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Chicago’s Best New Eats for Spring 2018

Our friends at Tasting Table have rounded up the best new eats of Chicago for Spring 2018. And, of course, being Chicago, the food can range  as wide as All-American to a taste of Caribbean. The long winter months are almost inoperative, so let’s get ready now for several new and exciting eats.

 

Chicago’s Best New Restaurants for Spring 2018

From places that will serve Detroit-style pizza to spots slinging Chicago-style gyros, here’s where you’ll want to be eating

 

Winters in Chicago seem to last forever—and then, a little bit longer. So when spring finally does roll around, Second City dwellers couldn’t be happier—especially when the season brings with it a handful of exciting new restaurants and bars to experience. From ballpark-adjacent baked goods and beer to Caribbean vibes in Logan Square, here are six openings to get excited about.

Union Full Board and Tinker to Evers

For pizza, small plates and libations under one roof, it’s all about the Wheelhouse Hotel, a five-story property opening in Wrigleyville this spring. Fans of Union Pizza in Evanston can now get a taste of the team’s Detroit-inspired slices, in addition to surefire small plates like bruschetta, meatballs and salad. Cap it all off with a drink downstairs at Tinker to Evers, a tucked-away speakeasy lounge featuring an elevated portfolio of cocktails and local craft spirits.

Octavio Cantina & Kitchen

The team behind Lady Gregory’s and Wilde is at it again with this Andersonville opening, which will feature rustic, regional Mexican cuisine from chef Daniel Munoz. A dedication to local ingredients and bold flavors shows up in plates like the cochinita pibil, with slow-roasted pork, refried black beans and charred habanero, while tacos are served with chiles and potatoes and a medley of Baja fish varieties. Don’t miss the cocktails, including the mescal old-fashioned with Lapsang souchong tea and sweet grass smoke.

Fisk & Co.

Mussels and beer are the main event at this forthcoming Loop resto, where executive chef Austin Fausett will serve oysters on the half shell, hand-cut fries aplenty and steamed mussels with an array of fixings (from caramelized onions and nutmeg to Thai curry with coconut broth and coriander). Pair it all with drams from Melissa Carroll, whose selections will focus on Belgian-style and local brews.

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Chicagoans can fully embrace warmer months with this forthcoming Logan Square spot, which will pride itself on laid-back island vibes and a beverage program focused on traditional Caribbean drinks. Credit that to lead bartender and partner Alexandra Wright’s menu of culinary-driven cocktails, featuring a selection of native rums, small-batch gins, cachaça and tequila, alongside flavor boosters like exotic fresh fruits, in-house grown herbs and rare spices. It’s a good way to kick off the bar’s other specialty: dancing, thanks to a regular lineup of local live music and DJs.

West Town Bakery & Tap

The West Town and River North bakery is heading to Wrigleyville this April, when it will open within the brand-new Hotel Zachary. Expect the baked goods you know and love (i.e., those iconic cake balls and doughssants), along with an array of other fun additions, from stacked breakfast sandwiches to the spot’s own take on soft-serve. And then, of course, there’s the real buzz factor—a full cocktail program from bartender Nikki Allen that will feature sips like seasonal mimosas and the Wingie’s Bloody Mary, complete with a chocolate-dipped chicharrόn.

Piggie Smalls

Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig, Chicago’s beloved wine- bar and restaurant, is bringing his spin on Greek street food to the upcoming Wells St. Market. Once the 10,000-square-foot food hall opens in a few months, look out for Bannos’s spit-roasted souvlaki and a Chicago-style gyro that swaps lamb for rotisserie pork.

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Best Soul Food in Chicago

The Best Soul Food in Chicago

According to USA TODAY:

Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago, Illinois

S. Herlihy, Demand Media

Perched against the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago, Illinois has many varied attractions for residents and locals alike. Catch a show at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre or listen to a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Shoppers can window shop along the Miracle Mile. When you’re done, grab a meal at one of the area’s restaurants. If you’re in the mood for a meal with southern flair, try one of region’s soul food restaurants.

Located in the heart of Chicago, MacArthur’s Restaurant serves authentic soul food the whole family can enjoy. MacArthur’s is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Menus include favorites such as baked chicken, barbecued turkey legs, liver and onions, and meatloaf. Available sides include macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet corn and lima beans. Dessert offerings include sweet potato pie and banana pudding. MacArthur’s is also open for catering and takeout.
MacArthur’s Restaurant 5412 West Madison St. Chicago, IL 60644 (773) 261-2316? macarthursrestaurant.com

Army & Lou’s Restaurant has been a Chicago institution for decades. Diners can choose from many different southern specialties for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a casual setting. Breakfast options include traditional favorites like pancakes and more unusual possibilities such as catfish steak or baby beef liver. The extensive lunch and dinner menu is divided into several sections. Order a southern theme entree such as half a fried chicken or baby back ribs with homemade barbecue sauce. Other menu options range from turkey sandwiches to scallops. Light eaters may be happy with just a cup of gumbo. Catering is available upon request.
Army & Lou’s Restaurant 422 East 75th St. Chicago, IL 60619-2202 (773) 483-3100 armyandlous.com

Table Fifty Two is owned by Art Smith, formerly Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef. Today, diners can sample his interpretation of soul food in a restaurant that pays homage to his southern roots. Smith emphasizes soul food with upscale ingredients and varying presentations. Appetizers include low country shrimp and grits with tomato stew, fried green tomato napoleons and wood-fired pizza topped with Berkshire pork belly. Main courses include cornmeal crusted catfish, jambalaya with crawfish, Amish chicken and sausage, and duck leg confit with braised fennel. Relax and enjoy a dessert of pecan pie or hummingbird cake.
Table Fifty Two 52 West Elm St. Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 573-4000? tablefifty-two.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

S. Herlihy has been a freelance writer since 2001. Her work has appeared in many publications, including “USA Today,” “The Women’s Independent Press,” “Big Apple Parent” and “ComputorEdge Magazine.” Herlihy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the City University of New York.

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The Top 12 Brownies in Chicago

We’re not saying these bakeries are brownie connoisseurs, but we are saying they certainly have the right to be. With some of the most tastiest, chocolaty delights in Chicago, you will find the very best places to satiate all your brownie desires listed below. We wouldn’t just have it so that you take our word at face value. Instead, we looked through hundreds of Yelp and Google reviews, and found the most popular, most raved about, and prettiest brownies known to Chicago. We highly recommend checking out any of these spots for yourself for further proof.

 

Bridgeport Bakery — 2907 S Archer Ave

 What We Recommend: THE BROWNIE. Period.

Bobtail Ice Cream Company — 2951 N Broadway St

 What We Recommend: THE BROWNIE SUNDAE WITH HOT FUDGE AND MERLOT ICE CREAM.

Cafe Mustache — 2313 N Milwaukee Ave 

 What We Recommend: THE VEGAN BROWNIE.

Cantina Laredo — 508 N State St 

What We Recommend: THE MEXICAN BROWNIE.

defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery — 1477 W Balmoral Ave

What We Recommend: THE BROWNIE BAR.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery — 1220 W Webster Ave

 What We Recommend: THEIR RUSTIC SANDWICHES WITH THE INSANELY CHOCOLATY BROWNIE.

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop — 830 North Michigan Ave

What We Recommend: THE TREASURE ISLAND WARM BROWNIE SUNDAE.

Goddess And The Baker — 33 S Wabash Ave

 What We Recommend: THE MARBLE BROWNIE.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken — 3361 N Elston Ave

What We Recommend: THE SPICY BROWNIE.

North Shore Kosher Bakery — 2919 W Touhy Ave

What We Recommend: THE CARAMEL BROWNIE.

Skinny Piggy Bakery — 1214 W Taylor St

What We Recommend: THE SKINNY PIGGY BROWNIES TOPPED WITH CARAMEL DRIZZLE (OPTIONAL)

Sweet Mandy B’s — 1208 W Webster Ave

What We Recommend: THE COOKIE DOUGH TOPPED BROWNIE.

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