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DINING Tokio Pub burgers, The Dearborn's pies, Sable's pop-up bar
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2018-11-19

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

—The Dearborn's pie program includes a choice of key lime ( graham cracker crust, key lime curd, vanilla cheesecake, toasted meringue ), Dutch apple ( traditional pie crust, Granny Smith-and-gala apple filling, streusel topping ), brown sugar pumpkin ( traditional pie crust, spiced pumpkin custard, mascarpone whip cream ) and bourbon pecan ( butter crust, caramelized pecans, brown sugar, bourbon ). Pre-order by calling 312-384-1242 at least 48 hours in advance. Pies are $35 each and are available now through Jan. 2.

—Sable Kitchen & Bar has a kitschy Christmas pop-up bar, Miracle, that will take over its cocktail den with "Miracle at Sable Kitchen & Bar" on Nov. 23-Dec. 31. In collaboration with Cocktail Kingdom, Miracle's cocktail menu of 10 Christmas-inspired libations and two shots will be served in festively ornate glassware by Beverage Director Jenee Craver. A launch party will be held Friday, Nov. 23, 5-7 at 505 N. State St. and guests are urged to wear ugly holiday sweaters; visit SableChicago.com .

—Launching on Black Friday and running through the holiday season, Lincoln Park spot Gemini will offer its ZooLights prix fixe special, including two courses and Santa's Cookies and a hot beverage to-go ( $36 ). Starters include the chef's seasonal soup of the day, and Gemini Salad or mini-chorizo empanadas, followed by a choice of lasagna bolognese, rainbow trout provencal or steak frites. See GeminiChicago.com .

—LondonHouse Chicago, 85 E. Upper Wacker Dr., has announced the appointment of Samantha Santiago Torres as executive pastry chef. Santiago Torres began her culinary career by studying at the prestigious Camilo Jose Cela University in Madrid, Spain with a Ferran Adria Chair Professorship. Visit londonhousechicago.com .

—Starting the week of Nov. 26, Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods ( 1415 N. Wood St. ) will offer daily specials. They include kids eating free on Mondays, Yakamein Tuesdays ( yakamein being a Southern soup similar to ramen ), All-You-Can-Eat Shrimp Wednesdays ( the shrimp being $35 ) and Fried Chicken, Beer and Bingo Thursdays. See https://www.inamaetavern.com/.

—The City Lights Experience literally aims to take romance and fun to new heights. Included with a high-above-the-sky tour is a $100 credit for dinner and cocktails at The Duck Inn. Vouchers can be purchased in advance, and guests can call to schedule their experience for whenever works for them. Limited pricing per couple is now available for $347. See https://www.chicagohelicopterexperience.com/date-night-call/.

—Travelle at the Langham, 300 N. Wabash Ave., now has art-inspired signature cocktails. The restaurant's new cocktail menu is influenced by famous works of art, and all of the selections were hand-chosen by the Travelle bar team. For example, the Midori Garden—evocative of Hiroshi Yoshida's "In the Botanical Garden"—features Monkey 47 gin, banana liqueur, lavender syrup, lime juice, matcha, cream and egg for a concoction reminiscent of the Japanese landscape. See TravelleChicago.com/.

—Bar Cargo, 605 N. Wells St., is now offering a special white-truffle pizza topped with 15 grams of truffles straight from Alba, Italy. The pizza features the spot's traditional 96-hour Roman-style crust, sunny-side-up eggs and 15 grams of white truffles for $100. Guests must call 312-929-0065 at least 24 hours ahead to reserve it, and people can add truffle shavings ( for $75 ) to any other pizza on the menu.

—Ludlow Liquors, 2959 N. California Ave., is hosting a "Christmas Sucks" pop-up Nov 29-Jan. 1, 2019. Guests can enjoy creepy "Christmas decor, tragic family holiday photos and a special menu of not eggnog all month long," a press release noted. See Ludlow-Liquors.com .

—The Barn Steakhouse is kicking off their winter wine dinner series with a special event Wed., Dec. 5, featuring acclaimed California winemaker, Greg Brewer, from Brewer-Clifton Winery. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., people will join the hostess-owner of The Barn, Amy Morton, for a meet-and-greet in the Winter Garden Room with Brewer. Dinner will follow in the loft space. The dinner costs $100 per person ( excluding tax and tip ); visit "An evening at The Barn Steakhouse with Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton" at BrownPaperTickets.com .

—Chef StephenB and Get in the Kitchen's Jason Bailin will team for The Golden Girls-themed pop-up "Party On The Lanai!" on Friday, Dec. 7, 7-10 p.m., at 3617 N. Broadway. Items will include Rose's St. Olaf Salad and Big Daddy's Beef Short Rib, among other items. Tickets ( $79 each; no refunds ) are at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-golden-girls-pop-up-dinner-on-the-lanai-tickets-51681742483.

—Brewpoint Coffee, a cafe and roastery located in Elmhurst, is offering a variety of gift sets, including the Brewpoint Brewer Box, featuring two 12-ounce coffee blends and a pour over brewer ( $60-$75 ); the Female Empowerment Box, featuring two 12-ounce coffee blends from women producers ( $35 ); and more. See https://www.brewpointcoffee.com/.

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