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. Juice We Love: Friday DIRT -> Wine Bar + Speakeasy Lounge Openings, Chef Moves
DIRT Inside: Todd Stein, Florentine, Piccolo Sogno Due, Tony Priolo, Mark Newman, Piccolo Sogno, Rosebuf Restaurants, Bar Umbriago, River North, Alex Dana, George Dana, Michael Ponzio, Eatt, Hotel Raffaello, Drumbar, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Pelago, Mauro Mafrici
Chef Moves: Todd Stein (who we LOVE) of the Florentine Heading to Piccolo Sogno Due
Current chef at the Florentine, Todd Stein, will be leaving his post there to pursue the executive chef position at the soon-to-open (SWEET) Piccolo Sogno Due (sister resto to Piccolo Sogno). When Chef Stein heads out at the end of April, he’ll also be bringing his sous chef Mark Newman to Tony Priolo’s new resto. What to watch for from Chef Stein and Piccolo Sogno Due: pizza, great fish and pasta plates. BRING. IT. ON. 340 N. Clark.
Delicious DIRT. Spring/Summer Opening JUICE: Crosby’s Kitchen Replaces Leo’s Coney Island; Clandestino Owner/Chef Opening Sandwich Shop; & More Tacos (Antique Taco) in Wicker Park
DIRT Inside: Leo’s Coney Island, Dunlay’s, D.O.C. Wine Bar, The Smoke Daddy, Frasca, Crosby’s Kitchen, Andrew Easterday, Efrain Cuevas, Clandestino, Antique Taco, Antique Kitchen, Flash Taco, Big Star, Wicker Park, Milwood Bar & Grill
Crosby’s Kitchen Coming to Southport Ave.
Remember Leo’s Coney Island? The Detriot-style hot dog chain that was placed nicely on the corner of Southport and Cornelia? As you know, it closed in September and now the owners of Dunlays, D.O.C. Wine Bar, The Smoke Daddy, and Frasca are turning the space into Crosby’s Kitchen. Two awesome new features: a bar and street-front windows = a perfect summer spot. And Andrew Easterday will be moving from Frasca to Crosby’s Kitchen to… run the kitchen. If you love the skillet cookie and/or the Key Lime pie from Dunlays, watch for it at Crosby’s Kitchen. Opening in June. Read more about this opening on Dish. 3455 N. Southport Ave.
More Tacos, This Time ‘Antique Tacos’, Heading to Wicker Park. Inside.
Gourmet Sandwich Shop? We Are So There. Below.
Delicious DIRT. JUICE WE LOVE: To Open, New Brews
DIRT Inside: Franks N’ Dawgs, The Peasantry, Alexander Brunacci, Luxbar, Bell’s Java Stout, Water Street Coffee Joint
Brunacci of Franks ‘n Dawgs to Open The Peasantry in May
Owner of Franks ‘n Dawgs, Alexander Brunacci, is gearing up to bring us a second restaurant – and no doubt flavors will blow minds. Brunacci will be sticking to the same street food / fine dining flavors for his new project called The Peasantry while adding a additional menu items. The Peasantry is scheduled to open in May, and although there is no set menu yet, get these ideas in your naughty food porn mind: gyros made from ingredients like baby octopus, duck, or venison; duck wings prepared in buffalo-wing style; escargots; frog legs; grilled flatbreads; and house-made pastas. If this isn’t even the full menu yet, can you just IMAGINE what we’ve got in store? Word has it that a few of Franks ‘n Dawgs signature items (the house made sausages and lobster-roll bun) will transfer over to The Peasantry. What to expect: table service, a possible liquor license, and reasonably priced original food. Can not wait. 2723 N. Clark St.
Limited Time Only: Luxbar Adds Bell’s Java Stout
The more beer the better. LUXBAR announced a new beer to their oh-so-varied family – Bell’s Java Stout from local Bell’s Brewery in Michigan. Featuring 7.5% alcohol, this custom blend of coffee beans, roasted locally just for Bell’s by Water Street Coffee Joint, means crazy intense flavors. As one of the of the only spots in Chicago to serve Bell’s Java Stout, this brew is only available for a limited time, so you gotta rush in! $8.50
Spill – have you found orgasmic turkey chili yet? As we said before, most of you devoted Delicious DIRT readers know, we’ve been on a hardcore hunt for truly satisfying turkey chili all year. We’ve discovered that this find is almost as rare as mind blowing sex. Fill. US. IN.
Luxbar = 18 E Bellevue Place. Photo courtesy of Luxbar’s FB page.
DeliciousDIRT. Gotta Have It: Deep Fried Gravy, Bill and Giuliana’s RPM, and the Mountain Lion
DeliciousDIRT Inside: Wiener and Still Champion, Deep Fried Gravy, Gus Paschalis, Chief Frying Officer, Evanston, RPM Italian, Bill Rancic, Giuliana Rancic, Melman Siblings, RJ Melman, Jerrod Melman, Molly Melman, River North, Doug Psaltis, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Apple, iMessage, Twitter, iChat, Flickr, Vimeo, Microsoft, Google
Did We Read That Correctly? DEEP FRIED GRAVY?!
Yes, believe it. That is a DEEP FRIED patty of GRAVY on a burger. Wiener and Still Champion in Evanston has had this orgasmic item on it’s secret menu for about a year, but luckily for all of us FOOD PORN stars, it’s BACK and REVAMPED. CFO (you better believe that stands for Chief Frying Officer) Gus Paschalis says it’s all in the combo of chicken gravy and the special seasoned flour that makes this amazing oddity to heavenly. And get this: you can add it to ANY burger for only $1.50. As if this didn’t already feel like a dream enough, the patties of gravy cooked to order. Your first bite will = warm, gooey, oozing gravy goodness. Go. Now. 802 Dempster, Evanston.
OPENING SOON: RPM Italian -> Melmans + Rancics’ Eatery in River North
A 225-seater, 10,000-square-foot River North Italian hotspot called RPM Italian – from the Melman siblings (Hub 51, Paris Club) and the reality TV power couple themselves, Bill and Giuliana Rancic. Why you’ll LOVE it: Doug Psaltis is running the kitchen, light cooking + great ingredients + classic Italian, and an approachable, comfortable, food-sharing environment. We’ll even give you a HINT of what’s to come: brussel sprouts with spicy peppers, Roman-style artichoke, duck-misson fig ravioli, and wood-grilled whole branzino with Ligurian olive oil, capers, and oregano. Cocktails, too. We can’t wait to sing RPM’s praises. Watch for it at the end of the month. 52 W. Illinois.
Adios iChat, Aloha Twitter, Flickr & Vimeo: Apple Reveals Mac OS X Mountain Lion
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NOW OPEN: Publican Quality Meats. Another Paul Kahan Masterpiece
Meet Your MEAT. Attention MEAT LOVERS: from the amazing Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality (oh you know, Avec, Big Star, The Publican) we bring you the NOW OPENED Publican Quality Meats! And guess what? It’s located right across the street from one of our faves, The Publican. PQM is a complete quadruple threat -> a butcher shop, market, bakery, and cafe all in one. PQM offers whole animal service, house-made bread, house-smoked meats, and retail favorites like olive oils, dairy, eggs, jams. Lucky buyers will also find local Delicious DIRT such as AMAZING Bill Kim‘s Belly sauces, sandwiches, house-made sausages, charcuterie, more scrumptious prepared foods, coffees (an Intelligentsia blend), and beers on tap. Get there 10 AM to 6 PM daily, with lunch beginning at 11 AM. 835 W. Fulton Market.
Our Search For Orgasmic Turkey Chili Continues As Luxbar Adds White Bean Turkey Chili To Their Menu. On Our List Of Hopeful Foodgasm Inducers.
As most of you devoted Delicious DIRT readers know, we’ve been on a hardcore hunt for truly satisfying turkey chili all year. We’ve discovered that this find is almost as rare as mind blowing sex.
Delicious DIRT’s Chicago Resto Openings Update
Inside: To Open, Recently Opened, Been Open
Delicious DIRT. To Open
- Pork Chop
- The Bedford
- Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse
- The Slide Ride (Food Truck)
- Little Goat
- Ox Diner
- La Tacorea
- Masa Azul
- Calabruzzi’s Café
- Cairo Restaurant & Lounge
- The Black Sheep
- Uptown Pie Company
- Sweet Tips
- Epic Burger
- Hush Supper Club
- Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
Delicious DIRT. Recently Opened
- Bridge Bar
- Fish Bar
- GT Fish & Oyster
- Cafeteria Siboney
- Bite Cafe
- Bobo’s Market and Cafe
- The Original Five
- 5411 Empanadas
- George Street Pub
Delicious DIRT. Been Open. Old News
- Hubbard Inn
- ING (Imagining New Gastronomy)
- Paris Club
- Bia for Mia
- Barrio Urban Taqueria
- Silom 12 Thai Bucktown
- Med Kitchen
- The Butcher & Larder
- Rewster’s Café
- Paradise Cantina
Breaker Breaker!! Food Mafia’s live!! Check it on Eater and Thrillist. Soon to come –>> 190 North feature.
Reminder – Delicious DIRT. Events
TODAY 1/27 Small Bar ‘s Lincoln Park location -$15 buys the first 50 people unlimited sliders, pints of Brooklyn Lager and Left Hand Brewing Company Milk Stout between 7 and 9 p.m. READY GO! Via @ChicagoMag (1415 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-525-2727),
TODAY 1/27 730p—Three Aces one of the many new Italian spots garnering acclaim in Little Italy, is hosting the inaugural dinner of its monthly rock and roll dinner series. January’s theme is Exile on Taylor Street, and will feature a four-course, $40 menu inspired by rock icons’ January birthdays, such as Elvis. For more info, call Three Aces at 312 243 1577. (Eater Chicago)
Today 1/27 THE GRAND OPENING OF “MUSEUM WORKS GALLERY @ Museum Works Galleries6:30pm – 9:30pmMuseum Works Galleries 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite # 1850, Chicago http://www.facebook.com/ElevateYourPresence?ref=ts#!/event.p…
Friday 1/28 6p 14th annual Grand Chefs Gala for Cystic Fibrosis taking place at the Fairmont Hotel. Tix are $400 for 4-course dinner, hosted cocktail reception and postprandial dessert reception. Silent and live auction included. If this is too much money for you to spend right now, do it up at the After Party beginning at 930p for $60. Some of the city’s hottest mixologists will be there shaking it up, while Libido Funk Circus will provide the music to your shakin’.
1/28 No, it’s not Halloween, but The Fifty/50 is having a Heaven and Hell party. There’s free mini burgers and drinks from 8-9p. And get there EARLY. It’s first come, first served. They’re also having a costume contest. One guy and one girl with the best angel/devil costume (after sending in pics to The Fifty/50) will win a private booth in “hell” for them and five of their friends. Read about it here via Mextromix
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David Richards closes Mado & now Sweets & Savories! Sources say there was a lack of money to pay its chefs and staff. Via Eater
Delicious DIRT. To Open
Sepia is expanding and will now open Private Dining by Sepia (135 N. Jefferson St.; 312-441-1920). PDS -slated to open this spring occupying the storefront next door for private dinners and cocktail receptions. @ChicagoMag
Delicious DIRT. Recently Opened
Etno Village Grill – opened last week. Etno presents quick-service (like Chipotle), Eastern European grub, including cevapcici (Balkan sausage) on lepinja (crusty pita-like bread) made to order with the diner’s choice of 20 condiments. (via @ChicagoMag) 2580 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-698-8069
Gosu – Opened yesterday. Previously occupied by Rustik, Gosu has high hopes that its Korean-Japanese flare will blow Logan Square away. The menu features loads of Korean dishes, 30 maki options, and other plates. Greatness lies in the fact they will make you anything you want even if not on menu… now thats what Food Mafia LOVES! 2515 N. California Ave.; 773-276-7330
Delicious DIRT’s Morning JUICE-
- Nick over at Grub Street tells Elevate Your Presence‘s Delicious Dirt that Prix Fixe opens on Friday in Lincoln Square. No, that’s not a typo, and yes, that’s its name; an aptly titled resto serving a $35 three-course menu with French and Italian influences. For those who are decidedly commitment-phobic and wish Vday would just go away, there will be a few a la carte menu items from which to choose.
- You know, USA has NEVER won the Bocuse d’Or. The closest we’ve ever come is sixth place a few times. The two-day competition ended yesterday, and guess which country won? Denmark came in first, followed by Sweden and Norway. We’re wondering if this has anything to do with a Danish restaurant (Noma) having been bestowed the honor of Best Restaurant in the World. Hmmm… Or maybe there’s a reason why Noma beat out elbulli and its chef placed first in the. Is Rene Redzepi literally the world’s all around greatest chef? Via Eater
- We were all shocked when we heard elbulli was closing for good in 2014 (even though the majority of us would never get to go). Our mouths still agape, we got word that it was actually closing in 2012. We nearly fell on the floor when we heard Ferran Adria was re-opening elbulli as…a culinary foundation?! Now, The Feast tells us that there will be an “eco-neighborhood” and “park.”
- Everyone’s fave pork palace, The Publican, is collaborating with Lagunitas Brewing Company out of California to offer a special house beer that would possibly be sold in your local liquor store.
- As you know by now, Taco Bell is having a beef about what percentage of beef their tacos are! A lawsuit is being filed stating that Taco Bell’s beef filling is only 36% beef, but the chief Taco dude, President Greg Creed, states that the number is actually 86% beef and that the rest is …other ingredients that contribute to the quality of our product.” Read about it in Where’s The Beef and via Eater. Hopefully there’s no countersuit about libel. Eek!
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Delicious DIRT. Openings
Today 1/25: Get in before the crowds! Starting now, Grant Achatz is previewing dinners for Aviary & Next (via @Gachatz) http://www.alineamosaic.com/ **NEED A JOB? Think you can take the heat? Next/Aviary are hiring for kitchen positions. Send inquiries here: email@example.com
TACO JOINT Urban Taqueria and Cantina in Lincoln Park will open their doors today! TACO JOINT is the latest idea out of mastermind Edgar Castaneda + partner of Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar in River North. Dishes will be executed by a trio of chefs from Zocalo, will offer a selection of tacos made with braised & grilled meats, authentic salsas and handmade tortillas. Signature tacos will include Barbacoa from Central Mexico, Cochinita Pibil from Yucatán and Birria from Jalisco. Taco Joint will also offer tortas , huaraches, antojitos, guacamoles, salads and side items. Unlike any other venue, TACO JOINT will provide Chicago’s first tequila lockers, offering guests the option to store bottles for future visits and keep em’ comin back for more.Located 1969 North Halsted, 412.951.2457, http://TacoJoint.com
1/28 Sweet Ride Mobile Bakery Starting Friday 1/28/11, this new food truck circulates cupcakes, pudding, whoopie pies and other sweet treats and HAPPINESS making weekend laps around the city. You can’t miss this vintage pink ice cream truck with orange flames adorned on the side, and you’ll be grateful it’s an easy spot when you taste its menu lineup including handmade gourmet sweets: cupcakes, sweetie pies, puddings, chocolate mousse and other delish desserts creatively-named flavors such as “Whoop It Good”. In Chicago’s frigid months, hot drinks such as cinnamon spiced hot cocoa are available for sale, with plans for cold drinks in the summer and eventually coffee year round. And, conveniently, individual-sized milk jugs to wash it all down. (via Metromix) Track the truck’s location @SweetRideChi
Delicious Dirt. DEALS
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Delicious DIRT. Events
TODAY 1/25 @6pm Spain vs. France Wine Tasting and Spanish Tapas Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba will challenge your taste buds through sampling food and dozens of wines from Spain and France. Enjoy the Spanish tapas signature dishes including Winter Paella and Untraditional Croque Monsieur Dijon. $25, 773-935-5000 http://www.cafebabareeba.com/chicago (Via Metromix)
1/26 Landmark Grill - Please join BOKA GROUP this Wednesday, January 26th, for their Motown Wine Tasting event! They will be playing a selection of Motown’s greatest hits, and pairing four featured wines and passed appetizers with songs from the evening’s play list. They will also be offering all of their Wino Wednesday specials. This event is free to the public. If you would like to RSVP ahead of time, please call 312.587.1600. Click here for more info.
1/27 THE GRAND OPENING OF “MUSEUM WORKS GALLERY @ Museum Works Galleries6:30pm – 9:30pmMuseum Works Galleries 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite # 1850, Chicago http://www.facebook.com/ElevateYourPresence?ref=ts#!/event.p…
1/27 Bull & Bear two-year Anniversary- Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the River North sports bar with Ultimate Fighting Championship Ring Girls Arianny Celeste and Rachelle Leah – Fellas: Does it get any better than this?!? Game on.Located 431 N. Wells St. – Chicago (River North) 312-527-5973 http://www.bullbearbar.com/ (via Metromix)
1/28 6PM-9PM 14th Annual Grand Chefs Gala for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation will bring together Chicago’s most recognized chefs at the elegant Fairmont Hotel to prepare and present their signature dishes for over 500 guests. Proceeds will go to the The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.Please visit www.grandchefsgala.com or 312 236 4491 call for ticket information.
1/31 6:30PM-9PM Chowdah Fest Chicago Bringing Boston’s Chowdah feast to Chi-town! Feast on an array of delish chowders while local chefs compete for an Audience Choice Award and DA TITLE of “Best Chowdah in Town”. Located at The Columbia Yacht Club at East Randolph & Lake Shore Drive. Benefits from this event will go to the Sea Scouts youth sailing-program. Featured chefs include: Giuseppe Tentori of BOKA/ GT Fish & Oyster, Baasim Zafar, Executive Chef of The Drake Hotel, Radhika Desai of Top Chef and English, Daniel Marquis of Fox & Obel Market, Private chef to celebs, Julius Russell, Guy Meikle of Nana Organic, Dean Sanders of Brown Trout, Dirk’s Fish & Gourmet Shop, Calumet Fisheries on 95th, Benny’s Chop House, Shaw’s Crab House, and a few others…
1/29 – 3/26 (Every last Saturday of the month through 3/26 8AM – 3PM Nana Pajammy-Jam Brunch – Receive a free fresh-squeezed orange juice mimosa or hot chocolate if you show up to brunch in your pajamas at the Bridgeport organic restaurant…as if we needed another reason to roll out in public in our PJ’s. Sounds like the perfect Friday night/Saturday morning cure!Located 3267 S. Halsted St. – Chicago (Bridgeport/Sox) http://nanaorganic.com/live/ (via Metromix)
1/26 & EVERY last Wednesday of the month 7PM-9PM Quartino’s Monthly Wine Bash allows local wine bashers the opportunity to sample the best red, white, rose and sparkling wines featured for 2010.Located at 626 N. State St. – Chicago (River North), $20 312-698-5000 http://www.quartinochicago.com/ (via Metromix)
Boka Restaurant 2/8 & Second Tuesday of the month @ 630PM Boka Restaurant hosts its Test Your Palate night. Guests will be quizzed on the wine, region, and grape knowledge. (Each person receives one “hint” ticket that they can use on any of the four wines for those less in the know). The customer with the most correct answers wins a $100 gift certificate to Michelin starred Boka restaurant! It’s a great way to hone your palate and learn in a fun environment. Make sure you go to the next one! www.bokagrp.com.
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- Chris Curren, formerly of Blue 13, is taking over the kitchen at the eco-friendly Hotel Felix restaurant Elate
- Chicago Food Mafia has a JOB alert! Giuseppe Tentori and Boka Grp ‘s GT Fish & Oyster are seeking an Assistant General Manager! Please submit resume/cover letter 2 email@example.com
- Tiny Lounge is absolute perfection! It’s mellow, yet upscale, gorgeous, yet comfortable. Smells from the kitchen – stays open serving premier cuisine until 1am folks- are AMAZE! Tiny is a cult classic, one we hope never gets too too mainstream… yet, we know our hopes are idealistic as Tiny is always packed, always jamming and always top notch. After the massive success from last week’s @GrouponChicago Tiny Lounge has blown up even more. The well-loved martini list, newly expanded classic cocktail list and, 10 beers on tap & more than 70 by the bottle are a real treat. The menu features duck empanadas with avocado mousse and cotija cheese and lamb pizetta with goat cheese, organic yogurt and mint (DELISH!) Beat the rush! http://www.tinylounge.com/
- If you haven’t already, sign up for FineDineDeal.com. This site partners with the most popular restaurants & Food Nerds to make getting a multi-course meal as reasonably priced as possible…and, even better, as seamless as possible! You prepay for everything, including the gratuity, and then leave when your meal’s complete! #easyaspie
- Cellar Angels is a local operation that partners with many prominent Napa and Sonoma wineries. Each wine acquisition donates a good amount of sales to charities which you select upon purchase. Feel free to jump in & help a better cause – a great accessory to bring along to BYO dinners!
- Sending mad love to all our clients for being so DELICIOUS
Valentine’s Day DIRT
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Delicious DIRT. Recently Opened
Silom 12 Thai Bucktown 1846-48 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-1212 http://www.silom12chicago.com/ (via Metromix)
Med Kitchen Quick-serve Mediterranean in the form of to-go kabobs and pita breakfast sandwiches for hungry on-the-move downtown cubicle dwellers.219 W. Washington St. 312-606-0633 http://www.medkitcheneatery.com/ (via Metromix)
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The DIRT team