January 16, 2012 |
Chicago Restaurant Week has announced its 2012 participants, and the list of 200-plus Chicago-area restaurants includes quite a few new restaurants. The annual event, which this year kicks off Feb. 17 and runs through Feb. 26, encourages diners to make reservations at participanting restaurants offering special menus for $22 lunches and/or $33 dinners (some offer a $44 option instead or in addition). Here are a few highlights as far as new restaurants go: Bistro Voltaire, Bombay Spice, Cantina Laredo, Farmhouse, Filini, Grange Hall Burger Bar, GT Fish & Oyster, Michael...
May 10, 2012 |
The first time I had steak tartare was at Maude's Liquor Bar. Hardly a late bloomer when it comes to the wonder of raw beef and runny egg -- I was only 24. But if it hadn't been for the drinks, the crushing crowd at the bar, the desperate rush for late table reservations and hip soundtrack that surrounded Maude's when it first opened, I may never have tried it. Or oysters. Or a lobster roll. Or fried duck skin. Because, like many of my 20-something peers, I spend my time dining and drinking in bars.
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!
July 24, 2012 |
Some of River North's hottest restaurants have their own alter-ego bars hidden away just upstairs or downstairs. Mercadito & Double A 108 W. Kinzie St. 312-329-9555 This Mexican-inspired hot spot draws dinner crowds to graze on orders of guac and tacos (think pork belly, battered mahi mahi or spicy shrimp) served on housemade tortillas. For a more intimate vibe, head downstairs to Double A, a tiny lair of a cocktail lounge where friends cozy up in club-like booths for rounds of drinks.
April 10, 2013 |
Giuliana and Bill Rancic made a move into the Chicago dining scene last year by pairing up with the Melman siblings (Hub 51, Paris Club) and chef Doug Psaltis to open RPM Italian. This fall or winter, the team plans to open another restaurant, RPM Steak, a few blocks away at 60 W. Kinzie St. Giuliana Rancic was recently in Chicago on Saturday, April 6 for The Naked Grape Wine's "Peel It Off to Give Back" event at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum benefitting nonprofit organization Clothes 4 Souls.
September 19, 2012 |
EAT Sicilian Connection Ceres' Table 4882 N. Clark St. 773-878-4882 As teenagers, chef-owner Giuseppe Scurato and Gaetano DiBenedetto (of Gaetano's in Forest Park) worked together in Sicily. Tonight, they team up again for a four-course Sicilian dinner featuring pasta with cured meats, cheese and eggplant and baked swordfish. 5-10 p.m. $50 plus tax and gratuity. DRINK Taste the Grape (FREE!) D.O.C. Wine Bar 2602 N. Clark St. 773-883-5101 September is grape-stomping time in Napa Valley and the Lincoln Park bar...