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Taverna 750 in Lakeview is one of Chicago’s Best Restaurants

It’s rare when a restaurant opens and everyone likes it and has everyone’s tongue wagging! And with today’s social media outlets, everyone has an opinion. 

Taverna 750, is a highly rated ZAGAT  hotspot in Chicago’s East Lakeview!
As they approach their 2 year anniversary, things could not get any better!
It’s been voted Best Italian Restaurant,
Best Hidden Gem,
Best Date Restaurant,
Best Brunch,
Best Martinis,
and Best Sidewalk Cafe!
Growing up, Paul Cannella always heard his family talk about working and
eating in his grandfather’s tavern. They’d always talk about the
“tavern,” but Cannella never knew, until recently, that his grandfather
owned the Grand Tap Room, an upscale Italian restaurant in the 1930s and
’40s, where a steak was $1.50! 

Taverna 750 is the best of old school Italian with a contemporary flair. Cannella is bringing back his Grandfather Paul J.
Loverde’s and Uncle Chuckie Abruzzini’s classic Italian tried and true
family recipes. But made current and relevant to today’s times. 

 We love everything on the menu here. But I am very
impressed by attention to detail, flavor, service  and presentation.

Keep in mind  many items change
seasonally. The restaurant just launched a new spring menu with all kinds of awesome dishes! 

Beets and Strawberries – $8.00
Roasted baby beets, basil puree, goat cheese sorbet, pumpernickel croutons, citrus dressing, baby arugula.

Crab Cakes – $12.00
Smoked chorizo, charred spring onion gremolata, shaved asparagus salad, shaved pear.

Tuna Confit – $16.00
Olive oil poached tuna, olive marmaletta, pine nut puree, fingerling potato.

Chicken Marengo – $13.00
San marzano tomatoes, white wine, maitake mushroom, squash noodles, black olive, grated egg yolk.

Buttermilk Braised Pork Shoulder – $14.00
Fregola pasta, chickpea broth, hazelnut, apricot, bittersweet chocolate.

Is your mouth watering yet?

They don’t refer to themselves as a tapas place, and it is clear that the dishes are quite larger than typical tapas. This a “sharing” place
where people are encouraged to share their meals and the dishes are
placed in the center of the table.

All of Taverna 750’s entrees are
small plates, meant for sharing at the table. For 2 people ideally. A table of 5 can not share one plate, as one Yelper complained!

For small plates, the
portions are generous and their prices are very affordable so you can share several items at one sitting.  You will be blown away by the quality and the tastes. Small plates are served European-style, coming out of the kitchen
as they’re ready.Which is how I like it.

The quality of the reasonably priced dishes really gives the food at the
much pricier downtown places like RPM Italian a run for their money.

Understanding the history, the life cycle, the environment in which it grows, all make me proud to serve the dishes I do. It’s this understanding and appreciation for ingredients that make me feel connected to the food, which in my opinion transcends to the diner eating the food. You can just tell the difference between something that tastes good and something that has been treated with respect and care.” says Chef Christopher Coker.

AND THE DRINKS! Let me tell you,  mixologist Benjamin Newby, a big name in the Chicago restaurant scene and 
one of Chicago’s most celebrated and recognizable drink creators is stirring things up at Taverna. I already thought they had a perfect drink menu. The martinis that come with a bonus sidecar is brilliant!  Ben is known for creating innovative
drinks enjoyed by both the connoisseur and the person looking for a
great libation.

His latest recipes shine at Taverna 750. He developed a  spring
cocktail menu and did some tweaking on existing cocktails, to further raise the bar.  He has launched six seasonal creations available through
the end of summer and will roll out a patio beverage menu when the
weather FINALLY warms up – that could be any day now!

Brunch, dinner or late night – this place has something for everyone!

As we near the two year anniversary of Taverna in June, I’ve
never felt more confident in the overall product that we are bringing to
the city of Chicago.” 
says  owner Paul Cannella“We’ve
learned a lot, and we’ve grown a lot.  The food and beverage menus are
by far the best we’ve produced to date.  When you combine that with the
staff we’ve worked hard to train, and they’re passion for working at
Taverna, I can’t help but smile thinking about how we are going to  put a lot of smiles on people’s faces all summer long.”

Reservations are always highly suggested, as this hotspot can be very busy!
Taverna 750        750 W Cornelia Ave  Chicago, IL 60657  ph. 773-904-7466



***INSIDERS  SCOOP***

Specials include:
Monday – $10 Italian Dinner
$5 Chef’s Choice Pasta
$5 Quartino’s of Wine
Tuesday – Wine Night
$2 Glasses
$20 Bottles
(Select Varieties)
Wednesday – Midweek Treat
Complimentary Dessert on us with any purchase of Dinner!!!
Thursday/Friday/Saturday – Chef’s Special
Friday/Saturday – 100% Club – Late Night
100% of proceeds off 100% menu go to charity of the month
Sunday – $25 Martini Brunch
2 Courses and 2 Martinis + Champagne for $25
(Saturday Brunch Starts 4/20)

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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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Beach Brunch at The State Sunday June 10

Man & Woman
of the Year Beach Brunch!

George Mavrakis invites you to enjoy a beach brunch!

June 10, 2012

11:30am to 3:00pm

State Restaurant –

935 West Webster Ave, Chicago.  773-975-8030



Attire:

Beach gear required, t-shirts, shorts, sandals, swim wear, etc…

(this is a promotional event for Svedka’s tropical product line)


$19.99 per person (21 & up only) for an all you can eat brunch buffet. Also includes 1 bottle of Svekda Vodka per 7 guests.

Challenge: Candidate with the most guests wins a percentage of the sales!

(Please mention “George” upon entrance)

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El Mariachi $20 Champagne Brunch

 BRUNCH at El Mariachi just got even better! This week they introduce the $20 Champagne Brunch with free flowing Mimosas.

Saturdays & Sundays are great for brunch at EL Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill. Their superb Champagne Mimosa Brunch   has an extensive Brunch menu which includes chilaquiles, skillets, omelettes, tortas and lots of Mexican favorites.  The food here is always  EXCELLENT!

All Breakfast items are made to order and freshly prepared. 

Adrian, one of the two brothers who helps run the restaurant has been working with his father since the age of 11! He prides himself on quality management. “We pride ourselves  on selecting quality ingredients and not skimping to save a few pennies, like some restaurants might do. Everything is fresh and made to order. “

If you love guacamole, you have to get it here and they make it to order tableside. It’s ALWAYS good. Never thinned down like some restaurants will blend in sour cream. Just fresh, pure, quality ingredients. Just recently a new chef came onboard and suggested they add just a few drops of avocado oil to the guacamole which gives it a nice smooth texture and finish.

The $20 Champagne Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
EL Mariachi’s custom roasted coffee and an entree from our brunch menu are included.  And unlimited Mimosas.

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill’s is simply perfect for any occasion.  It’s the perfect setting for family get togethers or a casual afternoon between friends! 

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill   3906 N Broadway   Ph. 773.549.2932

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Jacks on Halsted – Boystown Chicago Bistro and Brunch Spot

Jack’s on Halsted,
 owned by chef Jack Jones,
 

was selected as best new restaurant  by Chicago Magazine, when they opened. And since then, have won numerous awards and recently reinvented themselves with a fresh new menu.

A contemporary, American restaurant, Jack’s features global cuisine incorporating Asian, Mediterranean and New World making it a true American blend.

For the past ten years Jack’s has been serving distinctive, skillfully prepared, high quality food for all to enjoy. “We strive to use only the finest and freshest ingredients available. We are passionate about two things, serving healthful, excellent food and being sensible about our prices. Jack’s on Halsted is commited to offering the best food value possible.” – says Chef Jack Jones , who has worked at some of Chicago’s finest dining establishments including  Yoshi’s Café, Printer’s Row, Terczak’s and Spiaggia.

  Located in Boystown on the corner of Halsted and Belmont in Lakeview, Jack’s is in the most diverse and exciting neighborhood in all of Chicago. With Blue Man Theater just steps away and some of Chicago’s most unique shops, not to mention clubs, bars and restaurants, Lakeview is a happening spot. Jack’s is the place to start or end your night out, be sure to ask for a table at the window! 

 

Along with the new menu came some other new improvements. Drew Johnson, a longtime employee of Jack’s, recently became Jack’s business partner and managing partner.  The restaurant is now open 7 days  for dinner plus a hip Sunday brunch with  DJ  Gerry and guest bartenders who serve up $2 Mimosas, $3 Bloody Marys and $5 Special Brunch Martinis. Food at brunch  ranges from Omletes and Classic Eggs Benedict to Orange Flavored French Toast and Steak and Eggs.

ALSO  NEW,  a  charming  patio out back, away from the street noise. Plus,  Late Night Food!  Wednesday thru Saturday food is now available till  1am.  In these economic challenging times Jacks is also offering  $6  Martinis  everyday,  and Tuesdays  half-price bottles  of wine. There is also a 3-course Dinner menu available for just $25.95 that offers a great selection of starters, entrees and a dessert!

 You will find everything from steak to seafood to brugers here in a wide selction of prices. Jones’s “pork tasting” pulls out all the stops by offering a three-way sampling of thyme- and shallot-infused grilled pork tenderloin, smoky Memphis-style pulled pork, and succulent, fall-off-the-bone baby backs. We generally prefer our ribs to put up a fight but the Asian spices and juicy texture more than compensate. Maple-sparked mashed sweet potatoes offer extra allure to this hog triptych!

 

 

 Pat Bruno, Chicago Sun-Times  said,
The cuisine style at Jack’s on Halsted is essentially contemporary American. However, within the broad interpretation of that style of cooking, there is a definite license to wheel and deal those meals. …(Read full review )

Phil Vettel, Chicago Tribune
…Jack’s is a moderately priced American bistro whose menu presents familiar dishes tweaked with Jones’ personal touch. “It’s like Woody Allen’s second and third movies,” quips Jones. “Different, but the underlying neuroses are the same.” …(Read full review )

 

 
We  give it our  5   CROWNS!

Follow  JACKS  on FACEBOOK and keep up with current  news, info and specials!

Michael Snell
Derrick Sorles
Best of the Best Dining Chicago

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