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First Look: Leghorn Chicken Brings 'Socially Conscious' Fried Chicken Sandwiches to Ukrainian Village

First Look Nick Kindelsperger 13 comments

Why are people in Chicago freaking out over a fried chicken sandwich joint? Well, this is the latest project by the Element Collective, the same folks who cure their own sausage at Old Town Social and mill their own flour at NellcĂ´te, so it makes sense that they'd go the extra mile at Leghorn Chicken. More

First Impressions of Next's Chicago Steakhouse

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Instead of offering a modern interpretation of what a steakhouse could be, Next drew inspiration from the Mad Men era (that's the 50s and 60s for the rest of you). You won't find any deconstructed or overly manipulated dishes on the menu. This is just about pure gluttony and more butter than you could ever dream of. More

First Impressions: Parts and Labor Brings Griddled Burgers to Logan Square

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Given its equally well-stocked bar and reasonable prices, Parts and Labor has all the makings of a neighborhood haunt. For ten bucks, you can get a double cheeseburger, a side, and a beer or shot. More

Take a Look Around Eataly Chicago

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Eataly Chicago is finally here, and it's hard to imagine a bigger opening in River North this year. You can check it out for yourself on Monday, December 2nd, but until then, take a look at our preview. More

First Look: Tim Havidic's Street Food Menu at iNG

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Similar to restaurants like Next and Sixteen, iNG changes its entire menu concept every few months. The playful restaurant known for its flavor-tripping Miracle Berry is currently showcasing street food, the first menu by new executive chef, Tim Havidic. More

First Look at the Doughnuts from OSB at L&E

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Each Sunday, OSB will serve six different kinds of doughnuts. While the specific flavors will change weekly, there will always be three yeast-style and three cake-style doughnuts. More

First Look: Ian Flowers Chats about The Bentley Tavern's Menu

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The Bentley Tavern, opening in Lakeview next week, is inspired by classic Manhattan (think Lexington Brass), as evidenced by the raw bar with East Coast oysters and subway tile decor. Executive chef Ian Flower wants the restaurant to be a charming, approachable neighborhood destination. More

First Look: David Burke's Primehouse New Bar Menu, Small Snacks from a Serious Steakhouse

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We are a steakhouse—everyone knows that," says Rick Gresh, the executive chef at David Burke's Primehouse. But recently a larger bar area was added in, opening the space up, and allowing for people to come in for a drink and a snack. So what kind of snacks do you serve at a steakhouse? More

First Look: Parson's Chicken & Fish, Fried Food and Negroni Slushies in Logan Square

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"The cool thing about fried chicken is that everyone has this special connection to it," says chef Hunter Moore. Find out what makes the fried chicken at Parson's Chicken & Fish so interesting, and why there is a Negroni Slushy machine behind the bar. More

First Look: Takito Kitchen

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What can the two-week old Takito Kichen in Wicker Park hope to do with tacos in a neighborhood already stuffed full of them? I sat down with executive chef David Dworshak to discuss what sets these menu items apart. More

First Look: Stephanie Izard Chats about Little Goat

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I'll get this out of the way at the beginning: Stephanie Izard's second restaurant, Little Goat, is an actual diner. It's not diner-esque or reminiscent of the idea of a diner some marketing person dreamt up, but an honest-to-goodness diner with breakfast all day, milkshakes, and 75-odd other things on its massive menu. More

First Look at Next: The Hunt

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By now, I hope you know the drill with Next, Grant Achatz and Dave Beran's West Loop restaurant, which not only changes its menu every four months, but also its complete focus. On Wednesday, the restaurant flipped again, with a new menu called The Hunt. I was lucky enough to get tickets to opening night. More

First Look at Edzo's New Lincoln Park Location

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Just about everything you love about Edzo's is here in the new Lincoln Park location. The burgers are griddled. The fries are still hand-cut and fried twice. The shakes are freshly blended and thick. Even the space feels the same. More

First Look at Fat Rice's Macanese Menu in Logan Square

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After years of running the underground dinner club, X-Marx, Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo decided to open Fat Rice, a Logan Square restaurant with a focus on Macanese food. More

First Look: Reno, Serving Wood-Fired Pizza and Handmade Bagels in Logan Square

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Written large on Reno's paper menu is "morning, noon, and night," and the restaurant certainly takes those words to heart. Sure, there is coffee and a full bar, but this is a place that puts obvious effort into everything, including its handmade bagels. More

First Look: Bar Pastoral

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We've long been fans of Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, a local shop that serves better sandwiches than it has any right to. So we were especially intrigued to hear that the owners were set to open Bar Pastoral in Lakeview. More

First Look: Paul Virant's New Menu at J. Parker

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Now that summer is long gone, J. Parker decided that it wanted to be both a great place to drink and a destination spot for dinner. To do that, chef Paul Virant created a new menu of composed dishes. More

First Look: Chicago's First Maid-Rite Opens in Lincoln Park

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I wouldn't exactly call it an invasion, but over past few years a couple of iconic Iowa specialties have made their way to an unsuspecting Chicago public. Now comes Maid-Rite, a burger joint famous for its "loosemeats" sandwich, which just opened in Lincoln Park last weekend. More

First Look: BellyQ, Bill Kim's Epic West Loop Asian Barbecue Project

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I could only wait one day before I decided to brave the crowds and check out BellyQ. The Asian barbecue restaurant is so big, chef Bill Kim's previous two restaurants could both fit snuggly in the kitchen. More

First Look: Antique Taco, Opening Tomorrow in Wicker Park

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I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Antique Taco—which plans to open tomorrow in Wicker Park—but there is no mystery to be solved. The title of this brand new taco joint tells you exactly what you need to know; the room is decorated with antiques and you can eat tacos. I should also add that genuine and care attention have gone into both. More

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