About Lettuce Entertain You

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

– Rich Melman, Founder of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

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Who We Are

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

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Fast Facts

  • Open on Earth, June 10, 1971

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

  • We Operate Over 130 Restaurants

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

  • The Lettuce Entertain You Test Kitchen

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

     

     

  • Over 7,500 Beloved Employees

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

  • James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

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

     

     

Our History

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

1970

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

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

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

Lettuce Entertain You Re-creates the Pump Room
June 1976

Lettuce Entertain You Re-creates the Pump Room

1980

Ambria Becomes our First Fine Dining Restaurant
June 1980

Ambria Becomes our First Fine Dining Restaurant

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

Lettuce Takes Over Chicago's River North
June 1984

Lettuce Takes Over Chicago's River North

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

1990

Tucci Benucch Becomes the First Lettuce Restaurant in Minnesota
June 1992

Tucci Benucch Becomes the First Lettuce Restaurant in Minnesota

May 1993

Introducing one of Chicago's Very First Food halls

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

September 1999

Lettuce Entertain You Heads to Las Vegas

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

2000

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

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

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

March 2002

Mon Ami Gabi Heads to D.C.

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

August 2003

Kevin Brown is named CEO of Lettuce Entertain You

Hub 51 is Now Open
August 2008

Hub 51 is Now Open

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

2010

April 2011

Lettuce Opens on the West Coast

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

The RPM Brand is Born
February 2012

The RPM Brand is Born

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

It's Tiki Time
June 2013

It's Tiki Time

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

Rich Melman is awarded the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award
May 2015

Rich Melman is awarded the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award

RJ Melman headshot
September 2017

R.J. Melman is named President of Lettuce Entertain You

Press Kits

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Press Releases

Shaw’s Crab House Celebrates the 31st Annual Oyster Fest
Sep 11, 2019

Shaw's Crab House is honoring the oyster with its longest celebration yet: the 31st annual Oyster Fest from October 1 - 31, 2019 hosted at Shaw's Crab House Chicago (21 E. Hubbard Street) and Shaw's Crab House Schaumburg. (1900 E. Higgins Road). The month-long bash will be filled with new oyster-centric dishes, fried chicken and… read more ›

Streeterville’s Ramen-San Is Now Ramen-San Deluxe
Sep 03, 2019

Starting today, Ramen-San in Streeterville (165 E. Huron Street) will become Ramen-San Deluxe. The restaurant brings together the most popular dishes from the Ramen-San menu and combines it with maki rolls prepared by Master Sushi Chef Kaze Chan from River North sister spot, Sushi-San.  View the new Ramen-San Deluxe menu here. Make a reservation at… read more ›

Whole30, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises & Grubhub Team Up for Healthier Meal Options with Whole30 Delivered
Aug 21, 2019

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE), a multi-concept restaurant group, and Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB), the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, are partnering to offer Whole30 Delivered, Whole30’s first-ever branded restaurant. This delivery-only restaurant concept from Whole30, the 30-day dietary reset chosen by millions for stunning, life-changing results, is operated by LEYE and… read more ›

Beatrix to Open at Disney Springs in Florida
Aug 07, 2019

Beatrix will open a location in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This is Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ first restaurant to open in Florida, and is Beatrix’s first location outside of Illinois. The concept was created by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Founder Rich Melman, Executive Partner and Divisional… read more ›

Pizzeria Portofino Is Now Open On The Chicago River
Jul 09, 2019

Pizzeria Portofino opens today on the Chicago riverfront at 317 N. Clark Street. The restaurant transports you to the Riviera with its hand-stretched pizzas, coastal wines, expansive patio and breezy decor. It comes from the RPM team of partners including R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, chef Doug Psaltis and Bill… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You's Newest Project on the Chicago River Includes a Pizzeria, a Private Event Space and an RPM Restaurant
May 09, 2019

The multi-level space designed by award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group will open at 317 N. Clark Street Presented by the team behind RPM Restaurants, Pizzeria Portofino will open this June directly on the Chicago riverfront. The restaurant is a sun-drenched casual pizzeria that instantly transports you to the Riviera, offering expansive patio seating… read more ›

Mr. Maki Opens Tomorrow in Streeterville
Apr 24, 2019

The team behind Ramen-San and Sushi-San of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises opens Mr. Maki tomorrow, Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 676 N. St. Clair in Streeterville. The new concept is built around maki rolls and the Japanese combo meal known as teishoku, which became the team’s favorite way to eat during their travels in Japan.… read more ›

Wow Bao Introduces First Gluten Free Bao
Apr 24, 2019

Wow Bao is introducing its first ever gluten free bao on May 1, just in time for Celiac Awareness Month (May). The team at Wow Bao has been hard at work testing recipes to perfect a gluten free bao option and the recipe substitutes the wheat-based dough for a tapioca and rice flour alternative. The… read more ›

Meet Mr. Maki: Opening in Streeterville this Spring
Mar 28, 2019

The team behind Ramen-San and Sushi-San of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises will open Mr. Maki at 676 N. St. Clair in Streeterville this spring. The new concept is built around maki rolls and the Japanese combo meal known as teishoku, which became the team’s favorite way to eat during their travels in Japan. Mr. Maki… read more ›

Now Open: Beatrix Oak Brook
Feb 27, 2019

Beatrix is now open in Oakbrook Center (272 Oakbrook Center). This is the first suburban location for Beatrix and the fourth of its kind in Illinois. The concept was created by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Founder Rich Melman, Executive Partner and Divisional President Marc Jacobs, Partner Michael Giles and Chefs/Partners John Chiakulas, Rita Dever and Susan Weaver. Similar to the River North,… read more ›

The Bamboo Room Opens Tonight in Three Dots and a Dash
Feb 14, 2019

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

Windy City Smokeout Moves to Chicago's Iconic United Center for its 7th Year
Feb 11, 2019

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

Chef Cory Morris Joins Lettuce Entertain You as the New Executive Chef of Nacional 27
Jan 31, 2019

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

Split Nutrition Announces Partnership With Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Jan 17, 2019

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

Ramen-san’s Newest Location is Now Open in Streeterville
Dec 04, 2018

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

Wow Bao is Opening at 46 E. Chicago on November 14
Nov 02, 2018

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

Opening Soon: Ramen-san Streeterville
Nov 01, 2018

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

Opening Soon: Beatrix Oak Brook
Oct 03, 2018

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

Chicago’s Only Unlimited Alaskan King Crab & Prime Burger Restaurant is Opens Five-Nights a Week
Oct 01, 2018

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

Shaw’s Crab House Celebrates the 30th Pearl Anniversary of Oyster Fest
Sep 20, 2018

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

Bar Ramone Opens Tonight in Chicago's River North
Aug 30, 2018

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

Opening Soon: Lettuce Entertain You's First Wine Bar, Bar Ramone
Jul 23, 2018

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

Studio Paris Lollapalooza lineup announced: Kaskade Performing, Z-Trip to host official afterparty
Jul 20, 2018

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

Lettuce Entertain You to Kick Off Strawless Initiative Fall 2018
Jun 20, 2018

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

Wow Bao Relocates its 175 W. Jackson Blvd Restaurant to 200 N. Michigan Ave.
Jun 20, 2018

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

Aba Opens Tonight in Chicago's Fulton Market
Jun 07, 2018

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

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Introduces Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels
May 25, 2018

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

Ramen-san Fulton Market Opens Today
May 23, 2018

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

Opening Soon: Chef CJ Jacobson's Aba Plus The Dalcy
May 09, 2018

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

Peapod Partners with Wildfire and Big Bowl To Create New Meal Kits
Apr 12, 2018

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

Beatrix Market DePaul Loop Opening Today
Apr 04, 2018

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

RPM Restaurants To Open Four-Level Chicago Waterfront Property
Mar 12, 2018

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

The National Restaurant Association Announces New Board Officers for 2018
Jan 25, 2018

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

Sushi-san is Now Open
Dec 26, 2017

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

Beatrix Market DePaul Loop Campus Opening Spring 2018
Dec 11, 2017

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

Wow Bao Set to Launch The First Fully Automated Dining Experience in Chicago
Nov 17, 2017

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

The Return of an Icon: Booth One Is Now Open
Nov 16, 2017

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

Three Dots and a Dash Announces Fall / Winter 2017 Menu
Nov 02, 2017

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

R.J. Melman Named President of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Oct 04, 2017

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

Beatrix Market Opening in the Loop Today
Sep 26, 2017

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

M Burger’s Huron location to serve the Impossible Burger starting September 21 for a limited time
Sep 22, 2017

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

Shaw's Oyster Fest 2017 10-Day Celebration!
Sep 11, 2017

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

Booth One? Sure, Right This Way…
Sep 11, 2017

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

Now Delivering: Wow Bao expands to Los Angeles with its first delivery-only restaurant
Aug 21, 2017

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

Beatrix Market Opening in the Loop Summer 2017
Jul 08, 2017

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

Lettuce Entertain You is Opening ASAP Poke, a Delivery Only Restaurant on July 11, 2017
Jun 29, 2017

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

Foodease Brings Chef Janet Kirker
Jun 08, 2017

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

Bub City Opens in River North, December 2012
Jun 08, 2017

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

Beatrix Fulton Market and Beatrix Market Opening Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Jun 08, 2017

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

Award-winning Tiki Bar Three Dots and a Dash Introduces New Cocktail Menu
Jun 05, 2017

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

Ramen-san Brings Neighborhood Ramen Shop to Chicago's River North
Mar 28, 2017

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

Bub City to Host Second Annual Windy City Smokeout July 11 - 13, 2014
Mar 28, 2017

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

RPM Steak Brings a Stylish, Chef-Driven Steakhouse to Chicago's River North
Mar 28, 2017

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

Shaw's Crab House Presents 26th Annual Oyster Fest on Friday, September 26, 2014
Mar 28, 2017

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

Tallboy Taco Opens
Mar 28, 2017

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

Wow Bao Opens in Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood
Mar 28, 2017

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

M Burger Opens in Skokie, IL With Concept's First Drive-Through
Mar 28, 2017

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

Shaw's Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Commemorative Goose Island Beer
Mar 28, 2017

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

Richard Melman Named James Beard Foundation's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Mar 28, 2017

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

Summer House Santa Monica Opens in North Bethesda Today
Mar 28, 2017

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

Intro Opens Its Doors in Chicago Today
Mar 28, 2017

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

Stella Barra Pizzeria Opens in North Bethesda Today
Mar 28, 2017

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

Wow Bao Launches New Branded Mobile App Powered by Mocapay
Mar 28, 2017

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

“Rising Star Chef” Dinner Series Co-hosted by SAVEUR and Benefiting The James Beard Foundation at Intro
Mar 28, 2017

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

Intro Welcomes Chef Erik Anderson, May 14, 2015
Mar 28, 2017

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

Wow Bao is Going Back to School
Mar 28, 2017

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

Big City Chicken Opens on Navy Pier, June 25, 2015
Mar 28, 2017

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

Bub City Presents the Third Annual Windy City Smokeout, July 10-12, 2015
Mar 28, 2017

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

Intro Unveils Chef-in-Residence Lineup Through 2015
Mar 28, 2017

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

Indie Pop Band St. Lucia to Headline the 27th Annual Oyster Fest
Mar 28, 2017

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

Introducing Aaron Martinez
Mar 28, 2017

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

The 27th Annual Oyster Fest Presented by Shaw's Crab House
Mar 28, 2017

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

An Oyster Bar and East Coast Influenced Seafood Restaurant Coming to Lincoln Park
Mar 28, 2017

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

Intro Debuts A La Carte Menu Beginning October 29
Mar 28, 2017

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

Beatrix Streeterville Opening Thursday, October 19, 2015
Mar 28, 2017

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

Oyster Bah to Open December 9, 2015
Mar 28, 2017

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

Jessica Largey Announced as Fifth Chef-in-Residence at Intro
Mar 28, 2017

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

Studio Paris Launching Unlimited Admission WinterLIFT Music Series
Mar 28, 2017

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

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Celebrates 30 Years of Tapas in Chicago
Mar 28, 2017

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

New Italian Trattoria – il Porcellino – Opening Soon in River North
Mar 28, 2017

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

Chef Naoki Nakashima to Open New Namesake Sushi Spot, Naoki, on Wednesday, January 20
Mar 28, 2017

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

Joe’s Live and Bub City are Coming to MB Financial Park in Rosemont on Feb. 25
Mar 28, 2017

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

Aaron Martinez Joining Upcoming il Porcellino as Chef de Cuisine
Mar 28, 2017

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

Stephen Gillanders Named Executive Chef/Partner of Intro; Jessica Largey Begins as Next Visiting Chef
Mar 27, 2017

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

Windy City Smokeout Announces 2016 Country Music Lineup
Mar 27, 2017

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

RPM Italian Opening June 29 in Washington, D.C.’s Mount Vernon Triangle
Mar 27, 2017

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

Il Porcellino Opens This Week in River North
Mar 14, 2017

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

Windy City Smokeout Announces 2016 BBQ Lineup
Mar 14, 2017

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

Mixologist Julian Cox Joins Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Tiki Bar, Three Dots and a Dash, in Chicago
Mar 14, 2017

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

CJ Jacobson to Introduce his California Cooking to River North
Mar 14, 2017

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

Three Dots and a Dash and Mixologist Julian Cox Launch All New Menu
Mar 14, 2017

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

RPM Italian Opens June 29 in Washington, D.C.’s Mount Vernon Triangle
Mar 14, 2017

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

Intro Welcomes New York City’s Jonah Reider
Mar 14, 2017

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

Introducing Chef Hisanobu Osaka’s Japanese Trattoria
Mar 14, 2017

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

Ema in River North Now Open
Mar 14, 2017

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

The 28th Annual Oyster Fest
Mar 14, 2017

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

Oyster Bah Introduces Weekend Brunch
Mar 14, 2017

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

Chef Joho Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Everest
Mar 14, 2017

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

Intro Goes Modern Dim Sum
Mar 14, 2017

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

Beatrix Fulton Market Opening Spring 2017
Mar 09, 2017

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

Windy City Smokeout Takes Over Chicago
Mar 09, 2017

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

New Carryout and Delivery Only Restaurant, Seaside's Launches
Mar 08, 2017

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

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

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

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The Jonas Brothers spotted at Chicago barbecue joint — and they may be back
Chicago Tribune |
Jessica Villagomez |
Sep 20, 2019
Original Article: "The Jonas Brothers spotted at Chicago barbecue joint — and they may be back"

Fans swarmed a Chicago barbecue joint Tuesday after musical group the Jonas Brothers were spotted eating lunch ahead of their performances in the city this week. The trio went to Bub City in the Loop for lunch on the patio. Joe and Kevin ordered the Meat & Three lunch option with barbecue chicken and no bun. The table had chicken nachos,… read more ›

Can I Have the Sommelier to Go?
Wine Spectator |
Julie Harans |
Sep 20, 2019
Original Article: "Can I Have the Sommelier to Go?"

In today's on-demand world, convenience is more important than ever. But what happens when the trend envelops the hospitality industry, one that's quite literally defined by welcoming guests? As food and beverage–delivery mobile apps like GrubHub, DoorDash and UberEats continue to grow in popularity, higher-end restaurants are grappling with how to bring their caliber of… read more ›

4 problems keeping restaurant leaders up at night
Restaurant Hospitality |
Nancy Luna |
Sep 20, 2019
Original Article: "4 problems keeping restaurant leaders up at night"

Top industry executives share technology headaches, solutions at inaugural Future Restaurants conference More than 120 attendees from top U.S. chains, as well as emerging concepts, gathered at the inaugural Future Restaurants conference held in Austin, Texas this week to learn best practices for coping with a tidal wave of disruptions facing the industry. Among the biggest issue… read more ›

Craving: Brunch — from hash to waffles, sweet to savory, bloodys to mimosas
Chicago Tribune |
LOUISA CHU, GRACE WONG, NICK KINDELSPERGER, JENNIFER DAY, PHIL VETTEL and CHRISTOPHER BORRELLI |
Sep 20, 2019
Original Article: "Craving: Brunch — from hash to waffles, sweet to savory, bloodys to mimosas"

In our nearly four-year “Craving” series, we’ve covered dozens of topics — tacos, burgers, chocolate — and every meal. Well, except brunch. Yes, we gave you Chicago’s best breakfasts in 2016, but brunch is its own thing. So for the month of September, we celebrate brunch in all its glory, from deceptively simple hash that actually… read more ›

Where to find the best breakfast in Chicago
Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Sep 20, 2019
Original Article: "Where to find the best breakfast in Chicago"

The best breakfast in Chicago will help you rise and shine with eggs, pancakes and plenty of coffee The only thing that makes getting out of bed enjoyable is the best breakfast in Chicago—fluffy eggs, a mug of piping-hot coffee, a stack of pancakes and a pile of oil-dappled bacon. Your mother was right: Breakfast… read more ›

SAVOR Taste of North Bridge; Mercado; Epic's brat
Windy City Times |
Andrew Davis |
Sep 19, 2019
Original Article: "SAVOR Taste of North Bridge; Mercado; Epic's brat"

On Sept. 12, Windy City Times was part of Taste of North Bridge—a mini-sojourn that encompassed four spots in the area of The Shops at North Bridge: Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab; Eddie V's; Doc B's; and Lao Sze Chuan. Joe's ( 60 E. Grand Ave.; joes.net ) is known precisely for the items in… read more ›

Where To Eat Dinner Before A Show In Las Vegas
The Infatuation Las Vegas |
Milena DiFiore |
Sep 19, 2019
Original Article: "Where To Eat Dinner Before A Show In Las Vegas"

Between the residencies, colorful acrobats, and comedians who seem to all be contractually obligated to make jokes about buffets, there are tons of shows to see in Las Vegas. There are also so many restaurants in each hotel - and in Vegas as a whole - that it’s difficult to pick the right one. When… read more ›

20 Things To Do In Chicago This September
CS Modern Luxury |
Kerry Snider |
Sep 19, 2019
Original Article: "20 Things To Do In Chicago This September"

9/24 Taste of Lettuce River North Sample the best of four major River North eateries from dining heavyweight Lettuce Entertain You with a four-course meal complete with cocktail and wine pairings from the likes of Shaw’s Crab House and Beatrix. 6:30pm, tickets $75, Wildfire Chicago, wildfirerestaurant.com read more ›

Where To Book A Rosh Hashanah Restaurant Dinner
Forward Newspaper |
Michael Kaminer |
Sep 19, 2019
Original Article: "Where To Book A Rosh Hashanah Restaurant Dinner"

If you’re looking forward to Rosh Hashanah dinner - but not necessarily to cooking - fear not. Restaurants around the country are rolling out special menus for the High Holidays this year. Here are some of our favorites. Please note: None of these are kosher. Prices are per person, and don’t include taxes, beverages, or… read more ›

Happy hour deals in Chicago: Sept. 19-25
Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Sep 19, 2019
Original Article: "Happy hour deals in Chicago: Sept. 19-25"

Here’s where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago. Thursday, Sept. 19 Widow Jane Distillery master distiller Vince Oleson leads a bourbon and rye tasting at 5-7 p.m. at Bub City (435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4200). Tickets are $15 at exploretock.com. read more ›

Stay Gold: 15 Restaurants for Dishes with Edible Gold
OpenTable |
Nevin Martell |
Sep 19, 2019
Original Article: "Stay Gold: 15 Restaurants for Dishes with Edible Gold"

With the stars of television gathering this weekend in the hopes of going home with a shiny gold statue for their work, we’ve got gold on our minds – as do chefs. These 24-karat creations are setting the standard for luxury. Edible gold gives them a glamorous glimmer – and ups the chances you’ll post… read more ›

Restaurants Fast-Track New Menu Items for Fall
Restaurant Business |
Patricia Cobe |
Sep 18, 2019
Original Article: "Restaurants Fast-Track New Menu Items for Fall"

Fall isn't all about pumpkin spice despite the August race by several chains to return that ubiquitous seasonal flavor to coffee drinks and baked goods. Now that September is here and summer is officially coming to an end, restaurants are going beyond pumpkin spice to showcase a diverse array of fall dishes. Some tap into… read more ›

33 Best Bars in Chicago
Conde Nast Traveler |
Brad Japhe |
Sep 18, 2019
Original Article: "33 Best Bars in Chicago"

Whether you want Rhum Agricole blanc blended with coffee, or a beer and a shot, there's a bar for that—a really great one. Chicago has come a long way from being a post-shift, whiskey-and-beer town (not that there’s anything wrong with that). It's just that the drinking scene is as wide and varied as the… read more ›

35 Best Restaurants in Chicago
Conde Nast Traveler |
Antonio Basada |
Sep 18, 2019
Original Article: "35 Best Restaurants in Chicago"

All the food that makes the Windy City one of America's best places to eat. The Emerald City of America’s heartland benefits from seasonality like few others in the country. Sourcing farm fresh ingredients from all over Illinois—not to mention neighboring Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin—Chicago's best restaurants are recognized as some of the most exciting… read more ›

Four Lauded Chefs Join Forces to Fundraise for Mental Health
Eater Chicago |
Naomi Waxman |
Sep 16, 2019
Original Article: "Four Lauded Chefs Join Forces to Fundraise for Mental Health"

Four acclaimed Chicago chefs to raise funds for mental health resources Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde, S.K.Y.’s Stephen Gillanders, and Erling Wu-Bower of Eater Chicago’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year Pacific Standard Time will join Shaw’s chef Arnulfo Tellez at Shaw’s Crab House on October 1 to kick off the restaurant’s 31st Annual Oyster Fest with a four-course dinner and fundraiser for… read more ›

New Chicago Kitchens Topping the Must-Visit Lists
USA Today |
Jacky Runice |
Sep 15, 2019
Original Article: "New Chicago Kitchens Topping the Must-Visit Lists"

America's best restaurant city is not retreating from its reputation one iota. Superkhana International combines India's traditional flavors with local Chicago ingredients and Pizzeria Portofino does the Riviera Chicago style with hand-stretched pizzas and charcoal-grilled seafood on an expansive patio on the RiverWalk. Innovative cookery is reaching beyond the West Loop and River North environs warming up diners… read more ›

Celebrating September food holidays in Las Vegas | 2019
KTNV Las Vegas News 13 |
Joyce Lupiani |
Sep 14, 2019
Original Article: "Celebrating September food holidays in Las Vegas | 2019"

The following is a list of food holidays in the month of September and information on local deals and special menu items: NATIONAL GUACAMOLE DAY -- SEPT. 16 El Segundo Sol is featuring Chef Saul Garcia’s signature guacamole for National Guacamole Day. Avocados are cut and mashed slightly. Chef Saul then adds Serrano peppers, white onions,… read more ›

The Best Tasting Menus in Chicago for Under $100
Thrillist National |
Amanda Topper |
Sep 13, 2019
Original Article: "The Best Tasting Menus in Chicago for Under $100"

Not everyone is cut out for an hours-long, 10-course meal that costs just as much as your rent. You might be looking for a bit of a bargain without having to sacrifice high-quality food or a high-quality experience, and we support that. With a little digging, there are plenty of multi-course meals in Chicago's dining scene to… read more ›

Dining out: New name, new bites at Schaumburg's Tokio Asian Fusion
Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Sep 12, 2019
Original Article: "Dining out: New name, new bites at Schaumburg's Tokio Asian Fusion"

Tokio Asian Fusion What's in a name? A lot for the newly renamed Tokio Asian Fusion, formerly the Tokio Pub, in Schaumburg. In addition to the name change to more accurately reflect the restaurant's vision, new menu items such as crispy tofu bites, red curry chicken and the kimchi cheeseburger (Angus beef topped with kimchi,… read more ›

How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Downtown Chicago in a Day
Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Sep 12, 2019
Original Article: "How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Downtown Chicago in a Day"

Chicago is a large city and can’t be fully experienced in a single visit. But for travelers here for a day, it’s a struggle to get away from downtown and see other neighborhoods except from the city’s skyscrapers. Finding rib tips and other under-the-radar delights may have to be saved for another visit. But to ensure… read more ›

11 Spots You Can’t Miss in (and Around) Las Vegas
Thrify Traveler |
KATHRYN SWENSON |
Sep 12, 2019
Original Article: "11 Spots You Can’t Miss in (and Around) Las Vegas"

Let’s be honest: Las Vegas is divisive. You either love it or hate it, and there’s not much room in between. If you’ve sworn off Sin City, it’s time to shelve your preconceived notions and see what’s in store. You’ll find there’s much more than the casinos, whether you want to hide out at the… read more ›

Pizzeria Portofino on the river reviewed
Crain's Chicago Business |
Graham Meyer |
Sep 11, 2019
Original Article: "Pizzeria Portofino on the river reviewed"

A new full-service restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You, a pizza-and-pasta people-pleaser, instantly became the go-to riverside dining spot when it opened in July. The Chicago River, a waterway historically known for ripe smells, unnatural holiday coloring and the engineering of its reversal, has seen another sort of reverse engineering over the past few years, as… read more ›

Local Eateries Take Part in Northern Virginia Restaurant Week
Reston Now |
Fatimah Waseem |
Sep 11, 2019
Original Article: "Local Eateries Take Part in Northern Virginia Restaurant Week"

Several local restaurants are offering special deals for the annual Northern Virginia Restaurant Week, which ends on Sunday (September 15). The week, which is organized by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, features special menus and deals by local restaurants. This year’s event kicked off on Monday (September 9). The following restaurants are participating: Carrabba’s Italian Grill… read more ›

Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel has fun outdoor dining and Phil’s Flash Fry

Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel joins John Williams to share the names of some fun outdoor dining before Summer runs out. Those are Cabra, Aba, Pizzeria Portofino and Piccolo Sogno. Plus, here’s another round of Phil’s Flash Fry and Phil’s review of Flora Fauna. Listen to the full audio here. read more ›

The 8 Most Decadent Sandwiches in Chicago
InsideHook |
Amanda Topper |
Sep 10, 2019
Original Article: "The 8 Most Decadent Sandwiches in Chicago"

A look at the most absurd creations around town, from caviar to breaded steak to "Roman-style" grinders As sweater weather approaches, we tend to turn toward some truly indulgent eats. And what easier way to indulge than in sandwich form? We’re talking piled-high meats, “loaded” toppings and the sturdiest of buns to hold it all… read more ›

The Mai Tai Needs a Reboot. Here Are Three Variations You’ll Love.
InsideHook |
Kirk Miller |
Sep 9, 2019
Original Article: "The Mai Tai Needs a Reboot. Here Are Three Variations You’ll Love."

Happy 75 years to the Mai Tai, the “most replicated tropical drink of all time” according to the iconic tiki bar Trader Vic’s. It might also be the most bastardized cocktail ever. Today’s Mai Tai is a far cry from the original recipe, the one developed by Victor Jules Bergeron (a.k.a. Trader Vic) at his Oakland… read more ›

Top Bartender Kevin Beary’s Current Obsession: Shaved Ice
The Daily Beast |
Anna Archibald |
Sep 6, 2019
Original Article: "Top Bartender Kevin Beary’s Current Obsession: Shaved Ice"

The Chicago bartender who runs the Bamboo Room’s cocktail program is using a Japanese shaved ice machine to create exciting new takes on classic drinks. Craft cocktail bartenders think a lot about ice. From giant balls and long spears to crystal clear cubes, ice has been essential to the rebirth of the cocktail. That is,… read more ›

10 Las Vegas restaurants where the view is spectacular
Las Vegas Review-Journal |
Heidi Knapp Rinella |
Sep 4, 2019
Original Article: "10 Las Vegas restaurants where the view is spectacular"

Considering Las Vegas’ reputation as one of the most spectacular cities in the world you might expect some of its restaurants to have unparalleled views, and you’d be right. Whether it be lights, lakes or legends, Sin City’s restaurants give you something to see. The Eiffel Tower Restaurant The half-scale replica is one of the… read more ›

Speedy sashimi: Sushi-San launches 45-minute, $45 omakase menu
Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Sep 4, 2019
Original Article: "Speedy sashimi: Sushi-San launches 45-minute, $45 omakase menu"

Regulars at Sushi-San restaurant (63 W. Grand Ave.) know that the best seats in the house are the four counter spots facing sushi master Kaze Chan. Those are the only seats at which one can order Chan’s omakase menu (dubbed “omaKAZE” on the menu), available for two seatings nightly, Thursdays through Saturdays, and priced at… read more ›

The Subtle Art of the Bar Uniform
Liquor.com |
Dan Q. Dao |
Sep 3, 2019
Original Article: "The Subtle Art of the Bar Uniform"

When Sasha Petraske opened Milk & Honey in New York City at the end of 1999, it wasn’t just Prohibition-era cocktails that he reintroduced to drinkers; it was an entire culture with its own rules of conduct and a distinct sense of fashion. In the decade that followed, that speakeasy wardrobe—suspenders, vests and the optional… read more ›

The Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Chicago, Fall 2019
Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Sep 3, 2019
Original Article: "The Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Chicago, Fall 2019"

Two acclaimed Chicago chefs return, downtown gets an upscale Greek restaurant, and a massive food hall will debut If Chicagoans blinked, they may have missed summer, but at least there’s plenty of fall restaurants to get excited about. The fall 2019 batch of the city’s most anticipated restaurants includes several homecomings. For example, acclaimed chef… read more ›

Phil Vettel reviews two waterfront pizza restaurants
WGN-TV |
Phil Vettel |
Sep 1, 2019
Original Article: "Phil Vettel reviews two waterfront pizza restaurants"

CHICAGO, Ill. -- In no particular order, Chicagoans love dining outdoors, dining by the water, and pizza. Two new Chicago restaurants offer all three. First is Robert’s Pizza and Dough Company, which overlooks the River East Arts Center’s waterfront promenade. The front room has a bar and open-air views of Ogden Slip, and there’s plenty… read more ›

The Best Brunch in Your Chicago Neighborhood
Thrillist |
Amanda Topper |
Aug 30, 2019
Original Article: "The Best Brunch in Your Chicago Neighborhood"

When it comes to deciding where to go to brunch, we all could use a little help. First of all, you're probably not in the shape to be deciding much of anything on those hungover mornings, and second, the sheer number of restaurants in this city makes it difficult to pick a spot for some… read more ›

Squeeze Out the Last Bits of Summer At These 8 Amazing Rooftops & Patios
Michigan Avenue Magazine |
Nicole Schnitzler |
Aug 28, 2019
Original Article: "Squeeze Out the Last Bits of Summer At These 8 Amazing Rooftops & Patios"

Summer is drawing to a close, which means there’s never been a better time to check out the most noteworthy patios and rooftops of the season. Thankfully, in addition to the reliable standbys, the city has welcomed a handful of outdoor newcomers this year, leaving locals and visitors alike with no shortage of alfresco options.… read more ›

Does Chicago Have a Signature BBQ Style?
InsideHook |
Meredith Heil |
Aug 27, 2019
Original Article: "Does Chicago Have a Signature BBQ Style?"

The city’s top pitmasters weigh in This is the second installment of a two-part series profiling the best pitmasters in Chicago. The first installment covered the places around the city where they like to buy their meat and fixings when they’re grilling at home. Chicago isn’t shy about laying claim to a lengthy list of iconic cultural… read more ›

The 50 Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants in America 2019
OpenTable |
OpenTable |
Aug 26, 2019
Original Article: "The 50 Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants in America 2019"

With the kids back in school, there’s no better time to savor precious family moments than over a meal. To help families find the perfect restaurant, we’ve released our list of the 50 Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants in America 2019. Whether families are celebrating something special or just looking for a delicious everyday meal, they can turn to this… read more ›

40 Under 40 Tastemaker 2019 Richard Hanauer, 36
Wine Enthusiast |
Wine Enthusiast |
Aug 22, 2019
Original Article: "40 Under 40 Tastemaker 2019 Richard Hanauer, 36"

Each year, we take a look at the next generation of innovators leading the world of wine, spirits, cider and beer forward. Our 40 Under 40 Tastemakers list represents some of the best talent in the country working to push the boundaries of what’s possible in drinks culture. From a sommelier-turned-activist working to boost hospitality… read more ›

10 hummus dishes to eat now in Chicago, ranked, one with fried chicken cracklings
Chicago Tribune |
Louisa Chu |
Aug 22, 2019
Original Article: "10 hummus dishes to eat now in Chicago, ranked, one with fried chicken cracklings"

Hummus snack cups with pretzels was one thing, but brownie batter hummus clearly marked the moment we’d strayed too far. No. 5: Crispy short rib hummus at Aba Chef CJ Jacobson makes the only hummus I encountered that is served decidedly warm, but it’s all about the savory beef jus. The crisped shreds of short… read more ›

Where Chicago’s Top Pitmasters Buy Their Meat and Fixings
InsideHook |
Meredith Heil |
Aug 21, 2019
Original Article: "Where Chicago’s Top Pitmasters Buy Their Meat and Fixings"

Up your BBQ game this Labor Day by shopping where the pros shop Labor Day is fast approaching, and with it comes one of America’s most mouthwatering traditions: the almighty backyard BBQ. Ready your tongs, dust off the old Weber and prepare to close out the summer in style with these words of wisdom from… read more ›

14 Restaurants for Pesto to Savor Summer’s Flavors
OpenTable |
Nevin Martell |
Aug 21, 2019
Original Article: "14 Restaurants for Pesto to Savor Summer’s Flavors"

Pesto literally means to crush. The version most people think of is the traditional recipe from Genoa in Italy’s Liguria region, which includes basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, and Parmigiano-Reggiano pounded together in a mortar and then mixed with plenty of olive oil. Though that rendition remains as popular as ever, chefs are starting to… read more ›

Lettuce, Grubhub launch virtual Whole30 restaurant
Crain's Chicago Business |
Dalton Barker |
Aug 21, 2019
Original Article: "Lettuce, Grubhub launch virtual Whole30 restaurant"

Two area giants in the restaurant industry are testing a new healthy food concept Lettuce Entertain You and Grubhub are partnering on a virtual restaurant, Whole30 Delivered, which will deliver healthy food consistent with the popular diet that forbids processed foods and chemical additives. The Whole30 menu is available to order for lunch and dinner and will rotate… read more ›

Two pizzerias making a splash along the Chicago River — one with Phil Vettel’s favorite pizza crust in town

I can’t think of a better pitch for a restaurant concept than “gourmet-level pizza on a waterfront cafe,” and this summer there are two Chicago restaurants that fit that description: Pizzeria Portofino, the Lettuce Entertain You concept hugging the north bank of the Chicago River, and Robert’s Pizza & Dough Co., an independent operation overlooking… read more ›

The Best Rum Bar in America Is in Chicago
InsideHook |
Kirk Miller |
Aug 15, 2019
Original Article: "The Best Rum Bar in America Is in Chicago"

The Bamboo Room is a personalized tour of rum’s past and future As a rule — to which there are exceptions, of course — the modern cocktail bar is a mess. Drinks that should require presentation, explanation and nuance (not to mention a little friendly banter) are foisted forth in seconds, particularly on crowded weekends.… read more ›

6 spots where kids can make their own pizza
Chicago Parent |
Jennifer Pallay |
Aug 15, 2019
Original Article: "6 spots where kids can make their own pizza"

Kids love to have the ultimate say in what goes on their plate and in their mouth. Ensure they devour their next meal by letting them create it themselves at one of these local make-your-own pizza spots. Whether they choose the cheeses, sauces and toppings from a fast food pizza location or get their hands… read more ›

Chicago Spots to Love in Summer 2019
DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Aug 15, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago Spots to Love in Summer 2019"

There’s still time to take advantage of these perfect-for-summer restaurants while the weather is warm Yes, yes, we know … Labor Day is around the corner, and before we know it, summer will be over. But fret not, you still some time to make the most of these few final patio-appropriate weeks. Here are our… read more ›

Best stroller-friendly restaurants in Chicago
Chicago Parent |
Natalie Dal Pra |
Aug 13, 2019
Original Article: "Best stroller-friendly restaurants in Chicago"

City parents are always on the go during the summer and often times, you’re toting your kids around in a stroller. If you decide to grab a bite to eat while you’re out, it can be tough to find a place that’s both good for littles and accepting of your set of wheels. Luckily, Chicago has plenty… read more ›

Meet the Three Restaurants Bringing Heirloom Ingredients Back into the Kitchen

Osteria Via Stato Executive Chef: David DiGregorio Chicago, IL As an upscale Italian spot in Chicago, Osteria Via Stato uses its fair share of tomatoes year round in its sauces and salads. The menu always includes tons of fresh, local fruits and vegetables, and the Roman-style pizza of the month often features heirloom ingredients like asparagus… read more ›

Why Middle Eastern food is a growing force in Chicago dining
Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Aug 8, 2019
Original Article: "Why Middle Eastern food is a growing force in Chicago dining"

Middle Eastern food, no stranger to Chicago’s dining scene, has gone from reliable to trendy. Middle Eastern flavors are springing up all over Chicago menus; finding hummus, pita or falafel in Chicago has become as easy as finding a cheeseburger. It wasn’t capriciousness that led Food & Dining to make this month’s Craving feature all about Middle… read more ›

Chicago’s Largest Restaurant Group to Open in Disney World
Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Aug 8, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago’s Largest Restaurant Group to Open in Disney World"

Plus, Ariana Grande threw a party at Siena Tavern, and more intel Lettuce Entertain You to open a restaurant in Disney World Lettuce Entertain You is going to Disney World. Chicago’s largest restaurant group plans to open a Beatrix, the mini-chain of casual all-day restaurants, inside Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida,… read more ›

Nine Great Places for Old-School Dining
Las Vegas Magazine |
Greg Thilmont |
Aug 7, 2019
Original Article: "Nine Great Places for Old-School Dining"

Las Vegas restaurants were long famous for shrimp cocktails, Caesar salads and prime rib, and while those dishes are still a staple here, the menu at many old-school restaurants has been expanded to include everything from French cuisine to Chinese dim sum and smoked salmon pizza. For modern foodies, these standout establishments are a great… read more ›

The New Trend in Steak: Old Beef
Wall Street Journal |
Alina Dizik |
Aug 5, 2019
Original Article: "The New Trend in Steak: Old Beef"

Steakhouses looking for the next big thing are hoping to lure diners with dishes made from older cows; ‘a little bit of a tougher bite’ At RPM Steak in Chicago, executive chef Doug Psaltis started offering older cows as a special two years ago, inspired by chefs in Spain. Now “vintage or antique” beef appears… read more ›

The 20 Best Steakhouses in Chicago
Money Inc |
Liz Flynn |
Aug 1, 2019
Original Article: "The 20 Best Steakhouses in Chicago"

If you want to wrap your lips around some of the finest steaks in the US, head on down to Chicago, where you’ll find a slew of steak houses offering every kind of steak imageable. If you thought the only thing you could do with a slab of beef was slap it on the grill and serve… read more ›

You Voted: Here Are the Results of Our Best of Washington Readers’ Poll 2019
Washingtonian |
Washingtonian Staff |
Jul 16, 2019
Original Article: "You Voted: Here Are the Results of Our Best of Washington Readers’ Poll 2019"

We asked you to tell us your favorite people, places, and things in the Washington area. Here are the winners of this year’s reader poll. Best Happy Hour: Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab read more ›

The 50 Best Dishes in Chicago
Chicago Magazine |
Carly Boers, John Kessler, Jeff Ruby, Carrie Schedler, Claire Voon |
Jul 16, 2019
Original Article: "The 50 Best Dishes in Chicago"

Our critics scoured the city to find its most essential eats, from fried shrimp to tofu toast.   OH MY! CARAMEL PIE at Beatrix Humble pie this ain’t. Beatrix’s signature dessert is baked slow and low for three hours and allowed to set overnight so that the caramel custard achieves a dreamy consistency, which lands… read more ›

Where to Eat and Drink in River North
Eater Chicago |
Nicole Schnitzler and Naomi Waxman |
Jul 16, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Eat and Drink in River North"

One of downtown Chicago’s best dining and drinking neighborhoods has something for everyone 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… read more ›

Pizzeria Portofino Opens Along the Chicago River
Michelin Guide |
Abbe Baker |
Jul 16, 2019
Original Article: "Pizzeria Portofino Opens Along the Chicago River"

Grab your sunscreen and fire up your boats. Summers in Chicago can be scorchers. Thankfully, the team from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has added another member to its exponentially growing empire with the opening of Pizzeria Portofino on N. Clark Street along the Chicago River. Designed by the Rockwell Group, the rustic space is bedecked with a… read more ›

Inside Chicago Riverwalk’s Sparkling Italian Riviera-Style Pizzeria
Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Jul 11, 2019
Original Article: "Inside Chicago Riverwalk’s Sparkling Italian Riviera-Style Pizzeria"

Lettuce Entertain You unveils Pizzeria Portofino along the Chicago River While Chicagoans bustle above, walking back and forth from River North to the Loop, the vibe is relaxed under the bridges and riverside at Pizzeria Portofino. Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s opened the restaurant on Monday, debuting thin-crust pizzas, coal-fired seafood, and a bevy of sparkling beverages near Clark Street and the… read more ›

Top 10 Chicago Patios for Maximum Sunshine
DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Jul 9, 2019
Original Article: "Top 10 Chicago Patios for Maximum Sunshine"

The best sunshiney spots to sit back, relax, and enjoy summertime There is nothing quite like a Chicago patio. We spend months counting down to summer during those eons of wintertime chill, and from the moment that bars and restaurants start opening their windows and bringing out the patio furniture…Chicagoans are pumped. So, we’re keeping… read more ›

The Chicago Bar Hit List: Where To Drink Right Now
The Infatuation Chicago |
Josh Barnett |
Jul 9, 2019
Original Article: "The Chicago Bar Hit List: Where To Drink Right Now"

The best new bars in Chicago. To help you figure out which new restaurants are worth going to, we created The Hit List, our guide to recently opened spots that we actually enjoy. We check out all of these places ourselves - even if a place is being hyped up everywhere, it’s not going to make… read more ›

The Best Places for Late-Night Eats in Chicago
Vice |
Vice Staff |
Jul 9, 2019
Original Article: "The Best Places for Late-Night Eats in Chicago"

There are plenty of gut-filling afterhours options in The City of Big Shoulders. This is part of a series of late-night city guides supported by The Sexton Irish Whiskey and inspired by the The Sexton Midnight Club, an intimate event series for chefs who want to eat and drink well after a late-night shift. There are people who claim you… read more ›

Pizzeria Portofino opens on Chicago River serving up pizza, pasta and grilled seafood
Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
Jul 9, 2019
Original Article: "Pizzeria Portofino opens on Chicago River serving up pizza, pasta and grilled seafood"

“This is the prize,” said executive chef Doug Psaltis. “It’s the funnest project I’ve been involved with, and so personal in many ways.” Fun seems to be the operative word at Pizzeria Portofino, which quietly opened Monday (reservations, via Tock, are now live) at 317 N. Clark St. The latest restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Pizzeria… read more ›

Chicago Riverwalk’s Bold, Multi-Faceted Restaurant Space Debuts With a Pizzeria
Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Jul 9, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago Riverwalk’s Bold, Multi-Faceted Restaurant Space Debuts With a Pizzeria"

Summer is worth waiting for in Chicago, no matter how long the wait, and today a much-anticipated restaurant space debuts along the Chicago Riverwalk. Pizzeria Portofino is the first phase for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s new restaurant complex on the northeast corner of Clark Street and the Chicago River. Later this year, the company’s new upscale seafood restaurant, RPM On… read more ›

Look inside Lettuce's new Pizzeria Portofino on the river
Crain's Chicago Business |
Brianna Kelly |
Jul 9, 2019
Original Article: "Look inside Lettuce's new Pizzeria Portofino on the river"

The cafe is the first phase of Lettuce Entertain You's three-phase riverfront project set to open by the end of 2019. Pizzeria Portofino opened yesterday as the first phase of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' riverfront project. The four-story, river-facing space comprising two restaurants and an event space is the latest iteration of the RPM Restaurants… read more ›

10 Instagrammable Bars In Chicago
Society19 |
Hailey Hinton |
Jul 7, 2019
Original Article: "10 Instagrammable Bars In Chicago"

Chicago is known for many of its Instagrammable spots–walls, stores, restaurants, and just Chicago, in general, is beautiful–who wouldn’t want to live there? The best part about Chicago is its beauty and the places you can go to. Everything is so different and unique, and there’s always something new to try. While Chicago is great regardless, drinking… read more ›

Where to Enjoy Sensational Plated Ice Cream Desserts in Chicago
Eater Chicago |
Kat Odell |
Jul 3, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Enjoy Sensational Plated Ice Cream Desserts in Chicago"

Go beyond Good Humor and scoop shops As summer commences in Chicago, frozen dessert season kicks in. Luckily, Chicago is rife with great scoop shops, but for those interested in more unique and plated ice cream-based desserts, local restaurants are ready to serve. A myriad of eateries offer inspired sundaes, like Sunda’s jackfruit and coconut gel-garnished… read more ›

Bastille Day at Mon Ami Gabi & Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas
Vegas News |
Vegas News |
Jul 3, 2019
Original Article: "Bastille Day at Mon Ami Gabi & Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas"

In the States, we might be gearing up for the 4th of July, but Bastille Day, the French National Day and anniversary of the Storming of Bastille, is also just around the corner on Sunday, July 14. Two of our Las Vegas restaurants are celebrating the holiday with specials and events, Mon Ami Gabi and Eiffel Tower Restaurant, both located… read more ›

Best of the Best in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Food and Beverage Professional |
Shelley Stepanek |
Jul 2, 2019
Original Article: "Best of the Best in Las Vegas"

THE EIFFEL TOWER RESTAURANT is one of the most beautiful rooms in the city.  In the Paris Hotel, of course, this superb place has a view of the whole Las Vegas Strip.  Opened 20 years ago, it has maintained its reputation as one of the best places to dine.  Seating 265 people, the management of General Manager Sharon… read more ›

5 Chicago Wine Pros Share Their Essential Summer Sips
Michigan Avenue Magazine |
Sarah Freeman |
Jul 2, 2019
Original Article: "5 Chicago Wine Pros Share Their Essential Summer Sips"

Five Chicago wine experts dish on the trendiest wines to sip this season—and there’s nary a rosé in sight. CASCINA PRAIE IL CANNETO 2017  For RPM Italian sommelier and wine director Richard Hanauer, summer wines should channel Mediterranean vacation vibes. “At their best, the wines smell like a Mediterranean breeze with a touch of brine on the… read more ›

The most famous restaurant in every state
INSIDER |
Frank Olito |
Jul 1, 2019
Original Article: "The most famous restaurant in every state"

From fine dining restaurants to local barbecue joints, every state has at least one legendary restaurant that everyone knows about. The types of eateries vary from the oldest restaurant to the very best, but each has ultimately made a name for itself. INSIDER went state by state to find the most famous restaurant and measured… read more ›

Where To Eat Brunch in Las Vegas — June 2019 Edition
Eater Las Vegas |
Susan Stapleton |
Jun 21, 2019
Original Article: "Where To Eat Brunch in Las Vegas — June 2019 Edition"

Make plans for the weekend with these 91 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 out there, the weekend is the time to indulge in… read more ›

Making private events profitable
Restaurant Hospitality |
Gloria Dawson |
Jun 19, 2019
Original Article: "Making private events profitable"

Restaurants see gold in tech-enabled, fully customized private parties For private events in a restaurant, it’s no longer enough to provide a space and a set menu. Diners want more, and operators are rising to the occasion. In the process, restaurants are streamlining and elevating their events business and profiting. "Our events business is growing… read more ›

Where to Party in Chicago All Pride Month Long
Eater Chicago |
Naomi Waxman and Eater Staff |
Jun 17, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Party in Chicago All Pride Month Long"

20 great ways to taste the rainbow and support LGBTQ causes Chicago Pride is back and better than ever. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, one of the seminal events of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Month-long festivities and the world-famous Pride parade will bring live music,… read more ›

This Summer Sundae Will Leave You Peachless
Chicago Magazine |
Maggie Hennessy |
Jun 17, 2019
Original Article: "This Summer Sundae Will Leave You Peachless"

Beatrix’s pastry chef shares a recipe that’s sure to be a hit with the whole family. If you’re like Beatrix’s pastry chef/partner Yasmin Gutierrez, you’ll probably be overloaded with ripe peaches when they hit their peak in July. Consider making this ice cream sundae. “The rosemary gives it extra freshness,” Gutierrez says. “My kids love… read more ›

Where to find the best sushi in Chicago
Time Out Chicago |
Amy Cavanaugh and Morgan Olsen |
Jun 17, 2019
Original Article: "Where to find the best sushi in Chicago"

When raw cravings hit, find the best sushi in Chicago at these top-rated restaurants When it comes to sushi restaurants, Chicago has more great options than you'd expect in a city so far from the ocean. The best sushi in Chicago runs the gamut from grab-and-go cheap eats to high-end omakase menus that are loaded with decadent ingredients like… read more ›

The 11 Best Spots for Ice Cream Around Chicago
Better |
Amber Gibson |
Jun 17, 2019
Original Article: "The 11 Best Spots for Ice Cream Around Chicago"

No matter how full you might be, in the summer, there’s always room for a few bites of ice cream. Here are our favorite places around town to enjoy the cool, sweet delight. Ema [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Ema’s Frozen Greek Yogurt (Photo by Christina Slaton.)[/caption] The frozen Greek yogurt at Ema is much healthier… read more ›

12 papa-pleasing promos for Father’s Day
Nation's Restaurant News |
Anna Kang |
Jun 13, 2019
Original Article: "12 papa-pleasing promos for Father’s Day"

Dad-friendly brunches, steak and freebies are on the menu this weekend Father’s Day falls on June 16 this year. With the holiday coming up this Sunday, restaurant chains and independents are vying to be part of the weekend celebration, dad jokes and all. Take a look at the Father’s Day promos. Osteria Via Stato Osteria… read more ›

23 Father's Day specials and all-you-can-eat feasts around Chicagoland
Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Jun 12, 2019
Original Article: "23 Father's Day specials and all-you-can-eat feasts around Chicagoland"

Brunch or maybe breakfast in bed is the default way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but it can be a lot harder to figure out a way to show your appreciation for Dad. Luckily, these 23 Chicago and suburban spots are making your Father’s Day planning easier by offering menu specials, games, gifts and all-you-can-eat feasts.… read more ›

Aba Brunch Starts this Weekend
Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina and Ashok Selvam |
Jun 12, 2019
Original Article: "Aba Brunch Starts this Weekend"

Fulton Market hotspot Aba starts brunch this weekend Chicago diners and drinkers will have more opportunity to try one of the city’s busiest restaurants starting this weekend. Aba, Lettuce Entertain You’s ever-busy rooftop spot in Fulton Market, will start serving weekend brunch on Saturday. New dishes and drinks include peaches and feta with rose water, black pepper, opal basil,… read more ›

Where To Have Dinner For Around $30 In Lincoln Park
The Infatuation Chicago |
Josh Barnett and Adrian Kane |
Jun 12, 2019
Original Article: "Where To Have Dinner For Around $30 In Lincoln Park "

The best places to eat when you don’t want to spend a ton of money.  Lincoln Park is home to Alinea and a lot of fancy houses. But this neighborhood also has a number of spots where you can have a very good, affordable sit-down dinner (we’ve defined “dinner” here as an entree with either… read more ›

Best Nightlife in Chicago
Smart Destinations |
Katie Sagal |
Jun 12, 2019
Original Article: "Best Nightlife in Chicago"

With new bars popping up seemingly each week and last call at 4 am for late-night spots, Chicago is a city just made for partying. Whether you want to drop a cool few hundred on bottles of champagne or enjoy dollar beers at a small dive bar, there’s a range of options for all tastes.… read more ›

Chicago Beer Week, June 10-13
Chicago Now |
Mark McDermott |
Jun 10, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago Beer Week, June 10-13"

I have finally finished a six-week project fitting part-time hours from home around my day job, leading to a few 80-hour weeks. Now let's see if I can get some Father's Day events plugged a bit ahead of time. Monday, June 10 6:30 - 9:30 pm 🍺 Wildfire Craft Beer Co. Beer Dinner Wildfire Oak Brook, 232… read more ›

Best New Private Dining Rooms 2019
Crain's Chicago Business |
Tate Gunnerson and Anne Moore |
Jun 7, 2019
Original Article: "Best New Private Dining Rooms 2019"

For your party- and event-planning consideration: Here are the top restaurant rooms that have opened in the past year, plus a few renovated rooms in older spots. Looking for a spot for a private dinner in a hot new restaurant? Here are the top private rooms that have opened in the past year or have… read more ›

The 15 Hottest Rooftop Bars and Terraces in Chicago Right Now
Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina |
Jun 4, 2019
Original Article: "The 15 Hottest Rooftop Bars and Terraces in Chicago Right Now"

Where to take in Chicago’s all-too-brief warmth on an elevated outdoor space Chicago is in the midst of a rooftop renaissance. Case in point: All 15 rooftops and terraces on this map first opened in spring 2018 at the earliest, which is the cutoff for inclusion. Because who doesn't want picturesque skyline or neighborhood views… read more ›

Todd Snyder, Reyn Spooner to Offer Aloha-themed Capsule
Women's Wear Daily |
Jean E. Palmieri |
Jun 4, 2019
Original Article: "Todd Snyder, Reyn Spooner to Offer Aloha-themed Capsule"

Todd Snyder has found his next partner. The designer, who has collaborated with brands such as Champion, Timex and New Era, has now teamed with Reyn Spooner, a Hawaiian heritage brand founded in 1956, on his latest limited-edition offering. When he was working on his spring 2019 collection, Snyder looked to his large Reyn Spooner… read more ›

Summer Eating List: 40-plus new Chicago restaurants, from must-gos to extra credit to field trips

June is here, which means it’s again time for my annual Summer Eating List. Inspired by the summer reading lists that teachers hand out at the end of the school year, my Summer Eating List names the recently opened, about-to-open and opening-one-of-these-days restaurants that should be on your summer-dining radar. In keeping with the scholastic… read more ›

Hoppy Eats
Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
May 30, 2019
Original Article: "Hoppy Eats"

It's time once again for a Wildfire Schaumburg beer dinner, this time a four-course affair paired with sips of Wildfire Craft Beer Co. beers starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Phil Stubstad, Wildfire's Craft Brewer, will discuss the pairings, which begin with crispy short rib wontons and a grilled scallop skewer paired with Higgins… read more ›

Paleo, keto, gluten-free: Marketing to health ‘tribes’
Nation's Restaurant News |
Fern Glazer |
May 30, 2019
Original Article: "Paleo, keto, gluten-free: Marketing to health ‘tribes’"

How two brands tailored their menus to popular eating plans Wow Bao: Going gluten-free Wow Bao, which specializes in hot Asian buns, is focusing just one, albeit broad, group: consumers who avoid gluten. Following two years of recipe testing, Wow Bao on May 1 launched the Gluten-free Chicken Teriyaki Bao at all of its Chicago-area locations. “We realized… read more ›

The 6 Best Restaurants That Opened in Chicago This May
InsideHook |
Amanda Topper |
May 30, 2019
Original Article: "The 6 Best Restaurants That Opened in Chicago This May"

Ramen, Indian and a Polish-Italian mashup from a World Series champ 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… read more ›

The ultimate guide to lunch in Chicago's Loop: These are the 30 best spots to eat in 2019
Chicago Tribune |
Nick Kindelsperger |
May 29, 2019
Original Article: "The ultimate guide to lunch in Chicago's Loop: These are the 30 best spots to eat in 2019"

It's been a year since I last tackled where to eat lunch in the Loop, and if I've learned anything, it's to always expect change. New restaurants open, old favorites close and time marches on. Trends that were once ascendant (poke) have faded, while others (Indian cuisine) are growing exponentially. Beatrix Market Because of its… read more ›

Chicago Spotlight: Burrata
DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
May 29, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago Spotlight: Burrata"

Because who doesn’t love a meal that’s centered around cheese? Ahh, burrata. Burrata cheese takes all the amazing goodness that is mozzarella cheese, then elevates it one step further. It’s mozzarella that’s been formed into a pouch and then filled with soft, stringy curd and cream. For cheese-lovers, that basically means it’s heaven. It’s the… read more ›

The Best Patios in 18 Chicago Neighborhoods
PureWow |
Amanda Nyren |
May 23, 2019
Original Article: "The Best Patios in 18 Chicago Neighborhoods"

The key to happiness is actually quite simple: It’s passing an afternoon (and maybe an evening…and, OK, a night) on a great patio with your besties, good food and a few cocktails. We’ve rounded up the top spots across Chicago’s neighborhoods, so call your girls and get out there. WEST LOOP: ABA So what if this patio… read more ›

100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out 2019
OpenTable |
OpenTable Editors |
May 22, 2019
Original Article: "100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out 2019"

With Memorial Day and warm weather celebrations on deck, we’re excited to unveil OpenTable’s list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out 2019. The honorees are restaurants with not only exceptional food and drinks but also vibrant bar scenes and lively atmospheres, allowing diners to take advantage of the summer… read more ›

In the Kitchen: With Chef Cory Morris from Nacional 27
DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
May 20, 2019
Original Article: "In the Kitchen: With Chef Cory Morris from Nacional 27"

A new look and new chef , but the same amazing taste of Latin America in River North Nacional 27 {325 West Huron Street, Chicago; 312.664.2727} is a long-loved Latin American spot in River North that recently celebrated two decades of amazing food and spicy date nights. Known for a menu that’s representative of all 27 Latin… read more ›

Here are the best new outdoor dining spaces in Chicago
Crain's Chicago Business |
Brianna Kelly |
May 20, 2019
Original Article: "Here are the best new outdoor dining spaces in Chicago"

Patios, rooftops, sidewalk cafes—if you want to dine alfresco, here are some great spots that have opened since last summer. New patios are constantly popping up around Chicago. Here's Crain's roundup of outdoor dining spaces around downtown that have opened since last summer that are worth checking out. Aba 302 N. Green St., 773-645-1400 Mediterranean… read more ›

The 22 best cocktail bars in Chicago
Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
May 20, 2019
Original Article: "The 22 best cocktail bars in Chicago"

Pick your poison at the top cocktail bars in Chicago This city isn't shy about its booze obsession—and we have the Chicago breweries and wine bars to prove it. But when you're searching for something stronger, hunker down at the best cocktail bars in Chicago, where some of the world's top bartenders shake, stir and pour excellent drinks… read more ›

The lure of shrimp cocktail leads to unexpected versions around Chicago
Chicago Tribune |
Nick Kindelsperger |
May 17, 2019
Original Article: "The lure of shrimp cocktail leads to unexpected versions around Chicago"

Faced with a shrimp cocktail, I am powerless. It doesn’t even have to be a good version. I’ll still drop whatever I’m doing and attack. This is even though sometimes my brain questions the whole concept (do I really want a ketchup-based sauce with some terribly expensive seafood?). But any hesitation is but a split… read more ›

Best Chicago happy hour deals: May 16-22
Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
May 16, 2019
Original Article: "Best Chicago happy hour deals: May 16-22"

Here’s where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago. Friday, May 17 Buy one pizza and get one free in honor of National Pizza Party Day from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pizzeria Via Stato (620 N. State St., 312-642-8450). read more ›

May Flowers: 15 Spring Cocktails with a Floral Flourish
OpenTable |
Nevin Martell |
May 16, 2019
Original Article: "May Flowers: 15 Spring Cocktails with a Floral Flourish"

Spring is in full bloom. Everywhere you look, a rainbow of blossoms is coming up – even in cocktails. Mixologists are harnessing flower power to add floral flavors and gorgeous garnishes to their spring sensations. Whether you’re brunching with your crew on a sunny Sunday or just looking to add a special element to after-work… read more ›

Chicago's best shrimp cocktail: From steakhouse traditional to Mexican coctel
Chicago Tribune |
Nick Kindelsperger |
May 16, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago's best shrimp cocktail: From steakhouse traditional to Mexican coctel"

Faced with a shrimp cocktail, I am powerless. It doesn’t even have to be a good version. I’ll still drop whatever I’m doing and attack. This is even though sometimes my brain questions the whole concept (do I really want a ketchup-based sauce with some terribly expensive seafood?). But any hesitation is but a split… read more ›

Ramping Up for Springtime: 15 Ramp Dishes + Drinks
OpenTable |
Nevin Martell |
May 16, 2019
Original Article: "Ramping Up for Springtime: 15 Ramp Dishes + Drinks"

Ramps combine the best qualities from garlic and onions in the same plant. The wild leek’s canoe-shaped green leaves begin popping up at the start of spring and begin appearing on menus as soon as foragers can get them out of the forest and into kitchens. Here are delicious ramp dishes and drinks starring the… read more ›

RPM Events on the Water Private Event Space to Open in September
Illinois Meetings + Events |
Kassidy Tarala |
May 13, 2019
Original Article: "RPM Events on the Water Private Event Space to Open in September"

RPM Events On The Water, located directly on the Chicago River, will be opening for private events mid-September. The Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises property will boast more than 6,000 square feet of event space, which will be able to host 250 guests for a seated function or 425 reception-style. RPM Events On The Water offers iconic views… read more ›

Seasonal pork chops come out to play
Restaurant Hospitality |
Tara Fitzpatrick |
May 13, 2019
Original Article: "Seasonal pork chops come out to play"

Grilled, seared and succulent, pork chops are dressed for a successful season in bright colors, acidic flavors, smoky sauces and blossoming side dishes. Pork chop adobo Cory Morris, chef, Nacional 27, Chicago Price: $19.95 Nacional 27 has been in River North for 20 years now, serving food representing all 27 countries of Latin America. That’s… read more ›

Pizzeria Portofino
Gayot |
Gayot |
May 12, 2019
Original Article: "Pizzeria Portofino"

Pizzeria Portofino Restaurant Review OPENING JUNE 2019 --- The team behind RPM Restaurants (RPM Italian, RPM Steak) take their empire waterfront starting with Pizzeria Portofino, a pizzeria serving hand-stretched pizzas, vegetable antipasti and artisan pastas complemented by lively spritzes and coastal wines. It comes to Chicago from R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman of Lettuce Entertain… read more ›

Where to Blow Your Tax Refund on Chicago Eats
DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
May 10, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Blow Your Tax Refund on Chicago Eats"

These foodie splurges are well worth the investment, especially if you just got a fat tax refund Tax day has come and gone, and we’ve all survived! Hooray! If you’re one of the lucky ones, you didn’t just survive…you maybe even made a little money in the form of a tax refund. If you did,… read more ›

Massive Chicago River Restaurant Project to Include Italian Riviera-Inspired Pizzeria
Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
May 9, 2019
Original Article: "Massive Chicago River Restaurant Project to Include Italian Riviera-Inspired Pizzeria"

Lettuce Entertain You shares opening renderings, details on RPM on the Water and Pizzeria Portofino Chicago’s biggest restaurant group has unveiled more information on its massive multi-faceted riverside restaurant project in River North. The first phase, a pizza spot called Pizzeria Portofino, should debut in June. A private event space (RPM Events on the Water) should open… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You opening two riverside restaurants, event space
Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
May 9, 2019
Original Article: "Lettuce Entertain You opening two riverside restaurants, event space"

Lettuce Entertain You plans two riverside restaurants and a 6,000 square-foot event space along the Chicago River, all opening this year at 317 N. Clark St. Opening in June is Pizza Portofino, a lunch, dinner and brunch restaurant with a 130-seat outdoor terrace. Handmade pizzas, artisan pastas and vegetable antipasti will be the menu’s main… read more ›

10 Chicago Fine-Dining Institutions With Excellent Lunch Menus
InsideHook |
Meredith Heil |
May 7, 2019
Original Article: "10 Chicago Fine-Dining Institutions With Excellent Lunch Menus"

Same chef, different menu, easier reservations In 2019’s gig economy, having a job doesn’t necessarily mean grinding away in an office from 9-to-5 every day. A generation rife with freelancers, contractors, entrepreneurs and telecommuters is changing the definition of work and, as such, changing the definition of the working lunch. And with Chicago’s most established… read more ›

Mr. Maki opens Thursday bringing teishoku to Streeterville; online reservations available
Chicago Tribune |
Phil Vettel |
May 2, 2019
Original Article: "Mr. Maki opens Thursday bringing teishoku to Streeterville; online reservations available"

Mr. Maki (676 N. St. Clair St.), the casual Japanese restaurant by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, will open 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25. Online reservations are now available. As we reported earlier, the bulk of the menu is taken up by maki rolls and teishoku, the latter a set meal (think combo platter) of soup,… read more ›

In search of the best sushi lunch
Crain's Chicago Business |
Joanne Trestrail |
May 2, 2019
Original Article: "In search of the best sushi lunch"

Sushi love is a sometime thing, especially when we're downtown and hungry for lunch. Sometimes our favorite place is the most convenient one; other times it's the most reliable or the most adventurous. Business Casual Prefer your raw fish with a side of hip-hop? At Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' Sushi-San (63 W. Grand Ave., 312-828-0575), the ambiance… read more ›

Where to Order a Wedge Salad in D.C.
Eater DC |
Missy Frederick |
May 2, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Order a Wedge Salad in D.C."

It's a classic for a reason There’s something about the combination of blue cheese, iceberg lettuce, bacon, tomato, and creamy dressing that gets diners coming back to the wedge salad again and again. Many steakhouse menus in D.C. include the classic, but wedge salads can also be found at other restaurants trying to capitalize on… read more ›

All the Public Events Around the James Beard Awards That Chicago Needs to Know About
Eater Chicago |
Naomi Waxman |
May 2, 2019
Original Article: "All the Public Events Around the James Beard Awards That Chicago Needs to Know About"

Chicago restaurants are joining forces with notable chefs and bartenders from across the country The James Beard Foundation Awards are just around the corner, and Chicago’s hospitality community is ready to celebrate the industry. The event brings celebrated chefs from across the country to the Windy City and many are stepping into local kitchens to host parties,… read more ›

Dining out: Fun times ahead with Maifest, Derby, May the 4th & Cinco de Mayo
Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
May 2, 2019
Original Article: "Dining out: Fun times ahead with Maifest, Derby, May the 4th & Cinco de Mayo"

Derby time It's Kentucky Derby time, so put on your best oversized hat and Southern attire and head to Bub City Rosemont on Saturday, May 4, for fun festivities. Dine on Hot Brown Sandwiches while sipping on a Mint Julep or a Mega Mint Julep while watching the famous horse races happening in Louisville, Kentucky,… read more ›

18 of Chicago’s Most Thrilling Margaritas
Eater Chicago |
Kat Odell |
May 1, 2019
Original Article: "18 of Chicago’s Most Thrilling Margaritas"

From classic to newfangled, here’s where to drink the Mexican staple Chicago sports one of the country’s largest Mexican communities, and with that comes a strong contingent of Mexican restaurants and cocktail lounges. That means there’s certainly no shortage of classic and atypical margaritas built with quality ingredients. From tequila to mezcal, cup to pitcher,… read more ›

37 new patios and rooftops for your 2019 outdoor dining in Chicago
Chicago Tribune |
Grace Wong |
Apr 24, 2019
Original Article: "37 new patios and rooftops for your 2019 outdoor dining in Chicago"

A new year means a new slew of rooftops and patios for you to nosh on bites, sip on drinks and soak in the summer sun. Whether you’re in it for the vitamin D or to turn up the heat on your Instagram, al fresco dining is here for you in the few warm months… read more ›

Dealing with Diet Demands
Restaurant Business |
Patricia Cobe |
Apr 24, 2019
Original Article: "Dealing with Diet Demands"

Operators are ramping up training to meet customers’ current eating preferences. A customer walks into a restaurant clutching the Whole30 diet book in her hands. As she looks over the menu, she consults the book to see which items fit the diet’s guidelines. Then she engages the server for help. Is he expected to know enough about… read more ›

Forgotten French? Mais non! Not that it ever went away, but French dining in Chicago is surging anew

Back in the ’80s, anyone perusing lists of Chicago’s most highly regarded restaurants (the diner-opinion-driven Zagat Survey, for instance) would have found that French cuisine dominated the public’s fancy. Leading the charge would have been Le Francais, so popular in its heyday that wealthy out-of-staters flew their private jets to Palwaukee Airport (as it was… read more ›

20 New Restaurant and Bar Patios to Try in Chicago
Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Apr 23, 2019
Original Article: "20 New Restaurant and Bar Patios to Try in Chicago"

Fun in the sun is coming Spring is in the air and warmer days are (presumably) ahead. When the temperatures do finally rise, many Chicago restaurants will be ready to unveil their new patio spaces. Start dreaming of al fresco dining and beat the crowds at these upcoming hotspots by checking the list below. Bar… read more ›

12 Restaurants to Dine at for Easter Sunday: Brunch Deals, Easter Bunny Meet and Greets & More
UrbanMatter Chicago |
Arniecea Johnson |
Apr 23, 2019
Original Article: "12 Restaurants to Dine at for Easter Sunday: Brunch Deals, Easter Bunny Meet and Greets & More"

Easter Sunday is this weekend, and I can already see families and friends, hurrying to the nearest restaurant in sight. Have no clue where you wanna go? No problem. Fortunately, UrbanMatter’s has the best spots in Chicago, along with awesome deals and Easter-themed activities to match. And of course, parking is always a hassle, but we got… read more ›

Suburban restaurants planning lavish brunch, dinner spreads for Easter 2019
Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Apr 22, 2019
Original Article: "Suburban restaurants planning lavish brunch, dinner spreads for Easter 2019"

After this long, bitter winter, spring is finally in the air. And with spring, suburban restaurants are planning lavish spreads and decadent treats for Easter Sunday brunch on April 21. You still have some time to make reservations for brunch, lunch or dinner. But, don't delay, as slots usually fill up quickly. Here is what… read more ›

Chicago
Discover Life Magazine |
Allan Richter |
Apr 22, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago"

Chicago is a city of captivating, often welcome, contrasts. With no nearby oceans to help tame the weather, for instance, you can experience a difference of more than 100 degrees from summer to winter. Boosted by the heat of the Great Plains, with added humidity, summer temperatures hit the high 90s, while the winter brings… read more ›

6 Most Romantic Restaurants in Chicago
UrbanMatter Chicago |
Arniecea Johnson |
Apr 22, 2019
Original Article: "6 Most Romantic Restaurants in Chicago"

From scenic views to savory desserts, marble fireplaces to dazzling chandeliers, sometimes you need a candle-lit night with someone you love. Settin’ the mood and keeping it classy, here are the top 6 romantic restaurants in Chicago. Aba 302 North Green Street, 3rd floor Another charming garden house to add to your list is this… read more ›

Mr. Maki menu items revealed for the upcoming Streeterville teishoku (combo meals) restaurant

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, which is bringing teishoku (Japanese combo meal) to Streeterville, has announced more project details. Mr. Maki, from the team that created Lettuce concepts Sushi-San and Ramen-San, will open this spring in the space that once housed Tru (676 N. St. Clair St.) Teishoku are set meals — combo platters, if you will,… read more ›

Munch Madness: What to Eat + Where to Watch the Big Game
OpenTable |
OpenTable |
Apr 22, 2019
Original Article: "Munch Madness: What to Eat + Where to Watch the Big Game"

At OpenTable, we’ve got more than 50,000 spots around the world for any craving or occasion — and tonight that occasion is the big game. Did you check out our Savory 16 sporty snacks on Instagram Stories? Our followers voted and now here’s where to get these dishes while watching the big game tonight. Get your friends together… read more ›

2019 Best New Restaurants
Chicago Magazine |
Carly Boers, John Kessler, Jeff Ruby, Carrie Schedler and Claire Voon |
Apr 22, 2019
Original Article: "2019 Best New Restaurants"

Aba Somewhere between Hub 51 and Aba, Lettuce Entertain You grew up — culinarily speaking, at least. Case in point: CJ Jacobson’s sexy third-floor hideaway (and sister spot to Ema in River North). Yes, its greenery-draped dining room and patio have been thronged with trend chasers since day one. And in vintage Lettuce style, Jacobson’s modernized Mediterranean… read more ›

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words
A Bite of Chicago |
Barbara Revsine |
Apr 22, 2019
Original Article: "A Picture's Worth of Thousand Words"

Petterino's On Monday April 8 and Monday April 15 from 7:30-9:30 pm, Petterino's is celebrating the 500th edition of Monday Night Live by offering guests $5 drink specials, a complimentary glass of champagne, a serving of the celebratory cake and discounted valet parking after 7pm, all in addition to a special menu ($19.95) focused on the best… read more ›

12 beer specials from Chicago bars for National Beer Day
Chicago Tribune |
Adam Lukach |
Apr 22, 2019
Original Article: "12 beer specials from Chicago bars for National Beer Day"

National Beer Day is this Sunday, and that’s a good enough reason to have a pint or two. It’s also a good enough reason for several spots around Chicago to offer specials on suds. Tallboy Taco 325 W. Huron St., 312-488-4917 This taco spot in River North is pregaming for National Beer Day, offering its… read more ›

The 15 best rooftop restaurants in Chicago
Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen and Amy Cavanaugh |
Apr 20, 2019
Original Article: "The 15 best rooftop restaurants in Chicago"

When a view is just as important as the food and drinks, head to the best rooftop restaurants in Chicago The best rooftop restaurants in Chicago offer a two-for-one special: Excellent food and killer views. Come summertime, these sky-high kitchens fling open their doors to Chicagoans emerging from hibernation. There's a rooftop restaurant in Chicago… read more ›

Where to Get Particularly Perfect Pesto This Spring
Chicago Magazine |
Carrie Schedler |
Apr 17, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Get Particularly Perfect Pesto This Spring"

A handful of local spots are taking the verdant Italian sauce in bright new directions. Pesto gnocchi RPM Italian Ramps (used in early spring as the green base in the sauce) and aged goat cheese give the pesto for these sturdy yet light potato gnocchi a rich, oniony depth. $16. 52 W. Illinois St., Near North… read more ›

6 Restaurants Celebrating Passover Around DC
Washingtonian |
Daniella Byck |
Apr 17, 2019
Original Article: "6 Restaurants Celebrating Passover Around DC"

Where to find brisket, matzo ball soup, and your four cups of wine. Once the sun sets on Friday, those celebrating the Passover holiday will ask the traditional question: why is tonight different from all other nights? A new spin could be celebrating with a special seder menu. Celebrate Passover with matzo balls (and the… read more ›

8 New Patios & Rooftops for Outdoor Dining in Chicago
Choose Chicago |
Alma Bahman |
Apr 16, 2019
Original Article: "8 New Patios & Rooftops for Outdoor Dining in Chicago"

Summer in Chicago can only mean one thing — patio season. This, and every, patio season is all about finding the latest spot to soak up the warm rays while enjoying tasty food, chilled drinks, and cool vibes. Check out these new patios, rooftops, and decks that are perfect for outdoor dining this summer in Chicago. RPM… read more ›

Here's Everywhere You Can Get Cheap Beer for National Beer Day
Thrillist National |
Dustin Luke Nelson |
Apr 8, 2019
Original Article: "Here's Everywhere You Can Get Cheap Beer for National Beer Day"

It's a good day to celebrate beer. Truthfully, it's always a good day for that, but National Beer Day on Sunday, April 7 is an even better day. There are more than 7,000 breweries active in the US -- more than any time since before prohibition. The options are plentiful whether you just want a… read more ›

9 Top Chicago Restaurants Serving Vegan Dishes So Good You Won’t Miss a Thing
Make It Better |
Amber Gibson |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "9 Top Chicago Restaurants Serving Vegan Dishes So Good You Won’t Miss a Thing"

Going vegan isn’t just better for your health and the planet — it can even be better for your taste buds. Top Chicago chefs are heeding the call for more vegan options and seriously delivering. Far from leaving you feeling like you’ve made a sacrifice, these dishes are so flavorful and satisfying, you wouldn’t even… read more ›

8 Premium Rums Whiskey Lovers Need to Try, According to the Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary
The Bourbon Review |
Meredith Heil |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "8 Premium Rums Whiskey Lovers Need to Try, According to the Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary"

Kevin Beary knows rum. One could even say that he’s obsessed with it. The accomplished Chicago-based barkeep cut his teeth at the Chicago Park Hyatt’s chic NoMi Lounge before taking over the beverage program at the bustling River North tiki emporium Three Dots and a Dash in 2015. Just last month, Beary opened the doors… read more ›

Cool Concoctions: 7 Easy Cocktail Recipes You Can Serve All Spring and Summer Long
Forbes |
Karla Alindahao |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "Cool Concoctions: 7 Easy Cocktail Recipes You Can Serve All Spring and Summer Long"

Warmer weather calls for cooler concoctions fit for poolside consumption—preferably somewhere jaw-droppingly beautiful in the Caribbean. But for those of use who need to stay closer to home, there’s no real reason to skip your five o’clock end-of-day drink. (Or your boozy weekend treats.) Here, seven superb cocktail pros shared a few easy-to-make recipes you… read more ›

9 Great Rums Under $35, According to a Tiki Master
Thrillist National |
Meredith Heil |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "9 Great Rums Under $35, According to a Tiki Master"

Unless you’ve been living your life under a rock or trapped inside a cheesy 90s-era beach resort, you’re probably already clued into the fact that rum, as a category, is well on its way to shedding its frozen strawberry daiquiri image. Thanks to a growing lot of industry devotees, the storied spirit is finally breaking free from… read more ›

DineAmic Group opening Fulton Market restaurant
Crain's Chicago Business |
Ari Bendersky |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "DineAmic Group opening Fulton Market restaurant"

The team behind Siena Tavern, Bar Siena and Prime & Provisions is opening a "refined dive bar" in the Randolph Street spot that was once Graham Elliot's Gideon Sweet. Plus: More openings. More coming attractions: A new Japanese restaurant focusing on maki rolls and the Japanese combo meal known as teishoku is expected to open… read more ›

Best Practices: Mai Tais Are Better Than You Think
VinePair |
Emily Saladino |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "Best Practices: Mai Tais Are Better Than You Think"

Mai Tais are a classic tiki cocktail, albeit “one of the least understood of the bunch,” writes rum expert Shannon Mustipher in her brilliant new book, “Tiki.” Like Margaritas, Mai Tais fall victim to their own popularity. An endless parade of saccharine prepackaged mixes and weirdly fruited iterations outpace the original. Properly made Mai Tais are beautifully… read more ›

Hop into Fun! 12 Family-Friendly Things to Do This Easter and Passover
Washington Family |
Washington Family Staff |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "Hop into Fun! 12 Family-Friendly Things to Do This Easter and Passover"

MARYLAND Passover Dinner at Summer House April 19 & 20, 5 p.m. Join Summer House for their annual Passover dinner. Enjoy a traditional menu featuring a variety of staples, including matzo ball soup, housemade gefilte fish and chicken liver pâté, followed by slow-braised beef short rib and warm flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Dinner is… read more ›

7 Great American Bars with Tableside Cocktail Service
Maxim |
Jonah Flicker |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "7 Great American Bars with Tableside Cocktail Service"

Watch top-shelf cocktails made without even leaving your table at these elite watering holes in NYC, Las Vegas, Chicago and L.A. Tableside cocktail service is an old-school throwback that has reappeared at upscale barsand restaurants around the country in recent years. It’s one thing to order a drink from the bar, but it’s another thing entirely to watch… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You Is Opening Yet Another Streeterville Japanese Restaurant
Eater Chicago |
Naomi Waxman and Ashok Selvam |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "Lettuce Entertain You Is Opening Yet Another Streeterville Japanese Restaurant"

Mr. Maki will focus on teishoku Chicago restaurant group behemoth Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is adding to its growing family of Japanese-style restaurants once again in Streeterville. Mr. Maki is slated to open later this spring at 676 N. St. Clair Street, not far from sister restaurants Ramen-san and Sushi-san. Rolls aren’t Mr. Maki primary focus. The menu is also designed… read more ›

11 Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now
Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam and Naomi Waxman |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "11 Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now"

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

Easter 2019: McLean Restaurants Open For Brunch, Dinner
Patch McLean |
Emily Leayman |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "Easter 2019: McLean Restaurants Open For Brunch, Dinner"

Want to avoid cooking on Easter? Restaurants around McLean will be open for brunch and dinner. MCLEAN, VA—Between egg hunts, family celebrations and preparations for Easter dinner, perhaps you want to plan for a relaxing meal out on Sunday, April 21. There are plentiful restaurant choices offering Easter brunches or dinners, according to OpenTable and restaurant websites.… read more ›

Where to Drink in Chicago: 5 Bars to Check Out this Spring
Thirsty Mag |
Andy Meek |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Drink in Chicago: 5 Bars to Check Out this Spring"

Chicago got its famous Second City nickname way back when, but if you’ve ever spent time there – and certainly if you’ve come to fall in love with the place – you’ll know that it’s something of a misnomer. You’d be hard-pressed to find anything resembling an inferiority complex here, or anything in the way… read more ›

Where to find the best chocolate chip cookies in Chicagoland
Chicago Parent |
Lori Orlinsky |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "Where to find the best chocolate chip cookies in Chicagoland"

There’s something about chocolate chip cookies that gets everyone feeling a little nostalgic. While a simple cookie by nature, there are so many twists and variations that can take this dessert to the next level. Chicago has an amazing cookie culture, with bakery owners and pastry chefs who pull out all the stops. We’ve scoured… read more ›

The Best Easter Brunch In Every State
Redbook Magazine |
Jessica Booth |
Apr 4, 2019
Original Article: "The Best Easter Brunch In Every State"

Dig into Eggs Benedict, French toast and more on Easter morning. Whether you spend your Easter morning hunting for eggs with the kids or attending church services, one thing is for sure: You'll be hungry for brunch after all the celebrations. Easter and brunch go hand in hand, although you could cook up your own… read more ›

22 Fruity Cocktails That Are Mouth-Wateringly Delicious
Town & Country Magazine |
Leah Silverman |
Apr 2, 2019
Original Article: "22 Fruity Cocktails That Are Mouth-Wateringly Delicious"

A watermelon sparkler, a pear martini, and a chardonnay slushie made with white peach purée. Need we say more? 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,… read more ›

11 omakase restaurants to try in Chicago
Time Out Chicago |
Nicole Schnitzler and Morgan Olsen |
Apr 2, 2019
Original Article: "11 omakase restaurants to try in Chicago"

Some of Chicago's best sushi chefs are offering omakase menus rife with rare seafood and super-seasonal ingredients Control freaks and picky eaters: Chicago’s latest food trend isn’t for you. Omakases—a Japanese word that translates to “to entrust” or “I’ll leave it up to you”—are popping up all over town, offering high-end, multi-course meals to adventurous… read more ›

Chicago’s Best Fast-Casual Eateries
DiningOut Chicago |
Audrey Rompon |
Apr 2, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago’s Best Fast-Casual Eateries"

Here’s where to get your next meal on the fly Your options for eating a quick dinner out have evolved to become much more than just fast food. Today, there are plenty of Chicago spots offering quality meals without the wait time, including established sit-down locales like Beatrix and Kinship now catering to the grab-and-go… read more ›

Where to Go For Easter Brunch in Chicago
Choose Chicago |
Choose Chicago |
Apr 2, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Go For Easter Brunch in Chicago"

Most holidays call for a big, fancy dinner, like your traditional Christmas feast or a night out on New Year’s Eve. But not Easter.This springtime celebration is best observed in the daylight, preferably with eggs Benedict, stacks of pancakes, and plenty of mimosas. Chicago is brimming with brunch options year round, so we narrowed it… read more ›

What Top Chefs Eat at Home and Around the World
The Independent |
Lisa Harris |
Apr 2, 2019
Original Article: "What Top Chefs Eat at Home and Around the World"

From roast chicken to octopus stew, here's what Michelin-starred chefs cook up when the whites come off If you’re short on time and want to get to know a city, food is the ultimate passport. Slow-braised vegetables in Berlin or moreish tostadas in Mexico City will tell you more about a place, its history and… read more ›

5 Places in Las Vegas to get a Whole Lot of Fish
Las Vegas Review-Journal |
Al Mancini |
Apr 2, 2019
Original Article: "5 Places in Las Vegas to get a Whole Lot of Fish"

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab The crabs may get most of the attention here, but Joe’s offers plenty of other great seafood, including whole Dover sole. The fish is filleted tableside and served with brown butter sauce. $50. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-792-9222, joes.net/las-vegas read more ›

Operators find perfect food pairings with beer
Nation's Restaurant News |
David Flaherty |
Apr 2, 2019
Original Article: "Operators find perfect food pairings with beer"

The variety of flavors in craft beers can go perfectly with hard-to-pair dishes There are few more rewarding experiences in a restaurant than the perfect food and beverage pairing. It’s a rush of pure pleasure. And while wine is often thought of as the go-to mate for food, and commonly the feature of massive, 20… read more ›

Best New Event Spaces 2019
Crain's Chicago Business |
Tate Gunnerson |
Apr 2, 2019
Original Article: "Best New Event Spaces 2019"

Looking to throw a big bash? We sifted through dozens of event spaces that have opened or have been significantly renovated in the past 15 months to come up with a list of the top spots in the Chicago area, including one on a boat and one in a former industrial space on the Fox… read more ›

How to Build The Perfect Charcuterie Board (and Bourbon Pairing) Tonight
The Bourbon Review |
Natalie B. Compton |
Mar 20, 2019
Original Article: "How to Build The Perfect Charcuterie Board (and Bourbon Pairing) Tonight"

As the weather warms and social calendars start to blossom again, entertaining responsibilities are also going to return anew. In times like this, it’s good to keep an easy recipe in your back pocket, whether you’re hosting or attending. Behold the charcuterie board. A choose-your-own-adventure kind of appetizer, or aperitivo hour complement, the charcuterie board is… read more ›

Around Town out on the street to celebrate M Burger’s 9th Birthday
WGN-TV |
WGN-TV |
Mar 20, 2019
Original Article: "Around Town out on the street to celebrate M Burger’s 9th Birthday"

March 20th, 11am-9pm M Burger celebrates their 9th birthday - FREE SINGLE CHEESEBURGERS ALL DAY (with purchase) plus a chance to win shakes for a year! Text Birthday2019 to 70717 Click here to watch the whole M Burger on WGN-TV's Ana Belaval segment.   read more ›

Chicago's 10 Best Wine Bars
WhereTraveler |
Selena Fragassi |
Mar 20, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago's 10 Best Wine Bars"

Raise a glass to these favorite neighborhood spots RIVER NORTH: Bar Ramone As the first wine bar from the Lettuce Entertain You dining empire, Bar Ramone is a new addition to the local scene that has quickly established itself as a standout place to enjoy vino in Chicago. Like walking into a bar in Barcelona, the… read more ›

Grab a free cheeseburger Wednesday at M Burger to celebrate its birthday
Chicago Tribune |
Adam Lukach |
Mar 20, 2019
Original Article: "Grab a free cheeseburger Wednesday at M Burger to celebrate its birthday"

Attention, burger and free food enthusiasts: M Burger will give away one free single cheeseburger per customer Wednesday to celebrate its ninth birthday. Guests must purchase at least one menu item to receive the free offer, but that can literally be anything — fries, a drink, whatever. Call it a BOGOB: Buy One, Get One… read more ›

Japan's Beloved Whisky Highball Machines are taking over Chicago
InsideHook |
Meredith Heil |
Mar 20, 2019
Original Article: "Japan's Beloved Whisky Highball Machines are taking over Chicago"

And we know 7 places where you can try one out firsthand If the thought of premium whisky and highly carbonated soda water cascading into a frosty glass at the mere pull of a lever gets your Happy Hour juices a-flowing, you’re not alone. The Toki Highball Machine, a bartop apparatus patented by Japanese distilling… read more ›

Score a free cheeseburger at M Burger this week
Time Out Chicago |
Marty Johnson |
Mar 19, 2019
Original Article: "Score a free cheeseburger at M Burger this week"

M Burger is celebrating nine years in Chicago by once again treating its customers to a free single cheeseburger with any purchase on Wednesday, March 20. Yes, that's right: You'll score a gratis patty with the purchase of any menu item, including French fries ($2.49) and ice-cream cones ($1.99). The promotion is valid at all five M Burger locations on March 20:… read more ›

Hottest bar openings in February 2019
The Spirits Business |
Owen Bellwood |
Mar 19, 2019
Original Article: "Hottest bar openings in February 2019"

As February saw Valentine’s Day celebrations sweep through the on-trade, the world’s imbibers were left with no shortage of hot new bars to visit while impressing a date. Our pick of the top spots to take friends, family and loved ones this month includes Chicago’s latest tiki-inspired drinking den, London’s newest private members’ club and… read more ›

Does Your Restaurant Have Wedding Venue Potential?
Upserve Restaurant Insider |
Dawn Papandrea |
Mar 19, 2019
Original Article: "Does Your Restaurant Have Wedding Venue Potential?"

Restaurant owners spend most of their energy trying to provide daily patrons with the best possible meal and service. But many establishments are thinking bigger – marketing themselves as special event or restaurant wedding venues. If you have ample space to accommodate a large party, the right décor, and ambiance, and a suitable menu, you… read more ›

The 12 Best Restaurants in Chicago
TripSavvy |
Wendy Altschuler |
Mar 19, 2019
Original Article: "The 12 Best Restaurants in Chicago"

Narrowing down Chicago’s best restaurants is no easy feat — this is a foodie town after all. For this herculean task, we’ve picked several indelible nosh zones in diverse categories — new and timeworn, casual and upscale — so that you can decide where to go for your next romantic date, kid-friendly brunch, entertainment hot spot, or pizza… read more ›

8 Food And Drinks Events To Feast On This Week
DCist |
Travis Mitchell |
Mar 19, 2019
Original Article: "8 Food And Drinks Events To Feast On This Week"

Most minds turn to St. Patrick’s Day and college basketball this weekend, with plenty of bars offering Irish food and drink specials and preparing March Madness deals. The coming days will also see the launch of a new brunch in Ivy City, happy hour deals on Italian snacks, and wine and the birthday of a… read more ›

RAMW Announces 2019 RAMMY Awards Finalists – Winners Announced June 30, 2019
The Washington Lobbyist |
Michael Woestehoff |
Mar 19, 2019
Original Article: "RAMW Announces 2019 RAMMY Awards Finalists – Winners Announced June 30, 2019"

Top industry professionals gathered tonight at The Hamilton Live at The Hamilton as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced finalists for the 2019 RAMMY Awards, the winners of which will be announced at a black-tie gala on Sunday, June 30. ***(Hey! I Found Great Things to Do in ... Washington DC, Las Vegas, Rome, Rio de Janeiro… read more ›

Free Single Cheeseburgers for M Burger's Birthday, 3/20
Chicago Food Magazine |
Chicago Food Magazine |
Mar 19, 2019
Original Article: "Free Single Cheeseburgers for M Burger's Birthday, 3/20"

To celebrate M Burger's 9th birthday on Wednesday, March 20, they're giving out one free single cheeseburger with any purchase (fries, a drink, anything!) at all Chicagoland M Burger location (161 E. Huron, 5 W. Ontario, Atrium Mall, Water Tower Place & Aurora). In addition, guests can enter for a chance to win M Burger Shakes for a year, by texting “Birthday2019” to 70717 from… read more ›

The 20 Essential Breakfast Spots in Chicago
Eater Chicago |
Daniel Gerzina and Jeffy Mai |
Mar 19, 2019
Original Article: "The 20 Essential Breakfast Spots in Chicago"

Start the day with these standout morning options Whether breakfast is the most important meal is debatable — but it's almost certainly the most underrated. While not as attention-grabbing as brunch or dinner, the first bites of the day get the love they deserve at a plethora of Chicago restaurants. Some have been around for decades, delivering… read more ›

RPM Restaurants’ Richard Hanauer Gets ‘Really Pumped’ by Grand Cru Burgundy

For Chicago-born beverage director Richard Hanauer, everything stems back to the family dinner table. Growing up, his father would return from work each day to see what was cooking in the kitchen, before heading down into his cellar to select a wine that would pair with that night’s dish. “This was a nightly ritual,” Hanauer… read more ›

Everywhere You Can Get Cheap Food for St. Patrick's Day
Thrillist National |
Dustin Luke Nelson |
Mar 17, 2019
Original Article: "Everywhere You Can Get Cheap Food for St. Patrick's Day"

It's safe to say that the way Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day changes as you get older. Rising early to day-drink green beer isn't for everyone. It's like your sixth-grade health teacher said, your body is changing. Only this time, it's more about your dwindling metabolism and inability to deal with hangovers than your changing voice and growing pains. So,… read more ›

Where to eat, drink and be Irish over St. Patrick's Day weekend 2019
Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Mar 14, 2019
Original Article: "Where to eat, drink and be Irish over St. Patrick's Day weekend 2019"

As luck would have it, St. Patrick's Day falls on Sunday this year, meaning that suburban bars and restaurants are celebrating with green beer, corned beef, Irish music, Kegs and Eggs, Irish dancers and more all weekend long. So, grab your green gear and head out on the town. Di Pescara 2124 Northbrook Court, Northbrook,… read more ›

Where to Find St. Patrick’s Day-Themed Milkshakes and Drinks in Chicago
Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Mar 14, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Find St. Patrick’s Day-Themed Milkshakes and Drinks in Chicago"

Shamrock Shakes are nice, but they don’t have booze As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, many Chicagoans and tourists will converge downtown to drink green beer, watch workers dye the Chicago River green, or eat corned beef. Another emerging tradition is St. Patrick’s Day milkshakes inspired by McDonald’s venerable Shamrock Shakes, a tradition started in 1970. Several… read more ›

The Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now
Thrillist Chicago |
Kailley Lindman |
Mar 13, 2019
Original Article: "The Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now"

From Goth food and artisan tacos to an intimate wine bar from a popular restaurant group and a rum hideaway within a tiki lounge, the new restaurants and bars that hit Chicago in last month are nothing if not diverse. Read on for the scoop, and keep scrolling for a comprehensive list of the best… read more ›

Here Are the 2019 Rammy Awards Finalists
Eater DC |
Gabe Hiatt |
Mar 13, 2019
Original Article: "Here Are the 2019 Rammy Awards Finalists"

The winners will be honored on Sunday, June 30 Washington’s local dining association on Monday announced the finalists for its annual Rammy Awards, providing a snapshot of the state of the restaurant industry in D.C. Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) will announce the winners during a black tie event on Sunday, June 30, at the… read more ›

Where to eat and drink at Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Matador Network |
Nickolaus Hines |
Mar 13, 2019
Original Article: "Where to eat and drink at Chicago O’Hare International Airport"

CHICAGO IS ONE of America’s great food cities. The Chicago O’Hare International Airport is, well, not a terrible place to find some decent food and good drinks. There are some local spots from the city that built outposts in the airport, like Tortas Frontera and Publican Tavern, as well as beer and wine focused bars, including craft… read more ›

Here are the best pies to devour on Pi Day
Chicago Parent |
Lori Orlinsky |
Mar 13, 2019
Original Article: "Here are the best pies to devour on Pi Day"

March 14 is Pi Day, a day to celebrate the mathematical constant 3.14 and eat lots of pie. OK, who are we kidding? It is just an excuse to eat lots of pie. No matter how you slice it, the Windy City does not disappoint in this category. From traditional dessert pies to famous pizza… read more ›

Dining out: Gene & Georgetti, Tuscany get in the game with March Madness specials
Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Mar 13, 2019
Original Article: "Dining out: Gene & Georgetti, Tuscany get in the game with March Madness specials"

Cooking with beer class Love beer and like to cook, but just not sure how the two should go hand in hand? Saranello's chef Mychael Bonner is collaborating with Prairie Krafts Brewing for an interactive demonstration on how to incorporate beer into cooking and how to pair it with your food. From 11 a.m. to… read more ›

Vintage Cocktail Recipes You’ve (Probably) Never Tried
The Manual |
Jahla Seppanen |
Mar 13, 2019
Original Article: "Vintage Cocktail Recipes You’ve (Probably) Never Tried"

You walk into a bar, what do you order? Maybe a classic such as an Old Fashioned, Margarita, or gin and tonic, an elaborate craft creation, beer and a shot, wine, or something on the rocks, but when’s the last time you dabbled in a vintage cocktail? While many of these drinks are as old as the classics… read more ›

How to Make a Perfect Daiquiri, According to Rum Expert Kevin Beary
UrbanDaddy |
Sam Eichner |
Mar 7, 2019
Original Article: "How to Make a Perfect Daiquiri, According to Rum Expert Kevin Beary"

It's Both Simpler and More Complex Than You May Think Nobody can improve upon the daiquiri. That was the sentiment given by Jonathan Downey, the proprietor of London's Milk & Honey, who spoke at an event I attended last month, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the World's 50 Best Bars list (Downey's topped it twice, in 2009 and 2010). It… read more ›

Fish and chips, shrimp pasta and lobster tails: 14 menus to try during Lent
Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Mar 7, 2019
Original Article: "Fish and chips, shrimp pasta and lobster tails: 14 menus to try during Lent"

Many Christians mark Lent, the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, by avoiding eating meat altogether or by abstaining on Fridays, leading to an abundance of vegetarian and fish-focused specials and menus meant to provide a delicious alternative. No matter your tradition, you can enjoy the offerings at these 14 spots. Bub City 435 N.… read more ›

Support These Female-Owned Restaurants & Businesses in Chicago
Rachael Ray Magazine |
Rachael Ray Magazine |
Mar 7, 2019
Original Article: "Support These Female-Owned Restaurants & Businesses in Chicago"

Chicago’s culinary energy is charged up with fierce female chefs, who are proving that there's more to the Windy City than deep-dish pizza and loaded hot dogs. RPM Italian, River North, 52 W. Illinois St., Giuliana Rancic, co-owner Yasmin Gutierrez, chef partner at Beatrix Beatrix, River North, 519 N. Clark St., Janet Kirker, executive chef and partner,… read more ›

Chicago Food & Drink Events: March 2019
Choose Chicago |
Choose Chicago |
Mar 6, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago Food & Drink Events: March 2019"

MARCH 2019 Chicago is a foodie's dream. Each month, there's a new batch of food and drink events that offer a taste of the city's scorching-hot culinary scene. You can take part in exclusive tastings, cocktail classes, talks with celebrity chefs, pop-up dinners, and more. Here's a preview of just a few of Chicago's upcoming food and drink events: WINTER BEEF… read more ›

Here's All the Free Food You Can Get in March
Thrillist National |
Dustin Luke Nelson |
Mar 6, 2019
Original Article: "Here's All the Free Food You Can Get in March"

We're already 43 months into the winter of 2019. It started mild enough you almost didn't notice it was getting to the holidays. Since the new year, it's been an unrelenting deluge of record snowfalls and brutal cold. It feels like it's been happening forever. Everyone deserves some tiny victories throughout March and into April,… read more ›

Readers' Choice Dining Awards: Chicago's best new restaurant, cocktail bar and more, chosen by you
Chicago Tribune |
Chicago Tribune Staff |
Mar 6, 2019
Original Article: "Readers' Choice Dining Awards: Chicago's best new restaurant, cocktail bar and more, chosen by you"

You voted. Vigorously, enthusiastically, perhaps more than once (permitted under our one-ballot-per-day rules). And in the end, you named more than a dozen Readers’ Choice Dining Award winners that, in terms of insight, made me a little nervous for my job. You people know your food. And drink. From a list of nominees chosen by… read more ›

The Best Lent-Friendly Restaurants in Chicago
UrbanMatter |
Samantha Quero |
Mar 6, 2019
Original Article: "The Best Lent-Friendly Restaurants in Chicago"

This year, Lent is from Wednesday, March 6 – Thursday, April 18. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Lent is a season that focuses on simple living, prayer, and fasting. We’re here to help with the fasting part, which can be tricky sometimes. In this case, fasting refers to abstaining from red meat, on… read more ›

Chicago's Ultimate St. Patrick's Day Guide
UrbanMatter |
Courtney Rios |
Mar 6, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago's Ultimate St. Patrick's Day Guide"

Everyone knows that Chicago does St. Patrick’s Day BIG, each and every year. So why waste any time? Here’s everything that’s going on so you can start planning your green-colored day of beer, music, and fun. DINNER, DRINKS, & PARTIES Bub City – On March 16, from 10 am – 3 pm, enjoy Bub City’s St.… read more ›

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at these Chicago Bars and Restaurants
Choose Chicago |
Dan Morgridge |
Mar 6, 2019
Original Article: "Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at these Chicago Bars and Restaurants"

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is a celebration like no other. And the local bars and restaurant are getting in the Irish spirit with specials and celebrations all weekend long. If you’re don’t already have your stool at your favorite pub scoped out, we’ve got some great spots where you can enjoy an Irish feast… read more ›

Where (and how) to drink wine from a porrón in Chicago
Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Mar 6, 2019
Original Article: "Where (and how) to drink wine from a porrón in Chicago"

Something strange happens when you see a porrón in action. The vessel, which can best be described as a cross between a watering can and a decanter, inevitably sets off a chain reaction. “I’ll have whatever they’re having,” you’ll hear yourself say, helpless to its allure. Originating in the Catalonia region of Spain, the pitcher with two… read more ›

Road work: Optimizing menus for delivery
Restaurant Hospitality |
Mark Hamstra |
Mar 5, 2019
Original Article: "Road work: Optimizing menus for delivery"

Operators tailor their offerings and recipes for off-premises dining Quality control in restaurant delivery has come a long way since Domino’s first encouraged its customers to “Avoid the Noid.” As consumers increasingly adopt off-premise consumption via delivery or takeout, operators are reworking their menus, recipes and cooking practices so that their dishes retain their flavor… read more ›

Mercy Home to make this month a 'March for Kids'
ABC 7 Chicago |
ABC 7 Chicago |
Mar 5, 2019
Original Article: "Mercy Home to make this month a 'March for Kids'"

CHICAGO -- Volunteers will again be out in force on Chicago-area street corners, St. Patrick's Day parades, and other events throughout the month of March, collecting donations to help Mercy Home for Boys & Girls give at-risk children a safe place to live, therapy to heal from the trauma of abuse and neglect, and tools… read more ›

3 Ways to Brew Excitement at Happy Hour
McCain Foodservice |
McCain Foodservice |
Mar 5, 2019
Original Article: "3 Ways to Brew Excitement at Happy Hour"

More than just a way to fill restaurant seats at slow times, happy hour is a showcase for the kitchen and bar. And when a happy hour is leveraged with powerful trends such as food and beer pairing, the craft beer boom and the fascination with global flavors, it becomes a highly effective marketing tool… read more ›

Le Colonial 2.0 and Eight More Chicago-Area Restaurant Openings to Know
Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam and Daniel Gerzina |
Mar 4, 2019
Original Article: "Le Colonial 2.0 and Eight More Chicago-Area Restaurant Openings to Know"

A regularly updated list of new restaurants and bars March 1 OAK BROOK— Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises hasn’t opened a restaurant in few seconds, so Chicago’s largest restaurant company decided to unveil a new Beatrix in the suburbs. That’s its health-conscious restaurant brand with a coffee shop with Streeterville, Fulton Market, and River North locations. Status: Certified open, 272 Oakbrook… read more ›

Cajun sushi and gator tacos: 6 Mardi Gras-inspired promos
Restaurant Hospitality |
Anna Kang |
Mar 4, 2019
Original Article: "Cajun sushi and gator tacos: 6 Mardi Gras-inspired promos"

Operators are embracing all things New Orleans Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, will be celebrated on March 5 this year. The festive holiday — associated with New Orleans, decadence and big bashes — attracts revelers looking to party it up. Restaurant operators across the country want to be a part of the fun… read more ›

Why Restaurant Groups Are Adding Wine Bars to Their Portfolios
SevenFiftyDaily |
Shana Clarke |
Mar 4, 2019
Original Article: "Why Restaurant Groups Are Adding Wine Bars to Their Portfolios"

Growing consumer interest in wine experiences and higher margin sales potential are just two factors driving the trend With 66 establishments throughout Chicago—and more than 120 throughout nine states—Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) has a lock on Windy City dining. The organization took its time establishing a venue that made wine its focal point, according to… read more ›

The Most Instagram-Worthy Cocktail Bars In Chicago
Haute Living |
Nika Sagalchik |
Mar 4, 2019
Original Article: "The Most Instagram-Worthy Cocktail Bars In Chicago"

It’s hard to choose just where you’ll be geotagging that night in a city that’s so densely populated with thriving hotspots, especially when a new one seems to be opening nightly. Chicago’s bar scene is, in a word, epic. We’re blessed with creative mixologists that lean more artist than bartender, who grace us with unique… read more ›

Best Chicago happy hour deals: Feb. 28-March 6
Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Mar 4, 2019
Original Article: "Best Chicago happy hour deals: Feb. 28-March 6"

Here’s where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago Friday, March 1 Hub 51 (51 W. Hubbard St., 312-828-0051) offers two drinks and an order of pulled chicken or vegan nachos for the table for $20 from 3 to 6 p.m. read more ›

We sent two complete strangers on a blind date in River North—here’s how it went
Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Mar 4, 2019
Original Article: "We sent two complete strangers on a blind date in River North—here’s how it went"

There's no denying that Chicago is a great place to be single, but we could all use a break from the dating-app grind. Enter Dating IRL, an original Time Out Chicago feature that sets up two eligible singles on a blind date at a Chicago hot spot. After a night out, each dater reports back with honest feedback on… read more ›

Chicago’s 9 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants
Afar Magazine |
Nicole Schnitzler |
Mar 4, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago’s 9 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants"

Dine in style with the littles at these Windy City eateries that cater to kids, too. Among its world-class museums, 28 miles of lakefront shoreline, and free public zoo, Chicago is a city built for families. But when hunger strikes, the hunt for kid-friendly spots isn’t as easy—especially when any number of modern-day dining conundrums play a… read more ›

Rich Melman-Created Beatrix to Open February 27 in Oakbrook Center
Food Newsfeed |
Food Newsfeed |
Mar 4, 2019
Original Article: "Rich Melman-Created Beatrix to Open February 27 in Oakbrook Center"

The Oak Brook location will feature Beatrix’s largest private dining space with seating up to 60 guests and up to 100 guests for reception style events. Beatrix is opening in Oakbrook Center on February 27. This will be the first suburban location for Beatrix, and the fourth of its kind in Illinois. The concept was… read more ›

Indulge in Mardi Gras revelry at suburban restaurants
Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Mar 4, 2019
Original Article: "Indulge in Mardi Gras revelry at suburban restaurants"

While many of you may be wishing you could escape the cold and head to warm New Orleans for Mardi Gras revelry, there are ways you can celebrate right here in the suburbs. Traditionally, Mardi Gras is celebrated on Fat Tuesday, which this year falls on March 5. And while Mardi Gras used to be… read more ›

9 Mardi Gras celebrations in Chicago
Chicago Tribune |
Samantha Nelson |
Mar 4, 2019
Original Article: "9 Mardi Gras celebrations in Chicago"

You don’t have to travel down to New Orleans to get in the Mardi Gras spirit. Head to one of these nine spots to shake off the chill of Chicago’s winter with a taste of the Big Easy. Oyster Bah 1962 N. Halsted St., 773-248-3000 Get messy with one pound of shrimp ($29.94) or lobster… read more ›

The 31 best brunch restaurants in Chicago
Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen and Elizabeth Atkinson |
Mar 1, 2019
Original Article: "The 31 best brunch restaurants in Chicago"

Brunch in Chicago is serious business with hearty dishes, fresh pastries and boozy beverages The best brunches in Chicago are two things: a chance to replenish and a mandatory social experience. Whether you're catching up over short stacks or battling a nasty hangover with more booze, the beloved morning meal has something for everyone. Chicago's top… read more ›

The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Mardi Gras in Chicago
UrbanMatter |
Jennifer Ball |
Mar 1, 2019
Original Article: "The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Mardi Gras in Chicago"

You don’t need to be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras this year. That’s right, you can celebrate Mardi Gras here in Chicago. Here are the best places in Chicago to celebrate your Fat Tuesday. Enjoy! DI PESCARA 2124 Northbrook Ct, Northbrook Starting at 5 pm on Fat Tuesday, Di Pescara is serving a… read more ›

Table Stakes: February
InsideHook |
Amanda Topper |
Feb 28, 2019
Original Article: "Table Stakes: February"

The 8 best restaurants that opened their doors this month To keep tabs on every Chicago restaurant and bar opening is folly. But to keep tabs on the most worthy? Yeoman’s work, and we’re proud to do it. Thus we present Table Stakes, a monthly rundown of the five (or so) must-know spots that have… read more ›

Eating My Way Through Chicago, One Vegetarian Meal at a Time
Chicago Business: The Newspaper of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business |
Shubhda Hirawat |
Feb 26, 2019
Original Article: "Eating My Way Through Chicago, One Vegetarian Meal at a Time"

The biggest struggle for me while moving cities has been to figure out the ‘food scene’. In a city like Chicago, this sounds like an absurd ask, but when you are ‘vegetarian’, it starts to make a little more sense. Having lived in India, I could walk into any restaurant and have more vegetarian options… read more ›

The 10 Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now
Food52 |
Rebecca Firkser |
Feb 26, 2019
Original Article: "The 10 Best Restaurants in Chicago Right Now"

A compendium of the Windy City's best burger, steakhouse, and more. In December 2018, Chicago Magazine food writer John Kessler declared the party was over when it came to Chicago dining. Kessler's takedown scolded the city’s chefs for numerous aspects of the current restaurant scene, among them not yet “figuring out” local and seasonal cooking and a lack… read more ›

The Chicago Greatest Hits List
The Infatuation Chicago |
Sam Faye & Adrian Kane |
Feb 25, 2019
Original Article: "The Chicago Greatest Hits List"

Our guide to the 23 quintessential restaurants that make Chicago dining what it is. Welcome to The Infatuation’s Chicago Greatest Hits List. Obviously you’re familiar with the concept of a “greatest hits” album, but to be clear, this is not just a list of our highest-rated spots. This guide is a carefully-selected collection of the… read more ›

The Perfect Weekend Guide For When The Girls Are In Town
UrbanMatter |
Arniecea Johnson |
Feb 25, 2019
Original Article: "The Perfect Weekend Guide For When The Girls Are In Town"

The girls are in town and it’s time to get down. Need a list of exciting activities to gather your rambunctious crew? We got you covered with the ultimate girls trip guide, helping you plan out all of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Show the ladies all the exciting things Chicago has to offer. Most importantly,… read more ›

Innovative Restaurateurs: Guiding Lettuce Entertain You’s Explosive Growth
Skift Table |
Micheline Maynard |
Feb 25, 2019
Original Article: "Innovative Restaurateurs: Guiding Lettuce Entertain You’s Explosive Growth"

If you’ve dined in restaurants across Chicago anytime in the last 48 years, it’s likely that one of them was owned by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Name a category, and the restaurant group run by the Melman family has some kind of presence in it. There’s fast casual, with Wow Bao, featuring Asian buns and dumplings, and Big… read more ›

Kicking Up Classic Risotto
FSR Magazine |
Liz Barrett Foster |
Feb 22, 2019
Original Article: "Kicking Up Classic Risotto"

Slow Braised Short Rib Risotto at Osteria Via Stato Chicagoans love a warm and hearty meal, so it's no surprise to find a risotto that will put meat on your bones at Chicago's Osteria Via Stato. Chef David DiGregorio tops decadent risotto with short ribs before crowning it with a Slagel Family Farm egg.  … read more ›

Festive Dishes And Drinks To Get In The Spirit Of Mardi Gras
Forbes |
Aly Walansky |
Feb 21, 2019
Original Article: "Festive Dishes And Drinks To Get In The Spirit Of Mardi Gras"

While Mardi Gras may specifically refer to Fat Tuesday (which this year occurs on March 5), this season of Carnival itself lasts weeks. As there's very few celebrations as fun and exciting (and delicious) as Mardi Gras, that's a very good thing! While New Orleans may be the center of much of the Mardi Gras… read more ›

Chicago's Essential Happy Hours
Eater Chicago |
Elizabeth Atkinson |
Feb 21, 2019
Original Article: "Chicago's Essential Happy Hours"

The tried and true after work deals There’s something special about a really good happy hour. The feeling of a good deal is great, but when it’s paired with a great atmosphere and good friends, there are few things that match it for a casual weekday out. For a great happy hour, it needs to… read more ›

I Heart Halal festival returns to Navy Pier with best fried chicken and more — tickets on sale now

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the second annual I Heart Halal festival returning to Navy Pier from April 12 - 14, bigger and arguably better with halal bacon cheeseburgers, pepperoni pizza, tacos and even kung pao chicken. Last year, 17,000 people attended the inaugural halal lifestyle festival billed as the first of… read more ›

Watch Kaze Chan Turn This 500-Pound Tuna Into Sushi
Chicago Magazine |
D.S. Shin |
Feb 21, 2019
Original Article: "Watch Kaze Chan Turn This 500-Pound Tuna Into Sushi"

Try it at Sushi-San, 63 W. Grand Ave. Click here to watch Kaze Chan of Sushi-San turn a 500-pound tuna into sushi read more ›

It’s National Drink Wine Day. Here Are 5 Chicago Wine Bars To Check Out
CBS Chicago |
CBS Chicago |
Feb 21, 2019
Original Article: "It’s National Drink Wine Day. Here Are 5 Chicago Wine Bars To Check Out"

CHICAGO (CBS)–President’s Day is also National Drink Wine Day, and luckily Chicago has plenty of places to cozy up with a glass of vino after work–or during the day if you’re one of the lucky ones who has the day off. Look close enough, and Chicago’s neighborhoods are studded with cool wine bars. Many of… read more ›

Weekend 101: Feb. 22-24
Make It Better |
Anna Carlson |
Feb 21, 2019
Original Article: "Weekend 101: Feb. 22-24"

It’s a busy weekend ahead with a new exhibit at Northwestern, Andersonville Restaurant Week, a wine and whiskey festival at Brookfield Zoo, a new event at Chicago Children’s Museum, and more. National Margarita Day at Nacional 27 and Tallboy Taco Feb. 22 Chicago Kick off the weekend, and celebrate National Margarita Day, with $6 margaritas or two tacos… read more ›

Here's where to find wine dinners around town
Crain's Chicago Business |
Brianna Kelly and Ben Winck |
Feb 21, 2019
Original Article: "Here's where to find wine dinners around town"

Looking to learn more about vino and how it pairs with food? Several Chicago restaurants offer prix-fixe wine dinners, often with the winemaker in attendance. Wine dinners offer diners a chance to sample several wines, usually from one winemaker, paired with several courses for a set fee. Typically a representative from the winemaker is also… read more ›

Tiki Sensation Three Dots and a Dash to Open New Bar Within a Bar
Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam |
Feb 21, 2019
Original Article: "Tiki Sensation Three Dots and a Dash to Open New Bar Within a Bar"

Tiki Sensation Three Dots and a Dash to Open New Bar Within a Bar Three Dots and a Dash, the smash Tiki hit in River North, will soon unveil a new bar within the bar on Thursday, a place that should appeal to big rum-cocktail fans. Ownership converted the private event space located to the… read more ›

The Most Eye-Catching Cocktails from Coast to Coast
Food Network |
Patty Lee |
Feb 21, 2019
Original Article: "The Most Eye-Catching Cocktails from Coast to Coast"

Even science says we eat with our eyes, so why not drink with them, too? Across the country, bars are working on presentation that grabs your attention with stunning handcrafted barware, tableside theatrics or a dose of whimsy. Treasure Chest at Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago When the Treasure Chest hits the floor, all… read more ›

The Eight Essential Food Halls in Chicago
Eater Chicago |
Jeffy Mai |
Feb 20, 2019
Original Article: "The Eight Essential Food Halls in Chicago"

Find outstanding burgers, sushi, pasta and more under one roof Variety is the spice of life and Chicago’s food halls are chock-full of many quality options. Instead of settling for just one menu, downtown diners can sample some of the city’s most popular restaurants inside these following venues. From fried chicken and burgers to sushi… read more ›

Everything You Need to Do in Las Vegas This Weekend
Thrillist Las Vegas |
Rob Kachelriess |
Feb 18, 2019
Original Article: "Everything You Need to Do in Las Vegas This Weekend"

Valentine's Day has come and gone. Either you scored big or fizzled out. Either way, carry your passion/momentum/anger/desperation into the weekend with plenty of fun events around Las Vegas. You've got a black truffle festival, free wine, and French Montana. So begin making plans now.  Eiffel Tower Restaurant Elope at the Eiffel Tower Now-Sunday, January… read more ›

Where to Find President’s Day Brunch Around DC
Washingtonian |
Daniella Byck |
Feb 18, 2019
Original Article: "Where to Find President’s Day Brunch Around DC"

Your guide to Monday mimosas. Make the most of a President’s Day Monday on February 18 with brunch dishes and bottomless mimosas at restaurants around Washington. Mon Ami Gabi  7239 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 11950 Democracy Dr., Reston February’s unpredictable weather calls for comfort food like French toast, waffles, and savory crepes. The Bethesda location is… read more ›

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small Bites: Bethesda Bartender Shines at D.C. Competition
Bethesda Magazine |
Charlie Wright |
Feb 14, 2019
Original Article: "Small Bites: Bethesda Bartender Shines at D.C. Competition"

Plus: Takoma Park celebrates FeBREWary, Valentine’s Day deals in the area Valentine’s Day deals Several restaurants and retail establishments in the county will have Valentine’s Day specials and related sales. Bethesda Row French bistro Mon Ami Gabi will have several special items through Valentine’s Day, including French Kiss Oysters with spicy cucumber and champagne verde… read more ›

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

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

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

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

Windy City Smokeout Moves To United Center Parking Lot For Annual Summer Bash
Block Club Chicago |
Mauricio Pena |
Feb 13, 2019
Original Article: "Windy City Smokeout Moves To United Center Parking Lot For Annual Summer Bash"

The festival will feature four-time world barbecue champion Myron Mixon and county music stars Chris Young and Old Dominion. NEAR WEST SIDE — The seventh annual Windy City Smokeout is leaving River North behind and bringing its country music and tasty BBQ to the city’s Near West Side this summer. The festival, hosted by Bub… read more ›

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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