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A Taquito and Bubbler Cocktail Bar Opens in Roscoe Village

Chicago Eater - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:15

Kite String Cantina is now open on Addison Street

Roscoe Villagers get a new bar that focuses on a unique combination of taquitos and bubbler cocktails beginning tonight. Kite String Cantina, Footman Hospitality’s re-concept of the former Bangers & Lace at 1851 W. Addison Street, has its official unveiling today after the space had an eight-month slumber.

That space is now a little darker and more bar-like than its predecessor. A neon kite now hangs over the bar — a nod to the spot’s name that’s a nod to “the idea of the string that once connected the moon to the earth.” Take a peek inside below.

Kite String Cantina [Official Photo] Inside Kite String Cantina

Its main draw should be the taquitos and cocktails. Chef Renee Ragin (Frontera Group, Local Foods) and staff execute a small menu of taquitos from an old-fashioned roller grill, and chips and dips. Barman Andrew Ragin runs the beverage program highlighted by four tropical cocktails from a bubbler machine. Also expect a few other cocktails, 20 draft beers and a cheap beer, and alfajore cookies. Check out the menu on the website.

Will Kite String Cantina bring crowds to the residential neighborhood west of Wrigley? Find out beginning tonight.

Kite String Cantina, 1851 W. Addison Street, open 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. Sunday through Friday and 3 p.m. until 3 a.m. on Saturday.

Maya Del Sol/Pizza Capri Owners To Open New Pilsen Restaurant Next Month

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Oak Park’s mayor plans Monnie Burke’s as a tribute to old Chicago

The team behind Monnie Burke’s, an upcoming Pilsen restaurant from the owners of Maya Del Sol in Oak Park and the Pizza Capri mini-chain, are eager to blend into the historic neighborhood of immigrants. The spacious family-friendly restaurant should open early next month with seating for 180 inside and another 180 outdoors at 1163 W. 18th Street. They’re describing the menu as American with hints of Spanish, Italian, and French. It should open in early April on the former Perez Restaurant parcel.

Co-owner Anan Abu-Taleb is the mayor of Oak Park and his suburban Mexican restaurant attracts families during the day who give way to more of a bar scene at night. While the cuisine will be different, that’s the same goal ownership has for Monnie Burke’s, said Larry Flam, a Chicago restaurant industry veteran and Abu-Taleb’s director of operations.

Margi Abu-Taleb, the mayor’s wife and co-owner of the restaurant, named her upcoming Pilsen spot after her aunt. Flam described her as a classic Chicagoan with a passion for civil rights. She was a social worker who taught at Loyola University. She kept politically active in Cesar Chavez’s farmer’s movement in the 1960s and 70s. She even knew folk singer Pete Seeger, another fellow activist. Burke’s background seemed like a proper fit for a Pilsen restaurant’s name, Flam said. It demonstrated a desire to invest in the neighborhood.

“River North and the West Loop have changed — they’re different,” Flam said. “Pilsen has always been a classic Chicago neighborhood with diverse immigrants through the years.”

While the interiors won’t directly tap into Pilsen’s current Mexican heritage, Flam described the design as featured tons of exposed brick for an old-school Chicago vibe.

The food is from chef Michael Shrader, last seen with Matthias Merges’s Folkart Restaurant Management and at Old Irving Brewing Company and Gideon Sweet. Flam knew Shrader from his cooking with the N9NE Group, a company that’s exited Chicago. Shrader’s work at Urban Union — a seafood spot that closed in 2013 after about a year off Taylor Street — impressed Flam.

The drinks are from Clint Rogers’ Dogma Group with Lance Bowman as beverage director. Bowman served as mentor to Boka Hospitality Group’s Lee Zaremba. They’ll have a few draft cocktails including a paloma: “That will be a real patio pounder, as they say,” said Flam.

A lively weekend brunch will be part of the menu, which they’re still finalizing. They’ll release more details in the coming weeks. Besides Maya Del Sol, the Abu-Talebs run Pizza Capri, a restaurant with locations in Hyde Park and Lincoln Park.

Chicago’s First Shuffleboard Club and Bar Has an Opening Date

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New York import The Royal Palms should open in Bucktown on March 29

New York’s Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club has an opening date for its Chicago location. The spacious club with multiple shuffleboard courts, bars, food truck docks, and TVs should open on March 29 at 1750 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown, partner Ashley Albert writes. Royal Palms debuted in 2014 in Brooklyn and is bringing its formula to Chicago.

Feels a little bit like an #EasterBasket in here today.

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The space is exclusively for the 21+ crowd, so no children allowed. Owners Ashley Albert and Jonathan Schnapp are ranked shuffleboard players with a passion for the game. At the same time, they’ve created a venue that appeases hardcore players, casuals, and novices. While there are arcade video game (Emporium, Logan Arcade) and ping pong bars (AceBounce, Spin), Albert and Schnapp don’t want shuffleboard to be just an excuse to booze. They want to give back to their customers and teach them about the game and share why they dig it.

Shuffleboard is forever associated with retirement communities in Florida, and the Royal Palm’s interiors bring a bit of the Sunshine State feel up north. The cocktails also have a Floridian feel. The courts are 39-feet long and guests pay an hourly fee of about $40 to rent them. Royal Palms hosts teams in organized leagues, which Albert said start on April 9 and about 70 teams have already registered. It’s billed as a good way to meet new friends. There’s no kitchen, but there are bay doors on the side where food trucks will dock. And there’s also a roof deck bar, a rarity for the area (Taxim, The Robey, Whiskey Business). The roof will feature one of the space’s 11 courts. The roof will be ready a little after opening day, so have a little patience.

Check back later in the month for more coverage.

It’s lookin’ pretty juicy out here.

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‘Top Chef’ Champ Joe Flamm Reveals His Favorite South Side Chicago Restaurants

Chicago Eater - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:20

The Spiaggia chef also talks about Stephanie Izard’s support

Fans of Top Chef champion Joe Flamm will continue to see the Chicago native this summer on television as Spiaggia’s executive chef will appear as a judge on Top Chef Junior. Only days after his win against fellow South Sider Adrienne Cheatham, Flamm — armed with precious little sleep — was filming scenes for Bravo’s child-centric spinoff.

Being around youthful energy has been fun for Flamm as he makes his media victory tour. He previously chatted about intentions to open his own Italian restaurant, but for now, he’ll remain cooking at mentor Tony Mantuano’s restaurant. Mantuano triumphantly held his protege’s arm raised at a viewing party, much like a boxing champ in the ring. That gesture may have been a bit choreographed. Though reality TV shows embargo the results of episodes filmed months prior, Mantuano already knew Flamm had won before the episode aired.

“I was allowed to tell Tony,” Flamm said.

Stephanie Izard, Chicago’s first Top Chef winner, attended that viewing party and Flamm said she supplied the red “Team Flamm” shirts Flamm and Mantuano were wearing. Izard’s success — which includes four restaurants with Boka Restaurant Group, a catering company, and an Iron Chef win — leads Flamm to call her “the champion of all things chef related.” Flamm intends to pick Izard’s brain.

“We’ll eventually have breakfast and she’ll explain how life works,” Flamm said.

While it’s too early for Flamm to share specific plans for his restaurant, this South Sider, who attended Marist High School, is happy to share a few of his favorite South Side Chicago restaurants. Check out Flamm’s picks below.

  • Vito and Nick’s Pizzeria, 8433 S. Pulaski Road: This pizzeria may be the best example of Chicago’s square-cut tavern style thin crusts. The pizza and frosted beer glasses put Vito and Nick’s on Flamm’s “all-time list.”
  • Top Notch Beef Burgers, 2116 95th Street: Since 1942, Top Notch has served fresh — never frozen — beef. Flamm said he’s loves the place which features a relaxed, retro feel. The milkshakes are also popular.
  • Ricobene’s, 252 W. 26th Street: Open late, customers will find that famous breaded steak sandwich. It’s a reliable neighborhood spot for Flamm.
  • Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar, 60 W. 31st Sreet: This craft beer bar/bottle shop sits only seven blocks from where Flamm got married. He’s also a big fan of Kimski (the Korean/Polish restaurant inside the bar) and “whatever [Maria co-founder] Ed Marszewski does.” As he’s been busy with Top Chef, Flamm said he hasn’t visited the new Marz Community Brewing taproom in Bridgeport.
  • Palermo’s of 63rd, 3751 W. 63rd Street: This is one of two pizzerias on the list, as Chicago’s pizzas are superior to the rest of the country: “Every time time I go back home, the pizza is so much better,” Flamm said. Palermo’s has been family owned since 1961. Flamm gives high marks for the slightly sweet sauce.
  • Billy’s Grill, 3711 W. Columbus Avenue: Near 83rd Street and Southwest Highway, Flamm called Billy’s “little hamburger stand in Chicago that nobody knows.” It’s a small diner with smashed burgers that Flamms craves.

Lakeview’s Board Game Cafe Plans to Open This Weekend

Chicago Eater - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:50
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Plus, the Billy Goat Tavern flagship is back open and more intel

Bonus Round Game Cafe, the highly-anticipated Lakeview spot that will feature around 300 titles, have set an opening date — this Friday, March 23. Ownership revealed the news in a Facebook post over the weekend, predicated with “barring any unforeseen circumstances.” In addition to the large gaming library, Bonus Round will also serve coffee, espresso, finger foods, sandwiches, and beer and wine in a space at 3230 N. Clark Street that will hold 50-55 people.

Billy Goat Tavern’s legendary subterranean flagship reopened on Friday at 430 N. Michigan Avenue. The immortal “cheezborger” and beer spot closed on January 2 “to perform necessary updates of the infrastructure, such as improving electrical, plumbing, and the restrooms” but kept the look and feel intact. In semi-related news, owner Tom Sianis is running for Cook County Circuit Court Judge.

— The W Chicago—City Center hotel in The Loop is in the midst of a large renovation and has already revamped its restaurant, bar and lobby on the ground floor. Its IPO Restaurant (opened in 2010) is gone and its new restaurant, Midland Social Club, opened on Saturday. The new area is full of nods to Chicago history, the Tribune reports, as chef Mark Powierski’s dinner menu includes “West Town Pierogies,” “Taquitos de Pilsen,” and many more Chicago neighborhood-themed dishes.

— Five months after one of its co-founders passed away, longtime Lincoln Square favorite Cafe Selmarie announced that it will also temporarily close for renovations. The neighborhood favorite, which has been in business for 35 years, will close from April 1 through April 9 to implement new cabinetry and countertops, lighting, floors, and color scheme, a news release states. The restaurant had expanded in 1999 and co-founder Jean Marie Uzdawanis died last October.

— And finally, all M Burger locations will again give away free burgers with any purchase on Wednesday to celebrate the Lettuce Entertain You fast-casual chain’s eighth birthday. One lucky winner in this contest will also get free burgers for a year.

Sula Thinks Fort Willow’s Throwback Playground is Worth Seeking Out

Chicago Eater - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:15

Plus, Vettel thinks Band of Bohemia elevates brewpubs and more reviews

Through vivid recollection and artist renderings, Mike Sula details his experience at Fort Willow. Among the rotating “Big Bite” specials, a “voluptuous” grilled cheese is a “clever reimagination of French onion soup.” It’s served with a dish of red-wine-braised shredded short rib to form a “wickedly irresistible combination.” There’s a “thirst-kindling spiciness across the menu,” such double fried cauliflower draped with Serrano and hot sauce; and charred broccoli with a peanut sauce that’s imbued with a “sneaking burn.” For relief, Sula cools off with a horchata crème brulee topped with crunchy cinnamon-spiced rice noodles. [Reader]

Michelin-starred Band of Bohemia is a “sophisticated, unique synthesis” of beer and upscale pub fare. Phil Vettel lauds the “visually stunning yet highly approachable dishes,” like lobster tagliatelle with king crab and matsutake mushroom butter that’s described as a “richness-on-richness indulgence.” Baked foie-laska — a slab of foie gras blanketed by a torched meringue of duck-egg whites and pears — “nimbly balances sweet and savory notes” and a “sensational” duck entrée features breast meat presented with crisped rice cubes, dots of coconut puree, and scorched bok choy. “Nifty” desserts include a tuffet of fermented-banana cheesecake while the house brews are “creative quaffs that incorporate such ingredients as bets, pears, toasted fennel and jasmine rice.” [Tribune]

Lonesome Rose is blossoming in Logan Square, writes Ariel Cheung. Truck stop nachos are a “superb option for snacking,” loaded with carne asada, queso, and black beans. Spicy fish tacos are “extra crispy and uplifted by salsa verde,” while plump chipotle shrimp “pair well” with charred corn. Downstairs at cocktail bar Golden Teardrops, “bartenders don’t hold back with stiff drinks like the Hot Flashes, an assertive blend of cognac, rye whiskey, vermouth and campari.” With a “lovely dichotomy” between the two floors, Land and Sea Dept. has created a “venue that’s twice as nice.” [CS]

John Kessler thinks Bridgeport is becoming the “New Chinatown.” The South Side neighborhood is delivering “so much hearty, face-stuffingly good food” that he embarks on a crawl. At Taipei Café, the gua bao — cradling pork belly, cilantro, and pickled radish — is the “definitive version of this now-ubiquitous food.” Farther south, A Place by Damao “brings the kind of full-throttle Sichuan flavors that other purveyors have hesitated to delve into,” such as hand-pulled rabbit infused with ma la seasoning, and braised-then-broiled pig’s feet. Finally, Xiao Mei Xing offers intriguing dishes like barbecue chilled noodles, a “psychotropic bliss” that consists of hot buckwheat pappardelle with egg, cilantro, and sauce. [Chicago]

It’s easy to overlook Tomatillo Tacoville but Michael Nagrant says it’s “worth stopping for.” The Mexican “wonderland’s” meats are “well-caramelized and well-salted” and include al pastor, carnitas, and carne asada. A “just right” shower of onions and cilantro are all that’s needed to make these tacos sing. Even Nagrant’s six-year-old agrees: They’re the real deal. [Michael Nagrant]

Inside Dog Haus, an LA Sausage Slinger Debuting in Chicago’s Lincoln Park

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Dog Haus opens on Saturday

The owners of Dog Haus Biergarten know that Chicagoans maybe skeptical about their take on hot dogs, as it’s an LA company that’s encroaching on the land of Vienna Beef, no ketchup, and sport peppers. Dog Haus opens its first Chicago restaurant on Saturday in Lincoln Park, near DePaul, and despite a PR snafu — which they acknowledged — they’ve studied Chicago’s hot dog culture. Dog Haus wants to complement the city’s strong sausage scene, not disrupt it.

“We at Dog Haus by no means believe we are the first gourmet hot dog spot in Chicago, and we made the absolute würst mistake when we referred to ourselves as such,” a Dog Haus statement read.

Dog Haus, 2464-66 N. Lincoln Avenue, found its way to Chicago thanks to the local franchise owner, a former Marine who was stationed in Pendleton, California. He discovered the chain while visiting the Burbank, California location and figured his friends and family in Chicago would love one nearby. Jesse Koontz liked the different flavors and modern build out. His menu highlights include the “Reservoir Hog” (kielbasa, chili, slaw, yellow mustard) and “Sooo Cali” (arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado, tomato). Dog Haus also serves burgers and a chicken sandwich. They will also corn dog any sausage.

Koontz grew up in the northwest suburbs. He’ll operate the restaurant with his girlfriend, Toni Siprut. Unlike the Burbank location, they’ve got a big bar area in Chicago where they’ll perhaps play 80s music videos on TVs and pour beer. They’ve got an open kitchen concept and a display case where customers can see the sausages. Not all Dog Haus’s have these cases, but Koontz insisted — he liked the touch. The dining area is 3,000 square feet and they’ve restored the original tin ceiling.

Take a tour of the space and check out the food below. See if Dog Haus is a worthy addition to Chicago starting on Saturday.

Dog Haus Biergarten, 2464-66 N. Lincoln Avenue, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

This was a Buffalo Wild Wings for 25 years. The LA chain’s logo Not all Dog Haus’s have bars. They’ll be flexible with the bar’s hours depending on local demand. Plenty of local beer here. There’s 14 TVs. This archway connects the two storefronts. The other side of the storefront. These sausages come from a celebrity chef’s recipes. Beer in classy mugs. The Freiburger (white American cheese, fries, slaw, fried egg, mayo) Reservoir Hog ( kielbasa, chili, slaw, yellow mustard) Sweet potato fries Chili cheese tots The Fonz (spicy Italian sausage, pastrami, cheddar cheese sauce) Corn dog Ringer (cheddar , smoked bacon, onion rings, bbq sauce) Downtown (smoked bacon wrapped dog, caramelized onions, pickled peppers, mayo, mustard, ketchup) Sooo Cali (wild arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado, tomato) Barry Brecheisen Stephanie Izard’s limited edition “Everyone Lap Cheong Tonight” (lap cheong sausage, savory mayo, sweet & spicy pepper relish and scallions; served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls)

Where to Eat Brunch in Chicago Right Now, March 2018

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Behold, the 20 hottest brunch restaurants in Chicago

Brunch, not quite breakfast or lunch, is often overlooked but Eater Chicago’s here to give it all the attention it deserves. The Eater Chicago Brunch Heatmap is a continually-updated list showing the newest places that are doing great things with their brunch menus. Because after a long week, everyone should kick back and relax over an omelet and Bloody Mary. So don’t ruin the weekend by making the wrong choice. Nobody likes soggy bacon.

This month’s additions include Stephen Gillanders’s S.K.Y., burger bar The Moonlighter, and the return of Sarah Jordan at DropShot Coffee & Snack Bar. They join a growing number of eateries dedicated to making their midday options as equally important as dinner service. Sure, you can order a McMuffin at all hours of the day but why settle? Start Sunday Funday off right and get your eggs (and much more) on at these red-hot restaurants.

Bonci Plans Breakfast Pizzas When Second Chicago Location Opens in April

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The world-renowned Roman pizzeria has an opening date in Wicker Park

Bonci has an opening date for its second Chicago location, which will give the city the world-renowned Italian pizzeria’s only two locations in America. After conquering the West Loop by serving pizzas inside a cramped storefront between Randolph and Lake streets, ownership took over the Dox Quality Greek space just south of Wicker Park’s six corner intersection at 1566 N. Damen Avenue. Pending the receipt of its imported pizza ovens — slowly arriving via cargo boat from Italy — Chicago’s second Bonci should open on April 17.

This Bonci is larger than the ones in Italy. The West Loop location has a few seats stuffed in the back of the restaurant and cramped counter seating in the front. The Wicker Park location will have two hightop tables with eight seats each, and a third hightop with room for four. That makes Wicker Park’s Bonci the first one to have legitimate tables and chairs, Bonci USA’s Rick Tasman said. It will also house 11 counter seats by the window overlooking Damen and another three against the southern wall. That’s much more space to eat its pizzas indoors, compared to other locations which encourage carry out.

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The pizza at Bonci is Roman with an airy crust that comes in square-shaped slices and cut with scissors. This pizza al taglio is consider among the world’s best, not only because of the crust but also because of topping combinations from founder Gabriele Bonci. It doesn’t look like Bonci will travel to Chicago from Italy for the opening, but Tasman said he’ll likely check in on the new space this summer. In his place, some of Bonci’s best pizza makers from Italy — the same ones who worked at the West Loop location when its first opened — will help in Wicker Park to help launch the new pizzeria.

The new location is nearly next door to the CTA’s Damen Blue Line stop, and Tasman said it’ll offer breakfast slices for morning commuters. It’ll also stay open later on the weekends to accommodate the area’s nightlife. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

United Center Opens New Restaurant/Bar With Dark Matter and Heisler

Chicago Eater - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:00

Mad West is also open on non-event days to the general public

A new quick-serve restaurant shop opens today at the United Center that’s open on non-event days and accessible to the general public — those without a game or concert ticket. And this isn’t an ordinary stadium spot. It brings together acclaimed local roaster Dark Matter Coffee, one of the city’s more respected bar and restaurant operators in Heisler Hospitality, and Levy Restaurants, the sports concessionaire and company behind Spiaggia. After Dark Matter teased the spot in late January, Mad West officially opens at 10 a.m. today inside the arena’s public atrium, according to a release.

Last year, coinciding with the start with the Blackhawks and Bulls seasons, the United Center unveiled the atrium, a new wing on part of a parking lot parcel on the east side of the arena. The space included a permanent home for the Michael Jordan statue, a gift shop, and entrance for ticket holders.

United Center [Official] Mad West

Mad West serves Dark Matter drinks, including its agave latte and Mayan mocha, that are available at the coffee roaster’s coffeeshops in West Town, West Loop, and Lakeview. Its iced coffee, Chocolate City, plus a few special draft options will also be available. It also serves booze with three cocktails including a frozen strawberry daiquiri. There’s draft beer from local brewers. A publicity shot shows handles from Goose Island, Three Floyds, and Haymarket.

Mad West/Kristin Mendiola “Bing” sandwiches from Mad West

The quick-serve concept has enlisted Heisler’s chef Dan Snowden to come up with its food menu that’s heavy on Asian flavors. It offers “bing” sandwiches in bread pockets, inspired by Asian street fairs. Among the five sandwiches, there are Korean fried chicken and Sichuan five-spice braised beef. Loaded wonton nachos and veggie fried rice round out the menu. Do-Rite Donuts and pastries from West Town Bakery are also available.

Rugu/Raff Architects designed the 1,400-sqare-foot space. They brought in hand-burnished and distress wood paneling and salvaged brick from demolished Chicago buildings. The snack bar’s made out of cast iron pipe. Chicago fans should feel right at home thanks to murals from JC Rivera and Slang. Take a look a time-elapsed video of the mural painting.

It’s another United Center dining upgrade to keep fans happy even during this year’s frustrating basketball and hockey seasons. Take a look at the menu below. Mad West is now open.

Mad West, 1901 W. Madison Street, inside the United Center’s public atrium, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, on event days it will stay open an hour after the event.

Mad West Menu by Ashok Selvam on Scribd

LA Chain Claims Chicago Has No Gourmet Hot Dog Spots

Chicago Eater - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 16:45

Dog Haus Biergarten opens its first Chicago location on Saturday

Chicagoans cherish hot dogs, specifically their hot dog — the familiar Chicago-style dog dragged through the garden Vienna Beef sausage with all the fixings — and preferably without ketchup. An LA-based chain, Dog Haus Biergarten, is vying to win over these encased meat enthusiasts when the company opens its first Chicago restaurant on Saturday. A media invite to sample Dog Haus’s food touts the arrival of “Chicago’s first gourmet hot dog restaurant concept.”

The invite forgets Hot Doug’s, Chicago’s Dog House, Frank’s N Dawgs, Hot “G” Dogs, and more. See the invite below.

Dog Haus [Official] A media invite from Dog Haus.

See, that’s not a misprint. While the invite reads like a marketing misstep, Dog Haus’s ownership is certainly familiar with the history of Chicago’s hot dogs. A Chicago-style hot dog will be an off-menu item. However, Dog Haus will sit the wiener on a King’s Hawaiian roll instead of the traditional poppyseed bun from S. Rosen or Turano Baking Company. One gourmet hot dog stand owner — only a scant three-minute walk away — rolled his eyes when told about the substitute rolls. Chicago’s Dog House has been around for eight years in Lincoln Park. Not only is there a gourmet hot dog stand nearby, but it’s got an easily confused name.

“I was a little shocked, actually,” said Chicago’s Dog House owner Aaron Wolfson when he saw a similarly named restaurant was opening close by. “But maybe they will bring more people into the neighborhood for sausages.”

Wolfson doesn’t run a typical hot dog stand. He serves buffalo, alligator, and other gourmet sausages. That just makes the LA chain’s invitation that much more egregious.

Chicago certainly doesn’t have the patent on gourmet hot dog concepts. Across the country, fans will find stands like Criff Dog in New York and Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs in Denver. The crew at Eater LA certainly enjoyed their trip to Dog Haus. The West Coast chain opened its first restaurant in 2010. Famous LA dogs include Pink’s, the infamous late-night hangout. Dodger Dogs are part of the city’s fabric while taking in a baseball game. However, while Eater LA’s list of essential tube steaks includes a Chicago-style hot dog stand, LA-style dogs haven’t found a following in the Midwest.

One of Wolfson’s hot dog heroes was Doug Sohn, who ran Hot Doug’s, the famous gourmet stand in Avondale. At one point, Wolfson served a tribute to Sohn — a foie gras dog that Sohn made famous at his restaurant. Sohn, the “dogfather” to many in Chicago, gave Wolfson his blessing to put the item on this menu.

Sohn notes out-of-town restaurants don’t normally find success. For example, a Lakeview location of Leo’s Coney Island was short lived. “Chicago can be tough territory for non-Chicagoans,” Sohn said.

While Chicago is welcoming to innovators, Sohn didn’t like how he perceived that the invitation thumbed its nose at his city. He wishes them luck, but said Dog Haus has a big challenge in front of them.

“I think the sausage history of Chicago runs a little deeper than LA, but we’ll see,” he said.

Tennis Legend Roger Federer Asks For Chicago Food Suggestions and Causes Twitter Meltdown

Chicago Eater - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 14:30

Deep-dish pizza intrigues the tennis superstar

Roger Federer, a living sports legend, announced to his fans via social media that next week he’s making his first trip to Chicago and he wants dining suggestions. The tennis superstar is scouting the city as part of the Laver Cup, a tennis tournament that debuted last year in Prague. The 2018 edition of the tournament takes place in September at the United Center in Chicago.

Federer, ever the charmer, asked his 12.1 million followers what he should do while in Chicago. Obviously, the first thing any right-minded person would do would be to check out Eater’s Guide to Chicago. Federer’s Twitter feed erupted with suggestions. Fans clued him in on the ambrosia that is Chicago deep-dish pizza. Unlike some international athletes, Federer is intrigued and asked his followers where to find the best pie. Eater Chicago, again, has this covered along with the deliciousness that is South Side-style tavern-cut pizza.

Good to know. I've never had deep dish What's the best place to try in Chicago? https://t.co/nHlzIB8Luf

— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 15, 2018

Beyond pizza, Smyth/Loyalist chef John Shields invited Federer to his Michelin-starred West Loop restaurant. Shields is accustomed to serving celebrities. A Tweet from actor John Cusack let the public know about The Loyalist’s stellar burger.

Come for dinner #Smythrestaurant

— John Shields (@ChefJohnShields) March 15, 2018

Shields said this about his fandom and about the chance of a visit:

"I’ve admired him for so long. I’m definitely drawn to people at the top of their game, whether it be sports, business, or cooking," Shields wrote in a reply. "The sort of commitment and sacrifice it’s takes to reach that level is so inspiring. Just being able to rub elbows with someone like that would be such a highlight for our team!"

Additionally, one fan told Federer to try Garrett’s popcorn. Federer showed off his social media skills with his response. Garrett’s is famous for its mix of cheddar and caramel popcorn.

Tell me more pic.twitter.com/5CU4qgAjaM

— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 15, 2018

Another fan suggested Federer to visit Twin Anchors, the Old Town favorite known for its barbecue ribs. Another asked him to visit Turtle’s Bar and Grill, the Bridgeport dive steps away from Guaranteed Rate Field. While Turtle’s may not be Federer’s style, Chicago’s only three-starred Michelin restaurant, Alinea, may be on the agenda.

The initial Tweet went up at 8:22 p.m. on Wednesday. As of noon on Thursday, there were already more than 1,500 responses with touristy suggestions. If anyone sees Federer out next week, feel free to send photos and any tips to chicago@eater.com.

Chicago's 18 Essential Italian Beef Sandwiches, 2018 Edition

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It's okay to drool on the screen

When thinking of iconic Chicago staples, Italian beef is among the first to come to mind. It's a sandwich that's wholly unique to this great city and sparks fierce debate over who does it the best. Because there's a plethora of delicious options all over town, it's impossible to choose just one. Instead, here are 18 messy favorites that are worth indulging in. Just don't forget to include those peppers. Listed in alphabetical order.

A Lincoln Park Bar/Restaurant Will Open Today, Then Close on Sunday

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With a new name, Old Grounds Social debuts in the Barn & Company space

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the restaurant replacing Barn & Company is reopening today — albeit with a different name versus the one ownership first announced. Instead of calling the new restaurant FareGrounds, the new eatery will be known as Old Grounds Social. The relaunched restaurant opens at 7 p.m. tonight.

Ownership wanted to get away from the barbecue served at Barn & Company and brought in chef Jason Paskewitz to develop a more diverse menu. Though the restaurant debuts tonight, it will only be open through the weekend and close on Sunday night. A spokesperson said they need to give staff more training. The restaurant will permanently open nine days later on March 27.

St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a huge day for the bar industry in Lincoln Park, and Old Grounds Social will be there to witness those drunken pub crawl antics from holiday revelers now simply known as “The Chi-Rish.” This weekend is also a big time for sports fans and chicken wings with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Old Grounds Social is bringing back Barn & Company’s wings, some of the better smoked chicken in the city. It’ll also have 30 televisions. The food isn’t the only thing that staff is upgrading as they’re adding frozen drinks and new cocktails.

Paskewitz, known for his French cooking at his former Lincoln Park workplace, The Blanchard, has found a new gig at Pearl Brasserie in The Loop. Pearl is owned by 8 Hospitality — the same group that owns the new freshly-dubbed Old Grounds Social. He’ll split his time between the two restaurants.

It should be noted FareGrounds isn’t a unique name. Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea is a new chain that debuted last year and has plans to open inside the skyscraper formerly known as the Sears Tower.

Armed with the new name, the four-day opening is billed as a sneak preview. Old Grounds Social is promising a big brunch scene on weekends. Check back later for more details.

Old Grounds Social, 950 W. Wrightwood Avenue, when regular hours start later this month, they’ll be open 4 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday throught Thursday; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.

Women-Led Chicago Style Cocktail Conference Will Stress Inclusion

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Read the schedule for the inaugural event in May

The organizers behind the inaugural Chicago Style Conference, a four-day bar industry event going on from May 7-10 and open to the public, has released its schedule. Chicago Style is the brainchild of Shelby Allison (Lost Lake), Caitlin Laman (Ace Hotel Chicago), and Sharon Bronstein (The 86 Company). The panels take place at the Ace Hotel in Fulton Market and will address topics including reducing sexual misconduct, the best practices to eliminate waste, and a lack of inclusion of marginalized groups.

There are 11 events in all, kicking off with a party that starts after the James Beard Awards finish on Monday, May 7. The panels mix feminism and intersectionality with other educational opportunities hoping to help bar operators and bartenders improve their workplaces. The panels have provocative names such as “You Are Welcome Here: If It’s Not Intersectional, It’s Not Hospitality.” Organizers hope to capitalize on their captive audiences. Many professionals from across the country will already be in Chicago for the Beards.

“The city is buzzing with energy and excitement and we can’t wait to channel it into a celebration of our cocktail community,” Laman said. “The topics that we are addressing are just as relevant to restaurant professionals as they are to bars, so we hope out-of-town attendees will extend their stay to join us.”

Laman, the Ace’s beverage director, moved from San Francisco where she earned recognition as a Food and Wine best new mixologist. She and her colleagues sought to organize an event with bar experts, to tackle topics they felt have been long ignored or not properly addressed. These industry problems may have been overlooked at other events.

“We chose experts we have worked with in the past or whose work we admire, while intentionally creating and holding space for women, people of color, and queer folks,” Laman said.

Tickets for the conference will be available here. Check out the schedule below and check back for more coverage later this month.

Monday, May 7

Fords Gin + Del Maguey Mezcal present Bar Fight Club

10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., venue TBD

Hosted directly following the James Beard Awards, this event will highlight some of the country’s most notable cocktail bars who will create menus featuring Fords Gin and Del Maguey Mezcal, competing for the judges’ prize as well as people’s choice.

Tuesday, May 8 All panels at Ace Hotel Chicago in the Mahoney Event Space (unless noted)

Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Causing a Stir: Empowering Underserved + Underrepresented Communities Within the Hospitality Industry, presented by Chandon

Colin Asare-Appiah (Bacardi; New York), Alexis Brown (Causing a Stir; Chicago), Ariel Neal (Causing a Stir; Chicago)

Community Spirits: Cocktail Bars as Active Community Members, presented by Chandon

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Josh Harris (Trick Dog, Bon Vivants; San Francisco), Bobby Heugel (OKRA Charity Saloon, Anvil Bar & Refuge; Houston), Ashley Novoa (Chicago Period Project; Chicago), Katipai Richardson Wilson (Dirty Precious; Brooklyn)

Moderated by Jacyara de Oliveira (La Sirena Clandestina, El Che Bar; Chicago)

A History of Black Bartenders in America by David Wondrich, presented by Chandon

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

David Wondrich (New York)

Turn Up The Volume Without Lowering Your Standards: Bar Management in 2018, presented by Chandon

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Nandini Khaund (Cindy’s; Chicago), Leo Robitschek (The NoMad; New York and Los Angeles), Dianna Sanders (The Promontory; Chicago), Yael Vengroff (The Spare Room, Genghis Cohen; Los Angeles)

Moderated by Erin Hayes (House Spirits Distillery, Los Angeles)

Speed Rack National Championship

6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., venue TBD

Speed Rack, the all female speed bartending competition raising money for breast cancer research, will culminate its 7th season with the grand finale of Speed Rack USA on May 8 in Chicago. The day after the James Beard Awards, the Windy City will be awash in the country’s top culinary talent, because what’s better after dinner than a good drink? All proceeds from ticket sales will go to breast cancer research, education and prevention. Entry to the Speed Rack final allows sampling our generous sponsors’ punches and tasty food from great local eateries.

Wednesday, May 9 All panels at Ace Hotel Chicago in the Mahoney Event Space (unless noted) Noon to 1 p.m.

Do Touch The Art: Outstanding Menu Design, presented by Tequila Gran Dovejo, Jack Daniel’s, La Luna Mezcal and Woodford Reserve

Natasha David (Nitecap; New York), Iain Griffiths (Trash Tiki, Dandelyan; London), Morgan Schick (Trick Dog, Bon Vivants; San Francisco)

Moderated by Jen Delos Reyes (School of Art + Art History, University of Illinois; Chicago)

Community Accountability by Ashtin Berry, presented by Tequila Gran Dovejo, Jack Daniel’s, La Luna Mezcal, and Woodford Reserve

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Ashtin Berry (Tokyo Record Bar, Air’s Champagne Bar; New York)

All-Consuming: Achieving Sustainability Behind the Bar, presented by Tequila Gran Dovejo, Jack Daniel’s, La Luna Mezcal and Woodford Reserve

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Mary Bartlett (Ace Hotel DTLA; Los Angeles), Ryan Chetiyawardana (Dandelyan, Mr. Lyan; London), Kelsey Ramage (Trash Tiki; London), Claire Sprouse (Tin Roof Drink Company; New York)

Moderated by Lacy Hawkins (Monkey 47; New York)

You Are Welcome Here: If It’s Not Intersectional, It’s Not Hospitality, presented by Tequila Gran Dovejo, Jack Daniel’s, La Luna Mezcal, and Woodford Reserve

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mony Buni (Lustau, Prairie School; Chicago), Lov Lee Carpenter (Blue Plate Catering; Chicago), Don Lee (Cocktail Kingdom; New York), Lynnette Marrero (Speed Rack, Llama Inn; New York), Liz Weck (Howard Brown Health, Lost & Found: Dyke Bar; Chicago)

Trash Tiki Disco, presented by Fords Gin and Pisco Control

10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., venue TBD

Trash Tiki is a pop-up and online platform that helps raise awareness, and more importantly, solutions, to the insane amount of waste the food & drink industry produces. Founders Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths will host a late night party focused on their anti-waste approach to the bar industry.

Thursday, May 10

11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Green Dot Workshop, presented by Campari

Ace Hotel Chicago in the Mahoney Event Space

Green Dot is an innovative workshop focused on preventing sexual assault through bystander intervention. The workshop will focus on equipping bartenders, servers, managers, and/or owners with the tools to respond when they notice behaviors that could lead to or constitute sexual assault and harassment in their bars. Additionally, they will teach how to engage in behaviors that establish a climate of dignity and respect. We can all work together to cultivate and maintain a safe environment for everyone.

Loop Icon Miller’s Pub Reopens After Renovations

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The throwback reopened on Saturday

After a six-week slumber for renovations, Miller’s Pub, the decades-old restaurant and bar underneath the CTA “L” tracks on Wabash, has reopened. Customers will notice a revamped entrance way, co-owner Andrew Gallios said, as “it no longer looks like a labyrinth.” Ownership aimed to give the space a small refresh without disturbing the historic building’s character. It reopened on Saturday at 134 S. Wabash Avenue.

Gallios isn’t quite ready to celebrate with a grand opening party. They’re still fine tuning. Even though he said 93 out of 94 employees returned to work at Miller’s, the main reason for the renovations — a dining room expansion that will add 70 seats and 900 square feet to the restaurant — isn’t open. Work is done, as crews have converted the former flower shop that neighbored Miller’s to the south. However, Gallios is still waiting for city approvals to open the new wing. They just applied for liquor licenses for the space this week. When they closed on January 29, ownership anticipated being 100 percent open by St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Now Gallios said it will take 30 to 60 days for the new dining room to open. Right now, the space is cordoned off with velvet ropes: “It’s a little anti-climactic,” Gallios said.

Miller’s Pub is a nostalgic throwback that’s been around Chicago since 1935. The current iteration opened in 1989, across the street from the original location. The restaurant is full of oil paintings, black and white photos and signs calling back to Chicago’s history. Gallios said he still hasn’t replaced all the memorabilia. He acquired more wall coverings from his father and uncle which he’ll hang up in the new room.

Beyond the new entrance, which allows patrons to better see the bar and the rest of the space’s layout, most customers won’t notice that much has changed, Gallios said. They’ve updated the kitchen, the point of service system, added more TVs, and upgraded the sound system.

A scaffold remains in front of the building as crews convert it from a commercial space to residential. It will stay up until the summer, Gallios predicted. That work alone would have forced a temporary shutter, which provided one reason to go forward with the $1 million renovation project. Gallios also recently signed a long-term lease that left them more comfortable investing more money into the restaurant. Another reason for the work is that Chicago’s restaurants typically have fewer customers in February, when frigid temperatures rule and keep locals in their homes. Closing the restaurant during that month didn’t leave as much of a dent in their ledgers.

Even though the new dining room isn’t ready for customers, Miller’s Pub has reopened. People can check out a new spin on a Chicago classic today.

Fancy Flambeed Flatbreads and Ice Cream Sub Sandwiches Arrive in River North

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Read the menu for Parlay at Joy District, opening tonight on Hubbard Street

When Joy District opened in 2016, owner Carmen Rossi compared the nighttime shenanigans along Hubbard Street to Las Vegas. River North nightlife calls for a dose of theatrics, as he described the neighborhood as an entertainment district. Well, when Rossi on opens Parlay at Joy District today, its new first-floor dining area and sports bar, it’ll provide diners with a little bit of a show thanks to antics including a flatbread “tart flambee” that’s fired table side.

Parlay is meant to complement the rooftop space and second-floor dance space. The menu (see below) from executive chef Jason Hedin — who’s worked at L20, Nellcôte, and The Lobby in The Peninsula — will serve eccentric items including a $35 lobster and caviar pizza. Oxtail “beer” mac and cheese, plus “Octo Poppers” (red curry tempura octopus, Thai-infused “fluffy” coconut), and foie gras french fries (rutabaga, daikon) distinguish the menu from typical bars. There’s also a 24-ounce dry-aged bone-in beef ribeye. Customers can also add truffles or lobster to burgers, sliders, and other sandwiches. The decadence extends to dessert where $25 pays for an ice cream submarine sandwich. That’s a giant eclair with six ice creams, whip, cherries, nuts, chocolate espresso beans, chocolate chips, banana chips, drizzled chocolate sauce, fresh bananas and strawberries.

Read the menus below. Parlay at Joy District opens to the public tonight at 7 p.m. College basketball fans take note: It’ll open at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday so customers can watch the NCAA tournament, and at 3 p.m. the rest of the tournament days as well as during the summer.

Parlay at Joy District, 112 W. Hubbard Street, (312) 955-0339, regular hours are open 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on weekends (hours depend on the weather for the rooftop) and close at 2 a.m. Sunday through Friday and 3 a.m. on Saturday.

Parlay at Joy District Menu by Ashok Selvam on Scribd

Chicago White Sox Will Serve Springfield’s Famous Horseshoe Sandwich This Season

Chicago Eater - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:15

Central Illinois’s beloved item gets a South Side makeover at Sox Park

One of the annual rites of spring is the unveiling of over-the-top food at Major League Baseball ballparks all across the country. The Chicago White Sox are giving fans a sneak preview of what to expect this season at Guaranteed Rate Field as they debut the team’s version of the horseshoe sandwich, a sloppy delicacy that’s popular in the state’s capital of Springfield. Horseshoes date back to the 1920s and traditionally feature a horseshoe-shaped piece of ham with french fries as “nails” and smothered with cheese sauce over toast.

The Sox’s “South Side Horseshoe” features Italian sausage, giardiniera, fries, and a beer cheddar sauce made with Modelo — the official imported beer of your Chicago White Sox. This comes served with thick-cut garlic Texas toast, according to a team spokesperson. Most fans won’t get a chance to chow down on this new item. It’s a new item for Levy Restaurants, which handles the food on the club level and suites. It’s premium food for premium seating.

D’Arcy’s Pint/Facebook A horseshoe from D’Arcy’s Pint in Springfield.

No photos are available yet, as the item will actually debut in New York, part of the MLB Food Fest, a new event takes place on April 21 and 22. Essentially, it’s billed like Taste of Chicago. Each of baseball’s 30 teams will offer a sample size of a dish. There are also traditional items — the Cubs are offering a Chicago-style hot dog. As the Tribune noted, perhaps the team would be better represented by Doug Sohn’s encased meats. Chicago’s beloved Hot Doug’s has a gourmet sausage stand underneath Wrigley Field’s bleachers. Sohn, for his part, said the Cubs didn’t approach him.

Other MLB Food Fest dishes include toasted grasshoppers from the Seattle Mariners, chicken shawarma nachos from the Detroit Tigers, and adobo bao from the New York Yankees. Eater Chicago will have full coverage of the new food from Chicago’s South and North side baseball teams as Opening Day approaches.

LA’s Dog Haus Will Debut its First Chicago Restaurant This Weekend

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Plus, a Chicagoan is a “Food & Wine” sommelier of the year and more intel

Dog Haus, the popular California-based gourmet sausage chain, will open its first Chicago location on Saturday — St. Patrick’s Day — at 11 a.m. at 2464 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park. Expect its regular menu with a few wrinkles — including Stephanie Izard’s special “Everybody Lap Cheong Tonight” sausage — as well as a full bar with plenty of local craft beer on tap, burgers, sides, and a chicken sandwich. The restaurant will also give out free haus dogs all day on March 24.

— Gage Hospitality Group’s Jon McDaniel got a major accolade, as Food & Wine named him a sommelier of the year for 2018. McDaniel runs the wine programs at Billy Lawless spots The Gage, Acanto, Coda di Volpe, and more.

Shay, the River North nightclub from the people behind Cuvee, is closed and its website states it’s for renovations. All of its social media channels have been taken down as well, so some other changes could also be in store.

— In more River North renovation news, longtime neighborhood restaurant Prosecco will close at 710 N. Wells Street for renovations after service on Saturday. A rep says it will add a new bar with a walk-in wine cellar, an updated menu, and implement cosmetic changes including new lighting and art. There’s no word when it might reopen, however.

— More changes are in store at local chain Protein Bar, which is changing its name to Protein Bar & Kitchen as well as changing the menus and decor, Crain’s reports. Expect the changes to be complete in the city locations by May and in the rest of its restaurants later in the year.

— A woman pleaded guilty this week for attempting to hold up a Subway while wearing a Jimmy John’s uniform, Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown reports, as well as trying to rob a Dunkin’ Donuts in the same week in mid-January.

— And finally, in unrelated news: Ownership of Felony Franks, the Oak Park hot dog spot known for employing ex-offenders that is sadly closed, announced that new owners who will continue the policy of hiring and helping the rehabilitation of felons are taking over the space. Ownership promises more information soon.

Boka Group’s Four Nominations Highlight Chicago’s 2018 James Beard Award Finalists

Chicago Eater - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 09:48

Chicago has 10 Beard nominations this year, the same as last year

Chicago’s food and beverage industry netted 10 nominations this morning when the James Beard Foundation announced its finalists for the 2018 awards from Philadelphia. Boka Restaurant Group scored the most of the city’s finalist nominations as Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm’s company — which runs restaurants including Boka, Stephanie Izard’s Girl & the Goat, and Momotaro — were recognized four times, including for Outstanding Restaurateur.

Last year, 10 Chicago-related restaurants, chefs, and bartenders also made it to the finalists’ round. Twenty-eight were Beard semifinalists this year, as revealed in February. The awards ceremony, known as the “Oscars of the food world,” will take place on May 7 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the fourth-straight year.

Chicago chefs were nominated 13 times as semifinalists in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. All five finalists are from Chicago: Andrew Brochu (Roister), Abe Conlon (Fat Rice), Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark (Parachute), David and Anna Posey (Elske), and Lee Wolen (Boka). For Conlon, Kim and Clark this was their second-consecutive year they were named finalists. For Wolen, it was his third-straight finalist nomination. Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde) won the award last year.

Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia) and Carrie Nahabedian — who recently announced the relocation of Naha — didn’t make it to the list of finalists for Best Chef. Chicago was also shut out of all of all of the beverage categories, so Lost Lake, The Boarding House, and Charles Joly did not move on to the finalist round. Meanwhile, HaiSous and Mi Tocaya Antojería didn’t make it as finalists in the Best New Restaurant category.

Read through all of Chicago’s finalists below. Head to Eater National for the full list of all Beard finalists.

Best Chef: Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio)

Andrew Brochu, Roister

Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Parachute

David Posey and Anna Posey, Elske

Lee Wolen, Boka

Best Chef Great Lakes: @abrochu, Abraham Conlon, @chefbeverlykim/@johnnycooks, @dtposey/Anna Posey, and @leewolen #jbfa

— James Beard Foundation (@beardfoundation) March 14, 2018

Outstanding Baker

Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Meg Galus, Boka

Boka Restaurant Group [Official] Meg Galus

Outstanding Restaurateur

Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group

Outstanding Service


Marc Much Boka Restaurant

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Sarah Rinkavage, Marisol

In addition, ABC Chicago’s Steve Dolinsky — for the second-consecutive year — is a finalist for Best Television Segment. The Hungry Hound will find out if he’s a winner on April 27 when the foundation announces all its journalism awards.

Television Segment: @ABC7Chicago’s The Hungry Hound hosted by @stevedolinsky; @NewsHour with @AubreyNPRFood and @paulsolman; and @VRFYtv hosted by @DavidSchechter #jbfa

— James Beard Foundation (@beardfoundation) March 14, 2018

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