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April 25, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, Kate Bernot and Dana Kavan Gagnon, @redeyeeatdrink and For RedEye
A wave of new Mexican restaurants opening over the past two months has us wondering whether there's something in the water. Tequila, maybe? We enlisted a team of taco-and-guac obsessives to fill up and report back on three new entries and got the lowdown to whet your appetite about four others.  Takito Kitchen 2013 W. Division St. 773-687-9620 Since opening about a month ago in the former Sabor Saveur space in Ukrainian Village,...
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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 hand, wrap it around meat or a...
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February 14, 2014 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
Just to be clear: This column is written by Matt Pais. It's a Matt Pais column, and the important thing to remember is that it's written by me. Matt Pais. Oh, does that sound egotistical? How about a restaurant that reopens with a new name just because they're so proud of the chef that they've acquired? It happened in 2011 when Perennial became Perennial Virant (after chef Paul Virant, who won awards for his cooking at suburban Western Springs hit Vie). It happened in November when Chuck's Manufacturing decided people were less interested in Chuck manufacturing stuff and more impressed that the bar and...
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March 25, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A man has been robbing West Side restaurants and food delivery services at gunpoint, according to a Chicago Police Department community alert released Tuesday. According to the alert to businesses in the 12th police district, over the weekend a man reportedly used a "shotgun-type weapon" to rob restaurants and food deliverers in Garfield Park. The alert said a woman may have acted as a lookout while the hold-ups took place. The first incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 200 block of South Leavitt Street on March 22. The second reportedly took place...
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August 13, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A former Centro restaurant employee was arrested Monday morning for theft, county prosecutors said. The man was accused of taking two iPads from the Near North Side restaurant and failing to return them. Gino Rocco, 46, of Painfield, Ill., was charged with robbery from the restaurant, located at 6 W. Hubbard St. Rocco was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon and released on a $10,000 I-bond.   Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page .  
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March 5, 2012 | Erin M. Sarris and For RedEye
A Ravenswood outpost of a Logan Square BYOB Chilapan opened on March. This new location of the family-owned Mexican restaurant (1522 W. Montrose Ave. 773-319-6421) features more seating - 74 seats inside and 35 outside - while maintaining the same homey, whimsical vibe of the original eatery. There's more room to work in the kitchen, so expect to find all your old favorites on the menu along with a few creative specials. Another new addition for this location is a chef's table, where diners will be...
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March 30, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
The bread basket, plunked down on your table as a free prelude to your meal, is adored by some, ignored by others and shunned by calorie counters everywhere. Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat surprised diners two years ago when it opened with a menu of breads and spreads that you had to (gasp!) order and (double gasp!) pay for. Now a handful more restaurants have followed suit with their own specialty breads. So in case you were looking for permission, go ahead and fill up on the bread.
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April 4, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Telegraph 2601 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-292-9463 This sleek, light-filled wine bar is known as much for its bites as it is for its vino. Pair your glass with selection of small plates such as olives or oysters, or go for something more substantial from their “second courses” menu of pastas, seafood and more. Don't leave without trying a dessert from pastry chef Katie Wyer. Longman & Eagle 2657 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-276-7110 Thanks to praise in national mags such as Esquire and GQ, the dinnertime waits at this unassuming looking corner...
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July 13, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Giuliana and Bill Rancic are on a roll when it comes to restaurants. Chicago's much-adored reality TV couple paired with chef Doug Psaltis (who puts the "P" in "RPM") and Hub 51 and Paris Club owners RJ and Jerrod Melman (that's the "M") to open RPM Italian earlier this year in River North. Now, it looks like the partnership will continue with another restaurant, this one steak-focused, to open early next year Giuliana tweeted the news to her followers on Friday afternoon.
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November 21, 2013 | By Kristen Kuchar @KristenKuchar and For RedEye
Got a few use-'em-or-lose-'em vacation days to burn before the calendar turns over to 2014? Besides sleeping in, having an extra cocktail the night before and watching trashy daytime television, you'll also be able to finally hit up those ever-so-elusive hot spots that are impossible to get into during peak hours. Use these tips to plan your trip. Three Dots and a Dash 435 N. Clark St. 312-610-4220 Lines quickly form at the back alley entrance of this tiki-themed River North hot spot, which serves tempting tropical cocktails such as the...
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February 14, 2014 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
Just to be clear: This column is written by Matt Pais. It's a Matt Pais column, and the important thing to remember is that it's written by me. Matt Pais. Oh, does that sound egotistical? How about a restaurant that reopens with a new name just because they're so proud of the chef that they've acquired? It happened in 2011 when Perennial became Perennial Virant (after chef Paul Virant, who won awards for his cooking at suburban Western Springs hit Vie). It happened in November when Chuck's Manufacturing decided people were less interested in Chuck manufacturing stuff and more impressed that the bar and...
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February 13, 2014 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
The recession may have put some of the South Loop's development in a holding pattern, but this steadily growing neighborhood is back in the game when it comes to fresh dining and nightlife. Over the past year, a new crop of hangouts have steadily taken up residence, from new restaurants along South Michigan Avenue to a destination-worthy music lounge in the Motor Row district. Whether you live, work or go to school in the neighborhood or are just looking for somewhere to grab a drink after a trip to a nearby museum or theater, you've got a ton of new options -...
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January 31, 2014 | By Stacey Andeen @curvesandnerves and For RedEye
Raise your hand if you've ever gone to a restaurant and lied about it being your birthday so that the staff would come out and sing a horrible song and you'd get a free scoop of ice cream. Or if you've ever lied about it being your birthday in a bar so that you get a free shot. Or if you've ever called a restaurant and lied about a botched delivery order (that you never made in the first place) in hopes of getting free food. Hopefully that last example never so much as crossed your mind, because you are a good and generally honest person.
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January 21, 2014 | By Gwendolyn Purdom and For RedEye
Sure, you survived the Polar Vortex, but that doesn't make leaving the warm cocoon of your apartment any easier. Lucky for you, dozens of restaurants have launched delivery service within the last year, which means you can feast on a chef-made meal without leaving the oh-so-cozy land of sweatpants and Netflix. View restaurants by cuisine: > > Comfort food & barbecue > > Mediterranean > > Pizza > > Indian & Nepalese > > Chinese, Japanese & Korean > > Italian       ...
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January 15, 2014 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Levy Restaurants has temporarily closed Spiaggia for renovations and is bringing a new concept to Fulton's on the River 's space. Spiaggia will reopen for its 30th anniversary in April with a redesigned dining room, which chef Tony Mantuano said will modernize the space and "get rid of the stuffiness. " The bar will move to the center of the restaurant, providing a view of Oak Street Beach, and all diners will now walk through the wine room when they enter the restaurant. The Magnificent Mile restaurant is also...
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January 6, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The subzero temperatures might be keeping most of Chicago indoors today, but not the local deliverymen. The extreme weather has forced some local restaurants to close for the day, but others are seeing a surge in delivery orders from cooped up residents and office workers who don't want to venture outside to pick up food. Leona's restaurant on East 53rd Street in Hyde Park saw double the usual lunch orders, according to its manager, Pedro Vazquez. "All our locations are delivering today," he said.
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June 28, 2012 | By Kate Bernot and RedEye
Briciola 937 N. Damen Ave. 773-772-0889 Rating: 2.5 (out of four) Take it or leave it The backstory: When I'm dining out, I try to enter each restaurant with an open mind. But when it came to Briciola, a new BYOB Italian trattoria in Ukrainian Village, it was a challenge to tune out all that I'd heard. Just a look at the restaurant's early Yelp reviews - from gushing five-stars to scathing one-stars - made me wonder if everyone had even eaten at the same restaurant.
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December 6, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett
If you've spent the last few weeks trying to get lucky with Next's day-off ticket giveaways for its current menu inspired by childhood, get ready for another challenge. Prior to opening the restaurant back in April, co-owner Nick Kokonas mentioned the possibility of eventually offering season tickets. It looks like the concept is coming to fruition soon. "At some point, likely this month, we will release season [tickets] for next year," Kokonas told us via e-mail. That will include 50 seats per night for the restaurant's next three quarterly menus, which will be inspired by...
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January 6, 2014 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
Former Sunda chef Rodelio Aglibot is opening a dim sum restaurant in Lakeshore East in March. The so-called "Food Buddha" said he's always looking for spaces for new restaurant concepts and decided to open Yum Cha at 333 E. Randolph St. (formerly French restaurant Maison) because he saw a void for Chinese food in the neighborhood. "Dim sum is hot right now," he said. "The idea of eating small plates is something Chicago has embraced. " Aglibot and his partners have traveled to Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco and Toronto in search of inspiration.
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December 23, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
When 41-year-old Lakeview restaurant La Creperie announced it would close in August, people began lining up for hours in 90-degree heat for a last meal at the restaurant. Jack Crombie, owner of the nearby Duke of Perth, said customers at his bar were very vocal about the news. "There was great wailing and gnashing of teeth when the place was closing," Crombie said. "People proposed to their sweethearts there. They've aged together there. It's a veritable institution.” Crombie reached out to La Creperie owner Germain Roignant and offered to buy the restaurant and...
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