Delicious DIRT. This Week in Burger News

DIRT Inside: Publican Quality Meats, Paul Kahan, RedEye Chicago, Boston Blackie’s, Benny Siddu, Volare, Benny’s Chop House, Chef’s Burger Bistro, Edward Leonard, National BBQ & Burger Month, 25 Degrees, Greater Chicago Food Depository

TO OPEN: Gourmet Burger Joint, Chef’s Burger Bistro, Coming in July

Benny’s Chop House

More burger news we stoked about. The closed down Boston Blackie’s off Michigan Avenue will soon become the home of a gourmet burger joint coming in mid-July. Benny Siddu of Volare and Benny’s Chop House will be opening Chef’s Burger Bistro with Edward Leonard. Get ready for a simply burger filled menu – 2 sizes of patties, veggie, turkey, lobster burgers (Yes, you read that right). Sweet small plates will be offered as well, such as a pressed beet salad with Humboldt Fog goat cheese and sea bass with morels, peas, and lobster-butter broth. YUM. 164 E. Grand. [Dish]

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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

Courtesy of Franks N Dawgs

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.

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Fish Bar Lobster Roll, Courtesy of Myra Rubin

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Inside: Chef Shuffles, Tavernita, Perennial, Boka Group, Ryan Poli, Danny Grant, Ria, Balsan, Brandon Baltzley, Tribute, Kanela, Hubbard Inn, Towne in Boston, Britney, post-Fashion Week dinner spots, Eatocracy, Street Style, New York Fashion Week

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If you have not heard by now, you must be hiding under a rock because it’s been the HOT topic of the week! @ryanpoli is leaving Boka Group’s Perennial March 7  to join Tavernita, which the Mercadito team will open this summer.  Our friends / owners of Perennial say a celeb chef is on the way but mum’s the word for a while.

Boston’s hottest resto, Towne Stove and Spirits, offers a dream-like experience. With their Alice in Wonderland-Esque kitchen, three “See and be Scene at” bars, and lobster menu with 11 different preparations of New England’s favorite delicacy to top off the whole experience, who wouldn’t fall in love with Towne Stove and Spirits? This is definitely on our list of New England restos to visit and we look forward to trying out the other delish offerings from the kitchen team including: an eclectic international menu of whole roasted local seafood, Peking chicken, steaks to share, tandoori meats, wood-fired rotisserie chicken and delish Persian rice.

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INSIDE: Mercadito, Tavernita, Eatocracy for Girl & The Goat’s Stephanie Izard, Sushi Samba Rio’s Carnaval, Food and Wine, Eatocracy, James Beard Dinner, and more.

To Open: Mercadito Sister Spot in the Chi- Tavernita

It’s general consensus that we all love Mercadito—that New York import that took Chicago by storm with its delicious Mexican food. Now we have even more reason to love it. It’s getting a sibling of sorts this summer.

Though we loved the baked goat cheese at Martini Park, it wasn’t enough to keep the patrons rolling in, so the owners of Mercadito decided to purchase the space and transform it into Tavernita. “It’s not Mexican. It’s somewhat of an eclectic mix of Latin, Spanish, American concept…” said Larry Silver, Managing Partner Mercadito Hospitality. Sounds incredibly appetizing. But close your mouths for a minute. It’s not scheduled to open until this summer. But until then, Mercadito is still hot and is even participating in restaurant week. Get your Mexican food fix from Feb. 17-28 during the course of Chicago Restaurant Week.

In Girl & The Goat News: Saveur, Food & Wine’s ‘People’s Best’, James Beard Dinner…

The highly respected food monthly Saveur, has just announced that they will include long form essay-type restaurant reviews in every issue beginning with the March 2011 issue, and Girl & the Goat and Stephanie Izard are lucky number one. Kudos continues to roll in for the restaurant. Executive Editor Dana Bowen wrote the review, and she seems to be enamored with the place. “Stephanie Izard’s pizza doesn’t taste like any pizza I’ve had before…it’s crisp in all the right places and piping hot with gooey cheddar, Gouda, and tomme-style cheeses…”

The Mediterranean goat-heavy fare has won fans the world over, and has even received a nod from the James Beard Foundation. Stephanie and The Goat were selected to host a James Beard house dinner at the restaurant, which quickly sold out. But the recognition doesn’t stop there. Vaunted publication Food & Wine introduces us to their Best New Chefs every year, and this year, they’ve implemented a People’s Best New Chef award that includes Stephanie Izard as a nominee for the Great Lakes region. If you’re interested to see who will come out as top toque, why don’t you take part of this democratic process and vote in the eatocracy here?

Eatocracy Courtesy of CNN

Sushi Samba Rio’s Carnaval March 5th:

Brazilian Carnaval is upon us, and we love that the sexiness that it exudes, although we don’t celebrate it in the States. However, SushiSamba Rio is having its own Carnaval version here in the city. On March 5, the restaurant will transform into the streets of Rio with samba dancers, drummers, and costumes inspired by Carnaval performers. There will even be a Brazilian inspired menu and drinks to really get you in a sexy Brazilian mood. Call 312 595 2300 to make a reservation, and check out www.sushisamba.com for info about the restaurant.

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INSIDE: Ing Restaurant, Whisky Fest, Brandon Baltzley, Tribute, Tula, Pop Up Preview, Lillie’s Q, BYOBandits, Michael Kornick, Frontier, and more.

Ing restaurant soft opens tonight. We’re very excited. Last night’s media preview of the restaurant really got everyone buzzing. What can we expect from Homaru Cantu, the god of molecular gastronomy in Chicago? Well, peep the menu here and make resos now.  The grand opening will be March 1, 2011.

Breaking news in the resto world- it is finally public knowledge that hottie Chef Brandon Baltzley will be heading up the kitchen at Tribute in the Essex Inn (South Loop). Baltzley is one of our faves  and literally cooks up heaven.  He hails from NYC and has worked briefly in the kitchens of Mado, Alinea, and Schwa in the Chi.  Tribute is looking to be a long term position for Baltzley and we can not wait.

Chef Brandon Baltzley

Baltzley gave us the scoop a few weeks ago, but it was not until today that he confirmed with DIRT it’s signed sealed and delivered.  “Just had the meeting 3 hours ago,” his text read.  The resto will open in May and will seat 100 in the dining room with private party rooms and bar areas for another 100.

At last week’s Pop-Up Dinner for soon to open Tula Restorante, Baltzley chatted with us exclusively after serving up a solid 6 course meal for Jose Cervante’s newbie.  DIRT’s coverage of this and the Pop-Up dinner is coming this week… Stay tuned and see menu below.  For more info on Tribute, see Eater’s piece here.

Tula's Pop Up Dinner Menu

You’re going to have to have a strong stomach for this one. Whisky Fest is upon us. Yes, that annual event that has us salivating before it starts, and swimmy in the head and sick to our stomachs after it ends. Whiskey producers from around the world let you taste their prized drink. Not only do you get your alcoholic fix (250 types), but a giant buffet, a souvenir Glencairn whiskey glass, and seminars (if you choose) from Master Distillers. What more could any person want? 4/15 6:30-9:30, Hyatt Regency.

Lillie’s Q very own Charlie McKenna, Southern BBQ MASTER is now whipping out Bacon infused moonshine…aka “MoonSWINE” Can’t wait to try it out…

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2/8 Volo Wine Bar’s Sixth Annual French Wine Dinner tonight! Stop in 2/8 for a grand ole time! (Reserve today)

Volo

2/8 The American Institute of Wine & Food is sponsoring a Pig and Pinot Dinner, initiated by an educational and gruesome butchering demo by Bristol chef @cpandel. The event will include a 4-course meal featuring recently slaughtered swine paired with California’s Copain Wines. Reservations required. 6:30 PM, 2152 N. Damen, 773-862-5555, $105 / $90 for members.

2/8 Sample varieties of Japanese rice wine & appetizers and get a step-by-step lesson in sushi-making at SUSHISAMBA Rio. A Valentine’s Day treat? 504 N. Wells St.

Photo by PJ's and Coffee

2/10 Frontier The guys behind Lottie’s Pub and The Pony Inn open a new West Town tavern! Opening February 10.   1072 North Milwaukee – Chicago  773.772.4322

2/11 Rev up your engine, vespas, or bicicletas and get on over to the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Near South Side February 11 : 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

2/19 Rooftop party? In February?  IN Chitown?  YES- POLAR BEAR Festival! Gulp more than 15 winter ales produced by Half Acre, Haymarket, Three Floyds(and more) at the Polar Beer Festival @ Rock Bottom1 W. Grand Ave. – River North 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

2/8 – 5/2 ****What is better than movie karaoke! We all love soundtracks – why didn’t somebody think of this sooner!?! Choose from a selection of over 200 movie scenes and perform as plays on the big screen behind you. Costumes are provided but obvi you can wear your own. The Whistler – 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. – Logan Square Every 1st Monday of the month 9 p.m.

2/3 – 2/17 Jump on the Regional Wine Journey with Lockwood Restaurant – 17 E. Monroe St. – Chicago (Loop) Wine director Sasa Sinanagic discusses the history and native fermentation processes of wine regions around the world.

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We stared with our mouths agape when we heard Brasserie Jo shut its doors, but smiled delightfully when we were told whiz kid Melman brothers are reopening the space as Paris Club. The revamped space is absolutely captivating. As you recall, Elevate Your Presence was at Paris for the Rahm Emanuel / Andy Samberg event last week. We know you’ve been anticipating the opening date and the menu. Finally, we can tell you the doors will open to the public on Feb. 9. GET THERE.

Paris Club

Thanks Ari for the detailed info on highly anticipated, @ChefMartial new resto, Bistronomic which will open on 2/4. This newbie, on Wabash between Pearson and Chestnut is slated to be a “combination of bistro & gastronomic” via @eaterchicago. WELCOME to the gold coast!

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ZEALOUS Spanish wine dinner POSTPONED until Thursday, Feb. 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. This special meal will include 5 courses paired w/ Spanish wines & is priced at $125 pp (plus tax & gratuity). Reservations can be made by calling 312.475.9112.

Stimulus Social Club – CANCELED on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd and postponed to Wednesday, February 9th. Stay Tuned for updates. For now see updated Facebook event page here.

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Don’t forget the PAWS event Friday! 2/4, Friday Animal Magnetism at Galleria Marchetti. As we said in previous posts, we are so passionate about PAWS Chicago & excited for their 5th Annual Animal Magnetism on February 4 emceed by Fox Chicago’s Anna Davlantes. All the beautiful details of Animal Magnetism are here. This stellar event also has a SWEET auction!

2/5 It’s that time of year again—time for chocolate, and another one of our fave foodie events of the year is the For the Love of Chocolate Gala to benefit the French Pastry School. The event is black tie and there’s a sit-down dinner with chocolate infused creations, as well as desserts from pastry palaces and chocolatiers all around the city. You can even check out the deal that Gilt City is offering for a deeper discount.

Photo by Gilt City

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Most Chicagoans have heard of the Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL, but you may not have heard about Hamburger University in Shanghai. McDonald’s are popping up around China like weeds, and because the Chinese are super diligent and competitive about EVERYTHING, they also turn managing a McDonald’s into sport. Their five-day managerial training course only accepts eight out of every 1000 applicants, and has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard’s, which hovers around 7 percent. Wow!

Our buds over at the Daily Meal revealed what they thought to be the “14 most bank-breaking dishes” here. Do you agree? What foods or menus have you had that required taking out a second mortgage?

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  • 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!

DIRT’s Chef Shuffles

Greg Biggers (Morimoto) is the new chef at one of our fave restos, Café des Architectes, now that Martial Noguier is out and about at Bistronomic. Read Penny Pollack’s interview with him here.

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In this issue: Openings, Valentine’s Day Offers, Deals, Events, Juice

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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: employment@theaviary.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

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Fixture– Shop @Fixture in ChicagoHead to Fixture Boutique in Roscoe Village and mention Delicious Dirt at check out for an exclusive gift card. Not to mention, January is HANDBAG SALE month at Fixture! All handbags – (Hobo, Big Buddha, Ebisu, Brynn Capella) 20% off! All Clutches and Wristlets 15% off! All Wallets 10% off! Get organized in 2011 with a new wallet! Order anything on www.shopfixture.com and get free shipping this January

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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.

Now through 1/29 Chicago Originals Restaurant Week Enjoy 2-4 course menus for only $29.11 at some of the best independent restaurants in Chicago! Discover the $29.11 cheap eats!

1/26 6PM-9PM Nacional 27 & Vital Bridges team up to supports Chicagoans afflicted with HIV/AIDS. $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Purchase tix at www.vitalbridges.org.

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 gtfishjobs@gmail.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

33 Club is offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu on Valentine’s Day for $39 highlights include: oysters, scallops and a 5-oz prime rib http://www.33clubchicago.com/ @33_Club

Luxbar is offering a $20 Sweetheart Special, including two glasses of Prosecco and a chocolate dessert for two. http://www.luxbar.com/ @LuxBarChicago

More V-Day LOVE soon… Stay tuned…

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Barrio Urban Taqueria http://barriourbantaqueria.virb.com

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)

The Butcher & Larder 1026 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-687-8280 http://thebutcherandlarder.com/ @butcherlarder (via Metromix)

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