Category: Restaurant reviews

Is City Barbeque the real deal?

Is City Barbeque the real deal?
“For every great barbecue restaurant, there are approximately 200 bad ones plying customers with meat that has been baked, braised, boiled, and cloaked in a sickly sweet sauce.” … Thrillist The question, that I asked myself as I headed to a soft opening at City Barbeque (spelled with a “q” not a “c”) in Vernon... Read more »

The Kitchen adds Sunday Southern-style Gulf Shrimp Boil to their menu

The Kitchen adds Sunday Southern-style Gulf Shrimp Boil to their menu
Summer is the perfect time to roll-up-your-sleeves for a Southern-style Gulf Shrimp Boil   Although y’all won’t find a lot of Shrimp Boils in Chicago,The Kitchen (316 N. Clark) is bringing the southern tradition to its River North restaurant for 6 consecutive Sundays, July 29 through September 9, starting at 3 pm. As a leader in the Real Food... Read more »

Portsmith Oyster Takeover Series features a tasty lineup of crustaceans

The inviting interior of Portsmith.
Craving some fresh oysters but don’t have time to head to the coast? No worries.  If you love oysters, Portsmith (660 N. State St.) is your place. Ever since the restaurant opened last summer in the Dana Hotel it has been receiving raves for its seafood. Thanks to their New England-raised Executive chef Nate Henssler who has... Read more »
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Live from the Lounge at Wicker Park's Robey Hotel

Live from the Lounge at Wicker Park's Robey Hotel
Chicago’s new hotspot, The Robey in Wicker Park sits high above the six corners intersection where Damen, Milwaukee and North Avenue meet. Known for its laid back attitude, indie spirit and trending bars and restaurants, the Wicker Park neighborhood is where hipsters and hipster want-a-bes hang. The Robey has been a welcome addition to the... Read more »

Catch 35: a good catch for Chicago Restaurant Week

Catch 35: a good catch for Chicago Restaurant Week
Here we are halfway through Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW) 2018 (through February 8). So many choices, so little time. If you are like me, oftentimes, it’s all about what’s new. Just before the start of CRW 2018, I  wrote a post on Show Me Chicago’s 12 best deals. Choosing the best deals from over 370... Read more »

Chicago's best cheeseburgers, margaritas & gumbo to enjoy before seeing Escape to Margaritaville

Chicago's best cheeseburgers, margaritas & gumbo to enjoy before seeing Escape to Margaritaville
“Escape to Margaritaville,” the musical slated for Broadway is packing the parrotheads and other fun loving types in at its 3-week pre-Broadway run at Chicago’s Oriental Theater. The show which is pure fun immerses the audience in a tropical island paradise with the sounds of 27 of Jimmy Buffett’s classic hits as the backdrop for three... Read more »
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Brickhouse Tavern: a peek inside the grand opening gala

Tom Ricketts and Pat Brickhouse pose for an iphone moment at the Grand Opening of Brickhouse in the Park at Wrigley. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
Brickhouse Tavern, overlooking the Park at Wrigley celebrated its Grand Opening Monday evening following game one of the Crosstown Classic. A who’s, who of Chicago media types, sports fans, celebrities and admirers of Chicago broadcast legend, Jack Brickhouse chowed down on a variety appetizers from tuna poke and crab legs to burgers and pizza along... Read more »

Latinicity: a taste of Latin street food in the heart of Chicago

Latinicity: a taste of Latin street food in the heart of Chicago
The Latin spirit is alive and well in Chicago, three floors up on Block 37 in the heart of downtown Chicago at Latinicity food hall. Billed as the Latin version of Eataly, the huge, 22,000 sq. ft., Latinicity food hall offers a unique dining experience with 10 innovative kitchens, a tapas restaurant, coffee café, full bar,... Read more »

Doodles Doughnuts: the art and soul of doughnuts (& bacon)

Doodles Doughnuts: the art and soul of doughnuts (& bacon)
Doodles Doughnuts, the recently opened independent doughnut destination in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood has drawn up a unique concept for the trendy confection. Their signature doughnut is The Doodle–a chocolate-or-vanilla-filled Bismarck topped with a white glaze that serves as a blank canvas for creative types to decorate or “doodle” atop the doughnut using the accompanying... Read more »
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Undercover eats: the Drawing Room at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Undercover eats: the Drawing Room at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
One of Chicago’s newest hotspots is the beautifully renovated Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. For over 100 years from 1893 through 2007 the original eleven story building was a private men’s club for Chicago’s Who’s Who. The rest of us could only wonder what was inside. When it closed, nearly a decade ago, its fate was uncertain.... Read more »