Category Archives: Best Dining in the City

Chicago Restaurant Week Deals

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You’ve heard of Restaurant Row and celebrity chefs like Paul Kahan, Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. They’re culinary keystones that help make Chicago the world-class food city it is today. But with thousands upon thousands of restaurants in Chicagoland, there’s lots to explore beyond the famous and familiar.

In Chicago, we’re able to travel the world via the many ethnic restaurants that dot our city. It’s never too early to introduce your kids to the flavors of other cultures. Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time of year to check out some of our city’s world culinary delights.

From January 30 through February 12, you can take advantage of excellent prix fixe menus – starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) – READ MORE

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World of Chocolate Chicago

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THE BEST EVENT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

The air is getting colder and the holidays are near! With great cheer, we invite you to World of Chocolate. This festive tasting event benefitting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is our annual commemoration of World AIDS Day.

Guests enjoy an open bar and rich chocolate delights from some of Chicago’s most creative and talented culinarians.

We are overjoyed to be hosting World of Chocolate again in the magnificent Great Hall of Union Station on Thursday, December 4.

Purchase your tickets online and savor the sweet satisfaction of making a difference!

Peace, love, sugar & spice,
-The World of Chocolate Architects

P.S. Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter. Get exclusive insight into the making of World of Chocolate and a sneak peek at what our culinarians have to offer!

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World of Chocolate Holiday Gala

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WORLD OF CHOCOLATE: The Sweetest Event of the Year
Annual Holiday Gala Benefit for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago

 

Indulge in a night of sweet and savory treats at the 13th annual World of Chocolate winter gala on Thursday, Dec. 4, presented by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) returning again this year at the historic Chicago Union Station. Arouse your senses with tasty morsels from 30 of Chicago’s finest chocolatiers, chefs and caterers.

 

AFC hosts this one-of-a-kind gala to commemorate World AIDS Day and celebrate the progress the HIV/AIDS community has made in ending the epidemic. This is one of my favorite events of the year and the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

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From traditional truffles and white chocolate ganache to more savory delicacies like chicken in a chocolate mole sauce, guests will delight their taste buds with a wide array of chocolate-infused creations amid stylish decor. Celebrity judges will crown the night’s best creations. Attendees will also be treated to a light buffet, specialty cocktails, a raffle and punchboard with lavish prizes and music.

Funds raised through World of Chocolate support AFC’s policy, public education and community care programs.

 

World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1, is a worldwide effort to increase public awareness about the epidemic. It encourages support and programming to prevent the spread of HIV. The movement originated in 1988, when an international summit of health leaders called for a greater exchange of information on HIV/AIDS in every country around the globe.

 

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

WHERE: Chicago Union Station, 500 West Jackson Blvd.

 

TICKETS: For more information and to reserve tickets, call 312-334-0935 or visit http://www.aidschicago.org/chocolate/.

 

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Fresh and Healthy! At Corner Bakery in Chicago

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I love when restaurants work hard to create fresh and healthy choices, packed with flavor!

Corner Bakery Cafe unveiled some new food items last week that are delicious and healthy!

In the Smoothie Department, they have added a  4 Berry Smoothie  and an Orange- Carrot-Ginger Smoothie. Both are made exclusively for Corner Bakery Cafes, bottled in California, and the cafe just adds ice and blends them up to order.

 

Get a quick pick-me-up with these health-friendly smoothies. Made with 100% real fruit and four servings of fruit per drink with no sugar added,  the Smoothies are ideal fuel-on-the-go for breakfast, lunch or snack time. You can add six grams of protein with a yogurt protein boost.

 

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They have brought back their famous Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup! and have come up with some new salads  and sides.

I LOVE  the Fresh avocado,  topped with roasted corn and tomato salsa, and tortilla strips! This is available in the Trio  – or as a side dish.

Toasted Sesame Kale Salad – Made with fresh kale, shredded carrots and toasted sesame seeds in a ginger soy dressing, this salad is low in calories and packed with fiber, iron, calcium, antioxidants and vitamins A, C and K.- Available on the Trio  or as a side dish.

Quinoa and Pico Salad – Made with quinoa [keen-wah], corn, black beans, tomatoes, jalapenos, onions and cilantro in a zesty lime vinaigrette, this salad is complete in protein with all nine essential amino acids, high in fiber, rich in calcium and iron, and gluten-friendly.

Awesome new stuff at a Corner Bakery Cafe near you!

 

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A Grilled Cheese for $100 Comes to the Chicago Market

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Deca’s new limited-edition Grilled Cheese is  $100?!?!? True story, the now-priciest grilled cheese in Chicago (and maybe the Midwest?) features everything from 24-karat gold flakes to 100yr-aged balsamic vinegar.

And because you’re totally curious, we got Deca to put together this dollar-by-dollar breakdown of the sandwich  at  THRILLIST

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Best Food Wine Chicago.com is a BESTY!

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CHECK THIS OUT!

 

We were featured today  on  THE BESTY!

 

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Christmas Eve at Jellyfish

Celebrate this Christmas Eve Dinner on Tuesday, December 24 at
Pan-Asian eatery and lounge Jellyfish, located in the heart of the Gold Coast at 1009 N. Rush Street.  A seasonal and flavorful family-style prix-fixe
Christmas Eve Menu offers something for everyone’s palate at $55 per adult; and for children 12 and under, a separate
Santa’s Little Helper menu has been created at $25 per child. (Tax & gratuity not included).

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Chicago in White Pop Up Dinner Party September 22nd

Chicago in White is the city’s original all-white
popup dining experience. Last 1600 guests gathered at the Merchandise
Mart for this unique outdoor dining experience along the river. The date
for 2013 has been set so please make sure to put September 22nd on your calendar and SIGN-UP HERE for Chicago in White 2013 notifications.

What is Chicago in White? it is a unique dining experience where
thousands of Chicagoans gather for a night of al fresco dining wearing
ALL white! How it works – You purchase a ticket (link coming soon) and
then you wait patiently for your Harmonization Point where you will meet
mere hours before the big event and finally be told the secret
location.

In the meantime, gather your friends and get your white outfits and
settings together. Yes, the idea is that EVERYTHING is white. You and
your friends supply your own table, chairs, settings, and food. It’s fun
to plan all the decorations. Think white tablecloths, white napkins,
white plates, etc. You get the point. Then take it a step further. Last
year we spotted gorgeous white centerpieces that included your basic
flowers and vases to birdcages, chandeliers, and more. Think outside the
box and get as creative as you want. View photos from last year to get
inspired by CLICKING HERE. More photos can also be found by CLICKING HERE.

Please note, Chicago in White is
entirely based in Chicago and is not affiliated with the “Diner en Blanc
International” organization from Quebec.

Stay up-to-date on all the details of Chicago in White 2013 by signing-up for the 2013 notification list: http://eepurl.com/oRnqv.

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Bombay Spice Grill opens 2nd Location in Streeterville Area of Chicago

 BOMBAY SPICE GRILL 

OFFICIALLY OPENS SECOND CHICAGO LOCATION

IN STREETERVILLE

WITH NEW EXPRESS “CREATE YOUR OWN” CONCEPT

ON MONDAY, JULY 22 

WITH

FREE CHICKEN TIKKA FROM 

11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. 


Executive Chef Sunil Kumar is proud to bring his unique twist on healthy, delicious Indian cuisine when Bombay Spice Grill   officially opens its second Chicago location in the  thriving Streeterville area at 213 East Ohio St. on Monday, July 22,  following its triumphant debut at the Taste of Chicago.

 

On July 22, ONLY, guests at the new location will be treated to FREE CHICKEN TIKKA, a house specialty, available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (one per guest).

 

The
new express, “create your own” concept is designed for the fast pace of
area business workers and a respite for Michigan Avenue shoppers. 
Whether selecting a bountiful bowl, wrap, salad or sandwich, guests will
have fun customizing their own with a choice of Steak at $8.95; Chicken at $8.35; Veggie at $7.75 or Tofu at $7.75. Select a Base of White Rice, Brown Rice or Quinoa, then; choose a sauce of Curry, Masala, Spinach or Vindaloo (hot).

 

Bombay Spice Streeterville brings favorites from its River North sister location, including Lentil Soup, Hummus, Chickpea Ceviche, Behi  Puri, Samosa and Chicken Tikka.  The signature beverage is Mango Lassi.  Desserts are Carrot Halawa and Rice Pudding.

 

Additionally,
most dishes are 500 calories or less and prepared with olive oil rather
than ghee or butter, providing low-fat, heart-healthy meals without
compromising authentic Indian flavors. The nutritional content of each
dish can be viewed at the restaurant or at www.bombayspice.com. Perfect for a health-conscious date night out!

 

Bombay Spice Streeterville is open SundayThursday  from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Memorial Day brunch with El Mariachi

Join Us This 

Memorial Day 

For Brunch & 1/2 Price House Margaritas  

Business Hours

11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

1/2 Price House Margaritas 

 

Come and experience one of the hottest up and coming brunch spots in the boys town/east Lakeview neighborhoods.  

Great place to enjoy with family & friends.  An amazing expansive brunch menu.  

Brunch Done With A Mexican Twist!!!

We Wil Be Serving Brunch From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  

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Dinner for 2 with drinks $45 at BOMBAY SPICE GRILL

Chicago’s Bombay Spice Grill (450 N. Clark Street) is spicing up date night every Wednesday with a “Date Night” Special, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy
a customized three-course dinner for two, which includes an appetizer,
two entrees and a dessert, plus two glasses of wine for $45.00.

 

Start off by selecting one appetizer such as vegetable samosas, seared eggplant or tandoori wings. Customize each entree by selecting a base of quinoa,
basmati rice or brown rice. Next, select a main ingredient, including
seafood, chicken or vegetables; and finally choose a sauce from masala,
spinach, curry, korma or vindaloo. Complement your custom entrees with a
glass of red or white wine. Finish the night on a sweet note, and share
any one of Bombay Spice Grill’s desserts, including Mango Sorbet, Carrot Halawa or Rice Pudding.

 

Additionally,
most dishes are 500 calories or less and prepared with olive oil rather
than ghee or butter, providing low-fat, heart-healthy meals without
compromising authentic Indian flavors. The nutritional content of each
dish can be viewed at the restaurant or at www.bombayspice.com. Perfect for a health-conscious date night out!

 

ABOUT BOMBAY SPICE GRILL

With a motto of “Think Healthy,” Bombay Spice Grill
is able to accommodate any vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free requests,
as the restaurant features healthy, fresh, home-style cooked Indian
Cuisine. Bombay Spice is located in the heart of Chicago’s River North
neighborhood at 450 N. Clark St.


For more information about Bombay Spice, please call (312) 477-7657, visit www.bombayspice.com or view the restaurant’s Facebook and Twitter pages. 

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Spring is in the Air in Chicago, and Roka Akor is Ready!

SPRING IS IN THE AIR! Finally!   I see restaurants getting their patios ready, in anticipation of the warmer days ahead!

And Roka Akor is such a beautiful place for after work drinks and bites – or late night on the patio sipping and sharing a punchbowl of Mango Thai Chile Shochu Smash! – By the way, I think this is the only restaurant in Chicago where you can get Shochu. Shochu is Japan’s other indigenous alcoholic beverage, but unlike
sake, shochu is distilled. It is also made from one of several raw
materials. The alcoholic content is usually
25%. Perfect for summertime sipping.

MIXOLOGIST Jason Huffman unveiled a handful of new spring/summer concoctions last week. The Roka Mule served in those wonderful copper mugs with a refreshing blend of vodka, ginger and some fresh berries is perfect on a hot summer evening. or Spring Fashion. Boozy and Bitter made with Gin and bitters.

But the real star of the show, I think is the food. Executive Chef Ce Bian has created a brand new Spring collection  bar menu of intriguing dishes, perfect for sharing or nibbling.

Available daily from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and again from 9:30 p.m. to close.

Roka Akor Chibi Burger, $4;

Softshell Crab Maki(1/2 roll),$6;

Fried Squid with Lime and Serrano Chili, $7.50;

Braised Duck Spring Roll with Apple and Grape Fruit, $8;

Sweet Corn Tempura with Truffle Aioli, $8;

Chicken Yakitori (3 pc), $9;

SO REFRESHING AND DELICIOUS – Shrimp and Lobster Tacos with Scallop Ceviche, $9;

Waygu Beef & Kimchi Dumplings, $12;

Summertime is barbecue
time, but there is  a rustic form of grilling from Japan called
robata. Translated as “around the fireplace,” robata taps the ancient Japanese custom of cooking in the irori, the traditional charcoal-fired hearth once found in every home. Roka Akor uses this technique in their cooking.

What is decadence without bone marrow?
Robata Grilled Bone Marrow with Sesame Nori Toast , $12;

ROKA AKOR is voted one of the Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States by Bon Appétit and Travel & Leisure Magazines, and 2013 Michelin Guide Chicago recommended, is a stylish Prime steak and sushi restaurant that features Robata-style “open charcoal” cuisine. For Chef Ce Bian’s dining room menu, the freshest fish is flown in daily, and sushi and sashimi are carefully handpicked by region and seasonality. The menu also features a variety of succulent steak cuts including Prime Rib Eye with Wafu Dressing and Prime New York Strip Loin with Truffle Aioli, as well as the highest quality of domestic and Australian Wagyu Beef.

Inside Roka Bar — Roka Akor’s informal, yet sophisticated dining environment — guests can feast on a selection of Japanese small plates, which are designed for sharing and very affordable and won’t totally break your bank.

Roka Akor is opening in San Francisco’s Jackson Square,  summer 2013.

Insider Scoop – Try Sunday Brunch at Roka Akor!   $9-$15.

Roka Akor 

456 N Clark St  Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 477-7652
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Missed Baconfest? Check out Cochon 555 April 28th

LOVE  PORK?  but  you missed Baconfest last weekend, you can still get your fill of bacon and much more this coming Sunday at Cochon555.  And this year, Chicago has a tradition to uphold!  The 2012 winner from Chicago was Jason Vincent of Nightwood Restaurant.  He then went on to win the Grand Cochon event in Aspen proving that Chicago is the most amazing culinary city in the country.

 

Arriving in The Windy City on Sunday, April 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Cochon 555,
the pork-centric tour, gathers together five chefs, five pigs and five
wineries at each event – ultimately touching down in 10 cities across
the country and bringing its message of nose-to-tail cooking, breed
diversity and family farming to food enthusiasts nationwide.

Each Cochon 555 event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu
created from the entirety of heritage breed pigs for an audience of
pork-loving epicureans and celebrated judges. Chefs competing for Prince
or Princess of Pork in Chicago are Kevin Hickey (Allium); Cosmo Goss (Publican Quality Meats); Matthias Merges (Yusho); Ryan Poli (Tavernita); and Josh Adams
(June Restaurant).  Guests will be treated to an epic pork feast
alongside wines from five small family-owned wineries. 

Twenty judges and
400 guests help decide the winning chef, who is crowned the Prince of
Pork and will compete against other regional winners at the finale Grand
Cochon event at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen on Sunday, June
16.

 

Tickets are still available for both levels –
 standard ($125) and VIP ($200).  The VIP tasting begins at 4 p.m. and
the standard begins at 5 p.m.  For ticket information visit their
website at Cochon555.com

 

You can also get more information on their Facebook page and can follow them on Twitter or YouTube.

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Healthy Indian Food Cooking Lesson at Bombay Spice March 23rd

CELEBRATE MARCH’S
      NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH:

EXECUTIVE CHEF SUNIL KUMAR TO HOST


A HEALTHY INDIAN COOKING CLASS AT


BOMBAY SPICE GRILL

Saturday, March 23, 2013

 

 In honor of March’s National Nutrition Month, join Chef Sunil Kumar of Chicago’s Bombay Spice Grill, 450 N. Clark Street, for a healthy Indian cooking class from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. for $45.00/person on Saturday, March 23.

Learn marinating techniques for Chicken Tikka (Indian Barbecue) and how to make Chickpea Hummus, Kale Tofu Stir Fry, and Sweet Mango Lassi. With
every Bombay Spice Grill menu item under 500 calories and many dishes
less than 200 mgs of sodium, there are a great variety of healthy tasty
Indian options to learn to make at home. All of the Indian spices used
in the dishes Chef Sunil Kumar will demonstrate are linked to health
benefits
.

 

All
dishes are prepared with olive oil rather than ghee or butter,
providing low-fat, heart-healthy meals without compromising authentic
Indian flavors. The nutritional content of each dish can be viewed at
the restaurant or at Bombayspice.com.

 

Seating is limited, so call 312.477.7657 to sign up today! 

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La Grand Vie Lounge and Restaurant

 Just steps from Michigan Avenue, nestled inside The Chatelaine building at 215 E. Chestnut, is downtown’s newest hidden gem, La Grand Vie. A sleek new lounge/restaurant with signature craft cocktails and a menu to suit 

everyone’s taste and budget.

Manager James Kupka (formerly of Mini Bar)says LGV emphasizes classic cocktails and small appetizers. But entrees are available as well. 
Popular items like Calamari and Oysters as well as more unique appetizers like Lobster Quesadilla and Roasted Beet Terrine. There are soups and salads and lots of  sandwiches like Croque Madame on Sourdough, with  black forest ham, gruyere and Swiss, hollandaise-mornaise,  and a fried egg; Signature Burgers and a Seared Ahi Tuna Steak sandwich.  Entree’s include Chicken, Pork Chops, Steaks and a vegetarian option. Save room for dessert! Beignets with a chocolate dipping sauce! Everything we tried was delicious and the portions were all a nice size. 
 Open for lunch, dinner, and late night as well as  champagne brunch on Sundays 11am-3pm.
Brioche French Toast, Pork Belly Mac and Cheese, Eggs  Benedict, Ham & Egg Pannini. Brunch options run $10-$13. Add on Bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas for $15
 La Grande Vie aims to draw in neighbors and power lunches during the day, and a hipper crowd at night. But Ricardo Sebastian, head of Luxury Management, a consulting group that works with La Grande Vie, insists the vibe is free of the usual Gold Coast pretension. “People feel intimidated when a restaurant is chic and you can’t pronounce what’s on the menu,” he said. “We wanted to veer away from that. It’s a place to chill and hang out.”
215 E. Chestnut St.
(between Seneca St & Dewitt Pl)

(312) 643-1111

LGVChicago.com
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New Years Eve with Roka Akor and Omakase Menu

Ring in the New Year this December 31 at Roka Akor Steak & Sushi, 456 N. Clark Street, with Chef Ce Bian’s sparkling five-course Omakase Menu, which includes dessert and a complimentary champagne toast.

 Later on, enjoy the musical stylings of Chicago DJ The “Dance MKR” beginning at 10:00 p.m. 
Reservations are now being accepted for a choice of three seatings: 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., 
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., and 
11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. 
Along with each of the dinner seatings, wine & sake pairings are available all night for an additional $30 per person.
First Seating:
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., $85.00

First Seating:

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., $85.00

·         First Course: Butterfish Tataki with White Asparagus and Yuzu Shallot Dressing; Wagyu Beef and Kimchee Dumpling or Ty Ku Silver.

o   Wine Pairing: Henriot Brut, Champagne, France.

·         Second Course: Tuna Four Ways Maki with Mango Sauce; Hamachi Sashimi with Ponzu Dressing and Serrano; or Deep Water/ Tosatsuru Azure.

o   Wine Pairing: Rudi Pichler Federspiel Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria.

·         Third Course: Robata Grilled Yuzu Miso Marinated Black Cod; Robata Grilled Asparagus with Sweet Soy; or Water Place/ Mizbasho.

o   Wine Pairing: Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett Riesling, Mosel. Germany.

·         Fourth Course: Robata Grilled Wagyu Zabutan Steak with Truffle Maitaki Mushroom; Crispy Fried Brussels Sprout; or Star Sword/ Kenbishi.

o   Wine Pairing: Matsu El Picaro, Ribiera del Queles, Spain.

·         Fifth Course: Five Star Chocolate Cake.

 


Second Seating:

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., $125

·         First Course: Robata Grilled Scallop with Soy Truffle Butter and Truffle Aioli, or Tuna Tataki with Red Onions, Chili Daikon Ponzu and Garlic Chips.

·         Wine Pairing: Henriot Brut, Champagne, France.

·         Second Course: Premium Sashimi Selection, or Wagyu Beef Gunkan with Caviar and Green Onions.

·         Wine Pairing: Rudi Pichler Federspiel Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria.

·         Third Course: Robata Grilled Lobster with Soy Ponzu Butter and Shiso Cress; Robata Grilled Broccolini with Ginger Shallot Dressing; or Butternut Squash Tempura with Soy Pepper Broth.

·         Wine Pairing: Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett Riesling, Mosel. Germany.

·         Fourth Course: Robata Grilled Japanese A3 Wagyu Beef; Truffle Maitaki Mushroom; or Baked Eggplant with Red Miso Glazed.

·         Wine Pairing: Matsu El Picaro, Ribiera del Queles, Spain.

·         Fifth Course: Five Star Chocolate Cake.

 


Third Seating:

11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., $45

Each guest will receive each of the menu items.

·         First Course: Wagyu Beef dumplings; or Butterfish Tataki.

·         Wine Pairing: Henriot Brut, Champagne, France.

·         Second Course: Crispy Butterfish Roll; or Salmon Avocado Roll.

·         Wine Pairing: Rudi Pichler Federspiel Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal, Austria.

·         Third Course: Rock Shrimp; or Chicken Yakotori.

·         Wine Pairing: Dr. Hermann Urziger Wurzgarten Kabinett Riesling, Mosel. Germany.

·         Fourth Course: Black Cod; Sweet Pot; or Brussel Sprouts.

·         Wine Pairing: Matsu El Picaro, Ribiera del Queles, Spain.



Roka
Akor, voted one of the Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States by Bon
Appétit magazine, is a stylish Prime steak and sushi restaurant that
features Robatayaki style “open charcoal” cuisine. For Chef Ce Bian’s
dining room menu, the freshest fish is flown in daily, and sushi and
sashimi are carefully handpicked by region and seasonality. The menu
also features a variety of succulent steak cuts including Prime Rib Eye
with Wafu Dressing and Prime New York Strip Loin with Truffle Aioli, as
well as the highest quality of domestic and Australian Wagyu Beef.
Inside the Sake & Shochu Lounge — Roka Akor’s informal, yet
sophisticated dining environment — guests can feast on a selection of
Japanese small plates, which are designed for sharing.

 

Roka Akor,
owned by JNK Concepts, is located in the heart of Chicago’s River North
neighborhood at 456 N. Clark. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday
through Friday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is served
Sunday through Wednesday from 5 to 11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday
from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Sake & Shochu Lounge is open Sunday
through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m.
to 2 a.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. For more information about
Roka Akor, please call (312) 477-7652 or visit
www.rokaakor.com  or the restaurant’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Del Friscos Double Eagle Eye Popping Steak House

I was so sad to see the Esquire Theater go bye bye. But I have to say, the new Del Friscos Double Eagle Steakhouse is SPECTACULAR!

Chicago may be full of steakhouses, but the new Texas-based Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House  taking over the Esquire theater space, is certainly creating a big buzz. 
Many
elements of the old theater were incorporated into the design of the
24,000 square-foot restaurant, including the original marquee. The large
chandeliers, winding staircase and sprawling bars evoke a sense of old
Hollywood glitz and glamor. The goal being to keep the memory of the
Esquire alive, not destroy it. Thank goodness.
Seating for 500!  Yes, 500. Four private dining spaces, and a stunning 47 foot wine
tower and a balcony on the second floor that will be a great space to
overlook shoppers on Oak Street.

Steaks include their signature 32 oz. wagyu ribeye “longbone”.
There are also quite a few seafood options, like their signature crab
cakes, along with hearty sides-king crab gnocchi; spinach supreme with
bacon; and lobster mac & cheese.

The bar menu pays homage to Chicago including hometown favorites:
mini deep dish pizzas with housemade sausage, hand crushed tomatoes and
fresh mozzarella; Kobe dogs served Chicago style; and Italian Beef
sliders with their own giardiniera.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House planted its roots in Dallas more than 20 years ago. We embody the rich tradition of fine American steak houses, amazing guests through our impeccable chef-driven cuisine, extensive award-winning wine list and unparalleled hospitality. We offer our guests an unforgettable experience in a stunning, energetic atmosphere perfect for special occasions, business affairs or a grand night on the town.

58 E. Oak St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Tel: (312) 888-2499

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Gene and Georgetti’s Chicagos First Steak House Turns 70….Again

Gene and Georgettis is the place where Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball stopped in while “in town” when they wanted a great char-grilled steak in an intimate atmosphere with a “family feel.”

Launched in 1941 (?) ,  it is still at the same location at 500 N. Franklin
St. nestled under the noise of the El Tracks, it also ranks as
Chicago’s “first Italian steakhouse.”

The steakhouse actually turned 70 in 2011, but the platinum jubilee seems to be leaking into 2012. Earlier this year G&G took over the Park West on Armitage for a big party, the
centerpiece of which was the premiere of a movie about the restaurant,
made by G&G family scion Michelle Durpetti.

“Gene & Georgetti: The Movie” take relatives, employees, longtime regulars, and colleagues and everyone gives their 2 cents about the steakhouse.

I am not sure why it’s in the news  today...perhaps the movie is going to wide release? Who knows.

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Chicago’s Dining Out For Life April 26th

On Thursday, April 26, 2012 EdgeAlliance presents its 19th annual Dining Out for Life event, benefiting children and adults living with HIV/AIDS on Chicago’s West Side. Chicago is one of 60 cities across the United States and Canada participating in the event, making Dining Out for Life the single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country! Last year more than 80 Chicago restaurants pledged a portion of the night’s proceeds to EdgeAlliance raising more than $125,000!

            With the generous support of this year’s Diamond Sponsors – Broadway Cellars, Connies Pizza, Crew Bar and Grill, Nookies Edgewater, The Signature Room on the 95th and Zapatista – Cuisines of Mexico – this year, EdgeAlliance hopes to raise $150,000 for Chicagoans living with HIV/AIDS! 

             “Just as Chicago is synonymous with good people and great food, Dining Out for Life has become a symbol of hope for our clients impacted by HIV/AIDS and homelessness. I hope you will join us in making 2012 further proof of Chicago’s appetite for great food and doing good.” said Jim Flosi, EdgeAlliance Founder, President and CEO.

            EdgeAlliance is committed to providing housing, supportive services and peace-of-mind to those affected by HIV/AIDS. Their North Lawndale campus serves more than 125 individuals, offering supportive housing and comprehensive services.


You can  visit the official Dining Out for Life website at www.diningoutforlife.com for full details! Dine Out. Fight AIDS!

 

Participating Restaurants

312 Chicago • Acre • Andies Restaurant •  Angelina Ristorante •  Ann Sather Restaurant •  Anna Maria Pasteria •  Anteprima •  Atwood Café • Avenue Tavern • Baker & Nosh  •  Berghoff Restaurant  • Big Jones • Bite Café • Bistronomic • Blackbird • Bluegrass • Broadway Cellars • Browntrout • Carnivale • Ceres’ Table • Club Lucky • Connie’s Pizza • Crew Bar & Grill • Cucina Paradiso • Custom House Tavern •  D.S. Tequila Co. • Deleece • Deleece Grill • Fiorentino’s •  Fiorenza Ristorante • Francesca’s Bryn Mawr • Francesca’s Forno • Francesca’s on Chestnut • Francesca’s on Taylor • Growling Rabbit • Halsted’s Bar & Grill • Hamburger Mary’s • HB Home Bistro • Hearty Restaurant • Horizon Café • Jin Ju  • Kilwin’s Chicago  •  Lady Gregory’s • Las Mananitas • Leopold • Longman & Eagle • Magnolia Café • Mia Francesca • Minibar • Nookies Edgewater • Ombra • Pars Cove Restaurant • Palette Bistro  • Ping Pong  •  PROSECCO • Sable Kitchen & Bar • Salpicon • Silver Cloud • Sola • South Water Kitchen • Southport and Irving • Spacca Napoli Pizzeria • Stella’s Diner • Tank Sushi • Taverna 750 • The Bagel Restaurant & Deli (Lakeview) • The Bagel Restaurant & Deli (Skokie) • The Chicago Diner • The Signature Room at the 95th • Toppers Pizza • Tuscany OakBrook • Uncommon Ground • Via Veneto • Vincent • Vivere • Wakamono  • Wilde Bar & Restaurant • Zapatista – Cuisines of Mexico •

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Greta Pope Live at Bennys Chop House in February

Sultry and Sensuous . . .
          Lively and Lyrical . . .
                 Classically Comedic . . .
                            Proudly Patriotic . . .

Greta Popes performance spans all of these musical moods…and more!

Segueing smoothly from a lively
Brazilian number into a beloved Broadway song…from a swing/jazz number
into one with a Country flavor, this multi-talented entertainer
demonstrates a striking versatility of voice and style.

Greta Pope is an International
entertainer. She has delighted audiences throughout Europe, the Far
East, South America and the Caribbean, as well as the United States and
Canada. Ms. Pope has been touted as one of the great voices of our
time, as she performs with ease all styles from Country to Opera, and
from Rhythm and Blues to Broadway.

Join Greta Pope @ Benny’s Chop House North Lounge

Friday evenings in February, 2012
 
444 North Wabash,     Chicago, IL  60611
 
7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
To make your dinner reservations in the North Lounge call 312-626-2444

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