Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday

The snow seems to have stopped but the BRUTAL cold is on its way. A few fun food ideas for next week and beyond to keep you warm and satiated.

Quartino, 626 N State St, will commemorate eight years of providing diners with one of Chicago’s most notable authentic Italian food and wine experiences … Monday, January 6 until Wednesday January 8, Executive Chef John Coletta will be celebrating this milestone by offering very special pricing on some of his most popular menu items.

For one day only, guests are invited to come in and enjoy $8 pricing on:

  • Any Neapolitan Pizza
  • Any Pasta
  • Any Risotto
  • Bottles of Antica Osteria Rosso and Antica Osteria Bianco wine
  • For reservations, please call 312-698-5000 or visit

In honor of Three Wise Men Day (also known as Three Kings Day) on Jan 6th, Tanta will be teaming up with One Hope United to gather gifts for local children in need from Sunday, Jan 5th- Thursday, Jan 9th.

Three Wise Men Day commemorates the journey of the three kings bearing gifts for baby Jesus and is celebrated across the world, but it is particularly popular in Peru and across South America.  From Jan 5-9, Tanta is asking guests to bring in an unwrapped children’s gift and in exchange they will receive a complimentary special dish created by Tanta Chefs Victoriano Lopez & Jesus Delgado.  The special will be Scallops Tiradito: grilled sea scallops served on top of organic quinoa and beet salad with a cream passion fruit sauce.

Shy away from sake? Roka Akor, 456 N Clark, wants to change that. With the launch of its first annual Sake Week January 6-10, the stylish steak and sushi restaurant aims to share the sake love. Partnering with Certified Sake Specialist, Aya Nomoto of Tenzing Wine and Spirits, the Japanese native will guide guests through a sake tasting and brief history of the Japanese rice wine during the restaurant's lunch service throughout the week.

Guests who choose to participate will have the opportunity to taste nine different sakes, considered to be some of the best in the world, for $20 with half of that cost going to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The tasting will take place in the lounge and once the guests choose their favorite sake, they can enjoy a glass of their chosen sake over lunch.

Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 10 - Lunch Service Only, 11:30am to 2:30pm Please call 312-477-7652 for reservations.

Bistronomic is offering delivery in the Gold Coast neighborhood. The approximate boundaries are from Ohio to Schiller and from Lake Shore Drive to Orleans, but the restaurant will work with guests if they are slightly outside the bounds. Delivery will be offered from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. nightly with a flat $6 delivery charge per order. The dinner menu is available at Each order includes bread and butter.

To place an order, guests may call (312) 944-8400 at any time. Or if email is preferred, guests are asked to email at least four hours prior to the desired delivery time.

The New Year is the ultimate milestone for celebrating fresh starts and daring to try new things. Ring in your 2014 by giving the exotic new Banh Mi Burger a shot right here at Burger Boss!

The boss has decided to make some New Year’s resolutions, and is vowing to give your January just the kick start it needs with this Vietnamese Saigon sandwich twist! The Banh Mi Burger will tease your taste buds by perfectly combining spicy and cooling ingredients creating a seriously noteworthy collaboration. The classic Angus beef patty fits in-house pickled carrots and radishes, fresh cucumber slices, jalapeño peppers, cilantro, and sriracha hoisin mayo all between two perfectly toasted Brioche buns.

The Banh Mi Burger is available at both Burger Boss locations! Grab a single burger for just (4.99) at Southport, or (4.89) at Elmwood Park.


Joe Campagna is the Chicago Food Snob. A former restaurant General Manager, Server and Chef you can find him on twitter @chifoodsnob. You can reach him through email at


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