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 120 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 and Wow Bao 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 100 Restaurants

    Lettuce owns and operates over 60 unique 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

Press Kits

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Press Releases

Caipirinha Riff: Fog Over Rio

Aug 16, 2018

Using the classic Caipirinha cocktail as inspiration, Derek Walker swaps in lemons for limes and uses a tea syrup in place of sugar for this vibrant riff. 2 oz. aged cachaça ½ oz. earl grey-lavender syrup 4 lemon quarters Tools: shaker, strainer Glass: rocks Garnish: lemon twist Muddle the lemon quarters and syrup in a shaker tin. Add… 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 Ryan Arnold (Wine Enthusiast ‘40 Under 40 Tastemaker’) and Richard Hanauer (2015 Food & Wine ‘Sommelier of the Year’). The collection… 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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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 ›

Behind the nostalgic art of ice cream sandwiches, plus 6 to try

Chicago Tribune |
Bill Daley |
Jul 26, 2018
Original Article: "Behind the nostalgic art of ice cream sandwiches, plus 6 to try"

Ice cream sandwiches aren’t just for kids these days, nor are they made with so-so vanilla sandwiched between soft-and-soon-soggy rectangles of chocolate cookie. Chicago chefs and shops are offering an intriguing array of ice cream sandwiches that go far beyond what you might expect. One thing, though, hasn’t changed: These ice cream sandwiches are still… read more ›

Anchor Brewing Drink Steam Week Returns Nationwide

MyBeerBuzz |
Bil Cord |
Jul 26, 2018
Original Article: "Anchor Brewing Drink Steam Week Returns Nationwide"

Anchor Brewing Celebrates the Return of Drink Steam Week, Commemorating the San Francisco Original that Started the Craft Beer Movement San Francisco, CA (July 25, 2018) – For the fourth year in a row, Anchor Brewing Company will celebrate America’s first handcrafted beer, Anchor Steam® Beer, with the return of Drink Steam Week taking place… read more ›

A Cyclist's Guide to the Best Food in L.A.

Outside Online |
AC Shilton |
Jul 26, 2018
Original Article: "A Cyclist's Guide to the Best Food in L.A."

Former pro racer Phil Gaimon shares his favorite spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cookies Lunch (and a Quick Cookie!) If he doesn’t stop mid-ride, Gaimon will refuel afterward at his friend Jeff Mahin’s restaurant, M Street Kitchen. There, he gets the crispy beef tacos, washes them down with coffee, then treats himself to one of… read more ›

Top 10 Pooch-Friendly Chicago Patios

DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "Top 10 Pooch-Friendly Chicago Patios"

Fido will thank you for hitting these patios this summer Dogs are man’s (and woman’s!) best friend, so why shouldn’t you take them with you when you dine? These are the best patios, gardens, and outdoor spaces where you can bring your four-legged friend this summer… Beatrix {various locations}: Any of Beatrix’s locations with outdoor seating are… read more ›

Eat This Town: Chicago

Blackboard Eats |
Nicole Bruce |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "Eat This Town: Chicago"

Summer Sips Wine Tasting Series and Rosé for Charity at Booth One  Sample hand-picked wine selections paired with signature hors d’oeuvres for $35 at Booth One's Summer Sips Wine Tasting Series on the second Thursday of every month. Join the classic Chicago hotspot for "A Night In Provence" on Thursday, August 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You To Open Its First Wine Bar in River North

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "Lettuce Entertain You To Open Its First Wine Bar in River North"

Bar Ramone wants to bring more energy into Chicago’s wine world [caption id="attachment_26180" align="aligncenter" width="920"] Bar Ramone Spread[/caption] Chefs are opening wine bars all over the country, and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is getting into the act in Chicago. LEYE will blitz River North next month with Bar Ramone, the first wine bar in the 47-year-old company’s history. As… read more ›

A Critic Falls for Lettuce Entertain You’s ‘Intoxicating’ Aba

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "A Critic Falls for Lettuce Entertain You’s ‘Intoxicating’ Aba"

Michael Nagrant takes a chance on Aba and finds a lot to like in an “intoxicating” environment. Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ new West Loop spot boasts a “glorious” open terrace that captures the “very essence of Chicago summer.” CJ Jacobson’s food is equally delightful. His red beet tzatziki is better than the average babcia’s, “bursting with horseradish spice and the… read more ›

Where to Shoot a Memorable Selfie in Las Vegas

WhereTraveler |
Susan Stapleton |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "Where to Shoot a Memorable Selfie in Las Vegas"

Find the perfect backdrop in Las Vegas for updating your profile image. What better way to remember a trip to Las Vegas than to take a selfie with a perfect backdrop? And Las Vegas has so many memorable backgrounds. Here, top concierges from across the city share some of their top suggestions. "Get a table… read more ›

The Ultimate Guide to Crab

Chowhound |
Greg Stegeman |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "The Ultimate Guide to Crab"

Have you ever been intimidated shopping for crab at the grocery store, or cooking it at home? It happens to me all the time. Which is why I decided enough is enough, and gave myself a tutorial on the types of crab I’m likely to find, and how to cook them. Why? Because crab is delicious. I… read more ›

14 Great Restaurants That Aren’t Closed On Mondays

The Infatuation Chicago |
Adrian Kane |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "14 Great Restaurants That Aren’t Closed On Mondays"

After you’ve (ideally) spent two days gleefully ignoring responsibilities, the reality of a Monday can be hard. So it’s understandable if the last thing you want to do after work is cook dinner, let alone spend time in a crowded grocery store full of all the other people who neglected their weekend errands. But unfortunately,… read more ›

Chill out with 31 days of Chicago's best ice cream, paletas and frozen treats

Chicago Tribune |
Grace Wong |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "Chill out with 31 days of Chicago's best ice cream, paletas and frozen treats"

Emochi at Sushi-San Recently opened Sushi-San is known for omakase and hip-hop but don’t sleep on the emochi ($3 each), a mashup of your favorite emojis and deliciously creamy ice cream surrounded by a chewy mochi exterior. There are multiple flavors you can choose from and they switch out depending on availability, like tropical and fragrant mango Thai basil,… read more ›

5 Places to try this Summer

ChicagoNow |
ChicagoNow |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "5 Places to try this Summer"

Why is it that summer always goes by so quickly?! I can't believe we are already halfway through July and there are still so many activities I am trying to squeeze in before fall comes, not to mention so many restaurants and patios I want to check out! Below is a list of places to try this summer for… read more ›

The Best Places to Go on a Date in the U.S.

Travel and Leisure |
Talia Avakian |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "The Best Places to Go on a Date in the U.S."

Yelp and OkCupid offer the most romantic date spots across eight popular cities.  A setting can be just as important as the company you keep when it comes to having a good date. Whether you’re looking to have brunch or try a themed bar, OkCupid and Yelp have put together a collection of the top spots to try across nine different categories… read more ›

Building a better wine list

Restaurant Hospitality |
David Flaherty |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "Building a better wine list"

Clarity, educated staff, key to sales A restaurant's wine list is a defining element of the operation and the key to wine sales, one of the biggest profit drivers for the business. It needs to be easily read, approachable, and help guide diners through what can be an intimidating part of the dining experience. Getting… read more ›

Recipe: Spicy Hummus

Michelin Guide |
Marguerite Imbert |
Jul 25, 2018
Original Article: "Recipe: Spicy Hummus"

Try this recipe from one of Chicago’s best Mediterranean restaurants. At Chicago’s Michelin-recognized Mediterranean restaurant Ēma—which translates to “mother” in Hebrew—whitewashed brick and overhead greenery make an elegant setting for chef C.J. Jacobson’s rustic-refined menu of spreads, dips and meze inspired by his California upbringing. Raised in Orange County and trained at Copenhagen’s famed Noma, the Top Chef alum… read more ›

Country Music And Barbecue Can Make Anybody Happy At Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout

Uproxx |
Derrick Rossignol |
Jul 23, 2018
Original Article: "Country Music And Barbecue Can Make Anybody Happy At Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout"

This past weekend I was at Windy City Smokeout, a country music and barbecue festival held in downtown Chicago… assuming that the parking lot near Grand Avenue and the Chicago River is downtown. I’m not a native, so I don’t want to declare anything “downtown” and upset any locals who insist that the Chicago Tribune parking… read more ›

Chicago’s Most Exciting Al Fresco Dining Destinations

Bon Appetit |
Choose Chicago |
Jul 23, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago’s Most Exciting Al Fresco Dining Destinations"

Bring the squad and the SPF—rooftop-patio season is here. Cool breezes, the perfect excuse to wear the new shades, and impeccable Instagram lighting (which only enhances the crazy covetable skyline views in front of you) combine to remind us of one highly anticipated truth: The season of al fresco dining is finally upon us. What… read more ›

20 Chicago Restaurants With Killer Views of the Windy City

Eater Chicago |
Kat Odell and Daniel Gerzina |
Jul 23, 2018
Original Article: "20 Chicago Restaurants With Killer Views of the Windy City"

From sports fields to city vistas, these haunts offer up more than good food and drink Chicago has some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world, and very few things enhance it better than standout food and drink. Here’s a list of restaurants and bars with exemplary city views. The spots on this list… read more ›

Bar Ramone, opening in the former Bottlefork space, will be Lettuce's first wine bar

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Jul 23, 2018
Original Article: "Bar Ramone, opening in the former Bottlefork space, will be Lettuce's first wine bar"

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has launched dozens of concepts over the years, but a wine bar has never been one of them. Until now. Bar Ramone, a wine bar overseen by LEYE sommeliers Ryan Arnold and Richard Hanauer, will open later this summer in the old Bottlefork space (441 N. Clark St.), a narrow room… read more ›

The best restaurant and bar openings in 2018, so far

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Jul 20, 2018
Original Article: "The best restaurant and bar openings in 2018, so far"

If you're anything like us, you're probably wondering where the hell the first half of 2018 went. Since this year shows no signs of slowing down, now feels like a good time to acknowledge the new restaurants and bars that have really blown us away. Though they're all recent additions to Chicago, these spots have burrowed their way into our hearts,… read more ›

Where To Eat Brunch in Las Vegas — July 2018

Eater Vegas |
Susan Stapleton |
Jul 19, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Eat Brunch in Las Vegas — July 2018"

Make plans for the weekend with these 79 brunches If any city serves up a decadent brunch, it has to be Las Vegas. Whether you want a buffet with every indulgence, a chance to try Jamaican, Asian or French fare, or just the best eggs you can find, the weekend is the time to indulge… read more ›

Chicago’s Most Exciting Al Fresco Dining Destinations

Bon Appetit |
Choose Chicago |
Jul 18, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago’s Most Exciting Al Fresco Dining Destinations"

Aba It’s easy to want to stay awhile at this 4,000-square-foot urban oasis, a newcomer to Fulton Market as of this June. Lounge-style seating, fire pits, lush greenery, and an indoor-outdoor bar make for the ultimate al fresco evening—and it only gets better. Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson runs the kitchen here, spinning out Middle… read more ›

The 50 Best Restaurants

Chicago Magazine |
Jeff Ruby and Carrie Schedler |
Jul 18, 2018
Original Article: "The 50 Best Restaurants"

Chicago’s essential destinations, from haute tasting menus to inventive street food Number 18: Everest Whether you consider it a relic, a civic treasure, or a mixture of both, there’s no denying that Everest is the last of its breed. Despite small efforts to lighten it up over its 32 years—goodbye, animal-print walls and leopard-spot carpet—Jean… read more ›

The Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now

Thrillist Chicago |
Kailley Lindman |
Jul 18, 2018
Original Article: "The Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now"

Summer's here, and so are (probably) a few of your new favorite restaurants in the city, including a handful of gotta-try-'em spots. From a darts bar with a name that nods to a certain classic Chuck Palahniuk novel to rooftops and a promising Wrigleyville stunner by some restaurant biz stalwarts, read on for the scoop… read more ›

Ozzie's Pops & Pretzels opens at Navy Pier

ABC 7 Chicago |
Hoodline |
Jul 18, 2018
Original Article: "Ozzie's Pops & Pretzels opens at Navy Pier"

A new spot for seasonal popsicles and hand-twisted pretzels has come to Chicago's Navy Pier. Called Ozzie's Pops & Pretzels, the new arrival is located at 600 E. Grand Ave. and is named for creator and chef-partner Ozzie Ocegueda. On the menu, look for classic popsicle flavors like chocolate, strawberry and orangesicle plus signature creations that… read more ›

Where to find Chicago’s cleanest organic and grass-fed steaks

Blackboard Eats |
Kat Odell |
Jul 17, 2018
Original Article: "Where to find Chicago’s cleanest organic and grass-fed steaks"

What’s better than a perfectly prepared steak? One that also comes from a source that makes informed and sustainable choices about their beef every step of the way—and a growing number of restaurants are now offering just that. While some operators seek an organic certification, many look past that stamp of approval in favor of… read more ›

Must-try Italian restaurants in Chicago for pizza, pasta and more

Time Out Chicago |
Amy Cavanaugh and Morgan Olsen |
Jul 17, 2018
Original Article: "Must-try Italian restaurants in Chicago for pizza, pasta and more"

From cozy neighborhood trattorias to fancy splurges, these are the best Italian restaurants in Chicago Chicago's Italian food scene is wonderfully diverse—from old-school joints that still serve grandma's secret Sunday sauce to swanky newcomers that are putting modern twists on classic dishes. If you're craving gnocchi, arancini, meatballs and tiramisu, you’ve come to the right… read more ›

Cafe 5: Sliced Brisket Recipe

NBC5 Chicago |
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Jul 17, 2018
Original Article: "Cafe 5: Sliced Brisket Recipe"

In this segment of Dishing With Chicago Chefs, Barry Sorkin, founder of SMOQUE BBQ, shares his recipe for sliced brisket. The recipe comes ahead of the Windy City Smokeout, which runs July 13-15 at Grand Avenue near the Chicago River. Sliced Brisket Ingredients: 12-14 lb brisket - Certified Angus Beef 1 cup of rub per… read more ›

French Restaurants That Should Be on Your Las Vegas Dining Agenda

Eater Vegas |
Susan Stapleton |
Jul 16, 2018
Original Article: "French Restaurants That Should Be on Your Las Vegas Dining Agenda"

Some of the essential French restaurant found all over the city Internationally acclaimed French chefs such as Joel Robuchon, Pierre Gagnaire, and Guy Savoy who have restaurants in Las Vegas are part of the reason why the city is known as a culinary destination. Although almost all of the food at these fine-dining restaurants comes… read more ›

America’s Best Foods on a Stick

Food Network |
Sarah Zern |
Jul 16, 2018
Original Article: "America's Best Foods on a Stick"

Eating food off of sticks is as American as apple pie. And you know what’s even more American than that? Eating apple pie off of sticks! Popsicles at Ozzie's Pops, Chicago Ideally situated on Chicago’s Navy Pier, this ice pop shop serves more than 15 varieties of paletas (Mexican ice pops). Made on site daily with all-natural,… read more ›

The Future is Female

Dining Out Chicago |
Maggie Hennessy |
Jul 16, 2018
Original Article: "The Future is Female"

Meet the leading ladies of some of the city’s top restaurants The #MeToo movement has sparked a massive cultural reckoning for gendered abuses of authority across industries—restaurants included. As we seek inspiration on how to best move forward, it helps to look to women who have achieved success in spite of systemic challenges. These six… read more ›

Celebrities' favorite destinations in every state

MSN-Lifestyle |
Joy Wood |
Jul 16, 2018
Original Article: "Celebrities' favorite destinations in every state"

Illinois: It's all about Chicago, baby When in Illinois hit up one of the many fine restaurants of Chicago. At the top of the list is RPM Italian: co-owners Bill and Giuliana Rancic are one thing, but folks like Michelle Obama have also been spotted. read more ›

Restaurants that A-list stars love to eat at

MSN |
loveFOOD |
Jul 16, 2018
Original Article: "Restaurants that A-list stars love to eat at"

Hub 51-Chicago Hollywood power couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are among the famous guests at Hub 51. Reportedly the couple's favorite thing to order is Martha's special occasion carrot cake with three layers and cream cheese frosting for $8.95 (£6.80). Serving a variety of dishes from sushi and tacos to sandwiches and burgers, Hub 51… read more ›

11 Chicago restaurants offering great brunch buffets

RedEye-Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Jul 13, 2018
Original Article: "11 Chicago restaurants offering great brunch buffets"

Shaw's Crab House 21 E. Hubbard St., 312-527-2722 If you’re as into shrimp as Eleanor Shellstrop, head to the Near North restaurant for all-you-can-eat seafood including steamed king crab legs, crab cakes, oysters, lobster mac ’n’ cheese and shrimp cocktail. Move beyond the ocean with carved roast beef, waffles and a sweets table including cupcakes… read more ›

In D.C. for the All-Star Game? Let the Nationals tell you where to eat.

The Washington Post |
Jorge Castillo |
Jul 13, 2018
Original Article: "In D.C. for the All-Star Game? Let the Nationals tell you where to eat."

With the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in town, we asked some of the Nationals for their favorite places to go in the District. Here’s what they said. Pitcher Gio Gonzalez My favorite sit-down restaurant is Filomena in Georgetown. Hands-down one of the best Italian places in Georgetown. The service there is incredible. It’s family-owned. Just the… read more ›

The Best Mediterranean Restaurants in Chicago

Michelin Guide |
Michelin Guide |
Jul 12, 2018
Original Article: "The Best Mediterranean Restaurants in Chicago"

Ēma River North Designation: The Plate What Our Inspectors Say: “Cross the threshold into this breezy, elegant space all whitewashed brick, wood-slat windows and lush greenery―and prepare to be transported to the shores of the Adriatic. The menu boasts an array of fresh, healthy Greek and Middle Eastern dishes, like smoky charred eggplant spread, tempting cold mezzes… read more ›

10 Things to Do This Weekend: July 11-15

WTTW |
Kristen Thometz |
Jul 12, 2018
Original Article: "10 Things to Do This Weekend: July 11-15"

Country music and barbecue are the menu staple at Windy City Smokeout. More than a dozen restaurants serve up finger-licking fare such as pulled pork, smoked chicken and baby back ribs. (Hungry for something else? Food vendors serve up other fare, including chicken tenders, tacos and cheese fries.) Headlining this year’s fest are Brett Young (Friday),… read more ›

Chicago's 20 Best Pieces of Fried Chicken

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai and Eater Staff |
Jul 11, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago's 20 Best Pieces of Fried Chicken"

Popeyes is great but so are these poultry specialists Crispy skin is up there with life's greatest pleasures, alongside hot sauce and honey butter. Don't settle for anything less than a jarring crunch followed by the juicy flesh of a perfectly fried piece of chicken. From Nashville hot to Korean-style, these 20 poultry experts know… read more ›

28 Best Spots for Late-Night Eats in Chicago

Make It Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Jul 11, 2018
Original Article: "28 Best Spots for Late-Night Eats in Chicago"

You just got out of a game at the United Center, a show at the Goodman, a concert at the Aragon Ballroom, or (gulp) a late night at work. You’re famished, and you don’t want to settle for fast food — nor should you. Chicago might not be the late-night mecca that NYC is, but we’ve still got… read more ›

5 Things to Do: July 13-15

Make It Better |
Anna Carlson |
Jul 11, 2018
Original Article: "5 Things to Do: July 13-15"

Windy City Smokeout July 13-15 Chicago This summer festival returns with barbecue from Smoque BBQ (Chicago), 17th Street Barbecue (Murphysboro, Illinois), Lillie’s Q (Chicago), Bub City (Chicago), Peg Leg Porker (Nashville), Leroy and Lewis Barbecue (Austin), and much more, beer from vendors like Boulevard Brewing (Kansas City, Missouri), Alter (Downers Grove, Illinois), Burnt City (Chicago),… read more ›

The best sushi in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
Amy Cavanaugh and Morgan Olsen |
Jul 11, 2018
Original Article: "The best sushi in Chicago"

Lovers of maki, sashimi and nigiri can get their fill at these sushi restaurants that serve the best sushi in Chicago When it comes to sushi restaurants, Chicago has more great options than you'd expect in a city so far from the ocean. From seafood restaurants with raw fish menus to Japanese restaurants serving both cooked fare and sushi,… read more ›

The River North Guide

The Infatuation Chicago |
Sam Faye and Adrian Kane |
Jul 10, 2018
Original Article: "The River North Guide"

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. This is the roller coaster of emotions you’ll experience whenever you find yourself in the neighborhood. But there’s an easy way to deal… read more ›

We Asked 12 Renowned Pitmasters: What's the Best Beer To Pair With Your Barbecue?

VinePair |
Emily Saladino |
Jul 10, 2018
Original Article: "We Asked 12 Renowned Pitmasters: What's the Best Beer To Pair With Your Barbecue?"

American barbecue pairs well with beer, wine, cocktails, sunshine, and rain. There’s something especially appealing, though, about drinking a cold beer with a plate of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and the collards or cornbread that rightly accompany them. Doug Psaltis, chef-partner of Bub City in Chicago and cofounder of the city’s annual Windy City Smokeout, loves… read more ›

The Best Frozen Treats to Help You Beat the Heat in Chicago

Tasting Table National |
Ximena Larkin |
Jul 10, 2018
Original Article: "The Best Frozen Treats to Help You Beat the Heat in Chicago"

Chill out with giant house-made ice cream sandwiches, gourmet paletas and more When Chicago isn't being pounded by subzero temperatures, it's being pummeled with sweaty, oppressive heat. Does a happy medium exist? Of course, it does. But as long as we're mopping the sweat off our brow, we're here to make the dog days of… read more ›

16 Killer Frozen Cocktails to Beat the Chicago Summer Heat

Eater Chicago |
Elizabeth Atkinson |
Jul 9, 2018
Original Article: " 16 Killer Frozen Cocktails to Beat the Chicago Summer Heat"

Where to drink frose, boozy milkshakes, and more Decidedly warm weekends call for patios and frozen drinks. From swanky rooftops to yards with games, there are plenty of places to grab a frozen margarita or a large sipper in a pineapple all summer long. Plus, with fried chicken sandwiches and West Coast tacos to fuel… read more ›

10 cereal dishes that take childhood favorites out of the breakfast bowl

RedEye-Chicago Tribune |
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank |
Jul 9, 2018
Original Article: "10 cereal dishes that take childhood favorites out of the breakfast bowl"

There aren’t many meals more nostalgic than a bowl of cereal. Whether you prefer the first still crunchy bite or slurping down the leftover sugary milk, a meal of Fruity Pebbles, Cap’n Crunch or (in the healthier families) Cheerios brings back memories of Saturday morning cartoons and lazy Sundays without a care in the world.… read more ›

Bite into Beyond Sausage Bratwurst at M Burger for a limited time

Chicago Tribune |
Adam Lukach |
Jul 9, 2018
Original Article: "Bite into Beyond Sausage Bratwurst at M Burger for a limited time"

You’ve had the burger that’s “Impossible.” Now you can try a bratwurst that’s “Beyond.” Plant-based protein alternatives have been stepping up their game in the last year-plus, with Impossible Foods-brand meat getting rave reviews in burger form at M Burger and other restaurants. This time, M Burger will give sausage a turn, as the fast-casual joint will… read more ›

The Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now, July 2018

Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Jul 5, 2018
Original Article: "The Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now, July 2018"

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater have one question: Where should one eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is… read more ›

The Chicago Guide

Goop |
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Jul 3, 2018
Original Article: "The Chicago Guide "

Chicago is easy to love. First, there’s the famous Midwestern charm, which can’t be overstated and seems genetically wired in its inhabitants. People are just really nice here. Then, of course, there are world class museums, parks, parks, parks everywhere you look, and so many great restaurants we’ve barely made a dent in our checklist.… read more ›

Windy City Smokeout 2018: 15 of The Country's Master Pitmasters on the Best Barbecue and Beer Pairings

Even a whiskey drinker like me appreciates that nothing goes better with barbecue than a cold beer. And for every variation of barbecue that’s out there—Texas, Kansas City, North Carolina, you name it—there are countless styles of beer from which to choose. To learn which brew to pair with my ’cue, I tapped into the… read more ›

Get the First Look at the Menu for Chicago's Windy City Smokeout 2018

The Daily Meal |
Lauren Knight |
Jun 27, 2018
Original Article: "Get the First Look at the Menu for Chicago's Windy City Smokeout 2018"

Legends and up-and-coming pitmasters serve up killer BBQ in Chicago. Pull on your cowboy boots and grab a pocketful of moist towelettes: It’s time again for the annual Windy City Smokeout! The Chicago festival charges into its 6th year of celebrating the country’s best barbeque from July 13th to July 15th, presenting a lineup of legends… read more ›

Lollapalooza’s 2018 Chow Town lineup is here to make you hungry for fest food

TimeOut Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Jun 27, 2018
Original Article: "Lollapalooza’s 2018 Chow Town lineup is here to make you hungry for fest food"

There are plenty of logistical nightmares to iron out before heading to Lollapalooza this summer: The Weeknd or Vampire Weekend? The National or Bruno Mars? Tamales or fried chicken? Okay, so you're probably not attending one of Chicago's biggest music festivals for the food, but there's no denying that it's important to fuel up between sets. Fest organizers revealed the complete Chow Town… read more ›

Open Now: Ozzie's Pops & Pretzels

Splash |
Splash Staff |
Jun 26, 2018
Original Article: "OPEN NOW: OZZIE’S POPS & PRETZELS"

Nothing says summer like an ice-cold paleta (Mexican popsicle) at Navy Pier. Lettuce Entertain You and Chef Ozzie Ocegueda unveiled the new spot in the renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion last month, offering fun flavors like toasted coconut and PB&J, plus fresh fruit pops like blueberry basil and lime chia. $2.50 and up, 600 E. Grand; Ozziepops.com [caption id="attachment_25148"… read more ›

7 Most Delicious Music Festival Foods to Try

Travel Channel |
Megan Sadler |
Jun 26, 2018
Original Article: "7 Most Delicious Music Festival Foods to Try"

If you weren't sure which Music Festival to attend this year let your taste buds be your guide and check out these amazing festival foods. Lollapalooza Wow Bao Hot Asian Buns These bao buns are a convenient and delicious option to keep you full at Lollapalooza. Wow Bao specializes in buns, pot stickers and noodle bowls… read more ›

15 of Chicago's Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Mapped

Eater |
Elizabeth Atkinson and Daniel Gerzina |
Jun 25, 2018
Original Article: "15 of Chicago's Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Mapped"

Gourmet happy meals, crayons, sweets, and more to make kids happy Eating out doesn’t have to just be for adults. Some of Chicago’s best and most enduring restaurants have kiddie cups, crayons, tot-sized sandwiches and other dishes for pleasing the little ones. From a Michelin-starred restaurant to a hands-on seafood spot, here are 15 of… read more ›

The 100 best restaurants in America if you want to eat outside

Business Insider |
Mark Abadi |
Jun 25, 2018
Original Article: "The 100 best restaurants in America if you want to eat outside"

Nothing says summertime like eating outdoors. In honor of the first day of summer on Thursday, OpenTable has released its annual list of the 100 best restaurants in America for al fresco dining in 2018. Culled from millions of OpenTable reviews, the list includes restaurants in 22 states, each with its own stunning views or cozy surroundings.… read more ›

The 20 Essential Barbecue Restaurants in Chicago

Eater |
Jeffy Mai and Daniel Gerzina |
Jun 21, 2018
Original Article: "The 20 Essential Barbecue Restaurants in Chicago"

Chicago is far from the South but residents here know a thing or two about barbecue. From tender Texas brisket to succulent St. Louis ribs, Chicagoans have come close to perfecting various styles of smoked meats. To help narrow down the long list of places in the city to find finger-licking good 'que, check out… read more ›

An Edgewater Neighborhood Favorite Restaurant Shutters on Saturday

Eater |
Daniel Gerzina |
Jun 21, 2018
Original Article: "An Edgewater Neighborhood Favorite Restaurant Shutters on Saturday"

Eaters on the far North Side will lose one of Eater Chicago’s recommended restaurants in Edgewater this weekend. Revival Social Club, the all-day restaurant that opened in November 2014 in the former M. Henrietta space at 1133 W. Granville Avenue, will close for good after service on Saturday. A Facebook post reveals that “a new restaurant concept under new ownership” is coming… read more ›

Aba Opens in Chicago’s Fulton Market

Hospitality Design |
Will Speros |
Jun 21, 2018
Original Article: "Aba Opens in Chicago’s Fulton Market"

Top Chef Duel‘s winner chef CJ Jacobson has launched a new Mediterranean concept in Chicago’s Fulton Market with Aba, which means father in Hebrew. The rooftop is crafted by senior project design Avril Zavas, who led the Lettuce Entertain You in-house team of Sarah Noncek, Meghan McLaren, and John Cinelli. The open dining room boasts lush greenery, including… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You restaurant empire to phase out plastic straws at its 120 restaurants

Chicago Tribune |
Greg Trotter |
Jun 20, 2018
Original Article: "Lettuce Entertain You restaurant empire to phase out plastic straws at its 120 restaurants"

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, the prominent Chicago-based restaurant company known for restaurants like RPM Steak and R.J. Grunts, plans to phase out the use of plastic straws by Oct. 1. Lettuce Entertain You isn’t the first to take this step. More than 100 Chicago-area restaurants and bars have made similar commitments as part of the Shedd… read more ›

The Eater Chicago Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, June 2018

The Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Jun 18, 2018
Original Article: "The Eater Chicago Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now, June 2018"

Behold the 16 hottest bars 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 crowds… read more ›

Steak, brunch, whiskey and more Father's Day specials at Chicago area restaurants

Chicago Tribune |
Grace Wong |
Jun 12, 2018
Original Article: "Steak, brunch, whiskey and more Father's Day specials at Chicago area restaurants"

If your dad is anything like mine, there are a few things he truly enjoys: seafood, beef, beer and sports. If you’re not cooking up a steak for him at home, there are restaurants around town that will do that for you — along with burgers stacked high with luxe ingredients, seafood buffets, brunch, bloody mary bars… read more ›

Best New Private Places in Chicago

Crains |
ANNE MOORE and CHRIS LAMORTE |
Jun 12, 2018
Original Article: "Best New Private Dining Rooms"

Looking to throw a party for a few (or 40) of your closest associates or friends? Here are the best new private dining spaces in restaurants in the Loop and downtown area. We've combed the options to find ones that are business-appropriate, but the majority are right for any occasion. Most of these spots opened… read more ›

Six Absolutely Monstrous Cookies in Chicago

Chicago Magazine |
CARRIE SCHEDLER |
Jun 7, 2018
Original Article: "Six Absolutely Monstrous Cookies in Chicago"

1. Rice Krispies chocolate chip cookie at Summer House Santa Monica A mammoth chocolate chip wonder topped with cubes of brown butter Rice Krispies Treats—an unlikely triumph of textural contrast. $4, 1954 N. Halsted St read more ›

Aba, an enchanted rooftop restaurant, opens in the West Loop tonight

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen|
Jun 7, 2018
Original Article: "Aba, an enchanted rooftop restaurant, opens in the West Loop tonight"

When we're graced with long, sun-kissed summer nights, we never want to go inside. Thankfully, Chicago has an endless supply of awesome outdoor dining and drinking destinations, and there's always room for more. Debuting tonight at 302 N Green Street in the West Loop (just north of The Publican and Momotaro), Aba will crack open its doors and reveal a 4,000-square-foot rooftop oasis. The dreamy… read more ›

Chicago’s 16 Best Places for Chicken for the Perfect Picnic Basket

Make it Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Jun 6, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago’s 16 Best Places for Chicken for the Perfect Picnic Basket"

Summer is here, which means picnic season is upon us, and in my book, picnics mean chicken. Whether fried, barbecued, or roasted, and served warm, hot, or cold, it’s what I crave when I’m sitting on a blanket on Ravinia’s Great Lawn, or at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Happily, we are living in the… read more ›

The 7 Best Restaurants in the Western Chicago Suburbs

Cedar and Rush |
Nicole Regan |
Jun 6, 2018
Original Article: "The 7 Best Restaurants in the Western Chicago Suburbs"

I can’t believe we’ve lived in the burbs for three full years now! Insane how time flies. Regardless, Sean and I still hit the restaurant scene out here like it’s our J-O-B. Since Chicago gets all the lime light, I thought I’d put together a list of the BEST restaurants in the Western Suburbs. A… read more ›

Chicago’s 15 Top Spots For Sterling Seafood Towers

Eater Chicago |
Kat Odell |
Jun 5, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago’s 15 Top Spots For Sterling Seafood Towers"

Where to find the city’s freshest raw bar selections The summer sun brings a renewed interest in chilled foods, and one of the best ways to fill up while cooling off is via raw bar options and seafood towers. And luckily, Chicago is rich in both. From Maude’s and Bavette’s sophisticated presentations, to the luxe… read more ›

12 Chicago spots to get your Negroni on this week

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Lande |
Jun 5, 2018
Original Article: "12 Chicago spots to get your Negroni on this week "

You don't need an excuse to drink, but this week you've got a good one. Monday through Sunday, thousands of bars and restaurants around the world are pouring creative spins on the Negroni — a classic Italian cocktail made with Campari, gin and sweet vermouth — and donating a portion of the proceeds to various… read more ›

Meet the Artist Illustrating Some of Chicago’s Most Eye-Catching Menus

Chicago Magazine |
Claire Voon |
Jun 1, 2018
Original Article: "Meet the Artist Illustrating Some of Chicago’s Most Eye-Catching Menus"

Alex Payne moved from creating chalkboard art to hand-drawing his own designs for the Lettuce Entertain You enterprise. Three years ago, artist Alex Payne was bartending at R.J. Grunts and drawing chalkboard art to promote burger specials. Now, making art is his top priority. The 30-year-old Texas native has a unique job: He’s the in-house illustrator for Lettuce Entertain You, responsible… read more ›

My Favorite Restaurants with a View

Passport |
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May 29, 2018
Original Article: "MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS WITH A VIEW"

As your traveling gourmet, I’ve spent a lot of time enjoying both what’s on my plate and the backdrop for it. Somehow, for me, a good meal is enhanced when there’s a beautiful panorama behind it, which means I’m going to take you on a culinary and scenic excursion. We’re going to see mountains, oceans,… read more ›

America's beloved burger restaurants

USA Today |
Ashley Day |
May 29, 2018
Original Article: "America's beloved burger restaurants"

Memorial Day happens to be National Hamburger Day (nearing the end of National Hamburger Month), and while we don't need an excuse to enjoy a juicy burger, we can't resist celebrating the restaurants perfecting one of America's favorite foods. Burger variations seem as limitless as the comfort food's continually evolving dining concepts. America has national… read more ›

Lettuce opens Ozzie's Pops & Pretzels at Navy Pier

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
May 25, 2018
Original Article: "Lettuce opens Ozzie's Pops & Pretzels at Navy Pier"

There should be about eleventy billion people crowding onto Navy Pier for Memorial Day weekend, perfect timing for Friday’s opening of Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels. Tucked into Navy Pier’s Family Pavilion, Ozzie’s offers homemade paletas (ice pops), juices, horchata and house-baked pretzels in sweet and savory varieties. Ozzie is named for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You’s Ramen-san Is Now Open in the West Loop

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
May 24, 2018
Original Article: "Lettuce Entertain You’s Ramen-san Is Now Open in the West Loop"

Take a tour and check out the new bowls Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises increases its West Loop/Fulton Market footprint today as Rich Melman’s company has opened Ramen-san in between Randolph Street and Fulton Market. Ramen-san debuted in 2014 in River North, giving the area a playful spot with soup, Japanese dumplings, and late-night fried rice. The new location… read more ›

10 of Our Favorite Under-the-Radar Chicago Restaurants

Bon Appetit |
Staff |
May 22, 2018
Original Article: "10 of Our Favorite Under-the-Radar Chicago Restaurants"

We love a good restaurant hot list, but many of Chicago’s true culinary gems—slinging tasty, soulful eats without the hype—are hiding in plain sight. From intriguing newcomers that have yet to explode to cozy, time-worn haunts, these 10 eateries might not enjoy the same attention of those occupying space on the West Loop’s white-hot Restaurant… read more ›

Chefs try to hook diners on seafood with limited-time offers

Restaurant Hospitality |
Fern Glazer |
May 17, 2018
Original Article: "Chefs try to hook diners on seafood with limited-time offers"

American consumers have become more frequent seafood eaters in recent years, in part due to limited-time offers operators push around Lent, end-of-year holidays and seasonality, according to the latest research from Datassential. To lure diners to order more seafood year-round, chefs and operators are taking a variety of approaches to limited-time seafood offers.   Chilled… read more ›

Aba Adds Another Member to the Lettuce Entertain You Family

Chicago Magazine |
Anthony Todd |
May 17, 2018
Original Article: "Aba Adds Another Member to the Lettuce Entertain You Family"

Without meaning to, chef CJ Jacobson is about to create a little nuclear family of restaurants. The name of his first Chicago spot, Ema (which opened in 2016), is adapted from the Hebrew for mother, and his upcoming spot, Aba (302 N. Green St., Fulton Market), means father. The adjacent new events space, The Dalcy, is named for his partner’s grandma. And… read more ›

12 Luscious Lobster Rolls in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
May 16, 2018
Original Article: "12 Luscious Lobster Rolls in Chicago"

Shaw's Crab House A Chicago classic for more than three decades, Shaw’s treats the lobster roll with the same reverence as the rest of its seafood selection. Big chunks of sweet meat are mixed with Hellmann’s mayo and diced celery and then stuffed into a buttery, housemade brioche bun. Order it during lunch hours in… read more ›

2018 StarChefs Chicago Rising Stars

Star Chefs |
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May 16, 2018
Original Article: "2018 StarChefs Chicago Rising Stars"

Bartender Kevin Beary of Three Dots and a Dash Bartender Kevin Beary of Three Dots and a Dash: Idle Hands: clarified banana rum, cane sugar, lime 2.0 read more ›

The ultimate al fresco barbeque

USA Today |
Ashley Day |
May 16, 2018
Original Article: "The ultimate al fresco barbeque"

When spring, Barbecue Month and Barbecue Day (May 16) coincide, we want smoked meat outside. Leave the prep to the pros at these barbecue restaurants with prime picnic tables, patios and yards. Enjoy a platter of Carolina-style whole hog, Kansas City-style burnt ends, Memphis-style pulled pork, St. Louis-style ribs or Texas-style brisket beneath shade and string lights, or among yard… read more ›

America's annual barbecue festivals

USA Today |
Ashley Day |
May 11, 2018
Original Article: "America's annual barbecue festivals"

Smoked meat season is back as spring kicks off cookouts and May marks National Barbecue Month. Celebrate at annual competitions, cook-offs and festivals across the country, from the International Bar-B-Q Festival in Kentucky to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Tennessee. America's pitmasters, barbecue restaurants, chefs and smoking specialists are ready for taste tests. From ribfests… read more ›

What the World Needs Now Is…Tiki?

Robb Report |
Jenny Adams |
May 11, 2018
Original Article: "What the World Needs Now Is…Tiki?"

The tiki-bar comeback is in full effect—and it couldn’t have come at a better time. “Some people think of tiki as ironic,” Martin Cate says. “But for those who are passionate, we know it as an art.” Cate is the modern-day Trader Vic—the man who is credited with bringing the bygone bartending fad of tiki… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You Spills Details on Fulton Market Rooftop Spot

Eater Chicago |
Kat Odell |
May 9, 2018
Original Article: "Lettuce Entertain You Spills Details on Fulton Market Rooftop Spot"

Lettuce Entertain You is finally ready to announce its new third-floor rooftop restaurant above Beatrix in Fulton Market. Former Los Angeles chef C.J. Jacobson, who partnered with LEYE to spawn Mediterranean-inclined Ēma in River North two years ago, is following up with Aba—a protein-positioned expansion that claims 350 seats spread between an indoor dining room, a spacious patio, and two bars. LEYE is predicting a… read more ›

The 100 Best Brunch Spots in the U.S., According to OpenTable Users

People |
ADAM CAMPBELL-SCHMITT |
May 9, 2018
Original Article: "The 100 Best Brunch Spots in the U.S., According to OpenTable Users"

Maybe you’re looking for the perfect place to show your mom you love her in the form of bloody Marys and eggs benedict. Or maybe since spring has sprung and summer is on the way, you’re just in that brunching mood. Whatever your reasons for waking up at the crack of 10 a.m to indulge… read more ›

Star Studded: Booth One

Modern Luxury |
Ariel Cheung |
May 7, 2018
Original Article: "Star Studded"

It’s a tall order, reinventing a restaurant whose claim to fame is, in fact, its claim to the famous. The walls of Booth One are overflowing with grainy photos of countless stars who have graced its best booth over the decades, from Judy Garland to Mick Jagger. And while visiting celebrities nowadays may migrate elsewhere,… read more ›

Where To Take Your Friend From Either Coast

The Infatuation |
Adrian Kane |
May 3, 2018
Original Article: "Where To Take Your Friend From Either Coast"

Chicago has a lot going for it. We don’t live along an active fault line, we have plenty of alleys perfect for hiding our garbage and rats, and the cost of living in the city is reasonable. That being said, we’re still in flyover country. But occasionally airplanes do stop here, dropping off people from… read more ›

Best Rums for Your Mai Tai

Supercall |
Dillon Mafit |
May 3, 2018
Original Article: "Best Rums for Your Mai Tai"

While there are many ways to make a Mai Tai, the best way, according to Kevin Beary, the bar manager of much lauded Chicago tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash and creator of “The World’s Best Mai Tai,” is with both a Jamaican rum and a rhum agricole. The Jamaican rum lends depth and complexity, while the agricole… read more ›

Drink Here Now 2018

Liquor.com |
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Apr 30, 2018
Original Article: "Drink Here Now 2018"

Drink Here Now is bigger and better than ever. This year, 228 bars are featured. And, for 2018, Drink Here Now has gone global. It’s now a celebration of the world’s greatest, most distinctive bars. The winners—selected by some of the most knowledgeable, well-traveled people we know—are located in 58 cities around Planet Earth. These are… read more ›

The Infatuation: Sushi-san Review

The Infatuation |
Adrian Kane |
Apr 30, 2018
Original Article: "Sushi-san Review"

You might be tempted not to take Sushi-san seriously at first. On the surface, it seems like a somewhat gimmicky spot - there’s club-level-loud hip hop music playing, there’s a section on the menu called “nigiri bombs,” and the bathroom sign is a poop emoji. Underneath the over-the-top exterior, though, this River North Japanese restaurant… read more ›

13 New Favorite Brunch Spots Around Chicago

Make it Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Apr 25, 2018
Original Article: "13 New Favorite Brunch Spots Around Chicago"

Not to get all Oprah on you, but I love brunch. I. Love. Brunch! I know what you’re thinking, and no, it’s not because of the whole portmanteau thing, although I do love a good word mash-up, and it doesn’t get much better than a combination of the best parts of breakfast + lunch (but… read more ›

The Evolution of the American Salad Bar

Food & Wine |
Lisa Elbert |
Apr 25, 2018
Original Article: "The Evolution of the American Salad Bar"

The salad bar is as American as freedom. It’s a sneeze-guarded, self-serve haven for trailblazers and picky eaters, where you’re free to pile whatever you want, and as much as you want, onto a plate with reckless abandon—even though you know that in 15 minutes, you’re going back for more just because you can. Standing… read more ›

12 Country Music Festivals You Won't Want to Miss

Country Living |
Dahna Chandler |
Apr 21, 2018
Original Article: "12 Country Music Festivals You Won't Want to Miss"

Located at unique venues across America, there's something for every country music fan. With longer days and warmer weather comes the start of festival season. You know what we're talking about: weekends spent outdoors, in the company of friends, while enjoying good food, cold drinks, and live entertainment—namely, your favorite country stars, including Keith Urban, Florida… read more ›

Ultimate guide to best lunches in the Loop

Chicago Tribune |
Nick Kindelsperger |
Apr 20, 2018
Original Article: "Ultimate guide to best lunches in the Loop"

                  Beatrix Market Nick Kindelsperger / Chicago Tribune Because of its excessive girth and long cooking time, deep dish pizza is not a lunchtime staple in the Loop. Let's face it, tackling most versions is a sit-down job. The great exception is the adorable individual-size deep dish… read more ›

Washingtonian Recommends: The Best Pasta Restaurants Around DC

Washingtonian |
Staff |
Apr 20, 2018
Original Article: "Best of Washington 2018"

RPM Italian 601 Massachusetts Ave., NW Glitzy owners—who include reality-TV personalities Giuliana and Bill Rancic—and a black-windowed Vegas vibe have a way of making discerning eaters nervous. And while there are areas to avoid on RPM’s Italian menu (bill-padding antipasti such as lobster caprese salad and octopus with chickpeas, for instance), the place does right… read more ›

Chicago’s Best Pizza: Stella Barra Pizzeria

WGN-TV Chicago's Best |
Randell Golman |
Apr 19, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago's Best Pizza: Stella Barra Pizzeria"

California is all about the sun, and Elliott Bambrough is catching some rays and some pizza in Lincoln Park. Watch the clip here: http://chicagosbesttv.com/2018/04/16/chicagos-best-pizza-6-stella-barra-pizzeria/ read more ›

Spring has sprung at Beatrix

DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Apr 18, 2018
Original Article: "Eat, Drink, and Think Spring at Beatrix"

Spring is that weird season that never seems to arrive, right before we are fully engrossed in the Chicago summer. There are a few days here and there of mild weather, but the charm of spring is so fleeting that you might miss it if you’re not looking carefully. Luckily, Beatrix {various locations} is bringing the season to… read more ›

Peapod partners with Wildfire, Big Bowl restaurants to provide meal kits

The Daily Herald |
Kim Mikus |
Apr 18, 2018
Original Article: "Peapod partners with Wildfire, Big Bowl restaurants to provide meal kits"

Online grocer Peapod said it is teaming up with Wildfire and Big Bowl to expand its meal kit line with its first restaurant collaboration. In 2014, Peapod began offering a variety of meal kits, and has now partnered with two Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises restaurants - Big Bowl, known for its Chinese and Thai cuisine, and Wildfire,… read more ›

Is Chicago’s best deep dish hiding in a glorified food court?

Chicago Tribune |
Nick Kindelsperger |
Apr 11, 2018
Original Article: "Is Chicago’s best deep dish hiding in a glorified food court?"

If you could picture the most unlikely place to serve deep dish pizza, the new Beatrix Market (23 E. Jackson Blvd.) in the Loop would probably be close to the top. Next to DePaul's downtown campus, the space is approximately 80 percent vegetables — imagine rows and rows of immaculate produce and all the arugula… read more ›

Best fine dining restaurants in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen and Elizabeth Atkinson |
Apr 9, 2018
Original Article: "Best fine dining restaurants in Chicago"

Chicago is a relaxed town, and that attitude extends to the fine dining scene. Our best restaurants skip the pretension, focus on great flavors and experiences and even feature craft beer pairings along with wine. Many of Chicago's top chefs, like Grant Achatz or Iliana Regan, prefer whimsical and experimental dishes over traditional fine dining fare. Candy balloons? Why not? (They're… read more ›

The 14 Essential Sushi Restaurants in Chicago, 2018 Edition

Eater Chicago |
Kat Odell and Jeffy Mai |
Apr 6, 2018
Original Article: "The 14 Essential Sushi Restaurants in Chicago, 2018 Edition"

From fat-marbled otoro to delicate live scallop, Chicago sushi chefs continue to up the game when it comes to sushi. While in the last year the city has bid sayonara to the venerable and much-lamented Katsu, in its place comes a swath of newbies, including Raisu and Katana, which look to enrich the ocean animal game. From… read more ›

Toast The 2018 Cubs Home Opener with these Awesome Food and Drink Specials

Michigan Avenue |
Lorna Soonhee Umphrey |
Apr 6, 2018
Original Article: "TOAST THE 2018 CUBS HOME OPENER WITH THESE AWESOME FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS"

Batter up! When the Cubs make their 2018 Wrigley Field debut on April 9, the best seat in the house depends on your culinary taste. We’ve put together a list of some of the best food and drink deals in town, whether you’re right in the heart of Wrigleyville or farther from The Friendly Confines.… read more ›

Washingtonian Recommends: The Best Pasta Restaurants Around DC

Washingtonian |
Jessica Sidman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli |
Apr 6, 2018
Original Article: "Washingtonian Recommends: The Best Pasta Restaurants Around DC"

Our favorite places to indulge a carb craving RPM Italian 601 Massachusetts Ave., NW Glitzy owners—who include reality-TV personalities Giuliana and Bill Rancic—and a black-windowed Vegas vibe have a way of making discerning eaters nervous. And while there are areas to avoid on RPM’s Italian menu (bill-padding antipasti such as lobster caprese salad and octopus with chickpeas, for instance), the place does rightby the Italian-American repertoire. Our tactic:… read more ›

A Two-Floor Beatrix Market With a Bar Opens in The Loop

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Apr 4, 2018
Original Article: "A Two-Floor Beatrix Market With a Bar Opens in The Loop"

Beatrix Market’s mini deep-dish pizzas. Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises/Jeff Marini Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises hope Beatrix Market’s grab-and-go food will appeal to busy DePaul students and downtown workers alike. LEYE has opened another mini spin-off of its popular all-day restaurant brand, with this one near DePaul’s Loop campus. This new Beatrix Market at 23 E. Jackson Boulevard is different… read more ›

Dramatic Chandeliers Are the Highlight at These Top Restaurants

Architectural Digest |
Keith Flanagan |
Apr 2, 2018
Original Article: "Dramatic Chandeliers Are the Highlight at These Top Restaurants"

Saying the word chandelier in the same sentence as dinner service can have the mouthfeel of dust—old-fashioned and old French, it evokes white tablecloths and too many forks. But while brilliant menus will make your eyes widen, lighting designers might just make your jaw drop. Look up from your plate, and you might find that the restaurant’s all-out, cutting-edge… read more ›

Where to Eat Near Chicago's Biggest Tourist Sights

Tasting Table |
Claire Gallam |
Mar 30, 2018
Original Article: "Where to Eat Near Chicago's Biggest Tourist Sights"

How not to fall prey to questionable hot dog stands and chain coffee shops Chicago is known for its inspiring architecture and recognizable iconography, like the John Hancock building, the Navy Pier's famous twinkling Ferris wheel and the mirrored Cloud Gate. It's these sights, after all, that attract the more than 50 million visitors who flock to the city… read more ›

10 Best Restaurants in Chicago

Smarter Travel |
The Editors |
Mar 28, 2018
Original Article: "10 Best Restaurants in Chicago"

Home to more than 40 James Beard Award-winning chefs and restaurants, Chicago has a thriving culinary scene that rivals that of any U.S. city. But accolades alone don’t define the best restaurants in Chicago. So while the recommendations below include plenty of award winners, I’ve also listed several restaurants visitors simply must experience to get… read more ›

The Best New Event Spaces of 2018

Crain's Chicago Business |
Molly Each |
Mar 23, 2018
Original Article: "The Best New Event Spaces of 2018"

After a record number of submissions, what follows are 31 spots that are the most intriguing venues we've encountered. To qualify, a space must have opened or been rehabbed in the past 15 months. One prominent trend? Refashioning vintage buildings. Stratford on the Park Address: Lincoln Park/2300 N. Lincoln Park West Website: stratfordonthepark.com Capacity: 160 seated, 200 standing… read more ›

How a Wine Director Markets International Bottles in Chicago

SevenFiftyDaily |
Seth Wilson |
Mar 21, 2018
Original Article: "How a Wine Director Markets International Bottles in Chicago"

In our series 5 Bottles I Sold Last Night, sommeliers and wine directors talk about the bottles that they’re selling, giving tips and context for making the sale. It seems just about everybody in Chicago has a story about the Pump Room—the Ambassador Hotel’s  legendary dining room, which was long touted as the place in town for great… read more ›

Fin-atics get their fix at Chicago's best seafood restaurants

USA Today |
Jacky Runice |
Mar 16, 2018
Original Article: "Fin-atics get their fix at Chicago's best seafood restaurants"

Seafood is hard to do well at home and it's best to buy fish fresh and prepare it that night, neither undercooking nor turning it into a Dr. Scholl’s shoe insert. Good luck with that after a long day at work - or just rely on any of these sea faring eateries. What's your go-to? Oysters,… read more ›

8 chefs share why they use Instagram

Restaurant Hospitality |
Fern Glazer |
Mar 15, 2018
Original Article: "8 chefs share why they use Instagram"

We wanted to know the benefits chefs find in the photo-sharing platform. Food photography has become a cult of sorts, especially on Instagram, the photo-sharing social media platform, which currently has more than 246 million posts tagged #food. But it’s not just food lovers who are using Instagram: Chefs are smartly utilizing the platform, too. We… read more ›

RPM Restaurants plans four-level seafood spot on the riverfront

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Mar 12, 2018
Original Article: "RPM Restaurants plans four-level seafood spot on the riverfront"

Lettuce Entertain You is at it again, this time with the fourth iteration of the popular RPM Restaurants brand. RPM On The Water is slated to open next summer at 321 North Clark Street, sandwiched between River Roast and Marina Towers along the Chicago River. The restaurant, its adjoining events venue and a yet-to-be-named casual concept… read more ›

Chicago's 10 Most Unabashedly Carnivorous Dishes

UrbanDaddy |
Sarah Freeman |
Mar 9, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago's 10 Most Unabashedly Carnivorous Dishes"

When in this Latin-inspired restaurant, eat like a Brazilian, which apparently means seared steak, sausage and chorizo on giant skewers. There are vegetables, too, but... yeah. $35, Nacional 27, 312-664-2727   read more ›

Two new Chicago restaurants are making a case for the hand roll

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Mar 6, 2018
Original Article: "Two new Chicago restaurants are making a case for the hand roll"

Hand rolls are arguably the most underappreciated sushi variety. Unlike maki and nigiri, these inconspicuous cylinders aren’t about showing off—warm rice and raw fish are all but hidden under a blanket of dark nori. But two new Chicago joints are out to prove that even though it may not be ideal for Instagram, the hand roll… read more ›

6 Chicago Restaurants Making 2018 the Year of the Vegetable

Make it Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Mar 5, 2018
Original Article: "6 Chicago Restaurants Making 2018 the Year of the Vegetable"

Vegetable-centric. Flexitarian. Vegetarian with benefits. Whatever name you give it, the meaning is still the same. More and more people — yes, even in this meat-crazy town — are turning toward vegetables as they seek out a healthier diet, both for themselves and for the planet. But don’t worry, no one’s suggesting we give up… read more ›

12 of Chicago’s Most Iconic Steakhouses

Chowhound |
Greg Stegeman |
Mar 5, 2018
Original Article: "12 of Chicago’s Most Iconic Steakhouses"

It’s no secret Chicago is a steak and potatoes kind of town. In fact, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find another city in America where steak is more celebrated. So, it only follows that The Windy City would have ample offerings to satisfy the cravings of every steak lover west of Lake Michigan. Personally, steak is… read more ›

The Hot List for March 2018

Chicago Magazine |
Carrie Schedler |
Feb 28, 2018
Original Article: "The Hot List FOR MARCH 2018"

10 PLACES EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT AND DINING AT  (IN ORDER OF HEAT) 1 Sushi-san Not sure what’s louder: the conversations in the dining room or the thrumming of the ’90s hip-hop soundtrack. read more ›

Want to Spot a Celebrity at Dinner? Here’s Where You Should Make a Reservation

See the foodie hot spots that 50 Cent, Mandy Moore and more stars can’t get enough of THREE DOTS AND A DASH Chicago Mick Jagger stopped in the Windy City's unique tiki lounge on Saturday to enjoy fruity cocktails with friends. The iconic musician sipped on drinks like the Bali Bali and the tiki bar's signature Treasure Chest (which comes with a… read more ›

9 Must-Try Veggie Burgers in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
Matt Kirouac |
Feb 20, 2018
Original Article: "9 Must-Try Veggie Burgers in Chicago"

As evidenced by crowds at places like Au Cheval, Kuma’s Corner and Shake Shack, Chicago is clearly a burger-loving town. But in recent years, the city has branched out beyond beef when it comes to that burger obsession, as more and more restaurants implement meat-free options between the buns. Chicago’s veggie burger scene is more robust than ever, as… read more ›

The Best French Restaurants In Chicago

The Infatuation |
Sam Faye and Adrian Kane |
Feb 12, 2018
Original Article: "The Best French Restaurants In Chicago"

French food is full of butter, cheese, and puff pastry - which means it’s pretty much the dream. Luckily, we happen to know the best spots to get it around the city. Whether you’re planning a casual dinner with friends, a fancy-ish date night, or a special occasion meal, use our guide to find exactly… read more ›

5 of the most romantic restaurants in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Review-Journal |
Heidi Knapp Rinella |
Feb 9, 2018
Original Article: "5 of the most romantic restaurants in Las Vegas"

Eiffel Tower Restaurant Everything about dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant is romantic, from the hand-in-hand stroll to the dedicated elevator to your entrance to the softly lit, glass-walled restaurant and, if you’re lucky (or really plan ahead), a view of the Bellagio fountains. The French-inflected food measures up nicely, such as the selection of… read more ›

Destination dining rooms with elevated views

USA Today |
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Feb 8, 2018
Original Article: "Destination dining rooms with elevated views"

Elevated, often revolving restaurants offer scenic views, romantic ambiance and fine food. Whether you've yet to make a Valentine's date reservation or love city skylines, these restaurants at the top of landmark buildings should be on the top of your list. From the the 95th floor of Chicago's John Hancock Center to the second floor… read more ›

15 of Chicago’s Most Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Make it Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Feb 7, 2018
Original Article: "15 of Chicago’s Most Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day and Beyond"

Romance isn’t dead — it just needs a little nudge now and then to keep it alive. Every year, in the weeks before Valentine’s Day, the romance machine starts up. Tables are reserved, flowers are arranged, and chocolates are bought. Restaurants are full to bursting and couples feel the love on Feb. 14. But on… read more ›

Glamorous Booth One mixes the old and the new, mostly delivering classics

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Feb 5, 2018
Original Article: "Glamorous Booth One mixes the old and the new, mostly delivering classics"

"How many opportunities come up to do something like this?” asked executive chef Doug Psaltis, rhetorically. “There are only so many iconic dining rooms. This has to be one of the top-25 historic rooms in America.” By “this,” Psaltis meant the venerable Pump Room, under his watch after Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Rich Melman… read more ›

The Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now

Thrillist |
Kailley Lindman |
Feb 5, 2018
Original Article: "The Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now"

If Chicago's foodscape proved one thing in January, it's that the city's hospitality powerhouses are staying strong, even in the face of a restaurant bubble. Between Lettuce Entertain You's hand roll and hip-hop joint, Small Cheval's Wells Street expansion, and a sunny new concept from the people behind Gather, we predict that the current crop of new spots… read more ›

10 Things No One Tells You About Las Vegas

The Points Guys |
Matt Villano |
Feb 5, 2018
Original Article: "10 Things No One Tells You About Las Vegas"

The nickname says it all. In Sin City, drinking, gambling, partying and other forms of debauchery are omnipresent, so if that’s what you’re coming to town for, it doesn’t really matter where you stay or go. Still, Vegas has a plethora of places that do matter: restaurants, bars and other attractions that represent the very best the… read more ›

Come for the Food, Return for the Maître D’s

Vegas Seven |
Lissa Townsend Rodgers |
Jan 31, 2018
Original Article: "Come for the Food, Return for the Maître D’s"

Joe’s Stone Crab has been an American dining institution since Joe Weiss set up a few tables on the front porch of his Miami Beach home more than a century ago. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab opened in The Forum Shops at Caesars in 2004, carrying on the original restaurant’s commitment to fine dining… read more ›

Our definitive guide to Chicago’s Best Takeout

Chicago Magazine |
BY CARLY BOERS, JANET RAUSA FULLER, JOHN KESSLER, JEFF RUBY, CARRIE SCHEDLER, AND ANTHONY TODD |
Jan 29, 2018
Original Article: "WHY GO OUT?"

When it comes to delivery food in town, the options are, well, overwhelming. More than 3,000 restaurants deliver throughout the Chicago area via Grubhub alone, to say nothing of those accessible by using Caviar, DoorDash, and half a dozen other ordering services. But it’s hard to know who’s going to bring you a perfectly intact… read more ›

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Chicago, 2018 Edition

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Jan 29, 2018
Original Article: "Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Chicago, 2018 Edition"

Make it the ultimate Sunday Funday Super Bowl LII is only days away and even if Chicagoans don’t care about football, it’s still an unofficial holiday full of eating and drinking. Local restaurants and bars will celebrate with specials so that no one has to watch the big game on an empty stomach. Whether fans… read more ›

NRA Launches New Leadership Slate

Restaurant Business |
Peter Romeo |
Jan 26, 2018
Original Article: "NRA ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP SLATE"

The National Restaurant Association has tapped executives from three independent-restaurant operations to serve as the association’s top officers for its next leadership cycle. The group’s new chairman is Jay Stieber, EVP and general counsel of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, the 120-restaurant parent of such concepts as Big Bowl, Beatrix and Mity Nice Bar & Grill. Founded in 1971, LEYE… read more ›

Swap Lemons for Blood Oranges for This D.I.Y. Digestivo

Chicago Magazine |
Maggie Hennessy |
Jan 26, 2018
Original Article: "Swap Lemons for Blood Oranges for This D.I.Y. Digestivo"

Osteria Via Stato’s David DiGregorio shows us how to make his twist on limoncello. read more ›

5 Places to Get Your Caviar Fix, No Special Occasion Necessary

InsideHook |
MICHAEL NOLLEDO |
Jan 25, 2018
Original Article: "5 PLACES TO GET YOUR CAVIAR FIX, NO SPECIAL OCCASION NECESSARY"

Caviar! The culinary equivalent of a confetti cannon, this celebratory indulgence not only calls for a glass of Champagne, but also the perfect occasion. How about tonight? Because with more and more Chicago chefs adding caviar to their menus, those delicate black pearls are more approachable (and affordable) than ever. This may seem paradoxical: caviar,… read more ›

17 Spots for Dinner and a Show Around Chicago (Date Night, Sorted!)

Make It Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Jan 23, 2018
Original Article: "17 Spots for Dinner and a Show Around Chicago (Date Night, Sorted!)"

The holidays may be over, but the party has just begun. Winter has come to Chicago (brrrrrr!) and that’s the perfect time to seek out places where you can plop yourself in one spot for the whole evening. Who wants to pay to park (or ride share, or take the El or Metra) more than… read more ›

8 great dining options for Chicago Restaurant Week 2018

Chicago Parent |
Katina Beniaris |
Jan 23, 2018
Original Article: "8 great dining options for Chicago Restaurant Week 2018"

Get a taste of our local food scene with the return of Chicago Restaurant Week from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8. With more than 370 restaurants offering great dining deals, sneak away on a date at one of these places we’ve picked for every type of occasion. For a romantic night RPM Steak Dress to… read more ›

7 Tropical Bars to Escape to in the Country’s Coldest Cities

Supercall |
Anna Archibald |
Jan 23, 2018
Original Article: "7 Tropical Bars to Escape to in the Country’s Coldest Cities"

The holidays are over, which means that any fun there may have been in sub-zero temperatures is long gone. While you could hibernate with a Hot Toddy in hand and try to remember what it’s like to be warm, sometimes a more proactive approach is in order. Luckily, there are plenty of tropical oases in America’s most… read more ›

The most romantic restaurants in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
Elizabeth Atkinson and Morgan Olsen |
Jan 22, 2018
Original Article: "The most romantic restaurants in Chicago"

When we’re looking for a truly romantic dining experience in Chicago, we tend to seek out cozy spots that are quiet and just dark enough to make us feel like we’re the only ones there. Flickering candles and shareable plates don’t hurt, either. Over the years, we’ve kept track of the restaurants that really set the mood—from a hidden sushi haven… read more ›

15 vegetarian standouts to devour right now

DC Refined |
LANI FURBANK |
Jan 22, 2018
Original Article: "15 vegetarian standouts to devour right now"

Whether you’re a diehard vegetarian or just someone who’s trying to stick to a new year’s resolution to eat healthier, adding more plants to your diet is a great idea. However, as many veg veterans will tell you, finding an interesting, satisfying, and filling plant-based meal at a restaurant can be tricky, especially when many… read more ›

Chicago's 8 Essential Soups

Zagat Chicago |
Matt Kirouac |
Jan 16, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago's 8 Essential Soups"

Soups come in all different styles, colors and flavors throughout Chicago’s culturally rich neighborhoods. From borscht in Ukrainian Village to matzo balls at a South Loop deli, the city’s soup scene is as vibrant as ever. And with winter upon us, it’s an ideal time to scope out everything Chicago has to offer by the… read more ›

Exec’s thrills: Business, sports, fast cars, educating children

Las Vegas Sun |
Rebecca Clifford-Cruz |
Jan 15, 2018
Original Article: "Exec’s thrills: Business, sports, fast cars, educating children"

Johnny McMahon is president and chief operating officer of SpeedVegas, a driving attraction in which guests can get behind the wheel of their dream car and give it a spin on a 12-turn race track with a half-mile straightaway. Even people who don’t know how to drive a manual transmission can experience the exotic cars… read more ›

Chicago guide: hotels, restaurants and things to do

Cosmopolitan UK |
Catriona Harvey-Jenner |
Jan 12, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago guide: hotels, restaurants and things to do"

Don't miss this American city off your bucket list if you're a fan of food, music, or breathtaking skylines. What we ate: Remember I said Chicago could give California a run for its money beach wise in the summer months? Go for brunch at Summer House Santa Monica and you’ll literally feel like you’ve been transported to… read more ›

Feed your Senses: Why Chicago's Dining Scene has Never been Buzzier

Michigan Ave Magazine |
J.P. Anderson, Amber Gibson, Elaine Glusac, David Hammond, Stephen Ostrowski and Nicole Schnitzler |
Jan 11, 2018
Original Article: "FEED YOUR SENSES: WHY CHICAGO'S DINING SCENE HAS NEVER BEEN BUZZIER"

Chicago’s dining scene has sizzle for days, and here are 17 reasons why: From white-hot trends to killer cocktails, these are the most exciting restaurants and bars in the city. THE SEXIEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE No table tops Booth One. From Sinatra to Monroe, The Pump Room hosted the glitterati of the 20th century,… read more ›

8 Unique Places to Eat Caviar in Chicago

Zagat |
Matt Kirouac |
Jan 11, 2018
Original Article: "8 Unique Places to Eat Caviar in Chicago"

BOTH DECADENT AND DOWN-TO-EARTH, ROE IS ALL THE RAGE While caviar is still one of the most decadent ingredients around, accessible (and somewhat affordable) versions of the stuff have been popping up on menus all over town. Whether you're seeking the luxury experience or just want to keep things casual, here’s where to eat caviar… read more ›

Six New Cocktails, Alcohol Not Included

The New York Times |
Alexandria Symonds |
Jan 11, 2018
Original Article: "Six New Cocktails, Alcohol Not Included"

If you’re feeling a bit pickled after a month of holiday celebration — or just prefer to keep your drinking to a minimum, regardless of season — take heart: It’s an especially good time to be a teetotaler. Across the country this year, restaurants are beginning to respond to the vogue for “dry January” or “Drynuary,” the… read more ›

10 Under-the-Radar Chefs to Know in Chicago

Zagat |
Matt Kirouac |
Jan 11, 2018
Original Article: "10 Under-the-Radar Chefs to Know in Chicago"

Chicago is filled with celebrity chefs and acclaimed restaurateurs, but the city’s world-renowned dining scene is built on unsung heroes. Throughout Chicago, chefs, cooks and bakers are creating extraordinary — and underrated — dishes deserving the spotlight. Here are 10 under-the-radar chefs to know in Chicago. Yasmin Gutierrez at Beatrix and Beatrix Market You know those cookies and… read more ›

Get your red meat fix at the best steakhouses in Chicago

Time Out |
Amy Cavanaugh, Elizabeth Atkinson and Morgan Olsen |
Jan 11, 2018
Original Article: "Get your red meat fix at the best steakhouses in Chicago"

This is a serious steak town, and these Chicago steakhouses are best for their red meat, wedge salads and strong martinis  Chicago may have outgrown its reputation as a meat-and-potatoes town, but there's no denying it: This is a city that loves its steak. Whether you're looking for an old-school favorite that's been around forever… read more ›

Vegetable Charcuterie: Restaurants Serving Meat-Free Alternatives to Start Your Meal

OpenTable |
Nevin Martell |
Jan 9, 2018
Original Article: "Vegetable Charcuterie: Restaurants Serving Meat-Free Alternatives to Start Your Meal"

Meats have been smoked, cured, and preserved in every way imaginable. Now chefs are applying those traditional techniques to produce. The results are full of flavor and satisfyingly satiating. Embrace #MeatlessMonday by ordering animal-free, vegetable charcuterie. Wild Mushroom Tartare at Mon Ami Gabi, Chicago, Illinois Steak tartare – minus the steak. Instead, portobello mushrooms are cooked… read more ›

The Best in Fast Casual Catering

Dining Out |
|
Jan 9, 2018
Original Article: "The Best in Fast Casual Catering"

Winter is that time when you don’t want to go outside, leave the couch, or generally put too much effort into anything. It’s a holiday hangover, made worse by the freezing Chiberia weather. So how can you be expected to cook up a feast for your next party, meeting or game day? You can’t! That’s… read more ›

Impossible Tacos come to Chicago, bringing sequel to popular vegan Impossible Burger

Redeye Chicago |
Adam Lukah |
Jan 5, 2018
Original Article: "Impossible Tacos come to Chicago, bringing sequel to popular vegan Impossible Burger"

Meat-averse Chicago diners have been chowing down on the Impossible Burgersince its arrival to the city last fall. The meatless patty is composed of plant-based items including wheat and potato protein, and it does a rather stunning job of imitating an actual meaty burger. Now, the second generation of “Impossible” food items has arrived to Chicago:… read more ›

Gourmet Getaways: Fantastic Food Festivals Worth Traveling to in 2018

Reader's Digest |
Marla Cimini |
Jan 4, 2018
Original Article: "Gourmet Getaways: Fantastic Food Festivals Worth Traveling to in 2018"

If you're a fan of delectable food and prominent chefs, plan your next trip around one of these fantastic (and flavor-filled) culinary events! Food festivals offer a true taste of a destination's diversity, showcasing the culinary magic of local chefs, star mixologists, and wine and beer experts. Through a variety of events, such as farm-to-table… read more ›

The Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now, January 2018

Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Jan 4, 2018
Original Article: "The Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now, January 2018"

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater have one question: Where should one eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not… read more ›

7 Food Trends Coming Your Way in 2018

Make it Better |
Julie Chernoff |
Jan 3, 2018
Original Article: "7 Food Trends Coming Your Way in 2018"

On New Year’s Day, most people make a list of the fattening foods they plan to avoid, the diet they plan to start, or the healthy comestibles they will start ingesting posthaste in an effort to start the New Year right. Me? I’m combing the internet, magazines, and other information oracles in order to make… read more ›

The Hot List: January 2018

Chicago Magazine |
Carrie Schedler |
Jan 2, 2018
Original Article: "The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Chicago in January 2018"

10 PLACES EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT AND DINING AT (IN ORDER OF HEAT) Booth One The Pump Room redux tries to recapture some of the original’s peak midcentury glam, with a little help from Rich Melman. 1301 N. State Pkwy. Website read more ›

Chicago's best vegetarian, vegan and plant-based foods

Chicago Tribune |
Joseph Hernandez |
Jan 2, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago's best vegetarian, vegan and plant-based foods"

Self-serve salad at Rotisserie Ema Joseph Hernandez / Chicago Tribune Sharing a kitchen with Mediterranean-inspired Ema, Rotisserie Ema is a casual self-service salad bar with plenty of options for meatless meals. On any given day, expect an array of roasted vegetables, grain salads and hummus options, like caramelized onion or roasted red pepper. Falafel orbs… read more ›

Toast New Year's Eve at these suburban spots

Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Dec 28, 2017
Original Article: "Toast New Year's Eve at these suburban spots"

Do you have plans yet to ring in the New Year? If not, here are some ideas of suburban restaurants and clubs hosting New Year's Eve parties and New Year's Day brunches. Don't delay making those reservations though. Big Bowl: 215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950 E Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-8881 or bigbowl.com/. The… read more ›

Making New Year's Eve plans in the burbs? Check here first

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Dec 25, 2017
Original Article: "Making New Year's Eve plans in the burbs? Check here first"

It's not too late to make plans to give 2017 a memorable sendoff. Whether you're looking to share a dinner with a special someone or dance your way into 2018 with a big group of friends, these suburban spots are offering plenty of options to help you celebrate. L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge 7110… read more ›

Dining Agenda: New Restaurants and Food News January 2018

Departures |
Leah Koenig |
Dec 22, 2017
Original Article: "Dining Agenda: New Restaurants and Food News January 2018"

A global list of new and notable places to eat and drink, plus food news from our favorite chefs and restaurants. January is a time for both making resolutions and cozying up to hearty winter meals. From a superfood cooking class in England and sumptuous vegetarian fare in Minneapolis to a black truffle-focused dinner at New York’s… read more ›

First, There Was Ramen-San. Now, There's Sushi-San.

UrbanDaddy |
Sarah Freeman |
Dec 22, 2017
Original Article: "First, There Was Ramen-San. Now, There's Sushi-San."

Lettuce Entertain You Surprises and Delights With Sashimi and Cocktails Served in La Croix Cans You know Ramen-San—Lettuce Entertain You's hip-hop and Asahi-fueled noodle shop in River North. But have you ever wondered what would happen if you removed the noodles from that equation, then added a lot of delicious fatty tuna and the occasional cocktail served… read more ›

Turning Tables: Booth One

Wine Spectator |
Julie Harans |
Dec 22, 2017
Original Article: "Turning Tables"

Booth One Replaces Chicago's Once-Famous Pump Room Christina Slaton Once a celebrity magnet, the Pump Room has been repurposed into newcomer Booth One. The historic Ambassador Chicago Hotel, in the city's Gold Coast area, has a new restaurant in place of the Pump Room, which had been there nearly 80 years before it closed in… read more ›

Leave the cooking to someone else this Christmas

The Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Dec 20, 2017
Original Article: "No stress, no mess: Leave Christmas cooking to suburban restaurants"

If you'd rather not cook this year for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, here are some restaurants that will take care of everything for you. Even better, no cleanup! Make your reservations soon since the holiday is quickly approaching. Big Bowl: 215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950 E Higgins Road, (847) 517-8881 or bigbowl.com/. If you're in the… read more ›

10 gift cards actually worth giving

Chicago Tribune |
Randi Stevenson |
Dec 19, 2017
Original Article: "10 gift cards actually worth giving"

We'll just say it: Gift cards are lame. Functional and easy, yes. But also lame. The good news is, they don't have to be. With less than a week left until Christmas, we've rounded up 10 gift cards that can be purchased the day-of and have a little more pizazz than the usual suspects. Lettuce Entertain… read more ›

Where to Dine on New Year’s Eve in Chicago, 2017

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Dec 15, 2017
Original Article: "Where to Dine on New Year’s Eve in Chicago, 2017"

Champagne wishes and caviar dreams There will be parties aplenty on New Year’s Eve in Chicago but for those looking for a more low-key experience, the following restaurants have you covered. Say goodbye to 2017 with one last delicious meal and enjoy lavish prix fixe menus and decadent specials. From Boka Restaurant Group’s beautiful new Bellemore to the affordable… read more ›

Dining Out: Booth One

Chicago Splash |
Chiara Milioulis |
Dec 14, 2017
Original Article: "DINING OUT: BOOTH ONE"

Lettuce Entertain You takes back the legendary Pump Room. The original Pump Room, which opened nearly 80 years ago in the Gold Coast’s Ambassador Chicago, was a place to see and be seen. Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn dined there, and the restaurant’s entrance and hotel lobby are seen in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller “North… read more ›

Where to Celebrate on New Year’s Eve in Chicago, 2017

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Dec 13, 2017
Original Article: "Where to Celebrate on New Year’s Eve in Chicago, 2017"

End the year with a bang As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about how to ring in the new year. Chicago’s hottest spots will be throwing blowout bashes that offer guests all the food and drinks their hearts desire. Whether it’s the ultimate pizza party at Bar Cargo or Gibsons Italia’s luxurious soirée, get… read more ›

44 Chicago restaurants serving Christmas dinner so you don't have to

Chicago Tribune |
Grace Wong |
Dec 12, 2017
Original Article: "44 Chicago restaurants serving Christmas dinner so you don't have to"

For a time meant to be full of joy, Christmas can sure be stressful. You’re expected to decorate, host and also throw together an extravagant meal — I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Make it easier on yourself by letting one of the many restaurants open during the holidays take care of dinner, so you… read more ›

The Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now

Thrillist Chicago |
Kailley Lindman |
Dec 7, 2017
Original Article: "Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now"

Taking inventory of all that you're thankful for is a rite of passage to close out November and kick off the holidays, and this year we have five brand-spankin'-new Chicago restaurants to add to your list, including a beer and burger joint from the Scofflaw folks and an enchanting new West Loop spot fronted by… read more ›

Time Out Chicago's Best Dishes of 2017

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen and Elizabeth Atkinson |
Dec 6, 2017
Original Article: "The 100 best dishes and drinks in Chicago"

As we finally loosen our belts, unbutton our pants and reflect on the amazing bites we savored over the past 365 days, we feel quite lucky to live in such a taste-forward town. Chicago chefs and bartenders pulled out all the stops, offering unparalleled experiences we’ll never forget. The best part for you? Dining well doesn’t have to break… read more ›

A new sommelier for Sepia, automation at Wow Bao and more restaurant news

Crain's Chicago Business |
Ari Bendersky |
Dec 1, 2017
Original Article: "A new sommelier for Sepia, automation at Wow Bao and more restaurant news"

Wow Bao opened its first fully automated restaurant Dec. 1 in the Gold Coast. Lettuce Entertain You's fast-casual Asian chain plans to double the number of Wow Bao locations with the new technology (from San Francisco-based Eatsa) throughout 2018. After swiping a credit card (or ordering via mobile app) and entering a name at a… read more ›

The Idle Hands Recipe

VinePair |
Emily Saladino |
Dec 1, 2017
Original Article: "The Idle Hands Recipe"

THE STORY BEHIND THE IDLE HANDS From Chicago’s legendary tiki den Three Dots and a Dash comes this elegant riff on a Banana Daiquiri. The cocktail equivalent of trompe l’oeil, Idle Hands features crystal-clear clarified banana rum and syrup, both of which Three Dots’ team makes in-house. It’s called Idle Hands “as I clearly have too… read more ›

Refining Classic French Bistro Fare

Las Vegas Magazine |
Brock Radke |
Dec 1, 2017
Original Article: "Refining Classic French Bistro Fare"

Welcome to the Las Vegas Strip, land of unnecessary excellence. What does that mean exactly? Let me give you a beautifully composed, fresh and delicious example: Deep red tiles of perfectly seared, fennel-crusted ahi tuna, arranged delicately over a savory dish of tender cavatelli pasta, bright green pesto, roasted root vegetables and flakes of parmeggiano-reggiano… read more ›

CHI GUIDE: Where To Eat Around The Second City

The Infatuation |
Adrian Kane |
Nov 30, 2017
Original Article: "CHI GUIDE: Where To Eat Around The Second City"

If you live in Chicago, you either are a comedian, know a comedian, or will at some point host an out-of-towner paying to see comedians at Second City. It’s the most famous comedy venue we have, so if you haven’t been there yet, it’s just a matter of time. And because the only thing more… read more ›

15 Spots for Scrumptious Cookies in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Nov 30, 2017
Original Article: "15 Spots for Scrumptious Cookies in Chicago"

‘Tis the holiday season and Chicagoans are going to need sugar rushes to make it through the next few weeks and months. Stay warm and fueled up with delectable treats from the following restaurants and bakeries. Whether it’s good old fashioned chocolate chip and sugar cookies or Italian, Chinese, and Mexican specialties, there’s enough variety… read more ›

Son Rise: R.J. Melman ascends to president of Lettuce Entertain You

Modern Luxury Men's Book |
Ari Bendersky |
Nov 30, 2017
Original Article: "Son Rise: R.J. Melman ascends to president of Lettuce Entertain You"

It was only a matter of time before Rich Melman, founder of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, would pass the torch of the restaurant empire he founded in 1971 with the opening of R.J. Grunts. Like the transfer of the crown from a king to his firstborn, Melman announced last fall that his eldest child, R.J.… read more ›

The 7 best restaurants that swung open doors this month

InsideHook Chicago |
MAGGIE HENNESSY |
Nov 30, 2017
Original Article: "TABLE STAKES: NOVEMBER"

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 swung wide their doors in the past thirty (or so).… read more ›

The Knot's City Guide to 19 Hot Bachelorette Destinations

The Knot |
Ivy Jacobson |
Nov 29, 2017
Original Article: "Our City Guide to 19 Hot Bachelorette Destinations"

It's no secret that The Knot editors love weddings—but we also happen to be bachelorette party aficionados as well. Since we've done our fair share of traveling as bridesmaids and maids of honor, we put together our own city guide of some of the best spots we've been for bachelorette parties, plus where to stay and eat, and what to… read more ›

The UrbanDaddy Los Angeles Holiday Gift Guide

UrbanDaddy |
Hadley Tomicki |
Nov 28, 2017
Original Article: "The UrbanDaddy Los Angeles Holiday Gift Guide"

Chocolate Massages, Tiny Speakers and Booze-Containing Jewelry Alright, here's the plan: 1) Get all of this holiday shopping stuff taken care of while it's still November. 2) Enjoy those gatherings of distasteful sweaters and blurry office parties without the specter of gift-giving hanging over your head. 3) Accomplish numbers 1 and 2 by consulting the UrbanDaddy… read more ›

Sidecars and Caviar With the Ghost of Frank Sinatra

Urban Daddy |
Sarah Freeman |
Nov 27, 2017
Original Article: "Sidecars and Caviar With the Ghost of Frank Sinatra"

Lettuce Entertain You Just Gave the Pump Room a Major Facelift read more ›

Best 2017 Holiday Restaurant Gift Card Deals In Minnesota

CBS Minnesota |
Jason DeRusha |
Nov 21, 2017
Original Article: "Best 2017 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 of the… read more ›

6 Chicago restaurants offering takeout for Thanksgiving

Redeye Chicago |
Sadé Carpenter |
Nov 21, 2017
Original Article: "6 Chicago restaurants offering takeout for Thanksgiving"

Sure, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every single year, but somehow it always manages to creep up and catch us unprepared. If you want to take it easy and avoid the last-minute shopping scramble—and also don’t feel like getting dressed up for dining out—we’ve got a few restaurants that’ll do most of the… read more ›

Booth One Returns to Chicago

Hospitality Design |
Will Speros |
Nov 21, 2017
Original Article: "Booth One Returns to Chicago"

Booth One is set to make its return to Chicago within the walls of the Ambassador Chicago hotel. The storied dining space is reimagined by the design team from locally based restaurant company Lettuce Entertain You with a more youthful and convivial flair. The 225-seat eatery hosts more than half a dozen private dining spaces that evoke a different aspect… read more ›

Is the Waiterless Restaurant Revolution Near?

Playboy |
Andrew Daniels |
Nov 20, 2017
Original Article: "Is the Waiterless Restaurant Revolution Near?"

Of all the industries in need of disrupting, food service doesn’t seem to be particularly high on the list. The practice of visiting a restaurant and paying another human to bring you your food is as old and reliable as time itself, and a few minor inconveniences aside—a wrong order here, a lengthy wait there—this long-standing… read more ›

Inside the Revamped Pump Room, Now Open From Lettuce Entertain You

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Nov 20, 2017
Original Article: "Inside the Revamped Pump Room, Now Open From Lettuce Entertain You"

While Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s Rich Melman couldn’t keep The Pump Room’s name, he hopes to bring back some memories when he official reopens the venerable Gold Coast space. LEYE has dubbed the restaurant Booth One, a nod to the VIP table inside the 225-seat dining room inside the Ambassador Chicago at 1301 N. State Parkway. The Pump Room… read more ›

Booth One, the reimagined Pump Room, opens

Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Nov 20, 2017
Original Article: "Booth One, the reimagined Pump Room, opens Thursday"

Booth One, the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises restaurant on the site of the venerable Pump Room, opens today. (About 100 LEYE gold-level frequent diners were able to experience the new restaurant on Wednesday night; Thursday is the general-public opening.) Housed in the Ambassador Chicago (1301 N. State Parkway), Booth One represents something of a homecoming for LEYE founder Rich Melman, who owned… read more ›

Chefs' best spins on Thanksgiving sides

USA Today |
Ashley Day |
Nov 20, 2017
Original Article: "Chefs' best spins on Thanksgiving sides"

Restaurants across America are revealing gourmet and inventive versions of traditional Thanksgiving sides on holiday menus. Spice up your seasonal dining with spins on fall flavors, from butternut squash and cranberry cocktails, to soy maple brussels sprouts and indulgent macaroni and cheese variations. “Thanksgiving mythology notwithstanding, the truth is that the original 'Thanksgiving' feast looked little like its… read more ›

A dumpling served by a robot? Wow Bao gives Chicago its first fully automated eatery

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Bomkamp |
Nov 17, 2017
Original Article: "A dumpling served by a robot? Wow Bao gives Chicago its first fully automated eatery"

Qow Bao is set to open a new location that will be missing something big: waitstaff. The quick-service Asian chain will open Chicago’s first restaurant with fully automated service Dec. 1. Customers will order and pay at a kiosk and pick up their food from one of a dozen LED-lit cubbies, which will display their… read more ›

With New Concept Wow Bao, Eatsa Shifts Focus From Quinoa To Technology

Forbes |
Neil Stern |
Nov 17, 2017
Original Article: "With New Concept Wow Bao, Eatsa Shifts Focus From Quinoa To Technology"

A few weeks back, I wrote about a significant retrenching of the Eatsa business, which involved the closing of its New York restaurants and retrenching back to its San Francisco units. At the same time, the company announced that technology would begin to appear as an end-to-end platform in other restaurants soon. In many of these announcements,… read more ›

Human-Free Automat Technology Is Coming to More Restaurants

Eater National |
Whitney Filloon |
Nov 17, 2017
Original Article: "Human-Free Automat Technology Is Coming to More Restaurants"

Wow Bao is the first brand to adopt the system Good news for people who prefer their meals to come along with absolutely zero human interaction (*cough* millennials): Eatsa, the San Francisco-based automat-style restaurant that serves up quinoa bowls via iPad ordering and glass cubbies, will soon install its human-less technology in other restaurants. Wow Bao, a… read more ›

A robot will serve your steamed buns at Wow Bao's newest location

Time Out |
Zach Long |
Nov 17, 2017
Original Article: "A robot will serve your steamed buns at Wow Bao's newest location"

You won't find much human interaction at locally-based steamed bun chain Wow Bao's new Gold Coast location, where guests place their orders and pay for their meals via touch-screen kiosks or by using an app. When your noodles, dumplings and buns are ready, they're delivered through one of 12 cubbies, which use a clear LED panel to… read more ›

What Are Automats? They May Be The Next Big Thing In The Restaurant World

Bustle |
Claire Warner |
Nov 17, 2017
Original Article: "What Are Automats? They May Be The Next Big Thing In The Restaurant World"

For introverts since the dawn of time, eating out has presented a set of problems — mainly, having to interact with other humans in order to get your hands on a simple turkey sandwich. For a brief time in the early 20th century, the invention of the automat took care of that with its waiter-free format. Fork… read more ›

Would you eat a dumpling served by a robot? Chicago gets its first fully automated eatery

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Bomkamp |
Nov 17, 2017
Original Article: "Would you eat a dumpling served by a robot? Wow Bao gives Chicago its first fully automated eatery"

Wow Bao is set to open a new location that will be missing something big: waitstaff. The quick-service Asian chain will open Chicago’s first restaurant with fully automated service Dec. 1. Customers will order and pay at a kiosk and pick up their food from one of a dozen LED-lit cubbies, which will display their… read more ›

Where to Enjoy Thanksgiving in Chicago

Michigan Ave Magazine |
Danielle Cohen and Stephen Ostrowski |
Nov 17, 2017
Original Article: "WHERE TO ENJOY THANKSGIVING IN CHICAGO"

Take the stress out of Turkey Day by leaving the cooking (and cleaning) to the professionals. From a Peruvian feast and mashed sweet potatoes to a whole lot of pumpkin pie, there's something delicious for everyone this season—with plenty of leftovers to go around. Beatrix Fret not if you've been delinquent with dessert: Beatrix is… read more ›

Looking for a stress-free Thanksgiving meal? Ditch the cooking

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Nov 14, 2017
Original Article: "Looking for a stress-free Thanksgiving meal? Ditch the cooking"

Thanksgiving can be stressful enough without also worrying about how long to cook the turkey. Whether you enjoy hosting at home but don't want to spend all day in the kitchen or would like to leave all the work – including the cleanup – to someone else, these area restaurants can be your holiday helpers. Call… read more ›

50 takes on turkey in time for Thanksgiving

USA Today |
Ashley Day |
Nov 13, 2017
Original Article: "50 takes on turkey in time for Thanksgiving"

America's restaurant menus are filling with holiday flavors as Thanksgiving approaches, and there are plenty of ways to get your cranberry, stuffing, and of course, turkey fix this month. From turkey sandwich and burger staples at spots like Capriotti's, to inventive incorporations like Sweet Chick's turkey and waffles or Sobelman's Bloody Mary and turkey leg… read more ›

Family Recipes Are on the Menu: Chefs Serving Dishes Steeped in Tradition

OpenTable Blog |
Carley Thornell |
Nov 10, 2017
Original Article: "Family Recipes Are on the Menu: Chefs Serving Dishes Steeped in Tradition"

Thanksgiving is all about celebrating family and food. But at some restaurants, every day feels like Thanksgiving as chefs get to honor their own heritage by bringing flavors from home to your plate. Here are nine restaurants where family recipes are on the menu. Bub City, Chicago, Illinois Growing up in Buffalo, New York, chef… read more ›

10 Spots for Exciting Salad Bars in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Nov 3, 2017
Original Article: "10 Spots for Exciting Salad Bars in Chicago"

Salads have long been deemed as a safe, albeit boring, choice. Pass on ordering a Caesar for the hundredth time and head to one of the following spots offering salad bars that buck the trend. They’re fully stocked with dozens of fresh ingredients for a healthy and delicious meal. Go on and build something more exciting than… read more ›

Guide: 10 Chicago Restaurants For A Great Thanksgiving Dinner

The Infatuation |
Adrian Kane |
Nov 2, 2017
Original Article: "GUIDE: 10 Chicago Restaurants For A Great 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 ›

Want to Spot a Celebrity at Dinner? Here’s Where You Should Make a Reservation

See the foodie hot spots that Hillary & Bill Clinton, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Fallon and more stars can’t get enough of RPM ITALIAN Chicago Superstar Janet Jackson recently dined with several of her dancers and her choreographer at the trendy Italian hotspot, owned by Bill and Giuliana Rancic. A source told PEOPLE that Jackson ordered the restaurant's signature bucatini, crispy Brussels sprouts… read more ›

Where to Eat and Drink in River North

Eater Chicago |
Nicole Schnitzler |
Oct 31, 2017
Original Article: "Where to Eat and Drink in River North"

One of Chicago’s largest and most-crowded dining neighborhoods River North is one of Chicago’s most-frequented neighborhoods with gobs of tourists and city dwellers descending toward blocks of riverfront views, luxe shopping options, and reputable art galleries. And then there’s the area’s food and drink scene — a bustling collection of upscale eateries, hotel hangouts, and… read more ›

Janet Jackson celebrates Chicago concert with Italian food

New York Post "Page Six" |
Alexis Benveniste |
Oct 30, 2017
Original Article: "Janet Jackson celebrates Chicago concert with Italian food"

Janet Jackson knows how to celebrate. On Thursday, the singer, 51, performed in Chicago as part of her State of the World tour, and on Friday, she indulged at RPM Italian with her dancers and choreographer. The group of 14 dined “discreetly in a private space,” according to a spy. The table shared lobster ravioli with… read more ›

Fall's hottest restaurant openings

Crain's Chicago Business |
Ari Bendersky |
Oct 27, 2017
Original Article: "Fall's hottest restaurant openings"

Here are the hottest restaurants slated to open (or which have recently opened) in order of projected opening date. Booth One​ 1301 N. State Parkway; no phone yet Lettuce Entertain You founder Rich Melman, who owned the Pump Room between 1976 and 1998, described this evolving concept as a "forward-thinking Pump Room," that is contemporary… read more ›

7 Creepy and Creative Ideas for KILLER Halloween Cocktails That SLAY the Crowd

BravoTV.com |
Tamara Palmer |
Oct 27, 2017
Original Article: "7 Creepy and Creative Ideas for KILLER Halloween Cocktails That SLAY the Crowd"

See what we did there? If you're looking to lace your Halloween party with something a bit more grownup than those little fun-sized bags of candy, consider making drinks or cocktails with these festive and freaky garnishes to wow the adult crowd. 2.  Dry ice A little bit of faux-smokiness from dry ice makes everything look… read more ›

The best Lincoln Park restaurants

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Oct 26, 2017
Original Article: "The best Lincoln Park restaurants"

You'll find everything you want to eat in Lincoln Park, from fine dining destinations to delicious deep dish pizza Lincoln Park offers a diverse dining landscape, with cheap eats for the college kids, a three-star Michelin destination and most locals' favorite deep dish pizza. But that's not all—the family-friendly North Side 'hood is also home to pristine sushi, thoughtful contemporary American… read more ›

Chicago's best Italian food: 31 days of pasta, pizza, antipasti, gelato and more

Chicago Tribune |
Grace Wong |
Oct 25, 2017
Original Article: "Chicago's best Italian food: 31 days of pasta, pizza, antipasti, gelato and more"

From old-school pasta palaces to modern takes, from beloved Italian-American to authentic regional cooking, Food & Dining is on the hunt for Chicago's best Italian food. We're spending 31 days eating at restaurants big and small, across the city and suburbs, to bring you outstanding antipasti, pasta, pizza, entrees, wine, gelato, pastry and more. Check back… read more ›

A Baller’s Spending Guide to Chicago Steakhouses

Chicago Magazine |
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Oct 24, 2017
Original Article: "A Baller’s Spending Guide to Chicago Steakhouses"

Ordering to impress? Here are five over-the-top splurges for your night out.   42-ounce Mishima tomahawk $195 RPM Steak read more ›

What to Get With Your Steak

Chicago Magazine |
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Oct 24, 2017
Original Article: "What to Get With Your Steak"

Can’t-miss sides, the ultimate dessert, and the perfect martini BEST APPETIZER Coal-roasted king crab at RPM Steak A simple combo of crab and a mayo-based sauce becomes transcendent after being brûléed by coal fire. $19 read more ›

Sharpen Your Knives

Chicago Magazine |
Carly Boers, Penny Pollack, Jeff Ruby, Carrie Schedler |
Oct 24, 2017
Original Article: "SHARPEN YOUR KNIVES"

A new guard of restaurateurs has shaken up our list of the city's 10 best steakhouses. It's a good time to be a carnivore in Chicago. Building on the traditions of a few old-school spots that continue to shine, new players have transformed the notion of what a red-meat temple should be. We dined at,… read more ›

Where to Find Cozy Comfort Foods in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
Elizabeth Atkinson |
Oct 23, 2017
Original Article: "Where to Find Cozy Comfort Foods in Chicago"

These dishes are just the thing to warm up on a chilly day When the temperatures drop, there’s nothing better than getting food that warms the soul. Chicago’s filled with great options for mac and cheese, ramen and pies, to name a few quintessential comforts. Here are 13 places to find a variety of favorite… read more ›

10 Perfect Pancakes Around Chicago

Zagat |
Matt Kirouac |
Oct 20, 2017
Original Article: "10 Perfect Pancakes Around Chicago"

THESE STACKS WILL HAVE YOU FLIPPIN' OUT For a while there, pancakes were the ugly stepchild of brunch, homely and ignored. Recently, though, we’ve noticed a revival in the batter department. Pancakes have a whole new look, thanks to inspired renditions from chefs around the city. Here are 10 of our favorites. Credit: Anjali Pinto… read more ›

Eat This Now: 23 New Dishes and Drinks to Try in Chicago

Zagat |
Matt Kirouac |
Oct 18, 2017
Original Article: "Eat This Now: 23 New Dishes and Drinks to Try in Chicago"

Chicago’s dynamic dining scene is filled with must-have dishes all year long. Settling into cooler weather, though, it’s an apt time to check out the city's buzzy newcomers, fresh hot spots and vibrant new menu items at old standbys. These are the 23 essential dishes (and drinks!) you need to check out in Chicago right… read more ›

Chicago's 10 Best Places for Pie

Zagat |
Matt Kirouac |
Oct 18, 2017
Original Article: "Chicago's 10 Best Places for Pie"

FROM HIBISCUS KEY LIME TO CHICKEN BALTI No matter how you slice it, pie is delicious. It's a sweet way of showing off the season's best fruit, and it makes a perfect year-round showcase for chocolate, custard and even savory fillings. Here in Chicago, there are more than a few pastry experts competing for the… read more ›

20 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes That Will Make Any Family Gathering a Breeze

Town & Country |
Sam Dangremond |
Oct 16, 2017
Original Article: "20 Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes That Will Make Any Family Gathering a Breeze"

Hosting Thanksgiving doesn't have to be difficult. Offer your guests a selection of these Thanksgiving-themed alcoholic drinks and prepare for the most sociable dinner ever. read more ›

Steve LaHaie of Shaw's Crab House gives a lesson on enjoying oysters

Chicago Tribune |
Roger Morales |
Oct 13, 2017
Original Article: "Steve LaHaie of Shaw's Crab House gives a lesson on enjoying oysters"

Steve LaHaie of Shaw's Crab House gives us a lesson on enjoying oysters. Watch the full video here. read more ›

Chi Guide: Where To Go For Drinks And A Light Bite

The Infatuation |
Adrian Kane |
Oct 13, 2017
Original Article: "CHI GUIDE: 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 ›

Themed LA Date Ideas for Every Type of Person

Thrillist |
Leila Najafi |
Oct 12, 2017
Original Article: "Themed LA Date Ideas for Every Type of Person"

Dating in LA can be daunting, and while we’ve given you plenty of can’t-miss date ideas in the past, sometimes you need a little more than just a general suggestion -- sometimes, you need the whole damn thing planned out for you. Since we love a challenge, we’ve put together a batch of unique date itineraries catered toward… read more ›

11 All-Seasons Patios in Chicago to Visit All Year Long

Eater Chicago |
Elizabeth Atkinson |
Oct 11, 2017
Original Article: "11 All-Seasons Patios in Chicago to Visit All Year Long"

These bars and restaurants have retractable roofs and heaters to pretend it’s warm outside. 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 ›

5 Fab Things to do this Weekend: Oct 6-8

Chicago Splash |
Zak Stemer |
Oct 6, 2017
Original Article: "5 FAB THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: OCT. 6-8"

Zak Stemer rounds up the best ways to spend your off days, from standup shows to scary stories 4. AW, SHUCKS Shaw’s Crab House’s annual Oyster Fest may be turning 29 this year, but the oysters are still fresh as ever. Starting this weekend through Sunday, Oct. 15, mollusk mongers can get their fill of… read more ›

Maple's on the menu this fall

USA Today |
Ashley Day |
Oct 6, 2017
Original Article: "Maple's on the menu this fall"

Make way for maple this fall as the rich ingredient spreads beyond humble stacks of flapjacks. Chefs are using Vermont's pure product in glazes for fish and meats, sauces and spreads for burgers and appetizers, and reductions in all kinds of pastries and desserts. New Hampshire's Stonehurst Manor serves it up on sausage pizza, and New… read more ›

15 new Chicago brunches for fall

Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Oct 5, 2017
Original Article: "15 new Chicago brunches for fall"

Fall weather is confusing. It’s sunny and hot enough for rosé on the patio one day, while the next morning's chilly winds leave you donning a sweater and looking for a cup of spiked coffee and some French toast. Luckily, whatever Chicago throws at you, there's a restaurant ready to satisfy your cravings. Dress in… read more ›

Must-do events this week

Crain's Chicago |
Graham Meyer |
Oct 4, 2017
Original Article: "Must-do events this week"

➒ We're in the sweet spot for oysters, when the weather is still warm but we've entered the months containing the letter R, when oysters have stopped spawning and have the best texture, although bivalve-phobes don't ever like the texture, of course. (Oysters are safe year-round these days.) Shaw's Crab House's 11-day Oyster Fest features half-price oysters all… read more ›

10 Must-Try Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
Matt Kirouac |
Oct 3, 2017
Original Article: "10 Must-Try Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Chicago"

Those who really want to double down on their grilled cheese can head to M Burger read more ›

Sharpen Your Knives

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Oct 1, 2017
Original Article: ""

A new guard of restaurateurs has shaken up our list of the city’s 10 best steakhouses. It's a good time to be a carnivore in Chicago. Building on the traditions of a few old-school spots that continue to shine, new players have transformed the notion of what a red-meat temple should be. We dined at, reviewed, and… read more ›

Chicago's Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants, 2017 Edition

Eater Chicago |
Elizabeth Atkinson |
Sep 27, 2017
Original Article: "Chicago's Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants, 2017 Edition"

These gourmet happy meals are served with a side of crayons Eating out doesn’t have to just be for adults. Some of Chicago’s best and most enduring restaurants have kiddie cups, crayons, tot-sized sandwiches and other dishes for pleasing the little ones. From a Michelin-starred restaurant to a hands-on seafood spot, here are 14 of… read more ›

Black Is the New Black

Modern Luxury D.C. |
Nevin Martell |
Sep 26, 2017
Original Article: "Black Is the New Black"

By using ink from squid and cuttlefish, chefs are creating arrestingly beautiful jet-black pastas around town. Spaghetti Nero  “I try things that are safe, and they don’t work,” says RPM Italian’s chef-partner Doug Psaltis. He’s being coy. “Then I try a dish with black spaghetti, and it’s a home run.” In fact, it’s the second-best-selling dish… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You Opens a Mini Beatrix in The Loop

Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Sep 26, 2017
Original Article: "Lettuce Entertain You Opens a Mini Beatrix in The Loop"

The market has self-serve food stations and coffee Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has taken the quick-serve component of its all-day restaurant, Beatrix, and spun it into a stand-alone location. Beatrix Market opened this morning (Tuesday) at 155 N. Wacker Dr. in The Loop. Customers will find self-serve soup, hot food, and salad bars as well sandwiches and… read more ›

The Impossible ‘Bleeding’ Veggie Burger Debuts at Chicago’s M Burger

Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Sep 20, 2017
Original Article: "The Impossible ‘Bleeding’ Veggie Burger Debuts at Chicago’s M Burger"

Will Chicagoans line up for the burger like customers in other cities? After causing lines and sellouts in New York, Austin, Dallas, and other cities, Chicagoans will get what may be their first taste of the Impossible “bleeding” veggie burger beginning this week. Lettuce Entertain You’s M Burger at 161 E. Huron St. will start selling the burger on Sept. 21,… read more ›

Emmy Rossum Gets a Pastry Named for Her at Beatrix in Chicago

The Daily Meal |
Elizabeth Licata |
Sep 19, 2017
Original Article: "Emmy Rossum Gets a Pastry Named for Her at Beatrix in Chicago"

Beatrix in Chicago named a gluten-free coffee cake after Emmy Rossum Emmy Rossum is best known for starring in The Phantom of the Opera and Showtime’s Shameless. Now, in addition to being an award-winning actress, she’s also the namesake of a pastry. Shameless filmed in Chicago at the beginning of August, and while the cast… read more ›

The Best Chicago Restaurants For A Special Occasion

The Infatuation |
Adrian Kane |
Sep 14, 2017
Original Article: "The Best Chicago Restaurants For A Special Occasion"

Special occasions remind us of the famous saying about obscenity: You know it when you see it. Sometimes it’s obvious - maybe you’re getting engaged or celebrating a major birthday - and sometimes you just want to go big on a particularly awesome Tuesday. It doesn’t matter why you’re celebrating, but if that’s what you’re… read more ›

Midday Fix: The World’s Best Mai Tai

WGN Chicago |
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Sep 11, 2017
Original Article: "Midday Fix: The World’s Best Mai Tai"

Kevin Beary, Beverage Director Three Dots and a Dash 435 N. Clark Street Chicago threedotschicago.com/ For more information about the Mai Tai world Championship: www.donsmaitaifest.com/ www.royalkona.com Tricky Tricky Wiki Wiki 1 ounce Bacardi 8 Year (.25 ounce Float) 1 ounce aged Cachaça (a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice) .25 ounce Ko Hana Agricole… read more ›

The 9 Best Omakase Meals in the Country That Are Totally Worth the Splurge

BravoTV |
Lauren Salkeld |
Sep 7, 2017
Original Article: " The 9 Best Omakase Meals in the Country That Are Totally Worth the Splurge"

If you're going to spend a bundle on dinner, these meals are worth every penny. Omakase, which loosely translates to, “I will leave it up to you,” is an elaborate multi-course meal that many consider the ultimate Japanese dining experience. Choosing omakase means you entrust the chef to create a selection of dishes designed specifically… read more ›

The Foodie’s Guide to Chicago’s Coolest Neighborhoods

Dujour |
Claire Volkman |
Aug 29, 2017
Original Article: "The Foodie’s Guide to Chicago’s Coolest Neighborhoods"

Once a city most known for its stick-to-your-gut deep-dish pizza and loaded hot dogs, Chicago’s gastronomic star is rapidly rising; in August, it was named the best restaurant city in the country by Bon Appétit. While it is undoubtedly deserving of that accolade, the city is also defined by its neighborhoods, each with its own unique flavor. So… read more ›

7 Kid-Friendly Restaurants Where You’ll Never Have to Deal with a Ball Pit

PureWow |
Amanda Nyren |
Aug 25, 2017
Original Article: "7 Kid-Friendly Restaurants Where You’ll Never Have to Deal with a Ball Pit"

When it comes to the typical “family restaurant,” our feelings can be mixed. Spending time together: Love. Stealing bites of our kids’ chicken tenders: Really love. Navigating ball pits: Can we not? These seven family-friendly restaurants find just the right balance. SUMMER HOUSE SANTA MONICA Kid cuisine isn’t typically the healthiest—unless you’re at Summer House Santa… read more ›

22 Stellar Gluten-Free Restaurants in Chicago, 2017 Edition

Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Aug 24, 2017
Original Article: "22 Stellar Gluten-Free Restaurants in Chicago, 2017 Edition"

Eating out can be a complicated task when faced with dietary restrictions. Although restaurants are becoming more accommodating, those who suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity still often find themselves with limited options. That's why an increasing number of restaurants are taking diner needs seriously. The following spots offer plenty of choices and go… read more ›

Where to Get The Best Burgers in Las Vegas

Vegas Magazine |
Tess Eyrich |
Aug 24, 2017
Original Article: "WHERE TO GET THE BEST BURGERS IN LAS VEGAS"

In true Sin City form, Vegas restaurants have elevated the traditional burger into a gourmet treat. We've rounded up the must-try creations around the city, take a look. Mexican Burger at Stripburger Looking to turn up the heat with the kind of burger that falls outside of your usual culinary comfort zone? The Mexican burger at… read more ›

Five new Chicago restaurants and bars to get excited about this fall

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Aug 23, 2017
Original Article: "Five new Chicago restaurants and bars to get excited about this fall"

Defending its title of Restaurant City of the Year, Chicago's dining scene is showing no sign of slowing down as the weather begins to change. A slew of highly anticipated new openings will close out the year, but there are a select few we're particularly excited about. Here's where you can look forward to eating and… read more ›

A New All-Delivery Chinese Restaurant Brings Baos and Potstickers to LA

Eater LA |
Mona Holmes |
Aug 22, 2017
Original Article: "A New All-Delivery Chinese Restaurant Brings Baos and Potstickers to LA"

There’s a new all-delivery restaurant coming to LA, and it’s called Wow Bao. This Chicago-based restaurant wants bring quality bao, dumplings, potstickers, and more to LA doorsteps. Their delivery-only service launches today, August 21 for lunch, dinner or late night eats. Wow Bao’s steamed, doughy, and saucy buns dominate the menu. Their savory bao are filled… read more ›

The World’s 15 Most Important Tiki Bars

PUNCH |
PUNCH Staff |
Aug 10, 2017
Original Article: "The World’s 15 Most Important Tiki Bars"

Today's tiki experts—from Martin Cate to Sven Kirsten—on the most notable tiki bars across the globe. To use the terminology “most important” when it comes to tiki bars seems like a paradox. Tiki bars were never meant to be important. Born in America’s post-Prohibition era, these bars became wildly popular in the 1950s and ’60s for celebrating a… read more ›

Today's supper clubs range from rustically retro to modern pop-ups

Chicago Tribune |
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Aug 8, 2017
Original Article: ""

One of the oldest traditions in dining is the supper club. Dating back to the 1920s, fantastical structures outfitted with blazing neon and just the right amount of kitsch and whimsy popped up on rural roadsides attracting weary motorists out for a Sunday drive. They were welcoming to strangers and family-friendly, their mainstay being simple… read more ›

The best desserts in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
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Aug 8, 2017
Original Article: ""

Chicago has its fair share of ice cream shops, donut spots and pie-slinging bakeries, but some of the city's most inventive desserts are hidden in plain sight at the bottom of restaurant menus. Pastry chefs are going above and beyond with loaded sundaes, addictive caramel pie and decadent bourbon caramel bombes—just to name a few. When you must satisfy your… read more ›

25 Great Chicago Breakfast Restaurants By Neighborhood, Summer 2017

Eater Chicago |
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Aug 8, 2017
Original Article: ""

A hot and hearty breakfast is always the perfect start to any day. Luckily, many Chicago restaurants have mastered the art of the morning meal so indulgent stacks of pancakes and fluffy omelets are never too far away. Don't suffer through burnt toast and overcooked bacon ever again. Check out the list below to see… read more ›

Vital Breakfast Spots To Know in Las Vegas

Eater Las Vegas |
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Aug 8, 2017
Original Article: ""

Experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Las Vegas has its fair share of great places to start the day or even recuperate from the night before. Some even serve breakfast around the clock. Get off the Strip and try Babystacks, SkinnyFats, CraftKitchen, Kitchen Table, Eat or Jamm's Restaurant. On the… read more ›

Where to Eat and Drink in Lincoln Park

Eater Chicago |
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Aug 8, 2017
Original Article: ""

Between brick-row houses, serene parks, upscale shopping, and peaceful, tree-lined streets, there’s a lot that to love about Lincoln Park. Add a surplus of impressive eats and drinks to this list for a lovely day or night. From the Indonesian-inspired to the prix-fixe splurge of a lifetime, here are 12 of the best bets for dining… read more ›

Best Poke Bowls in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Aug 8, 2017
Original Article: ""

The poke craze has officially reached a fever pitch in Chicago, with variations of the Hawaiian fish dish popping up on menus all over town. From designated poke shops to restaurant menus, here are the nine best poke bowls, and in some cases nachos and tacos, in Chicago right now. ASAP Poke The newest entry… read more ›

Best Japanese restaurants in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
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Aug 8, 2017
Original Article: ""

The days of suffering through wan sushi rolls are over—an influx of terrific Japanese restaurants has elevated the cuisine in Chicago. Whether you're looking for maki, yakitori or ramen, Chicago restaurants are bringing their A-game. For a stellar Japanese meal (and some of the city's best sushi), use our guide to find the best Japanese restaurant Chicago has to offer.… read more ›

The 15 Essential Sushi Restaurants in Chicago, 2017 Edition

Jeffy Mai - Eater Chicago |
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Aug 8, 2017
Original Article: ""

Chicago is far from the oceans but definitely not lacking when it comes to quality sushi. The city's most talented chefs are creating beautiful and luscious bites that rival the best in the country. Raw fish is not something to mess around with, so leave it to the experts who know how to wield a… read more ›

Here’s where Chance the Rapper had brunch the morning after headlining Lollapalooza

Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Aug 7, 2017
Original Article: "Here’s where Chance the Rapper had brunch the morning after headlining Lollapalooza"

It's hard enough for us normal folk to function the Monday morning after Lollapalooza, but can you imagine what Chance the Rapper felt like after his momentous, energetic performance on Saturday night? Instead of sleeping the day away, the hometown hero reportedly joined 13 friends for brunch at Hub 51 on Sunday afternoon. A spokeswoman for Lettuce Entertain You said the group rolled… read more ›

Chance's afterparty a Lolla victory lap

Chicago Tribune |
Althea Legaspi |
Aug 6, 2017
Original Article: "Chance's afterparty a Lolla victory lap"

Among the people who might feel ready for a victory lap this Lollapalooza weekend, Chance the Rapper seems pretty deserving. In about half a decade, he's graduated from a Lollapalooza side stage act to a large-drawing headliner, achieved a series of firsts in the music world (including being the first streaming-only artist to win a Grammy; he earned three)… read more ›

These Tropical Tiki Bars Are the Perfect Summer Hangout

InStyle |
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Aug 3, 2017
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Who doesn't love a good tiki bar? Typically outfitted in kitschy decor (think: colorful string lighting, palm-print accents, and umbrellas in your drinks), these spots are always a good time. Any bar that can transport us to a tropical oasis is at the top of our list. So, while the weather is still nice, we… read more ›

5 Drink Mistakes to Not Make at Your Wedding

Bon Appetit |
Rachel Tepper Paley |
Aug 3, 2017
Original Article: "5 Drink Mistakes to Not Make at Your Wedding"

The first thing most people do at a wedding is make a beeline for the bar. It makes sense on so many levels: For the single folks, nothing takes the edge off nosy relatives curious about their romantic status like a stiff gin and tonic. Those seated at a table with strangers tend to be stricken with a… read more ›

11 Must-Visit Tiki Bars

Coastal Living |
Steve Millburg and Susan Hall Mahon |
Aug 1, 2017
Original Article: "11 Must-Visit Tiki Bars"

Sip on a tasty tropical drink at one of our favorite retro-cool tiki joints. Three Dots and a Dash Chicago, Illinois A collaboration between Kevin Beary and three-time James Beard Award nominated mixologist Julian Cox, Three Dots and a Dash serves up sublime takes on classic tiki cocktails. It also offers a selection of modern drinks that blend classic tiki ingredients… read more ›

4 Reasons Why Chicago's Windy City Smokeout Is One Of The Country's Top Festivals

Forbes |
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Jul 31, 2017
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A couple weekends ago (July 14 through 16, to be exact), over 40,000 people descended upon the annual Windy City Smokeout in Chicago for three packed days of food and fun (in the sun, no less). Since its beginnings in 2013, the festival has grown tremendously, in terms of bringing together some of the best pitmasters, breweries,… read more ›

Studio Paris and Chance the Rapper Hosting Official 2017 Lollapalooza Afterparty

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Jul 25, 2017
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Catch the Festival’s Headliner at Studio Paris Nightclub on Saturday, August 5, Plus Lil Yachty on Sunday, August 6. WHAT: Chicago’s premier nightclub, Studio Paris, welcomes some of Lollapalooza’s most talented artists during this year’s music fest. Headliner Chance the Rapper will host the Official Lollapalooza Afterparty on Saturday, August 5, at Studio Paris Nightclub. And be sure to catch rapper Lil Yachty the… read more ›

5 Drink Mistakes to Not Make at Your Wedding

Bon Appetit |
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Jul 20, 2017
Original Article: ""

The first thing most people do at a wedding is make a beeline for the bar. It makes sense on so many levels: For the single folks, nothing takes the edge off nosy relatives curious about their romantic status like a stiff gin and tonic. Those seated at a table with strangers tend to be stricken with a… read more ›

10 Awesome Kid-Friendly Restaurants Around DC

The Washingtonian |
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Jul 15, 2017
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Stella Barra Pizzeria 11825 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda; 301-770-8609 Playing with your food is encouraged at this pizzeria. Kids can come up to the counter and make their own pizza (Monday to Friday starting at 4 PM, weekends starting at 11 AM). Experimental little foodies can add boundary-pushing toppings, such as smoky ‘n’ spicy… read more ›

Windy City Smokeout 2017

ChicagoNow |
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Jul 7, 2017
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Can you smell it? The promise of smoke, meat, and pungent sauces. Can you hear it? The sounds of 50,000 people buzzing with anticipation. The echoing twang of a guitar and the low beat of a drum as everyone counts down to it—Windy City Smokeout. The heart-and-soul child of superstar Executive Chef, Doug Psaltis, along with Lettuce… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You Bringing Beatrix Spinoff to The Loop

Eater Chicago |
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Jul 6, 2017
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Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is bringing a spinoff of their popular Beatrix restaurant to The Loop later this summer. Beatrix Market, a grab-and-go concept that debuted inside the full-service location in Streeterville, is coming to 155 N. Wacker Drive, just south of the Chicago River. The Loop location will feature additional menu items and also a… read more ›

Hottest Restaurants in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Jul 6, 2017
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The dining scene has been heating up as summer sets in, and considering the recent spate of huge openings, it's only getting hotter. To help you keep tabs on all the action, here are Chicago's 10 hottest restaurants right now. BEATRIX West Loop · $$ FOOD 4.4 · DECOR 4.2 · SERVICE 4.3 Modern, all-day venue combining an American eatery, wine and cocktail bar… read more ›

The 10 Best Rums For Summer Cocktails and Beyond

Forbes |
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Jun 30, 2017
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There’s something about summer that makes the thought of drinking Scotch, my preferred amber tonic, feel inherently wrong. Not that it’s criminal. (Colin Field, the longtime keeper of the Ritz Paris’ Bar Hemingway, once told me that there’s no use convincing real whisky drinkers to have a go at something else.) But of course, to… read more ›

Get poke on demand from new Lettuce Entertain You project

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Jun 29, 2017
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Why go running for poke when the poke can come running (well, rolling) to you? Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is betting that poke-on-demand will catch on, and so will launch ASAP Poke, a delivery-only service, July 11. The concept is a collaboration of LEYE chefs Tim Hockett (M Burger, Nacional 27, Tallboy Taco), Naoki Nakashima… read more ›

Where to Eat Great Steak from Coast to Coast

Food Network |
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Jun 29, 2017
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There's never been a better time to be a beef lover. Here are some of the best spots for steak all across America. Chicago: RPM Steak Though inspired by classic steakhouses, this hip River North chophouse revamps old favorites. The Duke, named one of the best steaks in the country on Top 5: Restaurants, brushes a juicy, 10-ounce… read more ›

100 ways to enjoy watermelon this summer

USA Today |
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Jun 26, 2017
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Summer's enormous iconic fruit is making its way onto seasonal menus at restaurants and bars across the country. Watermelon stars in salads, gazpachos, crudo and cocktails, from drinks served in its hallowed out rind to fresh feta and mint starters. Fans of the fruit will find creative spins with pizza, poke, tostadas and sorbet. Browse the… read more ›

How Many Ways Can You Rosé This Summer?

Zagat Chicago |
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Jun 25, 2017
Original Article: ""

Right up there with ice cream and daiquiris, rosé is a summer essential that dominates seasonal cravings. With its crisp, fruity notes and quenching capabilities, not to mention its proclivity for pairing seamlessly with everything from oysters to burgers, the rosy-hued wine hits all the right buttons when it comes to warm-weather sipping. From lavish… read more ›

Chicago's Top 13 Ways to Rosé All Day

Michigan Avenue |
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Jun 23, 2017
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With the city's rosé craze in full swing, Chicago bars and restaurants are getting more and more creative with how they serve the stuff. From infused popsicles to flights and even 40s, these are the best 13 ways to get your rosé on in Chicago—this summer and beyond. Belly up at Mon Ami Gabi This beloved… read more ›

The Best Frozen Treats to Cool down with This Summer

Michigan Avenue |
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Jun 22, 2017
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Given the warm temperatures Chicago has faced lately, staying cool has become paramount to surviving the season. From a Dippin' Dots-esque whiskey cocktail to frozen yogurt that goes beyond the usual suspects, here are five satisfying—and wholly cool—ways to beat the heat this summer. Frozen Greek Yogurt at Ema Traditionally used in sauces or as a… read more ›

The Rice Krispies Treat Goes Postmodern

Chicago Magazine |
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Jun 21, 2017
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1. Salted and Buttered Popcorn A savory blast of movie-theater-style popcorn is marshmallow’s ideal match, producing easily the best flavor combo of the bunch. $3. Summer House Santa Monica, 1954 N. Halsted St. read more ›

The 7 Best Restaurant to Eat Pasta in D.C.

Spoon University |
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Jun 17, 2017
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Visit these places to satisfy your carb-loading fantasies when in the District. I think I probably started eating pasta before eating baby food. Maybe that is a hyperbole my momma told me, but I like to believe it. Pasta is a vital part of my diet that I do not think I could ever cut… read more ›

The 15 Sexiest Vegetarian Dishes in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Jun 16, 2017
Original Article: ""

FROM COLORFUL TOASTS TO CAULIFLOWER STEAKS, YOU'LL BE CRUSHING ON THESE VEGGIE PLATES Long gone are the days when Chicago was lumped into the Midwestern meat and potatoes stereotype. The city’s dynamic dining scene is now among the best in the country, with an abundance of restaurants and dishes that couldn’t be further from these… read more ›

Enjoy Chicago's River North Neighborhood on a Budget

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Jun 16, 2017
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River North might just be the nightlife capital of Chicago. However, this neighborhood has much more to offer than just bars. You could easily spend an entire day here dining, shopping and enjoying the city. Keep reading for your guide to a day in River North that won’t break the bank. Drinks Recalling that River North is… read more ›

Where to eat brunch outside in Chicago

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Jun 15, 2017
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Pancakes are even better when you eat them al fresco. Here's where to have outdoor brunch in Chicago this summer. Somehow, eating eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy outside just tastes better. Now that it's summer, head to one of these outdoor restaurants this weekend, and bask in the sun while sipping mimosas or Bloody Marys. Ema Clink wine glasses and… read more ›

Best Places to Go Dancing

CS Magazine |
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Jun 13, 2017
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Get your back up off the wall. Dance. Come on. Studio Paris studioparisnightclub.com read more ›

The Best Private Dining Rooms

Crain's Chicago |
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Jun 12, 2017
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This year we've added 22 spots to our directory of private rooms in restaurants downtown, in River North, the Gold Coast, Fulton-Randolph Market District, Pilsen and the Near North Side. We've also updated the restaurants we included from past years. Food and beverage minimums don't include tax or tip. Prices and menu items are subject… read more ›

Best Bethesda, Maryland Restaurants

Trip Savvy |
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Jun 12, 2017
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Bethesda, Maryland has many fine restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine from contemporary American to Mediterranean, to French or Latin American fare. Here is a guide to Bethesda's best restaurants. (Listed in alphabetical order) Mon Ami Gabi 7239 Woodmont Ave. Bethesda, MD (301) 654-1234. The French Bistro is located in the heart of Bethesda… read more ›

James Beard Foundation's JBF Greens, Now in Chicago.

ChicagoNow |
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Jun 12, 2017
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Traditionally, New York City has been the lucky locale for majority of James Beard Foundation events. But, as of this year, Chicago is now the second city (har-har) to play host to the JBF Greens: Foodies Under 40 program. JBF Greens is a James Beard Foundation initiative that hosts exclusive events and experiences for food fanatics between the ages of 21 and… read more ›

Beat the Heat: Seven ways to stay cool this summer in Chicago

Chicago Sun-Times |
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Jun 12, 2017
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The heat is on in Chicago, and although summer hasn’t officially started yet, the city is seeing scorching hot temperatures. The temperature along the city’s lakefront reached 84 degrees by Monday morning, and the forecast shows it’s not cooling down anytime soon. Highs of 94 and 92 are expected Monday and Tuesday. While hot weather… read more ›

5 Old-School Steakhouses in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Jun 11, 2017
Original Article: ""

Chicago is right up there with New York City and Washington, DC, as one of the country’s quintessential steakhouse cities. Despite the onslaught of hot new restaurants that continue to broaden Chicago’s dining scene, the steakhouse tradition is alive and well, anchored by a handful of time-worn gems. Here are five old-school steakhouses you need… read more ›

Eat this Drink this: 101 of the best foods and drinks in Chicago.

Chicago Tribune |
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Jun 11, 2017
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How was dinner last night?" is a question you hear constantly in the Food & Dining corner of the Tribune newsroom, surpassed only by "How was lunch today?" ... or, sometimes, "How was second lunch?" Our reporters are, as you’d imagine, always eating. (I suggest finding food reporter Nick Kindelsperger on Instagram — @nkindelsperger —… read more ›

Beatrix Gets Boozier on Fulton Market

Chicago Magazine |
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Jun 9, 2017
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The third location of Beatrix (834 W. Fulton Market, West Loop) shares the same DNA as its River North and Streeterville siblings—there’s a little bit of everything happening under its roof, from sit-down dining to coffee pouring to cocktail drinking. This new outpost, however, just seems primed to do a little more with the drinking end… read more ›

Chicago date idea: Urban Kayaks then Three Dots and a Dash

Chicago Tribune |
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Jun 9, 2017
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Rather than putting a ton of effort into an outing and then just hitting one spot, why not extend the adventure? This week, we’re pairing an afternoon of kayaking on the Chicago River with some tropical tiki drinks from Three Dots and a Dash. Splash then sip. Main Attraction: Urban Kayaks-Riverwalk 435 E. Chicago Riverwalk 312-965-0035… read more ›

20 frozen desserts to indulge in this summer in Chicago

Rianne Cole |
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Jun 8, 2017
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Ice cream, fro-yo, gelato, snow cones, popsicles or slushies—whatever your summertime vice may be, Chicago’s ready (and willing) to indulge it. Beat the heat with a frozen dessert or boozy treat at these 20 city spots. Tallboy Taco 325 W. Huron St. 312-488-4917 Nestled inside Nacional 27, you can stop into Tallboy Taco for an icy… read more ›

Unique Negroni recipes to try this Negroni Week

Imbibe Magazine |
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Jun 8, 2017
Original Article: ""

Negroni Week is upon us, which means plenty of interesting Negroni recipes! Unlike most made up booze holidays though, this week is actually meant to raise money for charity. Last year the annual event raised $400,000 for non-profit organizations, and they’ve combined for nearly $1 million since Negroni Week’s inception in 2013. The cocktail is typically comprised… read more ›

Jamaican Negroni

Imbibe Magazine |
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Jun 8, 2017
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Two times the rum means double the fun in this Negroni relative from Julian Cox. ¾ oz. overproof Jamaican rum (Cox uses Smith & Cross) ¾ oz. blended Jamaican rum (Cox uses Appleton Estate 12-year Rare Blend) ¾ oz. Campari 1 oz. Cocchi Vermouth di Torino Tools: barspoon Glass: double rocks Garnish: orange twist Combine all ingredients in… read more ›

Chicago: The Four-Day Weekend

Men's Journal |
Jason Diamond |
Jun 6, 2017
Original Article: "Chicago: The Four-Day Weekend"

You've no doubt heard all the typical stories about Chicago being the city of big shoulders, how cold it gets in the winter, and deep-dish pizza; but there's so much more to this truly great American city. Yes, Chicago is still a world-class sports town with equally great hot dogs. But in the last decade,… read more ›

Chicago's 18 Essential Steakhouses, 2017 Edition

Eater Chicago |
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Jun 5, 2017
Original Article: ""

Take a bite out of these perfect cuts Chicago is historically a meat and potatoes kind of town so it's no surprise that many of the country's top steakhouses reside here. From divine, dry-aged steaks at restaurants that span decades to luxurious Japanese Wagyu beef, the following 18 spots are a cut above the rest.… read more ›

Chicago's 18 Essential Steakhouses, 2017 Edition

Eater Chicago |
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Jun 5, 2017
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Take a bite out of these perfect cuts Chicago is historically a meat and potatoes kind of town so it's no surprise that many of the country's top steakhouses reside here. From divine, dry-aged steaks at restaurants that span decades to luxurious Japanese Wagyu beef, the following 18 spots are a cut above the rest.… read more ›

10 Chicago spots to celebrate Negroni Week

Chicago Tribune |
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Jun 5, 2017
Original Article: ""

If binge-watching season two of "Master of None" left you craving a negroni, you're in luck. From June 5-11 you can try creative spins on the classic bitter Italian cocktail –which typically blends Campari, gin and vermouth – at 85 Chicago spots as part of the fourth annual Negroni Week. In case you need another… read more ›

Three Dots and a Dash just debuted a lineup of gorgeous new cocktails

Time Out Chicago |
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Jun 1, 2017
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Summer means fun and flirty cocktails, including over-the-top twists on tiki drinks. Three Dots and a Dash debuts a new food and cocktail menu today, which is packed with classics, large-format options and modern takes on summer sippers from the minds of Lettuce Entertain You beverage director Julian Cox and Three Dots beverage director Kevin Beary. Per usual,… read more ›

Chicago's 12 Hottest BBQ Joints

Zagat Chicago |
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May 31, 2017
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THE BEST HOT LINKS, RIB TIPS AND SMOKED BRISKET IN TOWN Chicago's proximity to Memphis, St. Louis and Kansas City make it a melting pot of 'cue styles. Read on to find the best spots to get your smoked-meat fix. Bub City The perfect mix of saucy meat and live country music make this a… read more ›

16 Outdoor Bars You Should Frequent Right Now in Las Vegas

Eater Las Vegas |
Agnes Poliquin |
May 30, 2017
Original Article: "16 Outdoor Bars You Should Frequent Right Now in Las Vegas"

Now that the weather feels like it is officially summertime, locals know the prime weather is after the sun sets for the day. If, however, you are brave enough to sit outside during the day, many of our selections below have giant patio umbrellas or misters to help beat the heat. They also all have… read more ›

Restaurants the Littles Have Deemed as Plate-Lickin’ Good

Red Tricycle |
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May 30, 2017
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Whether you have a picky eater or budding foodie, bring your kids along to these restaurants for good grub, guaranteed. The reasonably priced menu options and traditionally kid-loved foods are sure to keep both parties smiling ear to ear. Read on before making your weekend reservations! photo: RJ GruntsRJ Grunts Everyone feels like they’ve gone back… read more ›

Beatrix to open Fulton Market District location Wednesday

Chicago Tribune |
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May 30, 2017
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Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, which operates well over a dozen restaurants in River North (Ema, Il Porcelino, RPM Italian, RPM Steak, Shaw's Crab House, etc.), is finally setting its sights farther west. Beatrix, which already has locations in Streeterville and, yes, River North,  will open a third location Wednesday in the Fulton Market District -- the… read more ›

2017's festive summer drinks

USA Today |
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May 26, 2017
Original Article: ""

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, as if you need an excuse to toast with tiny umbrellas. Bars and restaurants across the country are ready for the season with refreshing libations, tiki mugs, many margaritas, carafes of sangria, pitchers of punch and every spin on the spritz. There's a hibiscus flower or fruit infusion… read more ›

Ēma found a way to put breakfast into a cocktail.

ChicagoMag.com |
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May 26, 2017
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There’s breakfast, and there are cocktails. And then there’s breakfast in a cocktail, which sums up what’s happening with the balm.com ($12), on the menu at Ēma (74 W. Illinois St., River North). “The inspiration for this drink is basically breakfast,” says Julian Cox, beverage director at Lettuce Entertain You, which operates Ēma. It started when he challenged himself to play with Chef C.J.… read more ›

Chi Guide: The Chicago Greatest Hits List

The Infatuation |
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May 25, 2017
Original Article: ""

Welcome to Chicago’s “Greatest Hits” List. Obviously you’re familiar with the concept of a “greatest hits” album, but unlike the best Jock Jams out there, this is one you actually need in your life. This is a short and carefully selected collection of places in Chicago that you should hit first if you’re new to… read more ›

The Roundup of the Best Burgers in Vegas

Locale Magazine |
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May 25, 2017
Original Article: ""

Although you can’t cheat on the slot machines, you can cheat on your diet with any of these mouth-watering burgers! Nothing hits the spot more after a long night in Sin City than sinking your teeth into a juicy burger and sipping on a sweet milkshake. Whatever you like in your burger and whatever you… read more ›

Eat This: The cooks at L. Woods know how to fry a squid

Chicago Tribune |
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May 25, 2017
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At dinner with friends at L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge, someone ordered fried calamari. Ugh. This ubiquitous starter is usually dull and hardly worth the time it takes to chew. But: L. Woods' calamari ($12) turned out to be a remarkably better take on the familiar squid, the texture tender, not squishy or chewy;… read more ›

6 Chicago Restaurants That Offer Extensive Gluten-Free Menus

Michigan Ave |
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May 25, 2017
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While there's no denying that gluten-free dining has become both prevalent and trendy in recent years, it's not always easy to find restaurants that offer comprehensive menus that cater specifically to those of us that lead gluten-free lives (either by choice or out of necessity). To take the guesswork out of choosing a restaurant that… read more ›

All the Weird and Wonderful Things You’ll Be Drinking This Spring

UrbanDaddy |
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May 15, 2017
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“Bartender, I’ll have the usual.” It’s safe. It’s easy. But you know what else it is? Boring. Which means it's probably high time you shook up your cocktail game via drinks infused with leather and topped with clouds of rosé. And so we hit a corner bar or 10 to seek out the season’s most… read more ›

Julian Cox on Tiki, Chicago and the Art of Negronis

Zagat |
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May 11, 2017
Original Article: ""

One of the country's leading mixologists moves in When Julian Cox decamped Los Angeles for a role with Lettuce Entertain You in Chicago, it was a huge catch for the restaurant group — and a major boon for the city’s already top-tier bar scene. Initially, the renowned mixologist — easily one of LA’s most esteemed… read more ›

The 7 Best Seafood Restaurants in Chicago

Elite Traveler |
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May 11, 2017
Original Article: ""

Despite being an inland city, Chicago’s ever-expanding restaurant scene includes a number of esteemed seafood restaurants. Bordered by Lake Michigan, Chicago is home to a variety of freshwater fish and its proximity to both the Atlantic and Pacific allows for fresh seafood to be flown in daily. See our picks of the best seafood restaurants… read more ›

The most over-the-top cocktails in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
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May 9, 2017
Original Article: ""

From elaborate garnishes to downright expensive drinks, here are the most lavish cocktails you'll find in Chicago We scoured Chicago bars for the most ridiculously over-the-top cocktails we could find, and boy, did we come up with some winners. Whether you're looking for truly fantastical tiki garnishes, large-format showstoppers to share with friends or cocktails that will break the… read more ›

Eat This: Fried chicken, on your couch, pants optional, thanks to Seaside's

Chicago Tribune |
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May 9, 2017
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My colleague Joseph Hernandez wrote recently about kalsarikannit, a Finnish word for chilling out at home, by yourself, preferably with lots of wine and no pants. I've got some next-level kalsarikannit for you: lots of wine, no pants and fried chicken. Seaside's recently joined the lineup of delivery options in my neck of Lincoln Park —… read more ›

Four New Brunches to Try This Weekend Around Chicago

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May 8, 2017
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RIVER NORTH—Ema, chef C.J. Jacobson’s Mediterranean-inspired spot in River North from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, is launching brunch this weekend. Check out the menu here.Weekend brunch goes from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. House-cured King Salmon could be a popular item. RIVER NORTH— LEYE continues to roll out new brunches. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Tallboy Taco is… read more ›

Put Yogurt in Your Cocktail for a Surprisingly Refreshing Drink

Extra Crispy |
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May 8, 2017
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What's not to love about mixing blueberries, Greek yogurt, and booze? If you're looking for a way to make yogurt a little fancier, you could go for a classic yogurt parfait. Or you could take a slightly more adult route by making yourself a yogurt cocktail. Yes, you can make a cocktail with yogurt and turn your boozy breakfast cocktail into a… read more ›

8 Can’t-Miss Hipster Bars in Chicago

Paste Magazine |
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May 8, 2017
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It may not hold a flame to Brooklyn or Portland in terms of sheer volume, but Chicago certainly has its share of flannel wearing, beard-donning, ironic mustache grooming hipsters. However, unlike a few years ago, that term no longer comes with a heavy hand of spite or negativity. In fact, these hipsters are the ones… read more ›

A Guide to Chicago's Michelin-rated Restaurants

Where Traveler |
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May 8, 2017
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It’s no secret that Chicago is a foodie’s nirvana: Our fair city boasts 26 Michelin-starred restaurants. Some have avant-garde tasting menus where A-list chefs play mad scientist, while others have painstakingly perfected the staples. Here, we round up the cream of the crop based on creativity, atmosphere and the ability to actually get a table… read more ›

DC Guide: The Best Bethesda Restaurants

The Infatuation |
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May 8, 2017
Original Article: ""

Suburbs. DC is synonymous with them. There’s a good chance if someone says they’re from DC or work here, they actually mean Maryland or Virginia. And if they say Maryland, they probably mean the Bethesda area. If you’re out here because that’s where you live or work, there are some excellent eating options on the… read more ›

Where To Eat Brunch in Las Vegas — April 2017

Eater Las Vegas |
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May 8, 2017
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If any city serves up a decadent brunch, it has to be Las Vegas. Whether you want a buffet with every indulgence, a chance to try Jamaican, Asian or French fare, or just the best eggs you can find, the weekend is the time to indulge in all that's wrong for your diet. Make it… read more ›

Backyard barbecue hacks every grill fan needs to know

Fox News |
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May 5, 2017
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You can smell it in the air. If you’re lucky, you can even taste it. What is it? It is the start of grilling season. Colemans and Kenmores are being brought out of hibernation, as barbecue fans across the country scramble to find their favorite tongs, while butchers get busy prepping ribs, steaks and more.… read more ›

Five Excessive Steakhouse Feasts That'll Close Any Deal

InsideHook |
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May 2, 2017
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One’s called the “Carnivore.” So, there’s that. You love a good chophouse as much as the next Chicagoan. But let’s put your interests aside for a moment and consider what’s most important — or should we say who: your client. Because if anything will button up a deal, it’s a vaunted wine-’em-and-dine-’em steakhouse experience. And Chicago’s… read more ›

9 Creative Tequila Cocktails to Drink on Cinco de Mayo

Michigan Ave |
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May 2, 2017
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Smoky, sultry, and sophisticated, tequila (and its cousin, mezcal) has come into its own as one of the ultimate spirits for adventurous cocktailers. From herbaceous to multilayered and spicy, these are the nine most creative ways to sip this of-the-moment liquor in Chicago for Cinco de Mayo and beyond. Tequila Thyme at Nacional 27 Feeling herbaceous?… read more ›

The Best Things to Do in Downtown Chicago

Where Chicago |
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May 1, 2017
Original Article: ""

In the '80s, "Ferris Bueller" blew off school to soak up downtown Chicago. While we don't encourage you to pretend to be Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago, we absolutely recommend taking in the city. Dare to step onto the glass ledge at Skydeck atop the Willis Tower, grab a chic lunch at a see-and-be-seen restaurant… read more ›

16 Tiki Bars You Have to Visit

Travel Channel |
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Apr 28, 2017
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The island-inspired cocktails are making a big comeback. Check out these iconic spots plus what to order. Three Dots and A Dash, Chicago Every night this bar is organized chaos with lines wrapped around the building and energy-pumping music. It's not your typical tiki bar. Yet the drinks speak for themselves. Order a Chief Lapu Lapu,… read more ›

Tasty Salads Worth Trying at Steakhouses

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Apr 28, 2017
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Chicago's steakhouse scene seems to be ever-expanding, and while red meat remains the focus, even the most carnivore-friendly restaurants offer unique salads that are all too often overlooked. In an effort to bring awareness to this issue, we've rounded up six tasty salads that are worth ordering at Chicago's premier steakhouses. Shredded Kale Salad at RPM… read more ›

Chi Guide: The 10 Best Steakhouses In Chicago

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Apr 27, 2017
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Chicago has always been a meat town. As a matter of fact, by our count, there are exactly 734 steakhouses in River North alone. Steak everywhere. It’s on the walls. And while this is a great thing for the carnivore in us all, it can also be a little overwhelming when you aren’t exactly sure… read more ›

Chicago Foodies Love Lincoln Park

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Apr 26, 2017
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The storied history of a celebrated Chicago neighborhood Lincoln Park is one of the most beloved neighborhoods in the city, known for its expansive parks, beautiful brownstones, and proximity to the Lake Michigan. This neighborhood north of downtown also boasts the eponymous Lincoln Park Zoo (which is free), the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and a… read more ›

9 Off-Menu Secret Cocktails to Try in Chicago

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Apr 26, 2017
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The best drinks may be the ones you don’t know about There are precious few ways left to impress friends with cocktail cred in Chicago. Many people know way too much about bourbon, may have a favorite mezcal or an entire cabinet full of artisanal bitters too. So how do you get an edge? Short… read more ›

Best Brunch Spots In Santa Monica

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Apr 26, 2017
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There is brunch, then there is brunch with an ocean view which. Brunching in Santa Monica, affords you both options with restaurants and cafes across town conjuring up unique brunch specials alongside brunch staples. Whether you’re a local cruising for a new spot, a weekend beach-goer looking for a delicious meal or just hungry during… read more ›

The Best Steaks in Chicago

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Apr 20, 2017
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Chicago is America’s spiritual steak capital, having once packaged most of the country’s beef. Nowadays, it’s known for flavor-packed ribeyes and bone-in filets served in elegant chophouses. Here, top chefs recommend the best. Is there a better steak town in the U.S. than Chicago? Experts make a good case for the Windy City: They’ve picked… read more ›

The 10 Best Steakhouses in Arizona

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Apr 20, 2017
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Steak fans have it made in Arizona. Not only do locals get to choose between juicy filets and rib eyes, now they can pick from lamb T-bone, bison filet, and lobster mashed potatoes. With so many mouthwatering choices, it can be hard to find the right steakhouse. Fortunately, the following steakhouses offer a mix of… read more ›

Get a Taste of Spring in Chicago With These 13 New Dishes

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Apr 19, 2017
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Even though Chicago didn’t have much of a winter this year, it’s still refreshing to see spring ingredients like fiddlehead ferns and rhubarb start to sprout on menus across town. As the weather continues to warm and restaurants freshen up their menus, there are plenty of bright new dishes to try. From a spring-splashed steak… read more ›

10 Of The Best Fried Foods In Chicago

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Apr 19, 2017
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There’s a time and a place for eating healthy. There’s also a case to be made for indulging, abating hangovers and straight-up doing what you want. In that spirit, we’ve culled a list of our favorite fried foods. Whether it’s chicken you crave or a fried ramen burger you seek, there’s a gut-bomb that’s sure to match… read more ›

Where to Eat Burgers Like an Iron Chef

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Apr 17, 2017
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Find out where famous faces from the world of Iron Chef go to indulge their cravings for juicy, satisfying burgers. RPM Steak Take it from Chicago-based Chef Sarah Grueneberg: The burgers at RPM Steak "are the best in the Windy City." She's particularly fond of the steak burger (pictured above), which is served on a… read more ›

Brunch in a Glass: Bloody Good Bloody Marys

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Apr 13, 2017
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The brunch staple and fave of fliers of the friendly skies (because tomato juice tastes better at 30,000 feet – and, dare we say, vodka, too?), we’ve never met a Bloody Mary we didn’t love. Whether they’re classic takes on or inventive interpretations of the universally beloved hangover cure, Bloody Marys are the ideal way… read more ›

Camp Out on D.C.’s Freshest Patios and Roof Decks

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Apr 13, 2017
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Spring has finally arrived, and that means local restaurants and bars are dusting off their outdoor furniture and opening patios and rooftops to allow patrons to bask in the glow of more welcoming weather. There's a variety of new perches to explore this season, providing fans of al fresco dining with plenty of alternatives —… read more ›

California's Flavors and Ingredients Spread Coast to Coast

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Apr 13, 2017
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It should come as little surprise that the gold standard for locally sourced cuisine was established by the Golden State. But you don’t have to work there to transport California’s fresh bounty and flavor across the country. Take C.J. Jacobson, the executive chef/owner of Ema in Chicago. Pulling from his Orange County roots, Jacobson incorporates California produce on… read more ›

Shaw's Crab House: Classic is a virtue

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Apr 13, 2017
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For years, my father made fun of my grandfather for keeping a closet full of skinny ties long after they had gone out of style. He wore wider ties but bound himself to the hope that they'd come back someday. Grandpa didn't live long enough to see his hoarding vindicated by hipsters. Shaw's Crab House,… read more ›

25 Excellent Lunch Options in Downtown Chicago

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Apr 6, 2017
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Lunch is perhaps the best motivator for getting through the morning workday so don't settle for days-old leftovers or a sad PB&J when there are many other delicious options available. From fine dining to fried chicken and tacos, here are 25 great lunchtime spots in the downtown area that will make the a.m. slog a… read more ›

The biggest, booziest group cocktails in Chicago

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Apr 6, 2017
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Ok Chicago, we know you've got a big thirst. This is a city that likes to drink, from warm cocktails in the middle of winter to ice cold drinks in the heat of summer. But sometimes, one drink ain't going to cut it. Sometimes you're out with a group and you want a group cocktail,… read more ›

The Best Avocado Toast in Every State

Spoon University |
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Apr 6, 2017
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I like to think that I'm in a relationship with avocado toast. I always have three avocados in my fridge—not to mention—I eat it every single day. No, really. I'm so obsessed with avocado toast that I've created an entire Instagram dedicated to it. I know what you're thinking – another article on avocado toast?Yes, this fad has now… read more ›

The Best Food & Drink Specials to Celebrate the Cubs Home Opener

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Apr 6, 2017
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Baseball’s back, and with it, America’s other favorite national pastime: food and drink specials. Ahead, nine tasty places to celebrate the reigning champs’ return to Wrigley Field on April 10. Summer House & Stella Barra What’s sweeter than an improbable World Series win? Team-themed cookies, available for one day only in the market of the Lincoln Park… read more ›

Not Your Average Joe: 5 Restaurants with Coffee Shops to Perk You Up

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Apr 6, 2017
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Sometimes a cup of average Joe just won’t do the trick. And who wants to drink stale, barely warm coffee that has been sitting in the pot at the service station for four hours anyway? Thankfully, these five restaurants with coffee shops on site feature java that is anything but average. Beatrix, Chicago, Illinois Their… read more ›

Chicago’s Food and Drink Fifty

NewCity Resto |
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Apr 6, 2017
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Big Heat 2017 is Newcity’s biennial listing of Chicagoans who wield largely behind-the-scenes influence. These are not chefs, sommeliers, bartenders and others who serve us what we like to eat and drink. Rather, this year, we’re listing the owners, media personalities—journalists, bloggers and PR people—business leaders, as well as food-oriented entrepreneurs, including farmers, beer/spirit makers… read more ›

Critic's Choice Dining Awards: A salute to the chefs who made 2016 so special

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Apr 3, 2017
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You guys had your fun. Now it's our turn. For the past few weeks, you've voted to select the Readers' Choice Dining Awards, which we're announcing today. At the same time, we're announcing the critic's picks: 13 winners in nine categories for outstanding work in 2016. This year's honorees represent innovation and continuity, occasionally at… read more ›

Chance the Rapper gets Chi-Town Props from Ja Rule 'No Problem' On the Mic

Ja Rule's shout-out to Chance the Rapper for all his awesome charity work turned into an awesome guest performance onstage. You're welcome, Chicago. Ja had a show Thursday night at Studio Paris, and took time out to point out all the things Chance has done to help Chi-town ... including his recent $1 million gift… read more ›

Chefs make pudding anything but boring

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Mar 30, 2017
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At Beatrix in Chicago, executive pastry chef Yasmin Gutierrez offers a chia seed pudding with chia seeds, coconut milk and pomegranate. And at Project Juice locations in Southern and Northern California, chef Sascha Weiss developed a mango-vanilla chia pudding with toasted almonds, which is dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free and organic. read more ›

8 Private Rooms to Book for Your Next Birthday, Shower, Party—Basically Everything

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Mar 30, 2017
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Location, location, location. It’s not only true of real estate but parties, too. That’s why we’ve found eight private event spaces, each one perfectly suited for birthdays, bridal showers, engagement parties...you name it. SUMMER HOUSE SANTA MONICA Summertime is peak wedding season, so where better to set a bridal shower than on this airy patio? Even… read more ›

7 AZ restaurants make OpenTable's list of top 100 'hot spot' restaurants

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Mar 30, 2017
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Don & Charlies opened in 1981 off Camelback Road near 75th Street. The restaurant's staples are BBQ baby back ribs, prime steaks and prime rib. The walls at Don & Charlies are filled with sports memorabilia. Signed jerseys, magazine covers, baseballs and bobbleheads line the walls. read more ›

18 of the Best Chicago Breakfast Restaurants By Neighborhood, 2017 Edition

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Mar 29, 2017
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A nice and hearty breakfast is always the perfect start to any day. Luckily, many Chicago restaurants have mastered the art of the morning meal so indulgent stacks of pancakes and fluffy omelets are never too far away. Don't suffer through burnt toast and overcooked bacon ever again. Check out the list below to see… read more ›

11 Totally Outrageous Bar Snacks to Try in Chicago

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Mar 23, 2017
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With March Madness at its pinnacle, everyone’s chowing down on bar snacks this week. While chicken wings and nachos are all well and good, it’s a welcome surprise when bars go the extra mile with beer-friendly vittles. Considering its love of bars and sports, Chicago isn’t lacking for over-the-top bar snacks. From gourmet beef jerky… read more ›

The Ultimate Vegas Brunch Guide 2017

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Mar 23, 2017
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Vegas brunch is not just a chance to combine breakfast and lunch, nor is it merely waffles with mimosas on the side. In this city, whether you’re on the Strip or in the ’burbs, brunch is a scene as much as a meal. You spend your weekdays plotting your Saturday and/or Sunday spot with your… read more ›

9 Restaurant Walls That Add a Dose of Art & Interior Design to Your Dining Experience

Michigan Ave |
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Mar 23, 2017
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When Dixie and BlocHaus took home “Best Restaurant Design” at the Jean Banchet Awards earlier this year, there was an obvious reason why: that killer dining room wall lined with hand-painted gold oyster shells. The best part? The idea isn't one lost at sea—it’s an old Southern tradition that oyster shells bring good luck to the home, so chef and owner… read more ›

Tropical Concoctions: Best Tiki Bars in America

Food Network |
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Mar 22, 2017
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Soak up those tropical island vibes anytime at these Polynesian-inspired bars serving their own refreshing takes on classic tiki cocktails like mai tais, zombies and more. Tiki Time Tiki bars are back. The modern-day renditions honor the bars that paved the way — Don’s Beachcomber Cafe and Trader Vic’s — with the same escapist environment,… read more ›

Restaurant Business Power 20: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Restaurant Business |
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Mar 22, 2017
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Richard Melman, the founder and chairman of arguably one of the most well-known MCO groups, made his business philosophy evident when accepting his James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement award in 2015. “It’s hard when you do things just for the money. The restaurant business is too difficult if you’re not in love with it.” With… read more ›

Drink Here Now 2017

Liquor.com |
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Mar 17, 2017
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Drink Here Now is bigger and better than ever. This year, 263 bars are featured. That’s 90 more than last time. And, for 2017, Drink Here Now has gone global. It’s now a celebration of the world’s greatest, most distinctive bars. The winners—selected by some of the most knowledgeable, well-traveled people we know—are located in… read more ›

The Best Pasta Dish in Every State slideshow

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Mar 16, 2017
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Did your favorite make the cut? If you’re reading this, you’ve probably made pasta at some point in your life. It’s really not that hard; You boil some pasta and dump some sauce on top. But as you probably know, there’s a big difference between the spaghetti you made in your college dorm and the… read more ›

Best pies in Chicago

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Mar 16, 2017
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The best pies in Chicago range from fruity creations to seriously rich chocolate versions. Here's where to get a slice. We're not sure exactly when Chicago became so pie-crazed, but we don't care—the past few years have been an embarrassment of riches when it comes to our favorite bakery treat. And you can find some of… read more ›

Sommelier Talk: The Surf-n-Turf Sipping Specialist

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Mar 16, 2017
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Kevin Bratt of Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab encourages diner discoveries in Chicago, Las Vegas and D.C. Kevin Bratt charged into the world of wine helmet-first. A football scholarship brought the Seattle native to the Midwest, where he studied business while waiting tables to make ends meet. He soon learned that he had… read more ›

Grab a free burger for M Burger's birthday

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Mar 16, 2017
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Burgers are great, but free burgers are better. To celebrate M Burger turning seven years old, they're giving away free grub. On March 22, waltz into any M Burger location and you'll be able to score a free burger with the purchase of any other item on the menu. Buy some fries and, voila, you… read more ›

7 New Vegan Dishes and Restaurants to Try in Chicago

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Mar 14, 2017
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Zagat included Hub 51 in their feature of new vegan dishes to try. Check out the full article here. read more ›

12 Chicago Restaurants To Eat Something Kind Of Healthy For Dinner

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Mar 9, 2017
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Maybe you’re coming off an aggressive weekend filled with too much food and booze. Maybe Gene from accounting brought donuts for the office this morning and you had one too many. Or maybe you’re trying to fit into that pair of pants you intentionally bought one size too small. Whatever the reason, you decided you’d like to eat something “kind of healthy” for dinner tonight.There’s no need to embark on a sudden 365 day juice cleanse. What we’re talking about is potentially eating some greens and maybe a nice piece of fish, rather than a burger and fries. Here’s where to eat something kind of healthy for dinner. read more ›

Lincoln Park Seafood Spot Oyster Bah Is Launching New Take Out-Only Restaurant

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Mar 9, 2017
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It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Shaw's Crab House (just check my instagram feed on any given weekend for my #oystergram photos) and its Lincoln Park sister restaurant Oyster Bah. I loved Oyster Bah when I first visited, and it has continued to improve on subsequent visits. Now, they're opening a second restaurant out of the top floor that only does take-out and delivery. read more ›

Large-Format Dishes That Are Perfect for Sharing

Michigan Ave |
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Mar 8, 2017
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There are two types of people in this world: people who enjoy sharing food, and people who loathe it with every fiber of their being. If you identify with the latter, you may want to stop reading now—if you're the former, dial up a (or, in some cases, several) dining companion and indulge in these… read more ›

7 Hot Chicken Dishes to Warm Up With in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Mar 8, 2017
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The coldest month of the year is a good time to seek out flaming hot chicken dishes in Chicago. Particularly, it’s an apt time for Nashville-style chicken, a spicy delicacy that has flocked northward to Chicago in recent years, popping up at restaurants all over the city. And it's not just Nashville, either, with hot… read more ›

The Best Restaurants for Every Budget in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Mar 8, 2017
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In a city like Chicago, there’s never a shortage of dining options for every feasible occasion. Of course, any occasion entails some budgetary decisions as well, but thanks to the abundance of choices, there’s always something to fit the bill. Here are our top picks around town, whether you're out for a bargain or a… read more ›

The Restaurants with the Best Views in Las Vegas

Eater Las Vegas |
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Mar 8, 2017
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Las Vegas certainly has restaurants with some of the best views in the world. Head up high for a view over the valley or go down low for people watching or dancing fountains. Here, a look at some of the restaurants with the best views in Las Vegas. Get views from up high at Alizé… read more ›

Chefs’ Picks: Veggie Comfort Food

Food Network |
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Mar 8, 2017
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Chefs’ Picks: Veggie Comfort Food The phrase “comfort food” often conjures up visions of spaghetti and meatballs, fried chicken and other meat-centric mains that people seek out as a source of both sustenance and solace. But with more diners adopting vegetarian or vegan diets, chefs are finding new ways to prepare comfort food classics sans… read more ›

How to build a better pantry, according to Chicago chefs

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Mar 8, 2017
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Take a mental inventory of your pantry. Maybe it’s stocked with random cans of beans, SpaghettiOs and instant noodle packets that date back to the days before the Ramen Renaissance. Now, imagine your pantry isn’t just a last resort for those nights when you open the fridge to find nothing remotely appealing. Imagine instead that it’s… read more ›

Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now, February 2017

Eater Chicago |
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Mar 8, 2017
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Brunch, not quite breakfast or lunch, is often overlooked but we're here to give it all the attention it deserves. While the Essential Brunch Map highlights longtime favorites, the Eater Chicago Brunch Heatmap is a continually updated list showing the newest places that are doing great things with their brunch menus. Because after a long week, everyone should kick… read more ›

24 of Chicago's Best Seafood Restaurants, Mapped

Eater Chicago |
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Mar 8, 2017
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Clams, oysters, lobsters, shrimp and the list goes on and on. There's something about food from the ocean and other bodies of water that people are drawn to. Perhaps it's the variety of delicacies that harbor your plate, or maybe it's the brininess of every bite that reminds you of sandy beaches and radiant skies.… read more ›

12 Chicago Restaurants To Eat Something Kind Of Healthy For Dinner

The Infatuation |
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Mar 8, 2017
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Maybe you’re coming off an aggressive weekend filled with too much food and booze. Maybe Gene from accounting brought donuts for the office this morning and you had one too many. Or maybe you’re trying to fit into that pair of pants you intentionally bought one size too small. Whatever the reason, you decided you’d… read more ›

Lincoln Park Seafood Spot Oyster Bah Is Launching New Take Out-Only Restaurant

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Mar 8, 2017
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It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Shaw's Crab House (just check my instagram feed on any given weekend for my #oystergram photos) and its Lincoln Park sister restaurant Oyster Bah. I loved Oyster Bah when I first visited, and it has continued to improve on subsequent visits. Now, they're opening a second restaurant out of… read more ›

7 New Vegan Dishes and Restaurants to Try in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Mar 8, 2017
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Even in a metropolitan foodie mecca like Chicago, the Midwestern meat-and-potatoes stereotype is hard to shake. Especially compared to more beachy cities like Miami and LA, Chicago’s vegan scene has been slow in catching on, but recently the city has seen a huge uptick in meatless options that are refreshingly free of meat substitutes and more… read more ›

Best things we ate and drank in 2016

Crain's Chicago |
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Feb 10, 2017
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The two-martini lunch belongs to the Mad Men now, but the one-craft-cocktail lunch can still put a drop of intemperate indulgence in the workday. Here are six of our favorites from the past year of lunching, with light annotations on some of the more obscure ingredients. — G.M. Boots With the "Fir" — Ema ($12) Tequila Tromba Blanco;… read more ›

Large-Format Dishes That Are Perfect for Sharing

Michigan Ave |
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Feb 10, 2017
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There are two types of people in this world: people who enjoy sharing food, and people who loathe it with every fiber of their being. If you identify with the latter, you may want to stop reading now—if you're the former, dial up a (or, in some cases, several) dining companion and indulge in these… read more ›

50 States of Pie

Food Network |
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Feb 8, 2017
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From sweet prickly pear in the deserts of Arizona to lush maple cream in the forests of Vermont, here's a rundown of the most-popular pie flavors our great Republic has to offer. Iconic Pies from State to State Pie is so much more than just a dessert. There's a feeling of nostalgia and comfort in… read more ›

Don't miss these destination dumplings

USA Today |
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Feb 7, 2017
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Dumplings may seem like a cool, new, creative (and usually cheap) food trend, but the veggie, dairy and meat-filled noodle pockets have been around for centuries (read: way before you ever picked up a chopstick). A physician in Eastern Han Dynasty, Zhang Zhongjing is credited for inventing the dish. More than 1,800 years ago, he filled dough skins with… read more ›

Jake Owen, Kip Moore and Lee Brice top Windy City Smokeout lineup

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Feb 7, 2017
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Country music stars Jake Owen, Kip Moore and Lee Brice are set to headline the Windy City Smokeout in July, organizers announced Tuesday. Nearly 30 acts, including Brandy Clark and The Steel Woods, are slated to play July 14-16 on Grand Avenue by the Chicago River in the Fulton River District neighborhood. More than 45,000 country music fans are… read more ›

Windy City Smokeout brings nationally acclaimed barbecue restaurants to Chicago

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Feb 7, 2017
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Windy City Smokeout, Chicago's annual festival of smoked meat, beer and country music, has announced its lineup for 2017. The festival, which will run July 14-16, is located in a massive parking lot off of Grand Avenue near the Chicago River. On hand to feed the expected 45,000 guests? A few acclaimed local barbecue joints, including Lillie's Q,… read more ›

The Ultimate Guide to Aphrodisiacs in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Feb 7, 2017
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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s a tempting time to partake in aphrodisiacs, those romance-inducing ingredients found everywhere from oyster bars to bakery shelves. Here’s a handy guide to these coveted delicacies in Chicago, for purists and modernists alike. Chocolate For the purist: The most time-honored confection calls for a classic bakery. Chocoholics should… read more ›

The Most Romantic Restaurants in Las Vegas

Eater Las Vegas |
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Feb 6, 2017
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Maybe you want to create a romantic setting for a first date. Maybe you're celebrating a big anniversary or want to propose. Take heart. These restaurants know how to make any dinner seem that much more romantic. Whether you want a stunning view to go with your romance, a rose to go with dinner, a… read more ›

Where to Watch the Super Bowl for Every Type of Fan

Michigan Avenue |
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Feb 3, 2017
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The Super Bowl comes but once a year, and whether you're a die-hard sports fan or just looking for a reason to party on a Sunday, there's no denying that going out to one of Chicago's many sports bars and restaurants to catch the game is an enticing proposition. Follow our guide below for where… read more ›

Even at 30, Everest till among the city's best

Chicago Tribune |
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Feb 3, 2017
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When a restaurant reaches the 30-year milestone, it's natural for the chef to take a look back and savor the journey. Unless you're Jean Joho, a chef whose mantra is, "What's good enough for me today isn't good enough for me tomorrow," and a man who never looks back. Well, maybe a little. Like to October… read more ›

Drink This: The tiny winery that Chicago sommeliers are loving

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Feb 3, 2017
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As a California native, I entered the wine scene assuming the domestic wine market orbited around Napa and Sonoma. Getting my start in wine retail in Chicago, that's a majority of what I sold and drank: cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and chardonnay. Then I moved to New York, and I learned about the Finger Lakes.… read more ›

Chicago Chefs Tell Us Their Favorite Super Bowl Dishes

Michigan Avenue |
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Feb 2, 2017
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Football’s great and all, but the excuse to pig out is the true beauty of Super Bowl Sunday. Below, eight Chicago toques dish on their favorite game-day eats (pro tip: double-down on napkins first). Chef Doug Psaltis of Bub City "You've gotta have fried chicken for the Super Bowl,” Psaltis says, and recommends it best accented… read more ›

Who Really Invented Potato Skins?

Eater |
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Feb 2, 2017
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Long before putting food waste on restaurant menus came into vogue, restaurants devised a way to turn potato peels into profits: Rather than throwing them away after using the innards for mashed potatoes or other preparations, the skins could be turned into an appetizer by tossing them into the deep-fryer and topping them with cheese, bacon, and/or sour… read more ›

The 100 Most Iconic Dishes in Los Angeles

LA Magazine |
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Feb 1, 2017
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If you’re a true foodie, you will know many of these. The Godmother from Bay Cities. The Chopped Salad from La Scala. The Prime Rib from Lawry’s. Beautifully perennial classics that are quintessentially Los Angeles. We can all agree on this. BUT! The internal fighting about what made it to the final 100 was heated… read more ›

Cheesy Cauliflower Grits Are Calling Your Name

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Jan 31, 2017
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If you're a little burnt out on cauliflower, or weren’t a fan in the first place, it’s time to the cruciferous vegetable another try. Swoon over cauliflower grits, the perfect vegetable-centric alternative to the iconic Southern breakfast dish. Besides the fact that this cauliflower grits recipe is a smart, twist on the original—it’s just darn good. John Chiakulas, executive… read more ›

Chicago's Most Epic Cheesy Dishes

Michigan Avenue |
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Jan 31, 2017
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As Wisconsin's Southern neighbor, it's no surprise that Illinois takes its cheese consumption seriously, and that Chicago (as the state's culinary epicenter) teems with both restaurants that pack as much of the celebrated dairy product as possible into their menus, and hungry aficionados ready to taste it in its myriad forms. To celebrate Chicago's relentless… read more ›

The 20 Fireplaces You Should Be Cozying Up To in Chicago

Thrillist Chicago |
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Jan 30, 2017
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In Chicago, winter is as dependably terrible as the Bears' offensive line and the corruption scandals of local aldermen. Experienced Chicagoans are well aware of this, and know that the secret to surviving until spring is plenty of booze and a cozy local spot with a warm fireplace. Therefore, we've compiled a list of the… read more ›

The Sunday Night Delivery Guide

The Infatuation |
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Jan 30, 2017
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Sunday night is both the best and worst night of the week. Best because nobody is bothering you to go out drinking and you feel good knowing it’s acceptable to sit in your apartment all night. Worst because you’re already terrified thinking about that new project you put off for Monday morning. And if you’re… read more ›

13 OG Servers You Need to Know in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Jan 30, 2017
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In the restaurant industry, servers are the life force that keeps everything moving. They're the people you interact with and build experiences with, and often even more so than the food, a memorable server can make a place into a destination. Here are 13 of Chicago's front-of-house all-stars that you need to know. Dana Moskalik… read more ›

The Best Restaurants in Chicago Now

Jetsetter |
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Jan 30, 2017
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Want to know where to find the best restaurants in Chicago now? At these nine new spots, risk-taking chefs are following their passions no matter how outlandish (think: a real chocolate factory, a bar that serves bottled cocktails, and a high-end eatery that changes chefs every single month). Naoki Set in the middle of the… read more ›

Seek and Enjoy: A Guide to D.C.'s Hidden Treasures

Eater DC |
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Jan 29, 2017
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Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant at MGM National Harbor debuted last month, bringing the New York-based chef's comfort cuisine to the splashy Las Vegas-style resort on the Potomac. Tucked in the back is a music-fueled bar called Sammy's — named after Rat Pack icon Sammy Davis Jr.  — featuring jazz, DJs and gospel brunches. Sammy's is one of… read more ›

Chefs’ Picks: Big-Game Snacks

Food Network |
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Jan 29, 2017
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When it comes to football’s biggest day, few things are as important as the spread — the snack spread, that is. We spoke to chefs across the country about recipes from their own party playbooks that always please the crowd. Ready, set, go get that oven fired up. It’s time to win at your own… read more ›

Las Vegas' Best Gluten-Free Baked Goods From Brownies to Pizza

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Jan 29, 2017
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Eating gluten free doesn't mean you have to give up the things you love. Yearning for pizza, pastries, bread, brownies or cake? Gluten-free diners can still enjoy all of these at Las Vegas' many gluten-sensitive restaurants. And if you think gluten-free means giving up taste, these restaurants will give you a pleasant surprise. Many Las… read more ›

Eat This: Monster cookie at Summer House is your dream dessert

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Jan 20, 2017
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What's the first thing people notice about me? My size. The six things I can't live without: Butter, flour, sugar, eggs, oats, apples. Where you'll find me on a Friday night: At Summer House Santa Monica. Check the bakery case. Let's be real: Cookies should be allowed on dating apps. I guarantee this smooth talker — the apple oatmeal… read more ›

5 Great Chicago Restaurants That Offer Gluten-Free Menus

Spoon University |
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Jan 20, 2017
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Ordering off a restaurant menu can be anxiety-producing for anyone, but especially for those with dietary restrictions. One of the most common alternative diets is gluten-free, which involves eliminating gluten (a substance in cereal grains like wheat) from your diet. While some people go gluten-free because they have celiac disease (which prevents their bodies from processing gluten) or a gluten sensitivity, others… read more ›

Make way for matcha this winter

USA Today |
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Jan 17, 2017
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Matcha is a fine powder from the leaves of a specifically grown green tea, the color and texture of which can be added to all kinds of drinks, pastries and even dishes like pasta. The flavor varies, with a range of bitterness, sweetness, umami and grassiness. Coffee shops and restaurants across the country experiment with the… read more ›

12 Healthy Restaurants in Chicago That Won't Make You Hate Life

Eater Chicago |
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Jan 17, 2017
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It's the start of a new year and you may be hitting the gym hard. Developing a healthier lifestyle doesn't happen overnight and the process can be quite arduous. Yes, burgers and fried chicken will always have a place in hearts (and stomachs), but cutting back on the fat and grease goes a long way… read more ›

Jean Joho Looks Back on 30 Years at Everest

Zagat Chicago |
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Jan 17, 2017
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Long before Chicago blossomed into the world-class dining destination it is today, Everest soared above the city, a French-accented standout on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange. Thirty years later and Jean Joho’s ode to his home country is still going strong. As the renowned chef-owner began to celebrate a milestone anniversary with a special… read more ›

A tour of the trending food halls in Chicagoland

Dining Out Chicago |
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Jan 12, 2017
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Gourmet food halls have always been popular in Europe, but only recently have they made a big splash in the United States. For decades, in fact, Americans’ conception of a food hall equated to quick-serve food courts in malls and airports. But no longer. Chicago is now lucky to house some of the best avant-garde… read more ›

The 25 Essential Bars in Chicago, 2017 Edition

Eater Chicago |
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Jan 12, 2017
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These bars show that drinking in Chicago is rarely equalled anywhere Spending time at a Chicago bar is an unmatched experience due to the breadth of the city's drinking establishments. This is a hard-drinking city that Prohibition couldn't shut down, as bootleggers divided the city into sections, taking advantage of Chicago's proximity to Canada, where… read more ›

The New Fusion Cuisine: How Chefs Are Celebrating Culinary Connections Between Italy and East Asia

Grubstreet |
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Jan 11, 2017
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You have to start with noodles, of course, which have been the most obvious link between the cuisines of Italy and East Asia for at least a few centuries. Long, thin strands of springy dough are the foundation of some of the world’s most important dishes, and even though Japanese food and Italian food may… read more ›

Jean Joho's Everest turns 30

Chicago Business |
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Jan 10, 2017
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Fine French restaurants have come and gone in Chicago (and fine-dining restaurants have mostly gone), but one has lasted 30 years. Everest celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. The Michelin-starred restaurant opened in partnership with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange building in 1986. To commemorate the anniversary,… read more ›

Everest restaurant celebrates 30 years with 1986 look-back menu, plus alumni dinners

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Jan 10, 2017
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One of the lasting tenets of fine dining is "you pay for the view." Which is to say, at high-rise restaurants, what shows up at the table is never as exciting, or as valuable, as what you can see out the window. For 30 years, Everest (440 S. LaSalle St., 312-663-8920) has been a glorious… read more ›

9 Best New Brunches to Try in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Jan 9, 2017
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A new year necessitates new brunch, and Chicago's got plenty. Take your pick of brand-new restaurants and just-launched menus full of weekend dishes worth braving the cold for this season. Here are nine ways to up your brunch game across the city. Oyster Bah There’s a lot to love about this Lincoln Park seafood bastion… read more ›

CHI GUIDE: The Best Ramen In Chicago

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Jan 9, 2017
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Eat ramen. Eat all of the ramen, because there’s never a bad time to indulge. The good news for you is that ramen is no longer a novelty, and there are plenty of great options around. The bad news is everyone you know is apparently an expert and wants to share their “knowledge” on traditional… read more ›

The 10 Best Steakhouses In Chicago

The Infatuation |
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Jan 5, 2017
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Chicago has always been a meat town. As a matter of fact, by our count, there are exactly 734 steakhouses in River North alone. Steak everywhere. It’s on the walls. And while this is a great thing for the carnivore in us all, it can also be a little overwhelming when you aren’t exactly sure… read more ›

6 Delicious Dishes That Indicate That 'Nduja is the Next Big Foodie Trend

Michgigan Avenue |
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Jan 5, 2017
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From poke and over-the-top milkshakes to smoothie bowls, 2016 saw its share of buzzworthy food trends. If these six dishes are any indication, we predict that 'nduja, a spicy, spreadable pork salumi with Italian origins, just might become our favorite trend of 2017. Stuffed Dates at Osteria Via Stato Whet your appetite with this hearty 'nduja-stuffed… read more ›

In 2017, Savoring Porridge and Sipping Pinot

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Jan 4, 2017
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Where should your appetite take you in 2017? The temptations to travel abound, from festivals honoring crowd-pleasing foods to those that celebrate downright quirky ones, not to mention events where it’s possible to savor the creations of several famous chefs in a single day. A landmark birthday, its fifth, is also up for Chicago’s Windy… read more ›

7 Reasons Not to Miss Everest's 30th Anniversary Celebration

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Jan 4, 2017
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Casual dining may dominate Chicago’s current food scene, but there’s still room in this town for restaurants that put a premium on elegance, sophistication, and superior technique—and since 1986, Everest has been the epitome of all three. Now the four-star stalwart on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange building is preparing to celebrate… read more ›

These are the best meals our food writers ate in 2016

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Jan 3, 2017
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As 2016 draws to a close, we have been doing a lot of reflection on the past year. I realized that the one question I've been asked more than any other this year is "Where should I eat?" With the number of fantastic dining options in this city increasing daily, choosing where to spend your… read more ›

Have You Posted a Photo at The Most Instagrammed Restaurant in Chicago for 2016?

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Dec 30, 2016
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A popular restaurant in Chicago’s River North neighborhood now holds the title of the most Instagrammed establishment in Illinois, according to USA Today. USA Today asked Instagram to determine the most popular restaurants to post on the social media platform in each state. In Illinois, the most geotagged restaurant on Instagram was Three Dots and… read more ›

The best new restaurants of 2016

Time Out Chicago |
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Dec 30, 2016
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This year was a big one for restaurants, where winners seemed to open one right after another. We didn't get to quite all of them (since the end of November Publican Anker, Elske and Temporis have all opened or set an opening date), but we made it to plenty of restaurants ikely to become stalwarts… read more ›

50 states: 50 most Instagrammed restaurants

USA Today |
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Dec 28, 2016
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If a Kardashian eats in a restaurant and nobody’s around to Instagram it, does it make a buzz? It’s not just Yelp reviews or Michelin stars that cause feeding frenzies. A restaurant with a heavy helping of ‘grams and geotags (or just one from a different type of star, like Kim Kardashian or Kylie Jenner, who are… read more ›

The 151 best things I ate and drank in 2016

Mike Sula |
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Dec 23, 2016
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There's no more offensive taste than the one the past year leaves in the mouth. I already gave my accounting of the best new restaurants of the year, and here, I offer the 151 very best things I ate and drank, should you wish to try to purge that bitter tang of 2016. (5) kakuni rigatoni, Intro… read more ›

The Definitive Chicago Restaurant Guide of 2016

PureWow |
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Dec 23, 2016
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2016 brought us a gazillion great new restaurants (and the discovery of poké—thank God), which means that even though the year is coming to end, we have a lot of work to do. And by “work” we mean “food,” and by “do” we mean “eat.” The point is: We’re hungry. So here are our 20… read more ›

5 Chicago Festivals to Plan a Trip Around

U.S. News |
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Dec 22, 2016
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Food, music, art and spectacle abound at these fun Windy City fests. Chicago has more than 400 festivals every year, many of them free and some among the world's largest cultural events. So how do you choose which to plan a visit around? "Our festivals are great opportunities to experience Chicago's diversity and neighborhoods like… read more ›

Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now, December 2016

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Dec 21, 2016
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Brunch, not quite breakfast or lunch, is often overlooked but we're here to give it all the attention it deserves. While the Essential Brunch Map highlights longtime favorites, the Eater Chicago Brunch Heatmap is a continually updated list showing the newest places that are doing great things with their brunch menus. Because after a long work week, everyone deserves… read more ›

Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now, December 2016

Eater Chicago |
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Dec 21, 2016
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Brunch, not quite breakfast or lunch, is often overlooked but we're here to give it all the attention it deserves. While the Essential Brunch Map highlights longtime favorites, the Eater Chicago Brunch Heatmap is a continually updated list showing the newest places that are doing great things with their brunch menus. Because after a long work week, everyone deserves… read more ›

Chicago's Best New Restaurants Of 2016

Thrillist Chicago |
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Dec 20, 2016
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As we prepare to round the bend into the new year, we can confidently look back and say that 2016 was an excellent year for eating in Chicago. From choice cuts of steak perfectly seared over a roaring hearth to bowls packed with fiery Sichuan pork dumplings, a tempting new feast was never far from… read more ›

Where to eat for the holidays in Chicago

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Dec 20, 2016
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Riddled with parties and family get-togethers and wrought with the craze of hunting down the perfect gifts, the holiday season can be overwhelming for even the sanest person. With all of this happening, merely deciding what to make for dinner, or where to go out to eat, can seem daunting. To lighten your load and… read more ›

Best Restaurants for Christmas Treats in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Dec 16, 2016
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'Tis the season for eggnog and yule logs and peppermint-flavored everything. For the month of December, restaurants and bars throughout Chicago are rolling out a cornucopia of dishes and drinks to celebrate the holidays, from newfangled hot toddies to Santa-themed pop-ups. Here are the best places to get into the Christmas spirit in Chicago, and what… read more ›

The Comprehensive Guide to New Year's Eve 2016 in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
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Dec 15, 2016
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New Year's Eve is fast approaching and if you haven't made plans yet, it's time to get the ball rolling. There are 364 other nights in the year to Netflix and chill so make Dec. 31 a memorable one by indulging in copious amounts of good food and drinks. Many of Chicago's restaurants and bars… read more ›

Prime Picks For Prime Cuts of Steak in D.C.

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Dec 14, 2016
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When it comes to indulging in a superior slab of beef, the prime rib is considered by many to be the Holy Grail of cuts. Also called a standing rib roast, the meat surrounds six or seven bones and is slow roasted for hours until heavily darkened on the outside and pink throughout. As for… read more ›

The World's 50 Best Bars, 2016: Three Dots and a Dash

World's 50 Best Bars |
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Dec 13, 2016
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435 N Clark St, Chicago, US JUST THINK, IF WORLD WAR II had gone differently and the Third Reich had defeated the allies, a tiki bar in Chicago might now be called A Dash & Two Dots. Stay with us. Three dots and a dash is the Morse code for V, which stood for victory.… read more ›

15 Restaurants for Delicious Mac and Cheese in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
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Dec 13, 2016
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The deep freeze has set in and one of the best ways to cure the winter blues is with a comforting bowl of mac and cheese. This simple yet indulgent classic American dish comes in many forms—from home-style recipes that evoke memories of childhood comfort to creative offerings made with the finest ingredients—and you'll find… read more ›

Cocoa Confections: 6 Hot Chocolate Desserts

OpenTable |
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Dec 13, 2016
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You’re going to need a fork to tackle these hot chocolates. Pastry chefs are taking inspiration from mugs of cocoa to craft cakes, puddings, and deep-fried chocolate truffles. Here are six hot chocolate desserts to savor – guaranteed to warm your belly and make your inner child’s heart glow. Grandma Bea’s Chocolate Pudding Pie at Hub 51, Chicago, Illinois… read more ›

13 of the best chocolate cakes in Chicago

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Dec 9, 2016
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First, we found the best hot chocolate in Chicago. Now, we track down the city's best chocolate cake, from chocolate tres leches cake to 23-layer insanity. Beatrix “Tall, Dark & Handsome” always grabs my attention, especially when it’s the name of cake followed on the menu with a compelling come-on: "Just try it." I did, at Beatrix’s River North… read more ›

Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Day in Chicago, 2016

Eater Chicago |
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Dec 8, 2016
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Often overlooked in the madness of holiday shopping is perhaps the most important question of all: what's for Christmas dinner? 'Tis the season to be jolly and nothing takes the cheer out of the season like a burnt ham. This year, let the pros do the cooking for the family so that all you have… read more ›

Bespoke Bloody Marys at Beatrix Streeterville

Michigan Avenue |
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Dec 7, 2016
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What sorts of options does Beatrix Streeterville's new make-your-own Bloody Mary bar offer, and what charitable cause is Heisler Hospitality restaurants and bars supporting this holiday season? That and more in this week's dining news.... Beatrix Streeterville Launches Make-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar Weekends just got a whole lot more fun at the Streeterville outpost of Lettuce… read more ›

Here's Where You Should Dine In Chicago For The Holidays

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Dec 7, 2016
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The year was fantastic for the Chicago Cubs, and one local restaurant encourages diners to relish in their greatest season one more time during the holidays. Another wants guests to revel in the season by doing a bit of karaoke after some liquid courage. Some ethnic delights range from Feast of the Seven Fishes to a… read more ›

The 100 best dishes in Chicago 2016: Checklist

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Dec 7, 2016
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Oysters, dumplings and killer bar food dominated our list of the best appetizers and sides of 2016. But we also found some gems at Chicago's Mexican restaurants and sushi spots. Whether you want some breakfast potatoes to go along with brunch or killer guacamole, these are the best appetizers and sides of the year (in no particular order). Cold appetizer combination at Shaw’s… read more ›

Chicago's Best New Restaurants Of 2016

Thrillist Chicago |
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Dec 7, 2016
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As we prepare to round the bend into the new year, we can confidently look back and say that 2016 was an excellent year for eating in Chicago. From choice cuts of steak perfectly seared over a roaring hearth to bowls packed with fiery Sichuan pork dumplings, a tempting new feast was never far from… read more ›

The 100 best dishes and drinks in Chicago

Time Out Chicago |
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Dec 7, 2016
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From breakfast to booze, these are the best dishes and drinks we had this year at Chicago restaurants and bars What a delicious year we had, Chicago. We've visited new restaurants, spent late nights drinking our way through cocktail menus and came up with our own bar crawls. We returned to some of our favorite… read more ›

21 cool cocktail bars across the country

USA Today |
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Dec 6, 2016
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To the delight of liquor enthusiasts everywhere, the time-honored cocktail bar has endured the trendy nature of the bar business. Microbreweries and wine bars might be popping up on every corner, but the allure of a well-made cocktail continues to stir the hearts of those seeking liquid refreshment. Presented here are 21 of the coolest… read more ›

Chicago's Best New Restaurants Of 2016

Infatuation |
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Dec 5, 2016
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A lot of restaurants opened in Chicago in 2016, and, as usual, a lot of them were boring. But a handful of them, particularly the ten listed here, were exciting, fun, and delicious. We're talking the Cubs just won the World Series level excitement. They include sushi in a secretive room, Italian pizza, Argentinian food,… read more ›

9 Under-the-Radar Chefs to Know in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Dec 5, 2016
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From young up-and-comers to pop-up pros, hot sauce makers to dazzling cake bakers — this city's got a new guard of culinary talent on the rise. Here are nine chefs to keep your eyes on in Chicago. Donny Farrell at Oyster Bah The secret force behind Lincoln Park’s Oyster Bah, Donny Farrell serves as sous-chef —… read more ›

'Buon Appetito': Chicago's Top 10 Mouth-Watering Italian Restaurants

USA Today |
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Nov 30, 2016
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Coming up with Chicago’s Top 10 Italian restaurants is almost setting yourself up for failure because it’s one of those lists that will inevitably make someone angry because you didn’t include their favorite. There are so many really good Italian restaurants in the city, from fine dining to affordable and family-friendly. Consider this list as your starting point. Spiaggia is a… read more ›

10 Fall Punch Recipes to Make at your Next Holiday Party

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Nov 29, 2016
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With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with fall punch recipes. Redolent with familiar seasonal flavors like apple cider, cinnamon, and maple syrup, these easy, large-format cocktails can be batched in advance for Thanksgiving dinners, fall camping trips, and even office holiday parties (just make sure to not over-serve your coworkers). From a sherry-fortified take on… read more ›

Hot Dish: Ramen-san Brings Giant Soup Dumplings to Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Nov 23, 2016
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From bone broth cups to Hong Kong egg waffles, Ramen-san has always been a reliable ambassador of food trends in Chicago. One of the city’s foremost contemporary noodle spots, the River North fixture is at it again with its tang bao, a dish that’s likely to become a comfort food staple for the colder months ahead. Essentially… read more ›

Hot Dish: Ramen-san Brings Giant Soup Dumplings to Chicago

Zagat |
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Nov 23, 2016
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Tang Bao is sure to become your new winter obsession From bone broth cups to Hong Kong egg waffles, Ramen-san has always been a reliable ambassador of food trends in Chicago. One of the city’s foremost contemporary noodle spots, the River North fixture is at it again with its tang bao, a dish that’s likely… read more ›

Eat This Now: Chicago's 30 Essential Dishes

Zagat |
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Nov 21, 2016
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Between classic restaurants and intriguing newcomers, Chicago’s dynamic dining scene is filled with must-eat dishes. Heading into the winter months, it’s an apt time to revisit their comforting staples, from beer-steamed mussels to hearty tacos to sausages and dumplings. These are the 30 essential Chicago bites you need to check out right now. Truffle pizzette… read more ›

Ema restaurant review: Slice of the Mediterranean brightens River North

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Nov 21, 2016
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The giddy warmth of mid-November is yielding, inevitably, to the gloom of winter. Night arrives early, the winds turn bitter cold and locavore eating means beet salad and pureed parsnips for the duration. (I love root vegetables. Ask me again in March.) Ema, which opened five months ago in River North, is not the antidote… read more ›

Yamming It Up: 11 Stellar Sweet Potato Dishes

OpenTable |
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Nov 21, 2016
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With autumn in full swing and Thanksgiving fast approaching, sweet potatoes are in peak season. Chefs love the tawny-tinted tubers because they work well in both savory and sweet preparations. Here are 11 stellar sweet potato dishes showcasing the highly versatile root vegetable. Sweet Potato Cake at Bub City, Chicago, Illinois Think of this as autumn’s… read more ›

Eat This Now: Chicago's 30 Essential Dishes

Zagat Chicago |
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Nov 21, 2016
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Between classic restaurants and intriguing newcomers, Chicago’s dynamic dining scene is filled with must-eat dishes. Heading into the winter months, it’s an apt time to revisit their comforting staples, from beer-steamed mussels to hearty tacos to sausages and dumplings. These are the 30 essential Chicago bites you need to check out right now. Truffle pizzette… read more ›

How to be the best guest at the Thanksgiving table

Redeye Chicago |
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Nov 20, 2016
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Being a guest at someone else's Thanksgiving table means you don't have to reach inside a turkey to retrieve the giblets (unless you want to) or worry about deep-cleaning your apartment. But you're not off the hook just yet. Whether you know it or not, there are intrinsic rules that come with this honor, and we're here… read more ›

The procrastinator's guide to hosting Thanksgiving

Redeye Chicago |
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Nov 20, 2016
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Thanksgiving might be the only day of the year when we're encouraged to wear stretchy pants to dinner, eat our weight in food and then lounge around and watch football the rest of the night. But hosting the main event can be a bit more stressful. Where will everyone sit? What the heck am I supposed to do with… read more ›

5 Chicago Eateries That Will Help You Offset Your Holiday Indulgences

Michigan Avenue |
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Nov 18, 2016
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“The holidays” is often synonymous with “inevitable weight gain,” but it doesn’t have to be. Indulge in that slice of pecan pie or a plate of festively decorated cookies, but balance it all out with healthy decisions, both at home and when dining out. From a coastal Spanish spot to one of the poke trend’s… read more ›

Jean Joho Explores the State of French Food in America

Plate |
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Nov 17, 2016
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Jean Joho is the chef/owner of French restaurants in Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas, ranging from the casual Brasserie Jo to classic cuisine at the Eiffel Tower to modern French fine dining at Everest. He spoke with us about the state of French food in America. On how French food in America has changed in the last 30 years: Food in… read more ›

6 Excellent Fall Cocktails You Can Try In Chicago

Chicagoist |
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Nov 16, 2016
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Chicago has been holding on to warm weather a little longer than usual this year, with temperatures still occasionally in the 70s, but it is, in fact, fall. And a change in season means a change in cocktails, moving away from the berries and melons of summertime to autumn’s apples, spices, and, for better or worse,… read more ›

The 10 Most Buzz-Worthy Sommeliers In Chicago Of 2016

Chicagoist |
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Nov 15, 2016
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Once again, we present our list of Buzz-worthy Sommeliers. Like previous years, this list includes a wide variety of somms, from those early in their careers, to well established somms that for some reason or another don’t always get the recognition we think they deserve. Like last year, we have also included a Sommelier who works… read more ›

These Pumpkin Pancakes Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

InStyle |
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Nov 13, 2016
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For as fast as Thanksgiving comes and goes, the leftovers sure do seem to hang around for awhile. While simply emptying the contents of your many Tupperware between buns to create heaping sandwiches might work for lunch and dinner, we’re not so ready to start our days with an aggressive blend of the holiday’s best.… read more ›

Where to Eat White Truffles Across the U.S.

Eater DC |
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Nov 13, 2016
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Fancy fungi are back in action this fall and chefs are currently making it rain marbled Alba white truffle shavings on everything from ice cream to sushi. For fans of the decadent table side add on, this is turning out be a great year price-wise. The truffle harvest was helped out by a whole lot… read more ›

10 Chef-Approved Wines to Drink at Thanksgiving

InStyle |
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Nov 13, 2016
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This Thanksgiving, take a page out of Ina Garten’s book and simplify your drink menu by uncorking a bottle of vino. After all, delightful company and good food are only made better with fine wine. To help us navigate a medley of Turkey Day flavors, we tapped 10 chefs from around the country and got their go-to holiday… read more ›

Anthony Rizzo teams up with Brett Eldredge ... For 'Go Cubs Go' Duet

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Nov 10, 2016
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Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo is nowhere close to slowin' down the victory party -- the World Series hero joined country singer Brett Eldredge to sing "Go Cubs Go" in a bar Wednesday night. Rizzo and Eldredge -- who sang with the guys after last week's parade -- gave the folks at Chicago's Bub City quite… read more ›

The 9 Best Places to Eat on the Magnificent Mile (That Aren’t Cheesecake Factory)

PureWow |
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Nov 9, 2016
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Shop till you drop?and then eat From the Wrigley Building to Water Tower, walking even a couple blocks of the Mag Mile during the holiday season means navigating through crowds of families and tourists. It’s basically a contact sport. So yeah, you deserve a delicious meal at one of these amazing nine restaurants in the… read more ›

7 Hot New Italian Spots to Try in DC

Zagat |
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Nov 7, 2016
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Fall and Winter are seasons where comfort foods reign supreme. And what’s more comforting than a warm bowl of pasta? Or a gooey, cheesy pizza? Here are seven new spots serving up Washington’s favorite cuisine: RPM Italian An offshoot of the Chicago-based mini-chain owned by reality stars Giuliana and Bill Rancic, chef Doug Psaltis and… read more ›

Best Oysters: A Chat with Author Rowan Jacobsen

Newcity Resto |
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Nov 4, 2016
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Many of Chicago’s earliest restaurants served East Coast oysters packed in sawdust-filled barrels, sent by rail to the Midwest, and kept unrefrigerated for weeks or even months before serving. Sometimes people got sick from oysters, and this probably helped lead to a long period, decades actually, when fresh oysters were somewhat rare in Chicago. During… read more ›

Michelin awards Chicago's Tru and Everest

Chicago Tribune |
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Nov 2, 2016
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Christmas came early for some of Chicago's top restaurants, as today the Michelin Man doled out gifts like a steel-belted Santa Claus. Two three-star designations, five two-star awards and 19 one-star nods gave Chicago its best-ever harvest of Michelin stars since Michelin published its first Chicago Guide in 2011. There were no surprises at the… read more ›

Intro Restaurant Goes Asian-Italian With New Chef Osaka

DNAInfo Chicago |
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Nov 1, 2016
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LINCOLN PARK — Intro, Lettuce Entertain You's rotating-chef theme restaurant, follows the course of Marco Polo with its latest incarnation starting Wednesday. Executive Chef Stephen Gillanders is bringing in chef Hisanobu Osaka to create what's being described as "a casual, Japanese-style trattoria" at the restaurant, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West. Osaka, who has worked under "Iron… read more ›

Best new steakhouses 2016

Crain's Chicago |
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Oct 28, 2016
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Every year we wonder whether downtown can hold more steakhouses, and every year more squeeze themselves in. New ones continue to open and, incredibly, few close. More choices, but how can a steak lover possibly know them all? We rounded up four spots that opened in the past year, and, to situate them on the… read more ›

12 Delicious Desserts Inspired By Savory Dishes in Chicago

Eater Chicago |
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Oct 27, 2016
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Those who consider their sweet tooth a blessing may often say, "Sure, I guess I can look at the dessert menu." Alas, many desserts can be over-the-top sweet, or perhaps too traditional, making many diners abstain. But a few chefs and restaurants get sweets from an ulterior perspective, yanking savory dishes from the main event, twisting them… read more ›

Wines to Have on Your Radar

Imbibe |
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Oct 26, 2016
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In the November/December 2016 issue, we hear from sommeliers who are going to bat for Merlot, which has long been maligned in the wine world. But Merlot isn’t alone. While few wines suffer the stigma of Merlot, many are frequently overlooked or simply not known at all. We asked wine experts around the country to weigh in on the wines… read more ›

17 Pumpkin Dishes and Drinks You Need to Try in Chicago

Zagat Chicago |
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Oct 24, 2016
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You’re probably aware we’re in the throes of pumpkin season. Menus at restaurants, bars and bakeries — and, of course, Starbucks — are filling up with the orange gourds in every way, shape and form. But there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the season beyond the cloying pumpkin spice standard. Here are 17… read more ›

Where To Drink Boozy, Adult Milkshakes in Chicago, 2016

Eater |
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Oct 24, 2016
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Milkshakes were actually invented in Chicago in the early 1900s from an unlikely source. The drugstore giant Walgreens at one point had soda fountain counters at their stores, and much of the chain's popularity came from its chocolate malted milkshakes, something they invented in 1922. But Chicagoans didn't rest on the laurels. They knew milkshakes could be… read more ›

Healthy Restaurants in Chicago that don't Suck

Thrillist Chicago |
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Oct 20, 2016
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While some of us have already succumbed to that sweater-weather bod, others of us are trying, as best we can, to keep those inevitable and fast-approaching holiday LB's from creeping up on us. Given Chicago’s love affair with hot dogs, pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, and brunch, it’s not always easy to stay svelte when dining… read more ›

The Dish on the Washington Power Dining Scene