Delicious DIRT. Bacon Love; Whiskey Lovers Unite At Untitled; Brunch Now At Acadia, Tesori, El’s Kitchen;
DIRT Inside: Acadia, Belly Shack, Baconfest, Bar Toma, El’s Kitchen and Bar, Ginger Snap Sweets,Great Lakes Distillery, Heaven Hill, Kristine Subido, Maker’s Mark, Matt Troost, Mercat a la Planxa, The Pecking Order, Quay, Rey Villalobos, Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue, Tresori, Three Acres, Untitled, Whiskey Fest, Wild Turkey, Wildfire,
Brunch is one of our all time favorite meals! Been to any of these three joints lately? Check out their latest brunch options what are guaranteed to please. In Lincoln Park, El’s Kitchen and Bar, known for their BBQ, is now serving brunch with bottomless bloody mary’s and mimosas( $15) and reasonably priced food options like brisket egg’s Benedict ($10). PERK: Kids even eat free before 1pm. On April 28th award- winning Acadia will be open for Sunday brunch with their prixe-fixe menus for $35/ person. This includes three scrumptious courses with items like Crepes with Gruyere cheese and Lobster Eggs Benedict. Lastly, Tesori Italian restaurant is now open for brunch on the weekends and it looks quite good. We’re amped to taste Tesori’s French Toast with rum soaked brioche and the Tesori Benedict made with prosciutto and creamy brie cheese. Enough said.
Delicious DIRT. Super Hot NYC Based Cookie Company, Danny Macaroons, Launches in Chicago
DIRT Inside: belly Q, Belly Shack, Dan Cohen, Danny Macaroons, The Haute Dog, JP Graziano, La Colombe, Little Beans
Heads up Chicago!! Get ready to experience the most scrumptious macaroons of your life as Danny Macaroons are now sold in the Windy City! Now you can be one of the first to get in on the early first stages of the Chicago launch of these macaroons. We aren’t talking about French macarons here, but instead the coconut (gluten free) variety, and boy do they have us raving about their awesomeness. New Yorkers fell in love with these award winning macs, created by macaroonist we love, Danny Cohen, and now Chicago is going bananas over them as well.
Small, yet decadent, Danny Macaroons come in over 50 flavors. You’ll easily find salted caramel, chocolate almond, chocolate dipped, and more in Chicago stores. Soon, you might get lucky and chow down on chocolate banana nut, stout, peanut butter + jelly, and bourbon. If your mouth is watering and you want to get your hands on these macaroons to find out what everyone is talking about, you can now find Danny Macaroons at these Chicago locations: Belly Shack, La Colombe, Little Beans, JP Grazianos, Filter Cafe, Goddess + Grocer, and The Haute & The Dog for just $2-3 each. You can also catch Danny Macaroons’ pop up at Bow Truss 3/6, 3/13, 3/16…
Delicious DIRT. Celebrating Chef Week; Can’t Miss Charity Event: Fashion Rocks
DIRT Inside: Chicago Chef Week, Mindy Segal, Martial Noguier, Boka, Rustic House, Mercadito, Publican, bellyQ, haberdash, GT Fish&Oyster, Danny Macaroons, Belly Shack, Carriage House, Common Threads, West Loop Community Organization
We know you love fun fashion, good food, and enjoying it while giving back. So, you are in for a real treat on April 7th from 6:30pm-9pm as bellyQ teams up with men’s fashion experts over at haberdash to bring you, “Fashion Rocks”. With cooking stations and delicious eats sponsored by some of our favorites (GT Fish&Oyster, Danny Macaroons, Belly Shack, Carriage House etc.), as well as a showcasing of the haberdash Spring 2013 line, this is sure to be a wonderful evening. The best part is that all proceeds go to the awesome charities Common Threads and West Loop Community Organization. For tickets ($150 each) email, email@example.com.
American Junkie Now Open; Google Launches Keep
DIRT Inside: American Junkie, City Tavern, Google, Keep, Kendal Duque, Sepia,
American Junkie, a new River North destination, opened its doors officially on March 20th. This new spot is a restaurant, sports bar, and nightclub complete with a fully retractable roof all you Chitown warm weather worshipers will love on summer nights. We hear this newbie has the largest single panel TV screen in the Midwest, too. American Junkie hired chef we dig Kendal Duque (City Tavern, Sepia) as head chef. Some of his tantalizing items include wild boar chili, bison rib eye, and exotic flatbreads like foie gras and pineapple. One of everything please! 15 W Illinois
Delicious DIRT. Opening Quickies.
DIRT Inside: Sandwich Me In, Lakeview, Duchamp, Troy Graves, Red Door, Green City Market
Troy Graves has Opened the Red Door
So many openings, we are into. Earlier, we told you about Duchamp closing and Troy Graves’ Red Door opening. Now, it’s open. So check ‘em out! We love what they posted on their Facebook page: “We would like everyone to know we are not a restaurant with a great bar. We are a bar with great food. Salute!” 2118 N. Damen. [Eater]
Delicious DIRT. Juicy New Menu Round-Up
DIRT Inside: LM Restaurant, Brad Phillips, Troquet, Brasserie, LUXBAR, Frog N Snail
Brunch Newbies at LUXBAR.
Dig brunch? Love LUXBAR as much as we do? Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sundays starting at 8:00 AM, get down to LUXBAR for new spring brunch eats like Gold Coast Omelet ($11.50), House Cured Salmon Frittata ($11.00), Breakfast Burrito ($10.50), Veggie Hash ($9.50), Fresh Berries ($9.00) and more. We know you’re not going to forget brunch cocktails… Prosecco Mimosas ($8.25) and LUXBAR’s signature Zing Zang Bloody Mary ($8.75). BONUS DIRT: We love this patio. Make it official –> reservations @ 312.642.3400. 18 E. Bellevue.
Caught the Delicious DIRT that is Frog N Snail?
Delicious DIRT. Three DIRT-Worthy Events To Stimulate Your Senses
DIRT Inside: Jason Paskewitz, Gemini Bistro, Rustic House, Quay, Cakebread Wine, Dennis Cakebread, Phil Stefani, Tuscany Café, Ralph Childs
What They’re Cookin’ Up: It’s Halibut Season
The oh-so-short Wild Alaskan Halibut season is here. Chef Partner Jason Paskewitz and his two Lincoln Park hotspots, Gemini Bistro + Rustic House, are prepared to serve up this tender white fish in a bunch of delicious ways. Weekly specials at Gemini Bistro = pan seared halibut with pea shoots, roasted baby carrots, caramelized onions and a lemon beurre blanc for $32. At Rustic House, pan seared Atlantic halibut is prepared with a corn purée, sauteed asparagus and shimeji mushrooms for $28. Paskewitz will be highlighting the mild, yet slightly sweet nature of wild Alaskan halibut by pairing it with fresh, seasonal ingredients. BONUS DIRT: the fish is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. The weekly specials at both of these hotspots will rotate weekly, and just as a heads up, both spots are closed on Mondays. Gemini Bistro: 2075 N. Lincoln. Rustic House: 1967 N. Halsted.
Delicious DIRT Quickies: Publican Quality Meats Brings Burgers; Doughnut Vault Best in the USA; Troy Graves’ Red Door Opens In Duchamp Space; Do-Rite Donuts Open Saturdays; Beer and Wine Coming to Starbucks Lakeview; Retractable Glass Roof to the Wit.
DIRT Inside: Publican Quality Meats, Paul Kahan, Food Film Fest, Doughnut Vault, Food & Wine, Duchamp, Jason Freiman, Troy Graves, Red Door, Christopher Peckat, Fei Tang, Do-Rite Donuts, Starbucks, Lakeview, Wit Hotel, Roof at Wit Hotel
May 1 = First Burger Night at Publican Quality Meats
Chef Paul Kahan tweeted Publican Quality Meats will now serve burgers and we’re salivating already. Beginning May 1, PQM serves up their first burger night. One thing we KNOW for sure, we expect juicy burgers. Hopefully George Motz will hit this joint on his next Chi trip so we know the low down from the true burger expert himself… Until then, we’ll juuuust have to sample the goods ourselves. 312.445.8977. 825 W. Fulton Market. [Grub Street]
We love when our friends win big! Congrats to friend Brendan Sodikoff + team -> aka Food Film Fest winner, Doughnut Vault on being named Best Doughnuts in the COUNTRY by Food & Wine Magazine. NOT a surprise to us. Serious foodgasms are a sure thing when taking these babies down.
Delicious DIRT. Running Is Elevating: Little Steps, Big Stars Fundraiser; Get Ann Sather’s At New Location; Caffe De Luca Closing to Make Way for Grass Fed
DIRT Inside: Chicago Run, Fulton’s on the River, Little Steps Big Stars, Ann Sather, Bananas Foster Cafe, Caffe De Luca, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Grass Fed
Chicago Classic, Ann Sather’s, Heading to Broadway / Granville
Chicago veteran Ann Sather has been warming up our insides with amazing creations for over 65 years (gotta love those gooey, luscious cinnamon rolls), but this Swedish breakfast hotspot will be expanding! In the coming weeks, watch for the fifth Ann Sather location to be opening up at Broadway and Granville, at the old Bananas Foster Café that closed abruptly to the shock of it’s local following. We gotta know: What’s your favorite Ann Sather treat? [Eater]
Delicious DIRT. Dine With Design at The Glass House; Where to Get BBQ + Burgers in the Chi this May; Dine on the Patio with your Pooch at Bistronomic
DIRT Inside: Food Film Festival, Glass House, Phillip Johnson, Frederic Kieffer, George Motz, Dine With Design, National Trust for Historic Preservation, New York Times, Chicago Cut, Chicago q, Gemini Bistro, Luxbar, Frontier, Porkchop, Rosebud, Tavern on Rush, Bistronomic, Martial Noguier
Food Film Fest Event 6/9 @ The Glass House
This is a one in a lifetime opportunity that you cannot miss. Join us on June 9 for an unbelievable evening of the perfect pairing of food, film, and modern design. This event will be held at the Phillip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Built in 1949 as Phillip Johnson’s own residence, it is regarded as a masterpiece in the use of glass, but also extremely important and influential in modern architecture. Like all Food Film Fest events (incredible, duh), you will be treated to some of the most intriguing and relevant food films accompanied by epicurean delights. This time you will also have access to the exquisite 47-acre campus of the Glass House. Starting with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Artisan Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer, then onto the film program presented by Festival Director George Motz, this Dine With Design event will be sure to spark your fire. Watch eight short films and eat what you see as seven of them will be including food pairings. Best of all, proceeds will directly benefit the Phillip Johnson Glass House, (a site of The National Trust for Historic Preservation). The New York Times even covered this event, so you know it’s a big deal. Read up on it here. Most importantly, get more information and purchase tickets by clicking here. See you on June 9.