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Archive for the ‘Restaurants’ Category

August 28th, 2008

Fresh Faces in Food

The restaurant scene in Chicago is constantly evolving, always keeping up with people?s new tastes or trends. Here are a few restaurants that have only been around for a year or so, but they have already made a name for themselves in the dining biz.
Chalkboard, a contemporary American restaurant in North Center, is just that: […]

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August 27th, 2008

Wine and Cheese Pizza at La Madia

Who says pizza is unrefined? Certainly not La Madia, a River North restaurant whose motto is ?Art of Pizza, Love of Wine.?
You?ll know this isn?t any ordinary pizza place when you see the floor-to-ceiling wine wall behind the bar. Groups of friends and romantic couples fill the striped booths and the pizza bar surrounding the […]

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August 27th, 2008

Chicago Area’s First Sonic Drive-In

So, remember how I said that we don?t have Sonic here in Chicago? Well, I have to take that back now.
For years, Chicagoans have had to suffer through commercials for Sonic Drive-In, despite the fact that there aren?t any restaurants of the chain within 70 miles of here. Sonic operates more than 3,000 restaurants, but […]

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August 26th, 2008

Find Italian Romance at Angelina Ristorante

Nothing says romance like fine Italian cuisine over candlelight and soft music. It should be no surprise then that many Chicagoans looking to impress their dates head up to Lakeview to Angelina Ristorante.
You?ll ease into a night of comfort as you enter the softly lit room, decorated with oil paintings and black-and-white photos. Show up […]

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August 20th, 2008

Bhabi’s Kitchen Has All You Knead

As I?ve mentioned before, there are plenty of Indian and Pakistani restaurants along Devon Avenue. However, most of them feature either one cuisine or the other. Bhabi?s Kitchen, just off Devon, is one of very few that serve both.
This comfy, family-run establishment offers appetizers like samosas (deep-fried flaky pastry shells stuffed with onions, green peas, […]

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August 19th, 2008

Mirai Serves Sushi and Sake in Sleek Style

Sure, your local storefront seafood market that fries the heck out of your fish may be tasty, but it?s not very striking. When it?s time to impress your date, you?re going to need something smooth and stylish. Welcome to Mirai Sushi.
With a sleek dining room and trendy lounge (between Crust and Bravo Tapas), Mirai is […]

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August 16th, 2008

Phelps’ Victory Earns You Free Food

The entire nation has their eyes on Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer who could very well earn a record number of gold medals in a single Games. That includes Dream Salad owner Rich Levy, a former high-school swimmer, who is enjoying all the buzz Phelps is bringing to the sport.
If Phelps wins eight gold medals, […]

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August 15th, 2008

Fatburger Coming to Chicago

There are a number of regional fast-food chains that aren?t found here in Chicago: In-N-Out, Sonic, Chick-fil-A, to name a few. But soon, California-based burger chain Fatburger won?t be one of them. The first restaurant is set to open next month in Orland Park.
KW Foods LLC, owned by Chicagoan Kanye West, has the rights to […]

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August 15th, 2008

A Mano Hands Out Great Italian

Most people try to find a wine that complements their food. The folks at Bin 36 put together a contemporary trattoria (next door to Crimson Lounge) named A Mano, thereby creating an Italian menu that would balance well with their wines.
A combination of Michigan Avenue tourists and white-collar executives fill the bar and dining area, […]

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August 14th, 2008

Anthony Bourdain Visits Chicago

Anyone who knows food knows the name Anthony Bourdain, host of the Travel Channel?s No Reservations. The show is currently taping its fifth season, and it has finally come to Chicago.
So where did the famously critical chef and author dine? One of the restaurants Bourdain sampled was Hot Doug?s (which is now serving the ?New […]

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