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February 8, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Grahamwich 615 N. State St. 312-265-0434 Rating: !!! (out of four) Off to a good start The scene: Graham Elliot's River North sandwichery Grahamwich is as quiet as can be in the morning, the polar opposite of the frenzied lunch hour. We'd take a seat at the communal table in back if we didn't fear the staff would hear our every bite. The food: The eatery opened in December with a pastry case stocked by Lincoln Park's Fritz Pastry , but two panini made with Fritz's near-perfect croissants recently joined the a.m. lineup.
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November 5, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
Calling all craft beer lovers--Half Acre Brewery has finally opened its tap room in North Center. For five years, Half Acre Brewery has been supplying local bars with its own brews. Now, it's giving patrons a chance to sample some of the area's finest beers in-house. Half Acre president Gabriel Magliaro said that the new tap room is set apart from other bars and restaurants because it isn't a bar or restaurant. “All we do is serve our own beer,” he said.  Magliaro came up with idea for a tap room about a year ago. It opened Friday.  According to Magliaro, the opening weekend was...
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May 30, 2012 | By Kate Bernot and For RedEye
Mini-review: The Peasantry 2723 N. Clark St. 773-868-4888 Rating:  !!! (out of four) Off to a good start The gist: A brick-and-mortar restaurant dedicated to "elevated street food" isn't a new idea (see Xoco and Belly Shack), but it sure is a tasty one. That's why my taste buds perked up when Alexander Brunacci (of Lincoln Park's successful sausage shop Franks 'n' Dawgs) opened this second spot dedicated to putting his own spin on street food favorites. His signature creativity - and love of meat - is all over the menu.
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December 1, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
Slurping Turtle 116 W. Hubbard St. 312-464-0466 Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start Watch out, Melman brothers. Your Hubbard Street spots, Hub 51 and Paris Club , definitely bring the crowds, but the next block over - 100 West - might be ready to give you a run for your money. Just opened right next to popular Epic and Hubbard Inn is Slurping Turtle , a Japanese tapas and noodle bar from chef Takashi Yagihashi of the award-winning Takashi in Bucktown.
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April 25, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Takito Kitchen 2013 W. Division St.  773-687-9620 Rating:  !!!! (out of four)  Already hot Since opening about a month ago in the former Sabor Saveur space in Ukrainian Village, Takito Kitchen has tried to shine in an already taco-saturated neighborhood. Setting the casual-but-stylish restaurant apart is chef David Dworshak, formerly of Carnivale, and an intriguing cocktail list of tequila- and rum-based concoctions that are as colorful as the spray-painted mural on the rear wall.
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January 8, 2014 | By The Great Burgerelli and RedEye
Burger review: Parts and Labor 2700 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-360-7040 Rating: !! 1/2 (out of 4) A man cannot live on one type of burger alone--certainly not a beef-obsessed man like Burgerelli. Thick char burgers certainly are satisfying, but my tummy has rumbled recently for the lace-like edges of a pressed griddle burger. Edzo's Burger Shop fits the bill, but wherefore art the rest of the griddle burger barons? Parts and Labor, a mechanic-themed bar and burger restaurant that opened mid-December in Logan Square, serves only these precious...
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May 8, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant 4801 N. Broadway 773-334-8787 Looks like: An art gallery-restaurant hybrid trimmed in gold and crimson Sounds like: The chatter of families sharing messob plates Smells like: Sweet pungent garlic, onion and ginger Unless you're a foie gras duck farmer, shoving food in another's mouth isn't exactly a common thing in America. In Ethiopia, it's an act of love and friendship. At an Ethiopian communal table, a friend will break off a piece of injera - a traditional, spongy sour flatbread - with their right...
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February 9, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and Emily Van Zandt
Tavernita 151 W. Erie St. 312-274-1111 Rating: !!!! (out of 4) Already hot For month-old restaurant Tavernita, delay-induced anticipation (summer 2011 was the goal) plus a hot-stuff chef (Ryan Poli of Perennial, and before that, Butter) has added up to deafening buzz. Pile onto that the name recognition of the owners (the same group as nearby River North taco palace Mercadito) and a seriously sophisticated drink selection (48 taps go way beyond beer), and it's no wonder that no one can stop talking about the place.
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