Chicago Restaurant Week!

It’s finally here! One of my favorite weeks of the year – Chicago Restaurant Week. This year promises a great line up of amazing restaurants and, for the first time ever, 2 full weeks of the event. Also a nice change…that the event isn’t coinciding with a major exhibition at McCormick Place (which makes it much easier to get reservations).

Usually, I try and score reservations as early as possible and this year is no different.

Tonight starts round 1…Capital Grille. Usually I dislike chains, but I have to give an exception to Capital Grille. It’s amazing food in a great atmosphere.

Coming up over the next two weeks…

Summer House Santa Monica
Balsan
Nightwood
GT Fish and Oyster

A few new spots and some old favorites. Hopefully this year will be as good as the past few.

Copyright Diary of a Reformed Food Wimp, 2014.

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Happy hour or any hour…

I am not at dinner this evening at The Purple Pig, but a picture similar to the one below was sent my way. I can’t mask my jealousy because I had random frozen food from my freezer this evening… So, I figured I would just have to write about it. This is the best execution of bone marrow in the city.

Purple Pig, loved by the bib gourmand folks, is one of my favorites. They’ve got none other than the ‘pig platter’ (delicious meat arranged on a wooden pig plate) as well as varied cheeses and small plates. However, without fail, I have the bone marrow every visit. Just a nice sprinkling of salt and it’s perfect (and I love that the salt is in a little container for each visitor to apply to their taste’s delight). It’s truly a melt in your mouth experience that even a bone marrow newbie will enjoy!

Copyright Diary of a Reformed Food Wimp, 2014.

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Restaurant week is almost here!

Have you started seeking out your restaurant list for restaurant week Chicago?  I’ve had this mapped out for at least a week as this is one of my favorite Chicago events!

Now, there are a few ways to strategize…I will offer my ideas, but whatever you do, pick a spot and experience Chicago!

1 – (My favorite way) – pick the best restaurants in the higher price points.  This allows you to try pricey spots without a huge investment.  If you love them, you can then keep them on your list for future visits!  This is how I tried Blackbird and Naha for the first time.

2 – Pick your favorite restaurants and try out the restaurant week menu which often has new items. Chicago q by the way – amazing restaurant week menu!  I’ve been there a ton, but they never disappoint!

3 – Go all out and pick some place you’ve never heard of!  Want to try that spot in the ‘burbs?  Do it!  It’s a great opportunity to try someplace new for lunch or dinner that you wouldn’t normally visit at a reasonable price point.

Whatever you do, read reviews and the restaurant week menus first!  There’s one spot (which I will not name) who normally offers a 3-course menu at a really great price…restaurant week is not the time to try these types of restaurants.  Also, remember to make reservations early as these spots fill up fast as many of these restaurants are already very popular.

Happy Eating!

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