Royal Wedding Party – Jack’s Bar and Grill

Jack’s Bar and Grill, 2856 N. Southport Ave, invites all those equally disappointed ladies (and gentleman) to come send off or ‘poo-poo’ the betrothed with a “BUT I WAS SUPPOSED TO MARRY PRINCE WILLIAM!” Party.

Prince-William-and-Kate-Middleton

Featuring prizes, free finger food, themed cocktail specials, and crowns to boot, the celebration will give all in attendance the royal treatment they so deserve, as well as shine a spotlight on the city’s singles still searching for their Prince Charming. Join Jack’s on the eve of the big day from 7:30p.m.- 9 p.m. Thurs., April 28, for a night of non-traditional wedding fun.

If you have any details about the events of the wedding or have any pictures to share with you must contact us here.

Gioco Reopens with a New Look & New Menu

South Loop Italian restaurant, Gioco, reopened for dinner yesterday, April 27.  Gioco closed a few months ago, with the promise to eventually reopen.  Sounds like Gioco has gotten a facelift -extensive refurbishing, a new antipasto bar, new furnishings and a new menu created by Executive Chef Danny Sweis.

Gioco Restaurant

Chef Sweis’ new menu offers rustic Italian dishes prepared with the finest available seasonal products, along with house-made pasta and wood-fired thin crust pizzas.  Featured new dishes include the House-Made Gnocchi with Fresh Wild Mushrooms, the Grilled Swordfish with Artichokes and Fennel, the Osso Bucco Milanese and the Antipasto Assortment of cured meats and fresh cheeses.  Gioco will bring back some of their classic dishes and their great selection of steaks too.  My personal favorite dish, the House-Made Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragu, is a must!  The Food Whores also discovered one of our favorite wines, Il Borro Toscana, at Gioco.  Pair it with your meal for a perfect Italian feast.

Gioco will be open for dinner every night.  They will be open for weekday lunch in about 2 weeks.  Gioco expects to resume its popular Sunday brunches in the fall.

Gioco is part of the KDK Restaurant Group.

Wolfgang Puck is Wolfgang YUCK! – ORD Airport

I wasn’t spending my own money this time so I decided to give this place a try as the dishes are quite pricey.  Michelle is currently doing all her wedding planning and she was looking that the Museum of Contemporary Arts as a venue at one point in time but was deterred from her decision because the only catering choice is Wolfgang Puck.

Let’s just say that the MCA is doing themselves a disservice by choosing Wolfgang Puck as the caterer because if Wolfgang Puck can’t even make a good pasta dish at the airport, then their wedding food must suck.

Pasta Dish

Harsh, I know.  Thanks, Michelle, for not choosing Wolfgang Puck – it would have ruined your reputation for knowing good food.

 

This pasta dish – over cooked penne, mediocre alfredo sauce (where’s the garlic?) Totally not worth $19

If you liked the dishes, feel free to share your reviews here.

Gift Giving Guide for the Health Conscious Gourmand

Health Conscious Gourmand?!

Yes, they exist.  I know because I am one, and I’m here to tell you that I like food gifts for Christmas.  However, only gifts that won’t make me fat, sick, or feel like I want to sleep for days under the Christmas tree.   I’m sure the health conscious gourmand in your life feels the same way.  So, here are some ideas for giving the perfect gift to your favorite HCG.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Co. Dessert Cups

The cup fits in your hand. Perfect for your waistline.

Dessert is best in small doses.  I don’t know anyone who was glad they ate an entire pie.  UK-born founder Tracy Wilkinson-Claros brought British hot puddings to the U.S. in the form of these small frozen cups.  These sweet treats are made in small batches in IL and made with fresh, all natural ingredients.  Nothing artificial, no preservatives.  In less than 2 minutes, you can literally unwrap, microwave, and enjoy.

Sticky toffee pudding after 60 seconds in microwave.

No need for any self control here.  Your health conscious food gourmand will love these incredible delights, available in sticky toffee pudding, molten chocolate fudge cake, tart lemon pudding, and sticky ginger pudding.  Sample pack of flavors also available.  Top with ice cream, whipped cream, or absolutely nothing:

Home baking in a cup, no fuss, no mess, no clean up!

Check out the “Sticky bars” and seasonal items, including Christmas Plum Pudding and Brandy Butter.

Quince & Apple Cocktail Syrups & Jams

For your health conscious creative gourmand, look no further than handcrafted fruit based syrups from Quince & Apple.  The small kitchen team in Madison, WI slices and dices fresh produce and creates not-too-sweet vegan syrups and jams without corn syrup or gluten.

Quince & Apple: Fruit in a bottle to enhance your food or cocktails!

The artisan syrups are available by the bottle ($13.50 — $47.50) or as a gift set ($40). Fan favorites include Rhubarb Hops, Tart Cherry Grenadine, and Lime & Cucumber.

Creative blends like Pear with Honey & Ginger will add dimension to just about anything.

Also available-fresh preserves in flavors like Pear with Honey & Ginger and Orange Marmalade with Lemon ($9 a jar or $36 for a set of 4).  You can have both the syrups and preserves shipped straight to your door, and you can enjoy them on cheese, pastries, yogurt, and in cocktails.  The sky’s the limit.  Find recipes and pairing ideas right on the website.

Pastoral Gourmet Gifts

Pastoral offers a huge range of gifts for any gourmand in your life, and is offering free shipping through 12/15!  They beautifully package together artisan products, primarily charcuterie, cheese and wine from around the world and around the block.  The health conscious gourmand may appreciate the Chicago Farmers Market ($44.90) with a small, waistline friendly taste of Chicago’s finest artisan producers.  This collection includes fluffy chevre from Champaign, IL, housemade toastettes, spicy Calabrian salami and sweet heirloom tomato relish.  Find gifts for ANY gourmand here.

Receiving a gift box from Pastoral is an event! So exquisite!

The Chicago Farmer’s Market basket

Stu’s Pickles and Bloody Marys

College BFFs Stu Waters and Rudi Schmidt are bringing back the art of food preservation, one pickle at a time.  Their love of  Bloody Mary’s inspired them to go into business to create the best mixes and condiments for their breakfast cocktail.  Your health conscious gourmand would be happy to know that Stu’s uses only field-fresh cucumbers from Midwest farms, natural ingredients and spices.  They also support local farmers who are committed to ethical farming and preserving our precious natural resources.  In addition to their crunchy pickles and bloody mary elixir (to make your own bloody with fresh tomato juice, and low sodium if you wish) a really creative gift is the Bloody Mary Mixology Kit ($40) complete with their famous bloody mary concentrate, ghost pepper hot sauce, key lime rimmer and sweet corn rimmer.

This is a hangover cure in a box!

Do you want your bloody spicy? Tart? Sweet? You decide!

Check out all the guilt free products from Stu’s Kitchen here.

Creminelli Fine Meats

The meat eating health conscious gourmand in your life may very well be concerned with humanely raised animals.  Creminelli Fine Meats out of Salt Lake City prides themselves on providing traditional Italian meat specialties, many of which are available only on a regional basis in Italy. Creminelli uses only natural and organic ingredients, and heritage meats from animals raised humanely, without antibiotics, on vegetarian feed.  They offer a variety of non-GMO hams, handcrafted salamis, and artisan deli meats. Seasonal offerings include the White Truffle Salame and Whiskey Salame.  So tasty and so fresh!

Salami is perfect for a holiday party!

Happy Holidays everyone, and have fun giving to your favorite gourmand friends and family members!

 

{Ted’s Montana Grill} A dining experience that gets better each time

What’s better than getting a media invite to dine? An invite to a restaurant that you already trust and love!  I frequent this Bolingbrook, IL location as it is fairly close to my day job and in the past year, I’ve dine here more than a handful of times.  I’m never disappointed.

Last week while my mom was in town, I took her to a media invitation to check out the burgers on the menu. I know what you’re thinking “great, another burger”. But No, You’re Wrong. Because I was able to bring my family to this dining experience, I can tell you about it from the perspective of a senior citizen AND two very active toddlers with picky eating habits, and of course, my very own humble opinion.

Ted’s is the ALL AMERICAN restaurant that features ‘merican food. I’m talking hamburgers, crab cakes, meat loaf, turkey dinner…BUT WAIT, There’s More! The restaurant features BISON!

Why Bison? Bison is an extremely lean protein and because the industry isn’t commercialized, the chances of getting bison meat with antibiotics and GMO corn fed, etc. are LOW. At Ted’s Montana Grill, the bison is source directly through media mogul, Ted Turner’s ranch! Ted’s Montana Grill features the largest bison menu in the world.

Let’s talk food, shall we?
I started my meal with a cocktail. It was, after all, past noon on a Sunday – and I was dining with two toddlers. I kinda needed it!
MOUNTAIN BREEZE
Finlandia Grapefruit vodka, freshly squeezed lime and orange juice with a splash of cranberry.

In all honesty, I’m not sure I would order it again.  I am not sure if it was because I had brushed my teeth about 30 minutes prior but it had a little bit of a bitter taste to it.  I’m not a “sweet” cocktail kind of person either but I didn’t LOVE this drink.  But being the food whore that I am, I drank the whole thing.

Next, I introduced the CRAB CAKES to my mom – who said “wow, this is a real crab cake!”  Look at those juicy chunks of crab.  This is the real deal with barely any fillers.  Large lumpy pieces of crab.  One of the best crab cakes I have ever had.  This is a sampler that the proprietor arranged for us to try.    I’ve had it before and it is delicious, every time.

Oh, let me tell you about the free munchies when you dine here.  HALF SOUR PICKLES are as addictive as crack.  I LOVE these crunchy, salty cucumbers.  Ask for seconds!  My 2 year old daughter loved them and my 4 year old son actually tried one (when told him I would give him a small sampler pack of jelly belly’s to try it) and he said it was tasty! (and on your way out, free cookies!!! not pictured)

Then our meal came.  As a Chinese Canadian/American, I am by NO MEANS any expert on traditional America cuisine.  I classify Meatloaf as such.  I tried meatloaf for the first time about 5 years ago and have only had it maybe, 4 times in my life.  HOWEVER, my corn-bred, Southern Illinois husband was able to identify with this dish and said it was really, really good.  It provided notions of nostalgia… enough said?  I certainly thought the flavors were well balanced, the meat was not tough at all, neither too sweet or too salty.   The side of beans were crisp and fresh and the smashed potatoes are how you expect they should taste at home.

OMG. It’s past midnight as I write this post and looking at these pictures is making me HUNGRY!!!!


What did the toddler’s eat, you ask?  My son is 4 and my daughter is 2.  Every day, my son declares that steak is is favorite food, while my daughter, less vocal, normally says “Mmmm, that’s good” after eating steak for dinner.   However, I was a bit worried when I saw the steak was sprinkled with pepper but this didn’t phase either one of them.  Because they are just little kids, we ordered one for them to share and they wolfed it down.  No steak was left unharmed.   The meal also comes with lemonade (or some other choices like soft drinks) but we ordered the lemonade not knowing that they FRESH SQUEEZE the juice daily.  My kids LOVED it.  (My secret to getting my kids to eat is to have the servers bring out the drinks AFTER their meal).

On to the burgers…. pictured below is the Ted’s burger.  The all american classic BISON burger (yes, guilt free) topped with bacon and cheese.  Delicious.  My mom, the senior citizen, commented that this was WAY better than Kuma’s Corner (we went a few days prior) and that the atmosphere is WAAAAY nicer.  Please don’t forget that mom is always right.  I think I agree with that, the meat has more texture than Kuma’s.  I almost felt that Kuma’s was too soft, with more of a meatball texture.

Below is a cross section of

NO. 11  Burger

Horseradish cheddar, slow-braised bison, grilled mushrooms and horseradish sauce

Wow, lots of flavor.  My husband and I LOVE horseradish and this definitely hit the spot.  It’s also one of their best selling burgers, in case you were wondering.

 

Ted’s features 17 burger varieties to suit every need.  You can opt out of the bison experience and choose beef instead.  But bison is a delicious and healthy alternative.

If you’re looking for a no-fail dining experience, check out Ted’s Montana Grill.  It’s a great spot for a date night, family lunch and even business function. Servers are knowledgeable and friendly.

 

~Vivian

  • 623 E Boughton Rd
    Ste 890

{Barbakoa} Latin Flavors Ignite!

I couldn’t help but say “yes!” when I was invited to dine at Barbakoa a couple of weeks ago. I had passed by this new restaurant situated in the old Buona Beef establishment but never had a chance to make it in. There are so many exciting things about this restaurant that I am certain that I will make this a regular destination.

The lively vibe and bright spacious patio makes you feel like you’re in the city, almost. The vivid decor reminds me much of Carnivale in the West Loop, probably because one of the partners belongs to the restaurant Klein restaurant group. If you’re familiar with the high ceilings, colorful splashes of red, purple and orange, you’ll know what I mean.

On a Thursday night, the place wasn’t packed but there was quite a crowd. The room was a bit cool but the patio was perfect for a summer night. Unfortunately, there was a wait for the patio so we sat inside. Ladies, bring a pashmina!

The restaurant menu is designed for tasting, but if you’re not into multiple courses, you can order a la carte.  But check this out!

The most economical tasting menu will leaving bursting at the seams and satisfied.  I can’t wait to go back and try their upgraded menus!

Let’s have a look at the $22 per person menu which is what we enjoyed.  We asked our server to bring out his favorites (actually, he offered!) and we gladly obliged!  Highly recommend doing this…

Guacamoles, not your average guac!

A simple but pretty presentation.  The first guacamole at the top is finished with chicharron also known as fried pork rind.  The avocados had a nice balance of flavor, mild (some guac has too much onions or garlic) and a crispy top.

Second item, mango guacamole  had just a touch of sweetness. Again, nicely balanced and flavorful, the mangoes were like a celebration of summer!

Salsas…..

…if you can’t take the heat…let your server know!  We love spicy food so not an issue.  the first was a serrano pepper green salsa (mild) and the second was a habanero salsa.  Both excellent and not the knock your socks off kinda spicy. I was still able to taste my food after eating this.

The main event…TACO’s – wow. my favorite part to tell you about!  LOOK AT THIS FEAST!

We were given four taco to try – EACH!  Short ribs, halibut, shrimp and carne asada.  the carne asada was so amazing I almost ran to the kitchen to beg for more.  But I had some more serious work ahead of me, that is, to taste the rest of the tacos.  I loved that the taco are the tiny tortillas, the size of your palm but the chef stuffs it as full as a burrito.  Tasty stuff my friends.  I loved all the textures of soft, crispy, crunchy, sweet, salty – all of the above (except bitter).


Wait, I just lied. I think my favorite part is dessert.  A five course dessert!  Amazing.  Small bites of 5 different desserts was a heavenly way to polish off a meal.

Need I remind you that it was only $22 per person?

Add a couple of giant mojitos and dinner was $75 including drinks, taxes and tips.  WHOA!  Date night is going to happen more often.

{Q-BBQ} Not Your Average Smokehouse

Downtown Naperville has always been an attractive place to dine – bustling with independent boutiques and often pricey restaurants -however the town is now complete with it’s very own fast-casual smokehouse,  Q-BBQ.  Q-BBQ earned it’s following at their flagship location in LaGrange several years ago and has now found a comfy spot on Main St. in downtown Naperville.  Their location is a huge stomach tease on the nearby population as you can smell the delicious smoked meat from MILES away!

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but Naperville seems to only have two smoke houses:  Gemato’s and now, Q-BBQ.  I went to Gemato’s over the summer and found it extremely mediocre. But of course, I’m comparing it to the lip smacking quality of Smoque BBQ or Honky Tonk’s in the city.  I ordered the smoked chicken and the ribs and remember clearly that the chicken was so dry enough that my toddler refused to eat any. The high chairs really needed a severe cleaning – who wants to put their kid in a sticky high chair??  I love that Q-BBQ is a modern restaurant – like the feeling you get when you walk into a Chipotle. It’s clean, bright and inviting.   The staff is good looking and friendly.

Now, I mentioned Honky Tonk – it’s hands down, my favorite BBQ in the city. We used to live about 5 mins from there and ordered as often as our waistlines could afford.  I can easily say that the calibre of Q-BBQ may EXCEED that of Honky Tonk. Let’s compare apples to apples.

1) Q-BBQ offers FOUR sauces where Honky Tonk only offers 3 – My favorite is definitely the South Carolina Mustard. They also have a Texas spicy, North Carolina Vinegar and Sweet Sauce.

2) Q-BBQ offers both SLICED and CHOPPED beef brisket (Honky Tonk only has chopped it seems)

3) Q-BBQ’s memphis style chicken wings might make you orgasm upon first bite. Not offered at Honky Tonk

4) Q-BBQ may just win this comparison with their BURNT ENDS. (More on that later)

What Q-BBQ doesn’t have are the fun additions that Honky Tonk has, like fried green tomatoes or bacon candy.

Not know what to order, we opted for the Q-COMBO where you can choose 4 meats and add sides.  As the platter of BBQ deliciousness was passed under my nose, I felt a mouth boner erect inside me.  My salivary glands began to express themselves and I found my throat beginner to swell. My heart palpitated just a litte as the tray slid in front of me.

::Pulled chicken, chicken wings, chopped beef brisket, pulled pork.  Hush puppies, mac n cheese (whisper “smoked…….. meat………”)

Without blinking an eye or letting another second pass without having BBQ in my mouth, we quickly divided up our share and each of us attacked the food in our own way.  Uniquely different right off the bat was the chicken wings.  They are so covered in brown sugar & spices then smoked – the flavor was finger licking good!   Everything else was very good but we weren’t able to stop at just tasting this 4 meat combo. (btw, Hush Puppies are are the BOMB – sweet kernerls of corn pop nestled in the soft potato sing glorious songs in your mouth).

One thing I was able to do on this visit was solidify the fact that I have to make my way to South Carolina very soon.  I’ve found the style of sauce that I keep going back to.  Not shown here (it’s around the backside) is this yellowy, mustard bbq sauce.  Who can recommend a place to go in South Carolina??

::Round Two

Not satisfied yet, at the recommendation of the manager, Abbey (who’s adorable by the way), we ordered the Burnt Ends.  I am not sure I have been burnt ends any where else, or maybe just never took notice.  At Q-BBQ, they smoke the brisket, then cut off the burnt ends, re-rub and smoke another two hours for a total of 24 hours.  Intense meaty smokiness unless any other meat I’ve had before.  I was afraid they might be uber dry but actually very tender!

::Round Three, Food Whores don’t quit easily

You just can’t leave a BBQ joint without trying out the ribs, right? I am a bit of a pork rib snob – Because we make ribs at home often enough – I have a preference in the cut of meat a buy.  We never buy ribs from the conventional grocery store anymore because all the big name brands have super fatty, super thick meat on the bones. Sounds like I would like it, but I don’t!  My idea of a perfect cut of ribs is uniform meatiness across the bone and at Q-BBQ, you get exactly that.  Look at the smoke ring around the meat? Yum. Perfect.

::Last round – salad for digestion.  I don’t know about you, but I prefer my salad post entree.


Hardly a healthy salad with REAL bacon, chunks of bleu but definitely fresh.  You can add meat onto the salad for just a few bucks more.

So there you have it, another invite to dine complete with pictures to show off the deliciousness.  Of all the items we ate, I highly recommend the burnt ends, the ribs and defintely the BBQ wings!  Since our visit, Q-BBQ added a few items to the menu including mashed potatoes, stuffing, chili, and a side salad to their ever-expansive menu.

~Vivian

Category:Restaurants Barbeque

103 S Main St Naperville, IL 60540
http://www.q-bbq.com/

 

Chicago Gourmet Dine Around Program & Menus Released!

TOP RESTAURANTS PARTICIPATE IN CHICAGO GOURMET AND DINE AROUND PROGRAM

Millennium Park will once again become a culinary hotbed as Chicago Gourmet 2012 takes place Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30. The city’s top restaurants, chefs, sommeliers and experts will take part in foodie-focused festivities, which will include cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, seminars and much more.

The Bon Appetit-sponsored Dine Around program, which runs through Sunday, September 30, offers diners a chance to earn a free ticket to Chicago Gourmet by purchasing five meals at participating restaurants. During this time, Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, Quartino Ristorante, Quay Restaurant and Bar, RIVA Crab House on Navy Pier, Tavern on Rush and Tuscany on Taylor will offer special prix-fixe Dine Around Menus for $35 or $55. Complete menus and details available below. Photos available upon request.

CHICAGO GOURMET PARTICIPANTS

  • Frontier
  • Gibsons Restaurant Group (Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, LUXBAR, Quartino Ristorante)
  • LM Restaurant Group (Brasserie by LM, LM, Troquet)
  • Phil Stefani Restaurant Group (437 Rush, RIVA Crab House, and Tuscany on Taylor)
  • Quay Restaurant and Bar
  • Rosebud Restaurants (Carmine’s, Rosebud Prime, Rosebud on Rush, Rosebud Steakhouse, Rosebud Theater District, Rosebud Trattoria and The Rosebud on Taylor)
  • Tavern on Rush

DINE AROUND PARTICIPANTS & MENUS

PHIL STEFANI’S 437 RUSH
437 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.222.0101 | www.philstefanis437rush.com

Dine Around Dinner Menu by Chef Federico Comacchio
Now through Sunday, September 30
$55 per person plus tax and gratuity

ANTIPASTO
Carpaccio di Tonno Affumicato, Crescione, Olive Marinate, Balsamico e Bottarga
Marinated and lightly smoked Pacific Ahi Tuna Carpaccio, red watercress, marinated Liguria olives, Balsamico and Bottarga di Muggine

ENTRATA
Filetto di Fracosta All’amarone Pancetta e Midollo
Roasted rib eye filet, glazed asparagus, applewood Nueske’s bacon, veal marrow and Amarone reduction

DOLCE
Semifreddo al Balsamico, Biscotto e Amarene
Aged balsamic semifreddo, chocolate brittle, California figs biscotto and candied black cherries

HOURS: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Bar Bites: Monday – Friday, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Dinner: Monday – Thursday, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Friday – Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

QUARTINO RISTORANTE
626 N. State | 312.698.5000 | www.quartinochicago.com

Dine Around Dinner Menu by Executive Chef John Coletta
Now through Sunday, September 30
$35 per person plus tax and gratuity

FIRST COURSE
(Choice of one)
Wine Bar Plates
Soup / Salad
Fonduta

SECOND COURSE
One selection from Pasta or Risotto menus

THIRD COURSE
(Choice of one)
Specialties
Seafood
Vegetarian Section

FOURTH COURSE
One Selection from Dessert Menu

HOURS: Monday-Friday 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM | (Kitchen open until 1:00 AM) | Saturday 11:30 AM – 3:00 AM | (Kitchen open until 1:00 AM; pizza until 2:00 AM) | Sunday 11:30 – 1:00 AM | (Kitchen open until 12:00 MIDNIGHT)

QUAY RESTAURANT AND BAR
465 E. Illinois | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.981.8400 | www.quaychicago.com

Dine Around Dinner Menu by Executive Chef Dan Marquis
Now through Sunday, September 30
$35 per person plus tax and gratuity
Optional wine pairings available for an additional $15

FIRST COURSE
Roasted Baby Beet Tartare
Coneflower Farms fresh goat cheese, balsamic caviar, bulls blood microgreens

SECOND COURSE
Pan Seared Diver Scallop
Foie gras, parsnip purée, ground cherry chutney, spiced chocolate sauce

THIRD COURSE
(Choice of one)
Roasted Rabbit
Black kale, red kuri squash purée, huckleberry, pinot reduction

Seared Duck Breast
Thigh confit, forbidden rice, komatsuna greens, pomegranate reduction

*All produce was grown at the farm of Quay’s Executive Chef, Dan Marquis at Mill Road Farms in Sheffield, Illinois.

HOURS: Monday – Wednesday: 3:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Thursday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 AM | Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM

RIVA CRAB HOUSE on Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.7482 | www.rivanavypier.com

Dine Around Dinner Menu by Executive Chef Luigi Garcia
Now through Sunday, September 30
$55 per person plus tax and gratuity

APPETIZER
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
Louis sauce, capers, radish slaw

SALAD
Roasted Organic Beets Salad
Assorted baby lettuces, fennel, radishes, Maytag blue cheese, pinot noir vinaigrette

ENTREE
Prime Sirloin Steak and White Shrimp Combo
Parsnip puree, glazed baby carrots, thyme demi glaze

DESSERT
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Raspberry coulis, chocolate gelato

HOURS: Riva Crab House Main Dining Lunch: Sunday- Saturday, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM |  Dinner: Sunday – Saturday, 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM; (lunch menu available from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the bar only) Riva Cafe: Sunday- Saturday, 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM

TAVERN ON RUSH
1031 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.9600 | www.tavernonrush.com

Dine Around Menus by Executive Chef John Gatsos
Now through Sunday, September 30
Lunch Prix Fixe Menu: $35 per person plus tax and gratuity
Dinner Prix Fixe Menu: $55 per person plus tax and gratuity

LUNCH MENU
FIRST COURSE
Organic Mixed Greens
Candied walnuts, blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette

ENTREE
Petite Filet Mignon
Angel hair pasta with spinach, wild mushrooms and roasted shallot demi-glace

DESSERT
Cheesecake on Rush
Drizzle of raspberry sauce

DINNER MENU
FIRST COURSE
Heirloom Tomato Salad
Fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic syrup  

ENTREE
Filet of Ribeye Steak and French Fried Skewer of Lobster and Shrimp
Smoked gouda-spinach-sweet corn mashed potato dollop and roasted tomato-caramelized sweet onion demi-glace

DESSERT
Salted Caramel Gelato

HOURS: Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM | Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 AM | Sunday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 AM

TUSCANY RESTAURANT on Taylor Street
1014 W. Taylor St. | Chicago, IL 60607 | 312.829.1990 | www.tuscanychicago.com

Dine Around Menu by Executive Chef Victorio Padilla
Now through Sunday, September 30
Three Course Menu: $35 per person plus tax and gratuity
Three Course Menu paired with Wine: $55 per person plus tax and gratuity
Release Body

PRIMO
Agnolotti
Ricotta, gorgonzola, Swiss chard, pine nuts, brown butter, parmigiano, sage
Paired with Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Valdadige

SECONDO
Pollo Arrosto
2.5 pound whole chicken, roasted onion, pepper, roasted potatoes, natural jus
Paired with Tenuta Polvaro Nero, Vento

DOLCE
Tiramisu
Paired with Sant’Antimo Vin Santo IL Poggione, Montalcino

HOURS: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM | Dinner: Monday – Thursday, 3:30 PM – 10:00 PM; Friday, 3:30 PM – 11:00 PM; Saturday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM and Sunday, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

FREE FOOD! Dos Equis teams up with DucknRoll for the Most Interesting Academy

Hello, Food Whore fans.  When was the last time you ate something really INTERESTING?  Or something that maybe even freaked you out a little bit?  Food is one of my favorite ways to keep life interesting.  That’s why I am so pumped about this great promotion by Dos Equis, which just launched their Most Interesting Academy.  Dos Equis is making it easy for their fans to try new experiences and keep life interesting by partnering with some great food trucks all around the US, which will serve up some unique and exotic foods, to really shake up your usual lunch routine!

The best part – lunch is FREE!!!  What do you have to lose, food whores?

The Dos Equis Mobile Academy will be at various Chicago locations from 11am to 2pm in the locations listed below:

  • August 21: Dearborn and Monroe (11am-2pm)
  • August 22: AON Center (11am-2pm)
  • August 23: Wabash and Van Buren (11:30am-2:30 pm)
  • August 24: 600 W. Chicago (11am-1pm)
  • August 25: 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave (Silver Room) (12pm-3pm)
  • August 26: Wrigleyville (12-2pm; Cubs game @1:20pm)
  • August 27: OFF
  • August 28: Wabash and Van Buren (11am-12pm)
  • August 29: 57th and Ellis (11am-1pm); Jefferson and Madison (1:30-2:30 pm)
  • August 30: Wrigleyville (12-2pm; Cubs game @1:20pm)

If you are Chinese or Asian, some of these foods might be old news to you.  That doesn’t make them any less delicious!  Chef Amy Le of the DucknRoll food truck did an amazing job of bringing these delicacies to the masses.

The Menu:

Jellyfish Salad

This traditional Chinese wedding appetizer has been served for a thousand years – served chilled with pickled cucumbers.  Jellyfish has a nice chew to it, and I love the pickly goodness!

Braised Sea Cucumber with Oyster Sauce

Eastern Medicine has touted the healing powers of the Sea Cucumber for over 3,000 years. Our version of the wonder seafood comes braised in oyster sauce with winter bamboo shoot.  Listen.  Sea cucumbers are not pretty.  They look scary when they are raw, they look scary when they are cooked.  Just man up, mix your rice up with Amy’s tasty oyster sauce and take a bite.  Sea cucumber on it’s own doesn’t have much flavor, so it takes a skilled chef to make it taste good.  Sea cucumber more or less has the texture of a cooked mushroom.  JUST EAT IT.

Miso Marinated Beef Tongue served in Steam Buns

The quintessential Japanese spice meets the quintessential Chinese street food!  Amy has taken care of the scariest part for you – she had to cut up a giant tongue.  Amy has brought great aggressive flavors to this dish and the meat is tender and delicious!  Love the bright pineapple salad, great contrast!

Stay hungry, my friends…

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Texas de Brazil – Tax day specials

CELEBRATES TAX DAY WITH TAX-TINI
&
BEIJOS LOUNGE HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

WHAT: Texas de Brazil invites patrons to unwind after paying off Uncle Sam with a much-needed Tax Day cocktail in the Beijos Lounge. This year, Texas de Brazil celebrates with a special Tax-tini, perfect for washing those Tax-Day blues away. The Tax-tini features tequila, fresh pomegranate and lime juices, and pomegranate liqueur, and is available for $7 Monday through Friday during the month of April.

Guests are also invited to celebrate Tax Day with happy hour in the Beijos Lounge at Texas de Brazil from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM every Monday through Friday, featuring a relaxed lounge atmosphere, signature cocktails and rare wines. Happy Hour specials include $3 Domestic Beer, $5 Texas de Brazil Private Label Wines, $5 Well Cocktails and Brazilian Caipirinhas, $7 Martinis and Half-Off Appetizers from the Bar Menu. Bar Menu features starter portions of Texas de Brazil’s seasoned cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage. Each is served with chimichuri sauce and a basket of house-baked Brazilian cheese bread. Complete menu is below.

WHEN: Tax-Tini and happy hour cocktails available now.
Beijos Lounge Happy Hour 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Monday through Friday in Texas de Brazil’s Beijos Lounge/bar area.
Hours and offerings subject to change in compliance with local or state liquor laws. Prices in effect from open to close in certain markets (IL, LA, NV, and TX) and in both bar/dining room where applicable (IL).

PRICING: Happy Hour Specials:
$3 Domestic Beer
$5 Texas de Brazil Private Label Wines
$5 Well Cocktails and Brazilian Caipirinhas
$7 Martinis
Half-Off Appetizers from the Bar Menu
Tax-tini:
$7
Happy Hour pricing does not apply to large private or dining room parties . Must be 21 or older.

WHERE: Drink specials and bar menu available in Beijos lounge/bar area only. Must be 21 or over.
Addison, TX: 15101 Addison Rd., 972.385.1000

Dallas, TX: 2727 Cedar Springs Rd., 214.720.1414
Fort Worth, TX: 101 N. Houston St., 817.882.9500
San Antonio TX: 313 East Houston St., 210.299.1600
Hallandale Beach, FL: 800 Silks Run, Suite 1380, 954.843.7600
Miami, FL: Dolphin Mall, 11401 N.W. 12th St., 305.599.7729
Miami Beach, FL: At the Marina, 300 Alton Rd., 305.695.7702
Tampa, FL: 4112 W. Boy Scout blvd., Tampa, FL: 813.871.1400
Orlando, FL: 5259 International Drive, 407.355.0355
Chicago, IL: 51 East Ohio, 312.670.1006
Schaumburg, IL: 5 Woodfield Shopping Center, 847.413.1600
Baton Rouge, LA: 10155 Perkins Rowe, 225.766.5353
Denver, CO : Shops at Northfield Stapleton, 8390 Northfield Blvd., Ste. 1800, 720.374.2100
Las Vegas, NV: 6533 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702.614.0080
Memphis, TN: 150 Peabody Place, 901.526.7600
Palm Beach, Aruba: J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 382, 297.5864686

MENU: Bar Appetizers:
1 Each:
Chicken Breast, Garlic Sirloin, and Sausage, $8.50
2 Each:
Chicken Breast, Garlic Sirloin, and Sausage, $12.50
1 Each:
Filet with Bacon, Garlic Sirloin, and Rack of Lamb, $16.50
1 Each:
Chicken Breast, Garlic Sirloin, and Rack of Lamb, $14.50
Each plate served with chimichuri sauce and basket of cheese bread.

About Texas de Brazil
About Texas de Brazil – Texas de Brazil is family owned and operated. Started in 1998, the company has quickly grown into one of the country’s premier Churrascarias, currently operating 17 domestic locations and one international location. The restaurant’s menu consists of 15 grilled meats; all prepared in the traditional Brazilian method over an open flame and carved tableside by the restaurant’s authentically costumed Gauchos, as well as an elaborate salad area, wine list, dessert menu, full liquor bar and private rooms available for special functions. Future growth includes planned locations for Fort Lauderdale, Westchester, Salt Lake City, Trinidad and Puerto Rico. For more information please visit www.texasdebrazil.com.