Category: Chicago restaurants

Lunch at Sikia

The young man setting the table was moving slowly, stopping every now and then to make sure everything was in the right place. The young woman who brought our menus and took our drink orders did so with the same attention to detail. As it turns out, both had been on the job for less... Read more »

Yolk creates the unexpected for breakfast at their Bucktown test kitchen

Yolk creates the unexpected for breakfast at their Bucktown test kitchen
Yolk,  Taki Kastanis’s  popular breakfast and lunch destination, that opened its first location in the South Loop in 2006 has been on a roll (pun intended) ever since. After expanding throughout Chicago, Yolk opened locations in Indianapolis, Boca Raton, Dallas and Fort Worth gaining a cult-like following and appearing on many “best of” breakfast lists. Why Yolk? Yolk... Read more »

A First: Restaurant Week in West Lakeview

With “local” and “independent” fast becoming endangered species, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the neighborhood’s first-ever Restaurant Week, an event designed to counter the trend. From March 22 to March 28, sixteen local restaurants will be offering special prix-fixe menus priced from $10 to $40. It’s both a good deal for diners and... Read more »
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Eleven City Diner: A Jewish deli on steroids

Eleven City Diner: A Jewish deli on steroids
Times and tastes have changed—pickled herring, lox, white fish, matzo ball soup, borscht, dill pickles, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage, chopped liver, corned beef and  hot pastrami, still yes But tongue—not so much And then there’s the new “Jewish deli” offerings like Mexican scramble I don’t know why it took me 13 years to get to... Read more »

Ramen: Dish "Yes," Noodle "No"

If you’re hooked on trends, ramen is the real deal. And if you’re hooked on accuracy, “ramen” is a category-like burgers or fruit pies-not a specific noodle. In short, when you’re talking “ramen,” you’re talking about bowls of broth, noodles and toppings. And if you’re intent on the country of origin, it’s Japan, albeit with... Read more »

Chicago's best hot chocolate and trendy hot cocktails

Chicago's best hot chocolate and trendy hot cocktails
Brrrrr! It’s cold out there. February has been especially brutal–the bitter winds, the icy streets, and the polar vortex. Of course that never stops a true Chicagoan. That’s why they call us Chicago tough. One of our favorite ways to kill the chill is hot chocolate. And more recently hot cocktails. Falling ice…and no where... Read more »
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Like Home

Like Home Breakfast, according to nutritionists, is the most important meal of the day. When I was a kid, I thought it was also the worst. Cold cereals were soggy, hot cereals were lumpy, toast was made with limp white bread, juice was loaded with pulp, and Pop Tarts didn’t exist. I didn’t drink coffee until I started... Read more »

Bits: January 31

Chicago French Market News Demera Ethiopian has joined the line-up at the Chicago French Market on Clinton Street. On Saturday, February 9 at 11 am, the Vanille venue in the Chicago French Market is doing Story Time, complete with Cake Pop Bouquets. The event is $25 per child, in addition to 15% off any additional... Read more »

Bar Roma: The place to go in Andersonville for authentic Italian

Bar Roma: The place to go in Andersonville for authentic Italian
What do you look for in a neighborhood restaurant? For Julia Zhu (formerly Oysy Sushi) who is the managing partner of Bar Roma, it’s got to be a place where you feel at home with good food and good friends gathered together in a fun, comfortable atmosphere. Why? Because that’s the vibe that Zhu has created at Bar... Read more »
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A Tale of Five Wines

This is a tale about a wine tasting focused on five wines, all of them Greek, all of them from the island of Santorini, and all of them excellent. It’s a story that begins thousands of years ago, when the area that’s now modern Greece began shipping wine to the countries bordering both the Mediterranean... Read more »