Category: Chicago restaurants

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 »

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 »
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A Bite of Chicago's top 5 lunch picks for Chicago Restaurant Week

A Bite of Chicago's top 5 lunch picks for Chicago Restaurant Week
Good News: Due to the Polar Vortex during Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW), the dates have been extended for 5 more days. Scheduled to end Thursday, February 7 it will now extended to February 12.  Those of you who read “A Bite of Chicago,” Show Me Chicago” or “Chicago Eats” know that I am a big fan... Read more »

My favorite Chicago foodie moments of 2018

Yugen. A host of exciting new restaurants, including Yugen, opened in 2018 showcasing beautiful and innovation cuisine.
2018 was a very good year for Chicago foodies Home to world -class chefs, a host of Michelin starred restaurants, and international cuisine inspired by our many diverse neighborhoods, Chicago has it all. 2018 was no exception. From food festivals like Bon Appetit’s Chicago Gourmet to the Taste of Chicago and the James Beard awards,... Read more »

Bellemore: my go-to spot for lunch in the West Loop

Bellemore: my go-to spot for lunch in the West Loop
I love to go out for lunch, It’s quicker, less hassle and less expensive than dinner. I also like dining in the West Loop. Therein lies the rub. Although you can find lunch spots in the West Loop and the Fulton Market District, many of the popular, buzz-worthy, trendy places like Monteverde, Girl & the Goat,... Read more »
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Yūgen the highly anticipated West Loop restaurant is a thing of beauty

Yūgen the highly anticipated West Loop restaurant is a thing of beauty
Yūgen, in Japanese translates to “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe.” A wonderful name for a restaurant but a lot to live up to. The just opened Yūgen restaurant with Mari Katsumura at the helm occupies the former space that Curtis Duffy’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Grace once called home at 652 W. Randolph. Katsumura, a Chicago... Read more »

Bar Sótano: the latest entry in Rick Bayless' stable of restaurants

Bar Sótano: the latest entry in Rick Bayless' stable of restaurants
After several weeks of soft openings, media previews, friends and family events and industry nights Bar Sótano, OPENING today, is ready for its close-up  Walk east on Hubbard St. to the alley just east of Clark St. where you’ll turn north down the alley walking past the blazing torches of Three Dots & a Dash to a rather... Read more »

Brunch at Osteria Via Stato

Brunch at Osteria Via Stato
Add Osteria Via Stato to the list of restaurants serving brunch on Sundays. The restaurant has always done festive buffet brunches  for Mother’s Day and Easter, and according to chef/partner David Di Gregorio, the response has been so good that  the restaurant decided to make brunch a weekly event. “Sunday brunch is my favorite part... Read more »
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Free Rein: a new dining concept in Chicago's Loop

Free Rein: a new dining concept in Chicago's Loop
We watched as the lunchtime crowd filed into Free Rein for a mid-day meal at the loop’s latest (maybe even greatest) gem at 224 N. Michigan on Chicago’s Cultural Mile just a block south of the Chicago River and the Mag Mile. Having come from a ribbon cutting and breakfast down the street at the ... Read more »
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