September 20, 2013 |
EAT Amigos of Pintxo Barcito 151 W. Erie St. 312-274-1111 Barcelona meets the Deep South as guest chefs Mark Steuer (Carriage House) and Paul Fehribach (Big Jones) team up for all-you-can-eat Southern-style tapas at this bi-weekly dining event where you stand and eat Spanish-style for a good cause - partial proceeds benefit culinary education program Pilot Light. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25. Monday Sundae Bar Little Market Brasserie 10 E. Delaware Place 312-640-8141 Go bottomless - with your dessert bowl, at least - at a build-your-own-sundae station where you top servings...
September 5, 2012 |
Ready to put your summer standbys to rest and try something new? Mark your calendars for these coming-soon bars and restaurants due to open in September, listed in order of estimated time of arrival. SEPT. 5 Jellyfish 1009 N. Rush St. Pan-Asian restaurant with a hidden entrance in the Gold Coast. WEEK OF SEPT. 10 Embeya 564 W. Randolph St. Contemporary Asian fare in the West Loop from chef Thai Dang, who's worked at Ria and L2O. MID-SEPTEMBER Chuck's...
October 17, 2012 |
The South Loop has seen a flurry of bar and restaurant openings in the past year and a half, and four of them happen to be on the west side of Michigan Avenue between Roosevelt Road and 16th Street. If you haven't paid these bustling blocks a visit, let this mini-map serve as your guide. Karamela Coffee, Sweets & Crepes 1250 S. Michigan Ave. 312-322-0400 Opened in: October This just-opened cafe offers Julius Meinl espresso and a pastry case full of sweets for a quick-grab snack as well as crepes, sandwiches and salads.
January 27, 2012 |
Vera 1023 W. Lake St. 312-243-9770 Rating: !!!! (out of four) Already hot The scene: Under the shadow of the Green Line tracks on Lake Street in the West Loop, a little slice of Spain is waiting. Vera is a regional Spanish restaurant and wine bar that, thanks to former Carnivale chef Mark Mendez and his sommelier wife Elizabeth, is breathing life into a space that's sat vacant for years since the short-lived sports bar Addiction closed.
July 17, 2012 |
No one said embracing healthy eating habits is easy, but sticking to a diet while still hitting bars for an after-work drink can be a nightmare. The most direct solution is obvious, if impossible: Cut out the bar visits. But putting a sudden end to the fun may not be the only solution. Thanks to lengthy bar menus and more restaurant/lounge hybrids in the city than ever, you don't have to reach for a pile of fried-and-sauced wings when you sit down for a drink. "I'm not recommending you eat [at bars]
April 1, 2013 |
On a recent Friday night, I found myself perched at the bar inside a pretty swank restaurant, twirling my straw and waiting for friends to arrive. I had mistaken the time of our reservation and arrived 45 minutes early. Rather than filling me with anxiety, the mix-up made me smile - I would get to have a cocktail by myself at the bar. Any adult above the legal drinking age should feel comfortable sitting alone at a bar. From waiting in airports to waiting for dates, sipping a drink is hands-down the best way to pass time.