June 15, 2012 |
If you feel like your choice of liquor is usually better than the restaurant's, or if you're just feeling cheap, Boystown has plenty of places that are BYOB. Diva Thai and Sushi Bar 3542 N. Halsted St. 773-857-0571 After the bars and clubs on this stretch of Halsted Street shutter for the night, your late-night meal awaits here in the form of signature maki and Thai staples such as pad kee mao. Chilam Balam 3023 N. Broadway 773-296-6901 The menu at this garden-level Mexican eatery changes often, but you can always count on plenty of grilled meats, complex sauces and...
February 8, 2012 |
Northdown Cafe and Taproom 3244 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-697-7578 Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of four) Like but not love The scene: Tucked into a crowded block of Lincoln Avenue, we almost walked past the front door while we were trying to find the bar in a downpour. Inside, the sleek main bar extends almost the length of the room, providing plenty of seating if you just want to catch a drink. For parties that need a little more room, tables take up the rest of the space in the main room, with extra seating in a more cozy dining area tucked away in the...
July 24, 2013 |
A food truck option specializing in Creole and Cajun cuisine is on its way, but before making its debut on the streets of Chicago this fall, The Great Louisiana Geaux Geaux Truck hosted a sneak preview of a few of its menu items at The Garage in West Loop on Wednesday. The Great Louisiana Geaux Geaux Truck is the creation of chef/owner Andre Mika, a 46-year-old Streeterville resident and television producer by day, inspired by food of his childhood growing up in Baton Rouge, La. Although new to the food truck business, this isn't Mika's first...
May 30, 2013 |
From this summer's vegan menu at Grant Achatz's restaurant Next to the buzz about plant-based diets, veganism is definitely having a moment. “A few years ago, people said, 'Oh, vegan? What does that mean?” said Don Clements, who opened all-vegan BYOB cafe Kitchen 17 (613 W. Briar Place 773-661-1757) in East Lakeview in early May. While vegetarians eat meat-free, vegans also forgo animal products including dairy, eggs and honey. Clements went vegan for a combination of health, animal rights and environmental reasons.
July 24, 2012
Downtown 440 N. State St. 312-464-1400 At the neighborhood's only gay bar, expect the bartenders to call you “honey” and the entertainment to range from live cabaret to karaoke to DJs. The Purple Pig 500 N. Michigan Ave. 312-464-1744 This small but mighty wine and swine bar is packed every night of the week with diners hungry for a taste of charcuterie, cheese and treats that do the name proud, from pork neck bone rillettes...
March 8, 2012 |
RPM Italian 52 W. Illinois St. 312-222-1888 Rating: !! 1/2 (out of 4) Take it or leave it To really enjoy reality TV, you have to suspend judgment. If you don't think too hard, it can be a deliciously fun distraction. All the glitz and glamour of an over-the-top reality TV show is embodied in RPM Italian, a new River North restaurant from Chicago's own reality TV couple, Bill and Giuliana Rancic. (He is the first winner of “The Apprentice,” she's a fixture on E!