couple of years then you’re well aware that tiki culture is on fire. Born as a kitschy fad in post World War II California, tiki faded into the realm of outdated cheesiness sometime during the Carter administration. Its 21st-century reincarnation is more than just a revival, though. It’s… read more ›

Eat This Town: Chicago

Blackboard Eats |
Samantha Nelson |
Aug 16, 2018
Original Article: "Eat This Town: Chicago"

Lobster Festival at Shaw's Crab House No matter how you like your seafood you can get your fix here during August, when the restaurant serves a special menu including lobster maki rolls ($16), lobster bisque ($7 to $10), and a whole 1.5-pound Maine lobster boiled and served with sweet corn, red potatoes, coleslaw, and drawn… read more ›

13 spots to indulge with bottle service in Chicago

Sometimes you’ve got something to celebrate and you want the world to know. Party in style at one of these 13 spots that offer bottle service so you can skip trips to the bar and just enjoy drinks, music or over-the-top presentations to make your bash even more memorable.  Nacional 27 325 W. Huron St.,… read more ›

Ex-Grace Owner Ripped in Scathing Column Over Lawsuits

Eater |
Ashok Selvam |
Aug 16, 2018
Original Article: "Ex-Grace Owner Ripped in Scathing Column Over Lawsuits"

Earlier this summer, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises introduced Chicago to Tokyo’s Wagyumafia sandwich, but the Melman crew and partner/chef Doug Psaltis aren’t done. RPM Steak is offering its version of the sandwich for two days: Today and Saturday. RPM’s katsu sando is 4 ounces of Miyazaki Japanese wagyu tenderloin covered with panko and fried. It’s then sandwiched between Hokkaido milk bread and truffle katsu… read more ›

Where to eat in Chicago on the cheap, according to Grant Achatz

Eat Sip Trip |
Ari Bendersky |
Aug 16, 2018
Original Article: "Where to eat in Chicago on the cheap, according to Grant Achatz"

No one would ever accuse Grant Achatz of being lazy. The Michigan-born, Chicago-based chef eagerly climbed the ranks during his career working under acclaimed chefs like Thomas Keller and Ferran Adria. He eventually made a splash in the early 2000s while leading the kitchen at Trio in Evanston, just outside of Chicago. Along with patron-turned-investor… read more ›

Here’s How To Get Free Wow Bao For National Bao Day

Block Club Chicago |
Kelly Bauer |
Aug 10, 2018
Original Article: "Here’s How To Get Free Wow Bao For National Bao Day"

You can grab free bao or rice and noodle bowls on Aug. 22. DOWNTOWN — Wow Bao is offering free lunch for National Bao Day on Aug. 22. Free bao — including classics like the spicy Mongolian beef bao and sweeter options like chocolate bao — will be available at all Chicago locations in celebration of… read more ›

9 Tiki Bars Around the Country That Will Transport You to a Tropical Vacation

Brit + Co |
Sunny Chanel |
Aug 9, 2018
Original Article: "9 Tiki Bars Around the Country That Will Transport You to a Tropical Vacation"

There’s no denying the power of the mai tai. After a huge bout of popularity in the 1950s and then a lively resurgence in 2000s, the rum-soaked tiki bar is back — and in a BIG way. A handful of old-school examples of Polynesian-styled watering holes never went away, but they now keep company with all sorts of new… read more ›

Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants: No. 41: Aba, Fulton Market's hottest restaurant

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Aug 8, 2018
Original Article: "Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants: No. 41: Aba, Fulton Market's hottest restaurant"

(New) It’s hard to overestimate the popularity of chef C.J. Jacobson’s Aba, essentially a sequel to Ema, the River North restaurant he opened in 2016. Aba sits in the heart of restaurant-rich Fulton Market, and has become a foodie magnet; prime-time reservations are nearly impossible to get, and fans hit the doors at 4 p.m.… read more ›

The 30 Most-Instagrammed Foods in Chicago

Food Network |
Samantha Lande |
Aug 8, 2018
Original Article: "The 30 Most-Instagrammed Foods in Chicago"

Feast your eyes on these cheesy, sweet and over-the-top dishes that are tasty to both savor and share. Summer House’s Rice Krispy Chocolate Chip Cookies A dessert mashup always makes a great pic (hello, Cronut) but Summer House’s combination is particularly epic. All of the giant cookies at the bakery front of this California-inspired restaurant are delicious,… read more ›

10 Fulton Market Spots We Can't Get Enough Of

UrbanMatter Chicago |
Jessica Hamrick |
Aug 8, 2018
Original Article: "10 Fulton Market Spots We Can't Get Enough Of"

Some call it the West Loop. Others prefer restaurant row. But no matter what name you use to describe Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood, there’s one thing we can all agree on: that it’s home to some of the best places to wine and dine in the entire city. Yes, from upscale dinners to casual hangs, this westside… read more ›

Dumplings get the global treatment

Nation's Restaurant News |
Nancy Kruse |
Aug 6, 2018
Original Article: "Dumplings get the global treatment"

Asian, European and mash-up versions grab the spotlight From Asia. Bao, one of many varieties of Chinese dumplings and buns, are on a growth curve, with Datassential reporting that their presence on menus has grown 54 percent over the past four years. Made from dough similar to bread dough, bao are steamed to a fluffy finish,… read more ›

Where To Have Dinner With Your In-Laws

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Aug 6, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Have Dinner With Your In-Laws"

Even if you really like your in-laws, picking a place for dinner with them can be stressful. There’s a lot to consider: the restaurant should be nice but not ultra-expensive, plus quiet enough that they won’t need to shout when asking you, for example, whether you’ve finished up your wedding thank-you notes. Of course, the… read more ›

Where To Have Your Birthday Outside

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Aug 6, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Have Your Birthday Outside"

When you were a kid and your birthday was in the summer, it was bittersweet. Sure, you could have a pool party, but you were probably one of the youngest in your class, and you never got a special birthday treat at school, like a cupcake or a pinata full of stale bubble gum (everyone… read more ›

Attractive lotus root grows in popularity

Nation's Restaurant News |
Fern Glazer |
Aug 6, 2018
Original Article: "Attractive lotus root grows in popularity"

Visual appeal overcomes occasional bitter and ‘swampy’ flavors In Chicago, Sushi-San, a Japanese restaurant focused on raw fish, offers a crispy ginger and salmon maki roll made with Faroe Island salmon, pickled lotus root, wasabi aïoli and tempura crunch, topped with fried ginger threads. read more ›

Turning Tables: Lettuce Entertain You's New Chicago Wine Bar; Biggest Wine Cellar Yet for Del Frisco's

Wine Spectator |
Julie Harans, Brianne Garrett, Kamila Knaudt |
Aug 3, 2018
Original Article: "Turning Tables: Lettuce Entertain You's New Chicago Wine Bar; Biggest Wine Cellar Yet for Del Frisco's"

Plus, Legal Sea Foods opens a wine bar in D.C.'s Union Station, and Vallone's in Houston closes Bar Ramone is Lettuce Entertain You's Latest Venture Bar Ramone will open mid-August in a small, rustic space in Chicago's River North neighborhood. The wine bar is Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' (LEYE) newest joint, the group behind Wine Spectator Restaurant… read more ›

These are Lollapalooza bands' favorite Chicago restaurants

Chicago Tribune |
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank |
Aug 2, 2018
Original Article: "These are Lollapalooza bands' favorite Chicago restaurants"

Ever wondered where your favorite musicians like to eat when they’re in Chicago? RedEye decided to find out. We asked a slew of Lollapalooza performers where they chow down in the city. TroyBoi Set time: Aug. 5, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Stage: Perry’s stage RPM Steak 66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990 This is usually my first stop when I land in… read more ›

Streeterville eats: Your guide to new treat spots and reopened restaurants

ABC 7 Chicago |
Hoodline |
Aug 2, 2018
Original Article: "Streeterville eats: Your guide to new treat spots and reopened restaurants"

Want to get to know the newest additions to Streeterville? From a cookie dough bar to two reopened restaurants, read on for a list of the newest hot spots to open in this area of Chicago. Ozzie's Pops & Pretzels Ozzie's Pops & Pretzels is a new spot at the Navy Pier that is serving up… read more ›

Dining out: Become a grill master at Schaumburg's new Weber Grill Academy

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Aug 2, 2018
Original Article: "Dining out: Become a grill master at Schaumburg's new Weber Grill Academy"

National Oyster Day Did you know that National Oyster Day is Sunday, Aug. 5? To honor the occasion, Shaw's Crab House Schaumburg is offering half-priced oysters and half-off bottles of wine all day Sunday. If beer is your preferred beverage, Shaw's is offering a new beer designed exclusively for the restaurant: the OB Tripel, a… read more ›

6 Spots for Extravagant Cocktails

Concierge Preferred |
Amber Holst |
Aug 1, 2018
Original Article: "6 Spots for Extravagant Cocktails"

Chicago’s architecture isn’t the only thing that’s photogenic. Here’s 6 must-try spots for over-the-top cocktails. JUDSON CORRIE, CONCIERGE, WALDORF ASTORIA Three Dots & A Dash is a special place for a truly transporting experience. Finding it is like an exclusive scavenger hunt but once inside, a brilliant myriad of tiki-spiked cocktails await and the serious ornamentation… read more ›

57 exciting openings in Chicago in August

Time Out Chicago |
Zach Long |
Aug 1, 2018
Original Article: "57 exciting openings in Chicago in August"

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean your social schedule has to go into hibernation. August brings a flurry of street festivals, concerts and restaurant openings to a neighborhood near you. The month kicks off with four-day music festival Lollapalooza, which takes over Grant Park with headliners Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and Jack White. Didn't… read more ›

A Lauded LEYE Sushi Chef is Launching a Delivery-Only Fried Chicken Spot

Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Jul 31, 2018
Original Article: "A Lauded LEYE Sushi Chef is Launching a Delivery-Only Fried Chicken Spot"

Plus, a famed NYC cocktail bar could expand to Chicago and more intel — Eaters who don’t want to go out will soon be able to order fried chicken and Asian-inspired sides from a lauded sushi chef’s new delivery-only restaurant. Naoki Fried Chicken, from chef Naoki Nakashima of Lettuce Entertain You’s essential sushi restaurant Naoki Sushi, will launch in… read more ›

What Chicago chefs feed their dogs

Crain's Chicago Business |
Ari Bendersky |
Jul 30, 2018
Original Article: "What Chicago chefs feed their dogs"

The U.S. pet food market was valued at $24.6 billion in 2016 and is expected to soar to more than $30 billion in sales by 2022, according to Zion Market Research. But premade food isn't good enough for the pets of some of Chicago's top chefs. While they're known for their culinary creativity in the… read more ›

The Top 5 Things to Do at Paris Las Vegas

TripSavvy |
Zeke Quezada |
Jul 30, 2018
Original Article: "The Top 5 Things to Do at Paris Las Vegas"

Take a stroll along Las Vegas Boulevard, and you’ll quickly notice that every hotel has some type of attraction to try to lure you in. Paris Las Vegas is no different as the replica of the Eiffel Tower dominates the strip. Once inside, you’ll feel the Vegas vibe with a little French flair on the side, and you'll… read more ›

Restaurateurs and Foodies United to Help Raise More than $230,000 During Las Vegas Restaurant Week

The results of Las Vegas Restaurant Week are in! From posh Las Vegas Strip eateries to local favorites, 172 restaurants across the valley joined the fight against hunger during the culinary event, raising a record-breaking total of more than $230,000 for Southern Nevada’s only food bank. This year’s proceeds will help Three Square provide approximately 690,000 meals to the more than… read more ›

The Chicago Hit List: The Best New Restaurants In Chicago

The Infatuation Chicago |
Sam Faye and Adrian Kane |
Jul 30, 2018
Original Article: "The Chicago Hit List: The Best New Restaurants In Chicago"

Readers and friends of The Infatuation often ask for one very specific request: they want to know about the city’s best new restaurants before we review them. We get it, it’s the age of instant information. But that wasn’t information we gave you, until now. We’re happy to present The Infatuation Hit List, a regularly updated guide… read more ›

Wine Advocate Weekend Pairings: Chilled Soup

Robert Parker Wine Journal |
Robert Parker |
Jul 30, 2018
Original Article: "Wine Advocate Weekend Pairings: Chilled Soup"

Food lovers, rejoice: we’ve got a series here at Wine Journal happening every Friday, where we bring forth a sample menu replete with recipes from chefs around the world provided by our friends at the MICHELIN Guide, all to be paired with wines by Wine Advocate reviewers. The thick summer air calls for a meal that is both… read more ›

Chicago’s Own, Tempo Tea, Here To Perk Up Your Day

Chicago Food Magazine |
Emily Larsen |
Jul 30, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago’s Own, Tempo Tea, Here To Perk Up Your Day"

Ever get that “2 p.m. feeling”? Don’t worry; this isn’t a commercial for an energy drink that’s loaded with stuff that probably isn’t that great for your body. This also isn’t an encouragement to drink that third cup of coffee in the middle of your workday. For years, companies have been coming up with solutions… read more ›

Aba’s Refreshing Cocktails Taste Like Summer in A Glass

Chicago Magazine |
Julia Thiel |
Jul 29, 2018
Original Article: "Aba’s Refreshing Cocktails Taste Like Summer in A Glass"

Lettuce Entertain You’s new Mediterranean restaurant and bar is our new crush this season. Trees, lush greenery, and enormous skylights make the inside of Aba, Lettuce Entertain You’s new Mediterranean restaurant and bar, feel like an homage to endless summer. But since we’re still enjoying actual summer, you’ve got plenty of time to make use… read more ›

Get the most out of LV Market with our quick guide

Las Vegas Magazine |
Las Vegas Magazine Staff |
Jul 29, 2018
Original Article: "Get the most out of LV Market with our quick guide"

Welcome, LV Market attendees! We know you won’t always be enjoying the latest in furnishing trends at World Market Center, so we’ve compiled a resource to help you make the most of your downtime while you're in town—time-saving tips, the best places to eat (and recommended dishes for each) and much more. Enjoy! Paris Eiffel… read more ›

French cuisine is only the beginning at Paris

Las Vegas Magazine |
Matt Kelemen |
Jul 29, 2018
Original Article: "French Cuisine is only the beginning at Paris"

Standards and expectations are naturally high at a casino-hotel named after one of the culinary capitals of the world. Paris Las Vegas boasts some of the best higher-end dining on the Strip, from the heralded brunch menus of its street-level eateries to the gourmet masterpieces created at a restaurant built into the upper altitude of… read more ›

24 Next-Morning Eateries In Vegas Tourists Will Be Thankful For

The Richest |
Tania Di Palma |
Jul 29, 2018
Original Article: "24 Next-Morning Eateries In Vegas Tourists Will Be Thankful For"

We're not talking about some good old McDonalds; you're in Las Vegas, there is an abundance of delicious and stomach-filling restaurants everywhere. Are you planning a trip to Sin City? Are you planning on staying up all night at a casino or partying till dawn at one of Vegas's opulent clubs? If so, chances are,… read more ›

Best Chicago happy hour deals: July 26-Aug. 1

RedEye-Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Jul 26, 2018
Original Article: "Best Chicago happy hour deals: July 26-Aug. 1"

Here's where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago. Tuesday, July 31 Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (60 E. Grand Ave., 312-379-5637) offers $5 fried green tomato sliders, $6 glasses of wine and $7 Alaska king crab rolls from 2 to 5 p.m. [caption id="attachment_26190" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Joe's Cocktail Hour Cheers[/caption]… read more ›

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