Currently browsing Loop

Gumbo in Chicago

Fat Tuesday is right around the corner. There are several traditional dishes to eat before Lent, including the paczki, of course, from the Polish community. But in New Orleans, where Mardi Gras is in full-swing, you’re more likely to find bowls of gumbo over the next few days. Nita’s Gumbo 4153 183rd St., Country Club Hills … Continued

Mojo Coffee brings New Zealand to Chicago Loop

New Zealand is known for its breathtaking scenery, worthy of a “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but one of that country’s best-known coffeehouses has been quietly serving breakfast and lunch to Loop workers for about a year. Mojo Coffee 200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago 312-631-3881

Japanese tradition of omakase featured at 3 new Chicago restaurants

The Japanese tradition of “omakase” is relatively new in Chicago, but three new omakase-style restaurants have opened in Chicago recently, each with a slightly different approach. KYOTEN 2507 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago 312-678-0800 OMAKASE YUME 651 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago 312-265-1610 OMAKASE TAKEYA 819 W. Fulton Market, Chicago 312-666-7710 Featured Image: @omakaseyume 

TriBecca’s Cubano Adds New Twist to Classic Sandwich

There are about a dozen options to choose from inside the Loop’s Revival Food Hall – lunch has never had such delicious dilemmas. But a new stall, the three-month pop-up TriBecca’s Cubano, is luring the curious with its take on the Cubano sandwich. If things go well, the stall could become permanent. TriBecca’s Cubano Revival … Continued

Pre-Theater Dining in The Loop, Part 1

The Oriental, the Goodman and the Cadillac theaters draw many people to Chicago’s Loop during the holiday season, so I wanted to offer a few good options for places to go before (or even after) a show. You’ll be able to eat well in an abbreviated amount of time. Next week, I’ll offer up part … Continued

Rooftop in The Loop Revamps, Adds Off-Menu Burger

Cindy’s Rooftop Bar, which has one of the city’s best views, has undergone a pretty major change. Located atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel on Michigan Avenue, Cindy’s is popular in the summertime for its views of Millennium Park. However, a new year has brought a completely new menu, with a few tasty surprises that don’t … Continued

Happy Lobster Truck

Food trucks are a fleeting business in Chicago, and depend on good weather (when was the last time you saw a truck on Wacker Dr. in December?) We’ve had a streak of great days, however, and I had a chance to visit the Happy Lobster Truck recently, making its usual stop in The Loop, during … Continued

Restaurant Week Keeps Chicago Well-Fed For Less

Whereas retail boasts sales aplenty after the holidays, restaurants typically suffer low attendance – not to mention worn-out staff whose vacation (if such a respite exists) lasts a few short days in January. Restaurant Week, running from Friday, January 22 through Thursday, February 4, aims to ameliorate a typically quiet two weeks with prix-fixe feasts across … Continued