Rebecca Taras | November 22, 2011 8:15 amFrom dining destinations to carry-out and what ingredients Chicago chefs are most thankful for; we've featured a lot of fun Thanksgiving coverage over the past couple of weeks. Here are some highlights in case you missed out!
Need For Ingreds: 7 Fixin's Chefs Are Most Thankful For — What are you going to say you're thankful for when it's your turn at the table?Read More
Kate Stahl | November 21, 2011 9:00 amChicago has been Michelin crazy lately, after this week's announcement of which local restaurants were deemed worthy of a star or two, or, in the case of Alinea, three. But I am always equally interested in the restaurants that receive the Bib Gourmand award, Michelin's designation of the city's best-value restaurants. I'm quite familiar with most of the 56 Chicago-area restaurants that were awarded the Bib Gourmand (which means that, for $40 or less, diners can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine or dessert), but I loved that there were a few outliers on the list, giving me four new reasons to dine out this week.Read More
Rebecca Taras | November 21, 2011 8:30 amWe love the excitement of a new restaurant opening, yet there is a reason we revisit our tried and true faves: great food. Take a peek at some of the fresh eats that some of the more established restaurants on the scene are offering on their menus right now!
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Rebecca Taras | November 18, 2011 9:00 amIt was a close race between 2sparrows and Filini in the new Radisson Blu hotel, but the later came out ahead by 21 votes at the time this post was written. If you're not familiar with Filini or the hip new Blu, take our tour! Even if you are (it is your fave, after all), here are some fun tidbits you probably don't know (hint: the chef grew up in a castle!).Read More
Kate Stahl | November 17, 2011 9:00 amOne of my favorite places in the world, Harbor County, is located just 70 miles from the city and includes the charming towns of Union Pier, Sawyer, and Three Oaks, all located within a few minutes drive of one another and close to the shores of Lake Michigan. While nature lovers and antique hunters have plenty of reasons to make the trek, I recently discovered the newest draw: wine, whiskey, and beer! With a new brewery and distillery attracting Chicago's best chefs, I decided to create my own booze tour of Harbor County, and ended up having a very fun, informative, and, yes, slightly buzzed afternoon.Read More
Kate Stahl | November 17, 2011 8:00 amWith Thanksgiving a week away, now is not exactly a low-cal season, and we're embracing it by celebrating some serious comfort foods! Last week, we talked about the best grilled cheeses in town, and this week, we're talking about another of our fave cheese-filled dishes: mac and cheese. Chicago restaurants have all kinds of mac, from gourmet versions to old-fashioned classics.Read More
Rebecca Taras | November 16, 2011 8:45 amI was walking to the gym the other morning when it was still dark out (depressing), headed east on Oak Street. From a distance, I saw what looked like a barrel outside of one of the retailers — not necessarily the traditional decor in this neck of the woods. As I got closer, I noticed the barrel was strategically placed in front of a place called TR Napa Valley (61 E.Read More
Rebecca Taras | November 16, 2011 8:30 amHaving never dined anywhere else for Thanksgiving other than my parents' house (consistently delicious every year), I never spent the time to navigate through Chicago's culinary scene for turkey day offerings. So upon my research, one thing's for certain: there is more than one way to serve a bird. Take a tour through some of the top dining options around town and make those resos!Read More
Rebecca Taras | November 16, 2011 7:45 amEven if you're not on turkey duty, a nice contribution to any meal is a good bottle of vino. If you're looking to impress your dinner mates but your wine knowledge stops after the seven varieties of three buck Chuck at TJ's, then head on over to Feast (1616 N. Damen Ave., 773-772-7100) from 7 to 9 p.m.Read More
Rebecca Taras | November 15, 2011 9:15 amLooking for a way to increase your holiday shopping kitty? Save some serious cash by cutting down on your dining budget at the super cozy and delicious Bodega N. 5 (638 S.Read More