Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-03-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

SAVOR Taureaux Tavern; Black Restaurant Week
DISH Dining Guide
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-02-12

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Those fluent in French probably know what Taureaux Tavern ( 155 W. Van Buren St.; TaureauxTavern.com ) is all about—especially when its location is considered.

Nestled in the Loops' financial district, the spot's name ( which is French for "bull" ) becomes a bit clearer, with the bull and bear markets that are part of everyday life at the nearby stock exchange and Board of Trade. ( In fact, two of the dishes at Taureaux are the seafood-focused Le Bear and Le Bull towers. )

Although there are certainly French dishes at Taureaux, American and event Italian plates are present as well. Appetizers are impressive, with offerings such as escargot Taureaux ( served in the shell, with garlic butter, bread crumbs and parmesan ), steak tartare and—my favorite—the foie gras pate, with apple mostarda that provided a memorable contrast. ( All are accompanied by slices of bread that provided the perfect platforms for spreading and/or dipping. ) The only item that fell somewhat short was the oeuf mayonnaise caviar—a dish consisting of an eight-minute egg, maple syrup, osetra caviar and garlic-egg aioli that only provided a faint burst of flavor for both of us.

However, after all the upscale food, I settled for the Gold Label burger—and the concoction ( prime chuck, thick-cut American cheese and caramelized truffle onions on a sesame brioche bun ) was one of the best burgers I've had in a city that specializes in them. The juicy roast chicken was similarly wonderful, confirming that sometimes simple is best.

And if you have room for dessert, please try either the flourless chocolate cake or the financier. Taureaux scores with both items.

As for the cocktail, Sympathy for the Devil ( Glenmorangie 10 year, brovo ginger, pear puree, lemon and cardamom bitters ) is a refreshing must-try. My friend tried mine and immediately ordered one for himself.

I hope to return to Taureaux for breakfast, which has everything from croque Madame to S'mores waffle—and that's no bull.

Black Restaurant Week through Feb. 17

Chicago Black Restaurant Week is running through Feb. 17.

Last year, 26 restaurants participated, with more than $11,000 being spent, according to the website. This year, 38 spots are taking part.

Just a few of the restaurants that are involved include Nadia's Gourmet Grapes, 841 W. 103rd St.; AJ's Southern Dining, 117 N. 19th Ave. ( Melrose Park ); Luella's Southern Kitchen, 4609 N. Lincoln Ave.; Irie Jerk Bar & Grill, 3404 N. Clark St.; Haire's Gulf Shrimp, 7448 S. Vincennes Ave.; LiFE Food 3858, 3858 W. Madison St.; Signature Sweets Factor, 514 E. 162nd St. ( South Holland ); Kiss My Dish Soul Kitchen, 4542 Rt. 71 ( Oswego ); and The Bureau Bar & Restaurant, 724 S. Maxwell St.

See chiBlackrestaurantweek.com/ .

Valentine's Day special: The Kitchen

Don't have an idea where to take your sweetheart for Valentine's Day ( Feb. 14 )? Then, try The Kitchen Bistro ( 316 N. Clark St.; www.thekitchenbistros.com/location/the-kitchen-chicago/ ) .

In addition to its regular menu, there are special items for that day, including Belgian endive salad, pan-roasted filet, seared scallops and Manila clams, and molten chocolate souffle. Each of these dishes has something intriguing to offer that will add dimension to your meal—and your evening.

Note: Restaurant profiles/events are based on invitations arranged from restaurants and/or firms.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

DINING Cochon555 winner, Lent offerings, St. Patrick's items 2019-03-12 - —Chicago "Prince of Pork" Chef Daniel Espinoza, of Cantina Laredo, came out on top at the annual pork-centered event Cochon555. Espinoza will represent ...


Gay News

SAVOR Tuscany on Taylor; Victory Italian 2019-03-12 - "That's Italian!" Besides being the slogan for a popular spaghetti sauce, that was my immediate reaction after visiting a pair of restaurants that ...


Gay News

DINING (Re)openings, Italian culinary cruise, St. Patrick's items 2019-03-05 - —Argentine gelato producer FRIO Gelato will open a new location at Navy Pier later this spring. This will mark the company's fourth location ...


Gay News

Cochon555 returns March 3 2019-02-27 - With an all-star cast of chefs who specialize in whole animal cooking paired with farmers responsibly raising delicious heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 returns ...


Gay News

SAVOR Boleo, The Whistler 2019-02-27 - It's interesting to see the Loop during the week. As soon as five o'clock hits, droves of people leave the office-laden area as ...


Gay News

DINING Walton Street's fried chicken, Blue Door, Mardi Gras 2019-02-26 - —Walton Street Kitchen + Bar, 912 N. State St., is now serving a fried-chicken Sunday evening special. The dinner consists of a three ...


Gay News

DINING Barton G., the place to be 2019-02-26 - Barton G. The Restaurant recently opened its Chicago location, with all of the pomp and circumstance that one expects from Miami-based visionary Barton ...


Gay News

'Chicago Magic Lounge: A Family Show' Feb. 16 2019-02-13 - "Chicago Magic Lounge: A Family Show" will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The ...


Gay News

DINING New Nico chef, DropShot, Valentine's Day options 2019-02-13 - —Joe Lambert has been named the new executive chef at Nico Osteria and the Thompson Chicago hotel, 1015 N. Rush St. Lambert has ...


Gay News

Cider Summit at Navy Pier benefits Heartland Alliance 2019-02-12 - Part of a tour that takes place throughout the United States, Cider Summit took place Feb. 9 in Navy Pier's Aon Grand Ballroom. ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.