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SAVOR Del Frisco's - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - The 24,000-square-foot, three-story Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse ( 58 E. Oak St.; DelFriscos.com ) certainly makes a dramatic statement—and, in a sense, it's no wonder. The behemoth occupies 70 percent of what used to be the Esquire movie theater, and Del Frisco's has even retained some touches, such as the "ESQUIRE" sign displayed upon entering, and even knobs on ...


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Culinary shorts: Vanille; Fogo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Say 'oui' to Vanille There's a new sweet spot in town and it is located in the heart of Lake View at 3243 N. Broadway. Vanille Patisserie creates authentic French goodness with the art of pastry. Founded in 2002, there is now a third location that opened Feb. 4. The owner for four years, Sophie Evanoff was on hand at ...


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Dining news: Halsted's closing; Valentine's Day options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —LKH Management—the group behind Lake View's Hydrate, Replay, Elixir Lounge and VII as well as Andersonville's Replay and Elixir—announced that it will close Halsted's Bar & Grill, 3441 N. Halsted St., on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 10 p.m. The company will introduce a new neighborhood-oriented food and beverage concept this spring. —GreenRiver, 259 E. Erie, has added Pastry Chef Ji ...


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SAVOR Villains - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Boy, has Villains ( 730 S. Clark St.; Villainschicago.com ) undergone a renovation. Initially, Villains was, essentially, a dive bar. ( Manager Marco Silva informed Savor that the establishment's name originated with its first location in 2007, saying it felt like the type of place where Villains would hang out because it was very unassuming. ) Now, it's a midscale ...


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Dining: Analogue dinner; Vanille grand opening; Super Bowl events - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —At Analogue, 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chef Alfredo Nogueira will partner with Pork Mafia's Phil Wingo to create a special five-course Cajun menu featuring various cuts of Mangalitsa pork on Wed., Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. Dishes will include beignets, gumbo with smoked pork, and glazed Ham with collard greens and cornbread. The cost will be $55/person; visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2487901 . ...


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SAVOR Jake Melnick's Corner Tap - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - BY ANDREW DAVIS I wasn't quite sure what to expect at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap ( 41 E. Superior St.; JakeMelnicks.com ). Judging from what I had heard and read about the establishment—which has been around since 2002, replacing Blackhawk Lodge—I wasn't certain whether it was a midscale restaurant or the quintessential dive bar. However, what I discovered was a ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Warmer Winter Chicago ( WarmestWinterChicago.com ): Chicago's Chance the Rapper and The Empowerment Plan have collaborated on this initiative, which aims to bring 1,000 EMPWR coats to the city's individuals who are experiencing homelessness. ( As of Jan. 12, the goal had been reached, but people can still donate. There are more than 125,000 homeless people in Chicago. ) —25 ...


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Dining news: Chicago q and Art Smith; brunch options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., will celebrate Mardi Gras Feb. 5-9 with a menu in which Chef Art Smith will play a part. Smith, together with Ideology Corporate Chef Justin Ferguson, have created a menu that pays homage to the deep-rooted Creole traditions of the various south Louisiana regions. Some of the items will include boiled Louisiana crawfish, red ...


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SAVOR Filini Bar & Restaurant - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Believe it or not, there was a time when people generally avoided hotel restaurants in big cities—with people getting gussied up to go out for a night on the town. At the most, people would treat hotel eateries like greasy-spoon diners, grabbing a quick meal. However, hotels—eager to hold onto their guests as well as attract other customers—have stepped it ...


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Dining news: Del Frisco's party; new Mexican restaurant - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, 58 E. Oak St., is hosting its 2nd annual Bring Your Own Magnum Party to thank patrons. On Friday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m., guests can enjoy a special menu that will be paired with wines from their very own collections; patrons are encouraged to bring wine to share with their friends, family and ...


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SAVOR Coconutz; Maple & Ash - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I'll admit it: I didn't walk into Coconutz ( CoconutzChicago.com; 13 W. Division St. ) with the highest of expectations. There were at least a couple of reasons, ranging from the "z" in the restaurant's name to the fact that it's located along a stretch of Division Street that's known primarily for Jager bombs and the occasional thong contest. However, ...


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Dining news: Chicago Restaurant Week; soda-fountain stamps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Online reservations for Chicago Restaurant Week ( Jan. 22-Feb. 4 ) can be made at eatitupchicago.com, where one also can see every participating restaurant ( a record 354 this year, 54 of them first-timers ) and their featured menus, according to The Chicago Tribune. A few of the participating restaurants are 312 Chicago, Macku Sushi, May St. Cafe, Park Grill, ...


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SAVOR Analogue - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Analogue ( 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.; AnalogueChicago.com ) is part of the burgeoning Logan Square restaurant movement—and a compelling reason why more people should check out that area of Chicago. This restaurant is deceptive—in a good way. A recent lunchtime visit revealed a relatively simple, relaxed site with Southern fare that's simultaneously straightforward, traditional ( although with the occasional twist ...


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Cook County, Greater Chicago Food Depository announce Food Access Plan - From a press release - MAYWOOD, IL — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Greater Chicago Food Depository today announced the creation of a Cook County Food Access Plan, which builds upon existing resources to increase access of nutritious food for households in need and create new solutions to food insecurity. Tuesday's announcement of the two-year plan was made at the Vision of ...


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Dining news: Nothing Bundt Cakes; Bar Toma brunch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Nothing Bundt Cakes—a bakery specializing in nostalgic yet modern bundt cakes—has opened at 1953 N. Clybourn Ave. A grand-opening charity benefit will take place Friday, Jan. 15, with 20 percent of all proceeds supporting Imerman Angels, a not-for-profit organization that provides free one-on-one support to cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Other activities include an official ribbon-cutting event on Wed., Jan. ...


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SAVOR Highlights of 2015 - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - One of the perks of my job at Windy City Times involves bringing readers information and thoughts regarding just a few of Chicagoland's thousands of restaurants—which includes everything from behind-the-scenes interviews with chefs to, of course, critiques of dishes. Below are just a few of the highlights of Savor 2015: —Senza: One of the greatest local culinary tragedies this year ...


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Dining news: Rockit's coffee drinks; NYE options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St., has revealed a brand-new menu of coffee drinks. Rockit now xclusively serves Colectivo Toro beans in espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and other brews. There are also new coffee presentations, including cocktails like the Irish Breakfast ( Stumptown Coffee, Left Hand Milk Stout, Amaro CioCiaro, Waterloo Antique Gin, egg white ) and Drunken ...


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SAVOR Brunch at Cindy's - Cindy's ( 12 S. Michigan Ave.; CindysRooftop.com ), situated at the top of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, has been one of the most buzzed-about restaurants in recent months, with food critics discussing the restaurant's views, clientele, food and even noise level. However, a recent Sunday visit for brunch proved to be quite less noisy—almost tranquil ( quite a pleasant ...


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Dining news: Gino's East reopens; Elliot leaving 'MasterChef' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —After closing its doors for renovations early this year, Gino's East Lake View, 2801 N. Lincoln Ave., is now celebrating its grand reopening, and is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Deep-dish pizza favorites on the menu include the Chicago Fire, Meaty Legend, BBQ Brisket and Chi-talian Stallion. Desserts include Triple Chocolate Oreo Cookies, Cinnamon Sugar Beignet ...


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DISH: SAVOR Zoom Pizza Factory - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zoom Pizza Factory ( 2156 N. Clybourn Ave.; ZoomPizzaFactory.com ) opened only a few weeks ago—and has already differentiated itself from the myriad pizza restaurants in Chicago. The website reads, in part, "We believe there's nothing pizza can't do. Mainly because more than any other food, pizza speaks directly to our soul." This may sound hokey to some ( because ...


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Table fifty-two to close Dec. 31 - On Thursday, Dec. 31., Table fifty-two will serve its final dinner service at 52 W. Elm St. For nearly a decade, Table fifty-two has served both A-list celebrities and Chicago natives alike, providing elevated Southern cuisine and hospitality at the hands of Chef Art Smith, who once cooked for Oprah Winfrey. "I feel that I've reached my peak at Table ...


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SAVOR Bar Takito; holiday demo - Spinoffs are sometimes not as successful. Remember the TV show Joey ( which Friends spawned )? Not many people do. However, Bar Takito ( 201 N. Morgan St.; BarTakito.com ) is a spinoff worth remembering. A spinoff of Ukrainian Village eatery Takito ( I still remember the chipotle margaritas there ), Bar Takito retains many of the aspects of its ...


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Dining news: Fish Bar; edible cannabis items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Fish Bar, 2956 N. Sheffield Ave., is transporting guests to the Big Easy with a New Orleans-inspired menu starting Wed., Dec. 16. Dishes will include spicy crab remoulade, pecan catfish, chocolate creme-brulee bread pudding, and shrimp-and-crawfish etouffee, among other items. See FishBarChicago.com. —Illinois medical marijuana patients will soon have a line of chef-crafted products to choose from with the announcement ...


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DISH: SAVOR Foodseum exhibit closing Dec. 20 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Block 37, 108 N. State St., has attractions ranging from the Moto Shop to Latinicity to Magnolia Bakery to Clark Street Sports. And, until Dec. 20, there's the interactive Foodseum experience ( Foodseum.org ), which covers "The Hot Dog and Encased Meats of the World." The extemely genial Kyle Joseph, the exhibit's curator, recently took Windy City Times on a ...


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DISH: SAVOR Cassava Cafe - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide, Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I recently spent a morning at the Gold Coast spot Cassava Cafe ( 1211 N. LaSalle St.; CassavaCafe.com )—and was pretty much alone, save for the cheerful worker behind the counter. This was a shame, because this is an eatery that's much more than an eatery. Sure, there are bites ranging from pastries to a tasty grilled-cheese sandwich that has ...


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Dining news: Ten Mile's cocktails; Drury lane's new restaurant - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dining news: Ten Mile's cocktails; Drury lane's new restaurant COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS —Evanston's Ten Mile House has unveiled its cocktail menu. The selections include The Ten Mile ( Bulleit Bourbon, Giffard Apricot Liqueur, amaro and Carpano Antica Formula ), The Maud ( St. Germain, Castillo Silver, Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves, fresh basil and soda ) and the E-Town Mule ...


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DISH Weekly Dining Guide: Revival Social Club - What revives you? Is it coffee? Is it cocktails and conversation or is it simply hearty food that nourishes both body and soul? This is the question that will be put to you as you dine at Revival Social Club ( 1133 W. Granville Avenue; www.revivalsocialclub.com ), and the answers are all right there. Owner Alan Stoll considered this question ...


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SAVOR Corridor; Home Run Inn - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Dish is going the casual route this week in terms of restaurants—but that doesn't necessarily mean the quality of the fare takes a dip. Corridor Brewery & Provisions ( 3446 N. Southport Ave.; CorridorChicago.com )—so-called because it's located in the city's Southport Corridor—is a prime example of this. Corridor hasn't been on the block for long, having officially opened in ...


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Thanksgiving volunteers mark 28 years - On Thanksgiving, longtime activist Lori Cannon and volunteers marked 28 years of spending the holiday delivering meals to homebound clients who are unable to go to the Vital Bridges pantry Groceryland. Once again, the meals were assembled at Ann Sather, 929 W. Belmont Ave. In an email, Cannon said, "I salute [Ald.] Tom Tunney and his hard-working Ann Sather staff, ...


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Dining news: Meals on Wheels gala; 'speed lunch' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —More than 700 people gathered Nov. 13 for Meals on Wheels Chicago's 27th Annual Celebrity Chef Ball at Morgan Manufacturing. The annual event brought together more than 80 chefs and restaurants from Chicago and culinary hotspots around the country as well as 20 mixologists, brewers and distilleries. This year, the event grossed $265,000 in direct financial support, and will provide ...


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Dining news: Garrett Popcorn; Thanksgiving options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Garrett Popcorn is set to open its first suburban Chicago location in Schaumburg's Woodfield Mall, and to celebrate the occasion, the store plans to debut never-before-seen flavors that will stay on the menu permanently, NBC Chicago noted. Among the new flavors are Almond CaramelCrisp Mocha, Almond CaramelCrisp Dark Hot Chocolate, Cashew CaramelCrisp White Hot Chocolate, CaramelCrisp Infused Coffee and Hand-Dipped ...


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SAVOR Uptown Brownie and 'World of Chocolate' - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago will hold its annual World of Chocolate on Thursday, Dec. 3, at Chicago's Great Union Station. There will be lots of new items this year to entice attendees. The event will feature a "Roaring '20s" Great Gatsby theme, complete with a '20s holiday-themed photo booth. In addition, the VIP area will be more decadent than ...


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SAVOR Cocoa + Co. - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - How sweet it is. For those of you who adore chocolate ( and I'm pretty sure that's most of you ), Cocoa + Co. ( 1651 N. Wells St.; http://cocoaandco.com ), is an adventure in pleasure. You'll find pastries, bonbons, a wall of bars from chocolatiers around the world and even drinking chocolates at this establishment, which has only been ...


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Dining news: Beard dinner; Thanksgiving options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Thursday, Nov. 19, Partner/Executive Chef Tony Priolo and Partner/Wine Director Ciro Longobardo of Chicago's Piccolo Sogno and Piccolo Sogno Duewill host the annual James Beard House Black and White Truffle Dinner at 7 p.m. at The Beard House in New York City. Attendees will nosh on items such as veal tartare with black truffles and potato chips; truffled deviled ...


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SAVOR The Boarding House - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - If you want to know the importance of wine at The Boarding House ( 720 N. Wells St.; http://boardinghousechicago.com/dine/ ), all one has to do is look up upon entering the establishment. Even if one doesn't know that famed sommelier Alpana Singh is one of the forces behind the restaurant, the wine-glass installation ( featuring more than 9,000 of the ...


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Dining news: Veterans Day; free petit fours - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In recognition of Veterans Day, Municipal, 216 W. Ohio St., will offer veterans 50 percent off their bills; this includes active, former or retired military. In addition, Stretch Bar & Grill, 3485 N. Clark St., is offering 50 percent off veterans' tabs with proof of military ID. See MunicipalBar.com and TheStretchChicago.com. —On Wed., Nov. 11, The Florentine ( in the ...


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Dining news: Chicago's top restaurants; Ramenfest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Curtis Duffy's West Loop restaurant Grace and Grant Achatz's Lincoln Park fine-dining mecca Alinea retained their ratings of three Michelin stars—marking the best restaurants in the world, according to Crain's Chicago Business. Acadia, 42 Grams and Sixteen each rated two stars; and 17 places garnered one star each, including Boka, Sepia, Spiaggia, Goosefoot, North Pond, Parachute, Naha, Tru, Blackbird and ...


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SAVOR Replay Andersonville - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Some people have claimed that the Chicago neighborhood of Andersonville is becoming the second Boystown, and the addition of two businesses that originated in that part of Lake View—Replay ( 5358 N. Clark St.; ReplayAndersonville.com ) and the adjoining lounge Elixir ( 1509 W. Balmoral Ave.; https://www.facebook.com/elixirandersonville )—will do little to dissuade them. However, at least from a culinary point ...


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SAVOR Pastoral opening in Andersonville - Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine held a sneak peek of its new Andersonville retail location and Appellation, the full-service wine bar & restaurant, on Oct. 23 at 5212 N. Clark St. Among those who attended were Ald. Greg Harris and artist Adam Thomas, whose work is on display at the site. The store/restaurant hybrid ( which one could call ...


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Dining news: NAHA dinner; restaurant closures - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Thursday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m., NAHA ( 500 N. Clark St. ) will host a four-course dinner by James Beard Award-winning Chef/Owner Carrie Nahabedian. Dinner will be paired with a selection of Tromba Tequila and cocktails by NAHA/Brindille Bar Director Amy Starr. Marco Cedano, master distiller and founder of Tequila Tromba, will be present as well. Tickets are ...


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DINING Out Spiaggia chef talks coming out, desserts and beer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When people think of food that goes with beer, people usually think of savory items, such as steak or pizza. However, the concept of pairing beer with desserts ( yes—desserts ) is gaining traction. The "Let's Grab a Beer" campaign has partnered with pastry chef Melanie Diamond-Manlusoc, who's with one of Chicago's most exclusive restaurants—Spiaggia—to share a trio of beer-inspired ...


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DISH Old Town event preview - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Old Town restaurant scene is expected to be even busier than usual through Oct. 31 when Old Town Restaurant Week ( http://oldtownchicago.org/events/ ) takes place. Windy City Times was part of a media preview that took place Oct. 22, as a half-dozen eateries presented various offerings: —Pomp & Circumstance ( 1400 N. Wells St.; PompChicago.com ) advertises itself as ...


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DISH Brandon Byxbe: All hail the kale king - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jamie Schmid - Brandon Byxbe, 33, cooked his way all over Chicago before opening The Amazing Kale Burger. At 741 Howard St. in Evanston, the restaurant combines a hipster hangout with a Barnum and Bailey Circus, and serves variations on only one dish: a veggie burger. The raw food chef dishes on his emerging venture, the vegan trend, and his problem with bathrooms. ...


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SAVOR Nando's PERi-PERi - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - There's no denying the success of Nando's PERi-PERi ( Nandos.com ), named after co-founder Fernando Duarte. The fast-casual chain, which originated in Johannesburg, South Africa, has more than 1,200 restaurants in almost 40 countries—and it's slowly moving west throughout the United States I had to try this myself to see if all the hubbub was worth it—and it does seem ...


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Dining news: Sepia's $6 offerings; Joe Fish reconceived - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Sepia, 123 N. Jefferson St., recently launched its "Greatest Hits" menu. Chef Andrew Zimmerman and Head Bartender Griffin Elliott are showcasing a few of Sepia's most popular options over the past eight years for $6 each, including classic cocktails and bites like the Sepia Old Fashioned, Duck Liver Mousse, Blistered Shishito Peppers, Crispy Confit Potatoes and other favorites. These items ...


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Kanela Streeterville - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times, by Sebastian Saenz - Abandoning the warm blankets for a quick shower and the chaotic rush hours ( especially if it's cold outside ) is a major issue for non-morning people. A cure, however, has been discovered: a pleasing meal at Kanela Breakfast Club-Streeterville ( 500 N. Lake Shore Dr.; kanelabreakfastclub.com ). This newest Kanela location offers the same experience in terms of efficient ...


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Dining news: Coat drive; new West Loop spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Stretch Bar & Grill, 3458 N. Clark St., has partnered with the Chicago Spartans Michigan State Alumni Association to host a winter-coat drive benefiting Elam Davies Social Service Center. For any new or gently used coat donated, Stretch will give customers a free Miller Lite or Coors Light draft ( one per person ). Donations will be accepted at the ...


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SAVOR Bernie's Lunch & Supper - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Things may initially prove to be a tad deceptive at Bernie's Lunch & Supper ( 660 N. Orleans St.; http://bernieslunchandsupper.com/ ). For one, the meal I had was brunch—a concept that belies the restaurant's name, and may confuse people who walk by the establishment on a weekend day. For another, Bernie's advertises itself as bringing "a new take on Mediterranean ...


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Dining news: Valerie Bertinelli show; Chefs Hall of Fame - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Golden Globe-winning actress Valerie Bertinelli ( One Day at at Time; Hot in Cleveland ) returns to Food Network with her show Valerie's Home Cooking Nov. 7. Each of the 13 half-hour long episodes are filled with food, company and laughs, as Bertinelli invites friends and family over for hearty home cooking. See www.FoodNetwork.com. —Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proclaimed ...


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Dining: Breast Cancer Month items; Chicago q chef leaves - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Adamus ( in the Silversmith Hotel, 10 S. Wabash Ave. ) is offering a pink-tinted signature drink called The Diva Cocktail ( which includes cranberry bitters, Trios Citros and Mezcal Vago, among other ingredients ). One dollar from every cocktail sold will be donated to the Chicagoland Susan G. Komen ...


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SAVOR Chicago Gourmet draws hundreds; new Freshii opens - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet took place Sept. 25-27 in Millennium Park, drawing hundreds to take part in various events, see some esteemed chefs—and, of course, sample culinary treats. One of the highlights of Chicago Gourmet was Grand Cru ( with law firm Eimer Stahl LLP presenting ), which featured chefs such as The Purple Pig's Jimmy Bannos Jr., Trencherman's ...


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SAVOR Autre Monde; Cantina 1910 - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I had never been to Berwyn. Not that there haven't been good reasons to go there, but I've definitely found one: Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits ( 6727 Roosevelt Rd.; AutreMondeCafe.net ). Autre Monde, which launched in 2011, is a celebration of Mediterranean food, with ingredients on the seasonal menus ranging from almonds to olive oil—giving one the feeling that ...


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Dining news: Free brownies; Doritos Rainbows - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —In celebration of the first day of fall and the return of the favorite flavor of pumpkin, JW Marriott Chicago, 151 W. Adams St., invites guests and local Chicagoans to visit the hotel's front desk on Wed., Sept. 23 for a complimentary treat. For this year's confection, Executive Chef Michael Reich will create his pumpkin dark-chocolate brownies for guests to ...


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SAVOR GreenRiver opening; Ceres' Table - GreenRiver ( 259 E. Erie St., 18th floor; GreenRiverChi.com ) is among a crop of restaurants receiving a lot of buzz before its autumn openings. ( GreenRiver officially opens Sept. 17. ) A media preview was held Sept. 9—and, believe me, there are many impressive aspects to this restaurant. One is the sweeping view of Streeterville and the lake once ...


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Dining news: Restaurant openings; famed chef dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Mexican restaurant Cantina 1910 will open in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood on Sept. 16 at 5025 N. Clark St. at 8 p.m. The culinary team is led by Executive Chef Diana Davila, with dishes like chorizo de chivo ( goat chorizo, huatape verde, sunchoke mash and pan-fried chochoyotes ), sweet potato panuchos and shrimp ceviche. Visit Cantina-1910.com or call 773-506-2609. ...


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SAVOR Brunch at Bottlefork; Rosebud's 40th - As one might guess from its name, Bottlefork ( 441 N. Clark St.; Bottlefork.com ) combines elements of the bar and the kitchen ( and it even says so on the window, for those who still might wonder ). The River North restaurant is a collaboration between Rockit Ranch Productions ( Brad Young, Arturo Gomez and the seemingly omnipresent Billy ...


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EATING OUT WITH A GIRL Pub 626 - By Eating Out With A Girl - Who'd think that a Pub, in the middle of Rogers Park would have so many GREAT, vegetarian options??!!! Pub 626 most certainly does! Let's discuss if I may, The Amazing Kale Burger. It might just be the BEST veggie burger, I've ever had. At Pub 626, this amaze-balls kale burger is topped with kale chips, chipotle-cream cheese and a side ...


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'Shop to Fight Hunger' in Lakeview for Lakeview Pantry during Hunger Action Month - From a press release - September 8, 2015 - ( Chicago, Ill. ) — September is Hunger Action Month — a national initiative started by Feeding America and its member food banks to encourage the public to take action and work to alleviate hunger. In response, Lakeview Pantry, an organization that has provided emergency food assistance and other critical services to residents of Lakeview for ...


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Dining news: Oyster Fest; Mary's drag show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dining news: Oyster Fest; Mary's drag show —Shaw's Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St., will hold its annual Oyster Fest celebration through Sept. 11. Among other things, there will be live entertainment ( such as Dave Specter and Mississippi Heat ) and a "slurp-off" competition as well as specials such as half-priced oysters, blue crab-stuffed oysters ( $16 ) and ...


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SAVOR Seven Lions - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Honestly, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Seven Lions ( 130 S. Michigan Ave.; SevenLionsChicago.com ). Before visiting restaurants, I try to conduct research—after all, it wouldn't be right to be unprepared, I feel. However, during the course of researching, I made the mistake of stumbling across reviews on certain websites—and they were among the most widely divisive ...


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Dining news: New Freshii; Chicago Independents - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Aug. 25, Freshii—the fast-casual, fresh food franchise—opened its doors at Citigroup Center at 500 W. Madison St. Freshii offers healthful options in 70-plus cities and 15 countries. The customizable menu includes breakfast, soups, salads, wraps, bowls, burritos, Lifeway frozen kefir, juices and smoothies. —A new organization aims to have diners know of the Chicagoland's "hidden gems." Chicago Independents ( ...


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Petterino's celebrates 8th anniversary of Monday Night Live Sept. 14 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 2015 )—Petterino's ( 150 N. Dearborn St., at Randolph in the heart of the theater district ), is celebrating eight smashingly successful years of its impromptu musical showcase Petterino's Monday Night Live on Monday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. Since its debut in September 2007, more than 700 singers have graced the stage for Petterino's' Monday Night ...


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SAVOR Firefly Kitchen - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Most of the restaurants I've profiled here—no matter how amazing or unimpressive they are—have one thing in common: They're in Chicago. However, contrary to what some may believe, there are some interesting culinary experiences in the suburbs—and Wilmette's Firefly Kitchen ( 111 Green Bay Rd.; FFKitchen.com ) is definitely one of the area's more promising restaurants. Firefly has an interesting ...


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Eating Out with a Girl: The Irish Rose Saloon - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The more I visit Rockford, the more I like it. : ) One of the main reasons is: The Irish Rose. IrishRose.Rockford. Upon walking through the door, one might think, "Aw shit, it's an Irish Pub so, I'll get some chips…" Then BOOM, you take a look at the menu and the specials and you're like, "Mmmmhhhmmm, I'm good here. ...


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Dining news: New Pastoral chef; Browntrout closing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine has hired Jessica "Jesse" Williams as chef of Appellation—the company's new wine bar and restaurant that will be located within Pastoral Andersonville, 5212 N. Clark St., a space scheduled to open early this fall. A former Pastoral cheesemonger, she joins Appellation from Birchwood Kitchen in Wicker Park, where she served as head chef for ...


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Former Pastoral Cheesemonger Jessica "Jesse" Williams new "Appellation" Chef - From a press release - Chicago, Ill. ( August 20, 2015 ) — Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine, has hired Jessica "Jesse" Williams as Chef of Appellation, the company's new wine bar and restaurant, which will be located within Pastoral Andersonville at 5212 North Clark Street, a space scheduled to open early this fall. Williams will lead menu development for and oversee the kitchen ...


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Dining news: Free pizza at Bar Toma; 86-cent donuts - —To give guests a first taste of Bar Toma's pizza before reopening, Chef Tony Mantuanois offering free slices at 4-5:30 p.m. on Aug. 19-20 on the patio. ( There's a limit of one slice per person. ) To receive the pizza, guests must follow @BarTomaChicago on Instagram, Twitter ( @BarToma ) or on Facebook. The free pizza week comes in ...


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SAVOR Adamus; Florentine's corn menu - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Have you heard of the Silversmith Hotel? I hadn't, either. Located along Jewelers Row in The Loop, this boutique hotel itself is literally a jewel of a place—the hotel interior is quite sleek, and some of the tables have diamonds ( or diamond facsimiles ) on them. That was one of the entrancing things about Adamus ( 10 S. Wabash ...


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SAVOR Municipal; Hard Rock's burger; beer brunch - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - A lot has stayed the same at Municipal Bar + Dining Co. ( 216 W. Ohio St.; MuncipalBar.com )—including the Chicago theme, the laid-back atmosphere and those cool metallic chairs. However, a lot has changed as well—mainly regarding the menu. ( The restaurant's patio has also opened for the summer, although a friend and I avoided that recently because of ...


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DISH: SAVOR Roy's Restaurant - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Brian Solem - This is food that was made for a warm, humid, breezy night. Roy's Restaurant ( 720 N. State St.; RoysRestaurant.com ) may be far in distance from its Hawaiian roots, but the sweet-and-savory combinations found at its Chicago outpost are a solid, if uncreative, distillation of Hawaiian-American cuisine. The flagship of this chain of 20 restaurants opened in Honolulu in ...


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Dining news: mk reopens; S'mores baked Alaska - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl—featuring selections from 22 restaurants—will take place Wed., Aug. 12, 6-9 p.m. The main location for the Taste of Andersonville is the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. Participants can choose between the Salt or Pepper routes, as well as The Whole Enchilada. Tickets are $30 for each route in advance, $35 at the ...


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SAVOR Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Evanston-born Iron Chef winner Kerry Simon is known as the "Rock 'n' Roll Chef," a moniker Rolling Stone magazine reportedly bestowed upon him. To be honest, I don't know if I'd consider Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Restaurant ( 224 N. Michigan Ave., adjacent to the Hard Rock Hotel; ChucksChicago.com ) a very rock 'n' roll place, save for the hotel ...


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Local 'Masterchef' talent on clothes, Creole roots - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Local talent Tommy Walton is moving in a whole new direction these days. After teaching at the Art Institute in Chicago for years and becoming a leader in fashion, there is something fresh on his plate. He is now on the hit reality series Masterchef on Fox, starring Gordon Ramsay, Graham Eliot and new judge Christina Tosi. On the show ...


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Dining news: National Oyster Day; Yoshi's owner dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —For National Oyster Day ( Aug. 5 ), Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House ( www.hugosfrogbar.com ) & Tavern on Rush ( www.tavernonrush.com ) will hold specials. Hugo's will have $1 oysters all day long. At Tavern, guests will enjoy $1 oysters on the half shell, $2 stone oven baked oysters ( available in jalapeno bacon or lemon garlic styles ...


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Polo marks 30 years on Morgan - From a press release - His hair was shorter and not salt and pepper, his waistline was smaller, but his energy is still high and his outlook is as bright as it was in early August, 1985, when Dave Samber opened his Polo Nuts and Candy, Etc. in a renovated storefront at 3322 S. Morgan Street in Chicago. It became a popular neighborhood stop for ...







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