Of course, you can spend hundreds on a sparkly outfit and drop even more for a a hosted party and perhaps a hotel room to sleep it off – or, you can get exceptional catering that will thrill friends and family while celebrating the denouement of 2017 for a lot less money and in complete comfort. Impress with barbecue, good old Chicago style sandwiches, au courant poke bowls, fried chicken drenched in honey butter or a comforting Bohemian spread. If you’re lucky, there will be luscious leftovers on New Year’s Day.
Welcome back to our annual Save-the-Tables feature, wherein you, the alert reader, get a shot at impossible-to-get New Year’s Eve tables that I, your not-so-humble servant, have set aside.
OK, actually, the restaurant owners themselves are the generous folks who set these reservations aside. But they’re all in my name. Starting, oh, now, find a restaurant you like, call and ask for the “Phil Vettel table,” and if you’re the first to call, that reservation is all yours.
Passionate feedback ran high this year. Taking on much-debated foods such as steak, breakfast sandwiches and nachos added to my usual flow of Facebook comments, texts and emails—and brought good fodder for this annual selection of great dishes I missed or that hit menus after embarking on a particular taste test.
With the dead of winter on the prowl, what better way to warm up the body than with a decadent or over-the-top cup of hot chocolate? From an Insta-famous hot cocoa to an authentic Italian specialty, thaw your hands out on these chocolate drinks.
I’ve made a GIANT list of the best holiday desserts in Chicago. There are 20 items on this list, and they should all be <$10.
See how many you can hit up this month!
Pssssst — for the boozy version of this list, check out my list of the best Holiday Cocktails in Chicago.
There are plenty of reasons you might end up needing to eat dinner out after 10pm. Maybe your flight got into O’Hare late, and you can’t wait until tomorrow to eat something that wasn’t warmed up in an airplane kitchen. Maybe you’ve spent the last few hours trapped at a party with terrible food, and now that you’re out, you need a burger ASAP. Whatever the case, it’s kind of late, and you want a full meal. By which we mean a sit-down dinner with table service and maybe some drinks. (Cocktail garnishes, however creative, do not count as dinner.) Here’s our guide to all of your best bets.
This holiday season, let Meatless Monday help you make your gift-giving a little bit easier. If you know someone who has been resolving to eat healthier or give something back to the planet, here are a few items to help them get started.
Chicago means home for me. But for many, it’s also one of the greatest food meccas in the country. Greek food, Italian food, Polish food, you name it, Chicago has it. But the most classic, is pizza. And it’s truly the best pizza (looking at you New York).
As temperatures outside continue to plummet, it helps to find solace in a warm and chocolatey drink. Of course, we cannot deny that there is something special about a piping hot mug of Swiss Miss. But if you’re looking for a beverage that’s a bit more grandiose, we’ve uncovered a few of the most delicious hot chocolates from around the globe.
River North is a perplexing place: You love it. You hate it. The restaurants are great. The restaurants are annoying. It’s great for people-watching. Oh my god, these people are the worst.