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

Alaskan Halibut Fava Beans, Strawberries, Pancetta, and Balsamic Gastrique from Chef Graves’ Old Spot, Eve via Star Chefs. 

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]

Sustainability is Key @ NEW Sandwich Me In. Below.

Green City Market Kicks Off Outdoor Season. Below.

Green City Market by Nick Kindelsberger

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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

Publican Quality Meats by Scott Manlin

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]

Red Door Opening In Duchamp Space. Below

Do-Rite Donuts Open Saturdays. Below

Retractable Roof at Wit Hotel on May 9. Below

Beer + Wine To Starbucks Chi Specifics. Below

Doughnut Vault Gets Best in Country. Below

Doughnut Vault by Nathan Michael

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.

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Delicious DIRT. Get the Goods Delivered to Your Door, Catch Up on Closings, and Philly Cheesesteaks Where?

Inside: Artizone, Green Grocer Chicago, Gepperth’s Meat Market, Katherine Anne Confections, Pasta Puttana, The Great American Cheese Collection, Italian Superior Bakery, Hendrickx Beligian Bread, Hagen’s Fish Market, Duchamp, Banger’s & Lace, The Anthem, Jason Freiman, James Gottwald, Monti’s, Sunda, Underground

Artizone Chicago: Order from Local & Specialized Shops Right from Home

Cut to order sliced bacon from Gepperth's Meat Market via Artizone Flickr

Artizone delivery service launched mid February and we are so digging their mission: to provide an online destination for Chicago’s best brick-and-mortar food shops. Artizone is perfect for us food nerds allowing us to shop local specialized shops right from our comfy couches. Artizone has already partnered with amazing Chicago sites Green Grocer Chicago, Gepperth’s Meat Market, Katherine Anne Confections, Pasta Puttana, The Great American Cheese Collection, Italian Superior Bakery, Hendrickx Belgian Bread, and Hagen’s Fish Market, but will be adding new vendors each month. High quality + local goodies + delivered to your door = DROOLING over everything they offer. Get your standard eggs and milk, or venture out and try a new recipe (which Artizone also has) and get a new cut of meat or handmade pasta.

Monti’s (Chicago’s Own Piece of Philly) to Open in March. Below

Duchamp Closes Its Doors… But NOT For Long. Below

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Delicious DIRT. Get Your February ON

Doughnut Vault @ Dose Market by Nathan Michael

Inside: DePaul Art Museum, Re:Chicago, Nesh, Chicago Magazine, Night of Discerning Drinking, Duchamp, Zocalo, Tequila Tasting Series, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Lucky’s Sandwich Company, Dose Market, Celestial Kitchens, Zingerman’s Creamery, Ipsento, Giordano’s, Give Me Some Sugar, Anti-Valentine’s Day Cake Decorating Class, Sit Stay Read, Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation’s Be My Valentine Event, Ritz Carlton, Haymarket Brewery

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Delicious DIRT. To Eat. Chicago Restaurant Week February 18-27

Inside: Bistronomic, Blackbird, Boka, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Duchamp, Eatt, La Madia, Le Colonial, N9NE, OneSixtyBlue, Osteria Via Stato, Prosecco, Purple Pig, Sable, Smith & Wolensky and why we DIG each…

If you haven’t heard because you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that Restaurant Week commences this Friday, Feb. 18 and runs through Feb. 27. Make resos if you haven’t already, because RW is incredibly popular. Most Chicago food nerds think agree it’s the best invention since sliced bread- especially in a down economy. Some of our faves are participating including OneSixtyBlue, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Prosecco, Michelin starred Blackbird and Boka. Lunches are $22 for three courses, while dinners range from $33-44 depending on the restaurant and its food. Eat up and enjoy! Not only is RW a great opportunity to eat til you drop, it’s a huge revenue maker ($11.6 million) for our city! Support local!

Our list of Chicago Restaurant Week (#CRW) places to hit up and why:

bistronomic 840 N. Wabash Ave. | Chicago IL 60611 312 944-8400 Chef Martial Noguier’s new home offering the neighborhood an intimate French bistro experience.*Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s – Because its new and we know its delish!

Duchamp: Food Nerds can choose from mouth tantalizing dishes including duck pâté with roasted chestnuts & black truffle mustard, sautéed rainbow trout in lemon-thyme brown butter & banana-rum crème brûlée to name a few. There’s also an optional fourth course of steak tartare or tempura oysters with spicy mayo. * Added to our Restaurant Week to-do’s because we know the place ROCKS. Check the full menu here ($44 per person for four courses; 773 235-6434). via Zagat *

Eatt 6 W. Hubbard St. | Chicago IL 60654 312 494-3288 Diner-style, comfort food for breakfast, lunch or dinner at this eatery.*Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — They have fabulous moules and frits and we want that for breakfast, lunch, & dinner!

La Madia 59 W. Grand Ave. | Chicago IL 60654 312 329-0400 
A modern American take on an ancient Italian concept offering the perfect experience. *Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Perfect for groups, and Delicious food!

Le Colonial Restaurant 937 N. Rush St. | Chicago IL 60611 312 255-0088 Critics rave “Le Colonial is at the top of its class.”*Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Because we have only ever had cocktails there and the idea of French + Vietnamese bites sound out of this world

N9NE Steakhouse & ghostbar 440 W. Randolph | Chicago IL 60606 312 575-9900. “One of the hottest and best places to eat in the entire world.” -Conde Nast Traveler; *Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Their Rock Shrimp appetizer is literally the perfect bite to eat….We crave this. Always.

Osteria Via Stato 620 N. State St. | Chicago IL 60654 312 642-8450 
A Lettuce Entertain You restaurant. They say “the best of Italy…Its food, its wine, its sense of humor”….We say the “best of Chicago *Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — DA PERFECT thin crust pizza in Chicago

Purple Pig 500 N. Michigan Ave. | Chicago IL 60611 312 464-1744 
*Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Because the food is phenomenal and the scene is just an added bonus and we adore Jimmy Banos Jr. Looking forward to Chicago summers and weekend 4PM bottle of champagne and small bites <3 Good luck getting in there for #RW

Sable Kitchen & Bar 505 N. State St. | Chicago IL 60654 312 755-9704 Gastro lounge serving and eclectic shared plates and a complex cocktail program.*Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Because it’s a great spot, has great ambiance, great food & cocktails, and great location with great friends. Put it on your to-do list.

Smith & Wollensky 318 N. State St. | Chicago IL 60654 312 670-9900 “The Steakhouse that ends all arguments.” Piano entertainment Tues.-Sat. Private rooms. *Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Strictly for their truffle macaroni & cheese side. You.will.die.

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