Food & Drink in Chicago, IL


Pinkys: $5 for $10 Worth of Hot Dogs, Italian Beef, and Sandwiches at Pinkys

$5 for $10 Worth of Hot Dogs, Italian Beef, and Sandwiches at Pinkys

Pinkys

The Loop

Hot dogs, italian beef, and strawberry milkshakes populate a menu of classic Chicago favorites

$10 $5

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The Fish Keg: $13 for $20 Worth of Fresh Seafood at The Fish Keg

$13 for $20 Worth of Fresh Seafood at The Fish Keg

The Fish Keg

West Rogers Park

Hand-breaded seafood flown in daily from around the world arrives with house-crafted tartar sauce in a 50-year-old eatery

$20 $13

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Uru-Swati Restaurant: Vegetarian Indian Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Uru-Swati (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Vegetarian Indian Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Uru-Swati (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Uru-Swati Restaurant

West Rogers Park

Lauded by Chicago Reader, vegetarian eatery amasses classic Indian food such as navratan korma and bhindi masala with BYOB policy

$40 $22

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Ay Ay Picante: $16 for $30 Worth of Peruvian Steak and Seafood, Valid Sunday–Friday at Ay Ay Picante

$16 for $30 Worth of Peruvian Steak and Seafood, Valid Sunday–Friday at Ay Ay Picante

Ay Ay Picante

Mayfair

Shrimp ceviche and lamb with sun-dried chiles in a Check, Please!–featured restaurant

$30 $16

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Hutch American Bistro: American Cuisine for Dinner at Hutch American Bistro (Up to 45% Off). Four Options Available.

American Cuisine for Dinner at Hutch American Bistro (Up to 45% Off). Four Options Available.

Hutch American Bistro

Lakeview

Enjoy an inventive take on food, such as pork chops with bacon butter, goat cheese flatbreads, and black bean burgers with sriracha aioli

$30 $17

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Don Juan Restaurante: Mexican Food for Two or More at Don Juan Restaurante (Up to 45% Off)

Mexican Food for Two or More at Don Juan Restaurante (Up to 45% Off)

Don Juan Restaurante

Edison Park

Traditional recipes for street-style tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas join weekly-changing contemporary plates made with seasonal ingredients

$40 $22

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The Last Pit Stop Barbecue: Pulled-Pork Sandwich Meal or $12 for $20 Worth of Barbecue at The Last Pit Stop Barbecue

Pulled-Pork Sandwich Meal or $12 for $20 Worth of Barbecue at The Last Pit Stop Barbecue

The Last Pit Stop Barbecue

Ravenswood

Menu includes hickory-smoked pulled-pork sandwiches, fried okra, steak and eggs, barbecue turkey burgers, banana pecan pancakes, and fajitas

$20 $12

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Hard Water Bar and Grill: Pub Food and Drinks at Hard Water Bar and Grill (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Pub Food and Drinks at Hard Water Bar and Grill (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Hard Water Bar and Grill

Rogers Park

Featuring 30 high-definition screens and a heated, enclosed outdoor beer garden, restaurant serves pub appetizers, burgers, and pizzas

$60 $32

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La Unica Restaurant: $12 for $20 Worth of Latin American Cuisine for Two or More at La Unica Restaurant

$12 for $20 Worth of Latin American Cuisine for Two or More at La Unica Restaurant

La Unica Restaurant

Edgewater

Cooks serve up Cuban, Mexican, Peruvian, and Colombian dishes, like squid with rice and plantains, and chicken with rice, beans, and yuca

$20 $12

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Kitchenette Restaurant: $18 for $35 Worth of Sushi and Asian Cuisine at Kitchenette

$18 for $35 Worth of Sushi and Asian Cuisine at Kitchenette

Kitchenette Restaurant

Lakeview

Specialty maki and sushi dinners anchor a menu of Thai and Japanese dishes

$35 $18

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Gulliver's Pizza: $17 for a Large Pizza with a Choice of Beer, Soda, or Salad at Gulliver's Pizza (Up to $31.45 Value)

$17 for a Large Pizza with a Choice of Beer, Soda, or Salad at Gulliver's Pizza (Up to $31.45 Value)

Gulliver's Pizza

West Rogers Park

Top pan pizzas with a choice of topping, including eggplant, spicy sausage, or fresh broccoli, washed down with domestic beer or soda

$31.45 $17

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Caponies Trattoria: Italian Meal for Two or Four on Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday at Caponies Trattoria (Up to 62% Off)

Italian Meal for Two or Four on Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday at Caponies Trattoria (Up to 62% Off)

Caponies Trattoria

Belmont Heights

Old-World recipes anchor a menu laden with customizable pastas and pizzas fired in a wood-burning brick oven praised by Chicago magazine

$89 $34

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Edens, The Original: Casual American Cuisine for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at Eden’s the Original (Up to 47% Off)

Casual American Cuisine for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at Eden’s the Original (Up to 47% Off)

Edens, The Original

Sauganash

Cooks sling breakfast such as buttermilk pancakes, then shift focus to pure-beef burgers, Vienna hot dogs, and barbecue dinners

$15 $8

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Badou Senegalese Cuisine: Senegalese Dinner Cuisine at Badou Senegalese Cuisine (Up to 36% Off)

Senegalese Dinner Cuisine at Badou Senegalese Cuisine (Up to 36% Off)

Badou Senegalese Cuisine

Rogers Park

Authentic West African dishes inspired by family recipes include grilled lamb with onion sauce, chicken-coconut soup, and beef stew with yam

$25 $16

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BryAnna's Sabor Guatemalan and Salvadoran Cuisine: Central American Food at BryAnna's Sabor Guatemalan and Salvadoran Cuisine (Up to 51% Off)

Central American Food at BryAnna's Sabor Guatemalan and Salvadoran Cuisine (Up to 51% Off)

BryAnna's Sabor Guatemalan and Salvadoran Cuisine

North Side

Pupusa, ceviche, and other Central American food are on the menu at this Acadia Terrace restaurant, served in a relaxed atmosphere.

$35 $17

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Dive Bar: $15 for $25 Worth of Seafood, Sliders, Fried Chicken, and Tropical Drinks at Dive Bar

$15 for $25 Worth of Seafood, Sliders, Fried Chicken, and Tropical Drinks at Dive Bar

Dive Bar

Lakeview

Shareable plates, steamed and raw seafood, fried-chicken baskets, creative sliders, and a 200-bottle rum selection at a new spot on Halsted

$25 $15

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Viceroy of India: Indian Cuisine for Two or More at Viceroy of India (Up to 56% Off)

Indian Cuisine for Two or More at Viceroy of India (Up to 56% Off)

Viceroy of India

West Rogers Park

Sizzling morsels of lamb vindaloo and tandoori chicken tikka mingle with fluffy naan on expansive north and south Indian menu

$25 $12

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Marie's Pizza & Liquors: One or Two Large Marie's Special Pizzas and Pitchers of Beer or Wine Flights at Marie's Pizza & Liquors (Up to 52% Off)

One or Two Large Marie's Special Pizzas and Pitchers of Beer or Wine Flights at Marie's Pizza & Liquors (Up to 52% Off)

Marie's Pizza & Liquors

Mayfair

Savory sausage and fresh green peppers, onions, and mushrooms crown Marie’s Special Pizzas, pairing with beer, wine, and sounds of live jazz

$60.50 $29

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ShiAwase Sushi Chicago: $18 for $30 Worth of Sushi, Robata Grill and Japanese Food at ShiAwase Sushi Chicago

$18 for $30 Worth of Sushi, Robata Grill and Japanese Food at ShiAwase Sushi Chicago

ShiAwase Sushi Chicago

Lakeview

Variety of maki, including lobster and vegetarian varieties, plus sashimi platters, robata, and noodle dishes; BYOB

$30 $18

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Andie's Restaurant: Mediterranean Cuisine for at Andie's Restaurant on Montrose (Up to 40% Off)

Mediterranean Cuisine for at Andie's Restaurant on Montrose (Up to 40% Off)

Andie's Restaurant

Lakeview

From street food to fine dining, chefs serve dishes from Tunisia & Morocco, like seafood tagine, and also traditional Mediterranean cuisine

$30 $18

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Turkish Cuisine - Peterson Ave.: $15 for $30 Worth of Food at Turkish Cuisine - Peterson Ave.

$15 for $30 Worth of Food at Turkish Cuisine - Peterson Ave.

Turkish Cuisine - Peterson Ave.

West Rogers Park

This authentic Turkish restaurant serves a diverse array of kabobs, plus specialties like meat pies, moussaka, and shrimp casserole

$30 $15

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Badou Senegalese Cuisine: $10 for $15 Worth of Senegalese Takeout and Delivery at Badou Senegalese. Order Online.

$10 for $15 Worth of Senegalese Takeout and Delivery at Badou Senegalese. Order Online.

Badou Senegalese Cuisine

Rogers Park

Authentic West African dishes inspired by family recipes include grilled lamb with onion sauce, chicken-coconut soup, and beef stew with yam

$15 $10

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The Bagelers Coffeehouse: Bagels, Cream Cheese, Sandwiches, Coffee, and More at The Bagelers Coffeehouse (Up to 45% Off). Three Options.

Bagels, Cream Cheese, Sandwiches, Coffee, and More at The Bagelers Coffeehouse (Up to 45% Off). Three Options.

The Bagelers Coffeehouse

Lincoln Park

Bagels and croissants made fresh every morning and topped with flavored homemade cream cheese or jam, plus sandwiches and Ipsento coffee

$8 $5

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Smak-Tak: Polish Food for Two or Four at Smak-Tak! (47% Off)

Polish Food for Two or Four at Smak-Tak! (47% Off)

Smak-Tak

Jefferson Park

Comforting Polish food, such as pierogies and thick stews that earned a 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand award, served near a roaring fireplace

$30 $16

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The Wild Hare: Live Reggae Night with Drinks for Two or Four at The Wild Hare (Up to 58% Off)

Live Reggae Night with Drinks for Two or Four at The Wild Hare (Up to 58% Off)

The Wild Hare

Lincoln Park/ De Paul

Live reggae pairs with famous rum punch and ice cold Red Stripe at Chicago music scene mainstay

$42 $19

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Rock Wrap & Roll: Sushi and Japanese and Thai Food for Two or Four at Rock Wrap & Roll (Up to 45% Off)

Sushi and Japanese and Thai Food for Two or Four at Rock Wrap & Roll (Up to 45% Off)

Rock Wrap & Roll

DePaul

Creative maki such as the Volcano roll made with unagi, avocado, shrimp, masago, tempura and spicy mayo are accompanied by Thai entrees

$20 $12

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Banh Mi & Co.: $7 for $10 Worth of Banh Mi Sandwiches at Banh Mi & Co. Order Online.

$7 for $10 Worth of Banh Mi Sandwiches at Banh Mi & Co. Order Online.

Banh Mi & Co.

Chicago

Banh mi sandwiches, including lemongrass chicken, Vietnamese meatballs, and classic ham and pate top freshly baked baguettes

$10 $7

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Angelina Ristorante: $25 for $40 Worth of Seasonal Italian Dinner Cuisine at Angelina Ristorante

$25 for $40 Worth of Seasonal Italian Dinner Cuisine at Angelina Ristorante

Angelina Ristorante

Lakeview

Freshly harvested ingredients add seasonal flair to rustic Italian dishes such as ricotta and truffle gnocchi and butternut-squash risotto

$40 $25

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Yuki Hana: Japanese Fusion Cuisine for Two or More or Private Karaoke for Up to 20 at Yuki Hana (Up to 50% Off)

Japanese Fusion Cuisine for Two or More or Private Karaoke for Up to 20 at Yuki Hana (Up to 50% Off)

Yuki Hana

Chicago

BYOB establishment serves sushi with variety of flavors and fruit rolls; one hour of karaoke in a private room

$30 $16

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Cozy Noodle & Rice: Thai Food for Two or More, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Any Day at Cozy Noodles & Rice (Up to 30% Off)

Thai Food for Two or More, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Any Day at Cozy Noodles & Rice (Up to 30% Off)

Cozy Noodle & Rice

Lakeview

Massive menu of Thai entrees including pad thai with tofu, garlic chicken with broccoli, and red curry with veggies and shrimp

$20 $14

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La Parrilla Colombian Steakhouse & Bar: Colombian Dining at La Parrilla Colombian Steakhouse & Bar(Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Colombian Dining at La Parrilla Colombian Steakhouse & Bar(Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

La Parrilla Colombian Steakhouse & Bar

Dunning

Traditional recipes fill this robust menu with perfectly seared steaks, sandwiches, and hearty empanadas

$25 $15

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Frozen Foodies: Frozen Restaurant Meals from Frozen Foodies (38% Off). Two Options Available.

Frozen Restaurant Meals from Frozen Foodies (38% Off). Two Options Available.

Frozen Foodies

Lincoln Park

Frozen Foodies, ready-to-heat meals from popular restaurants like Wildfire and Big Bowl, a whole new way to enjoy meals at home.

$8 $5

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Leona's: Italian Food for Two or Four at Leona's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Italian Food for Two or Four at Leona's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Leona's

Far South Chicago

Half-pound burgers, Italian dishes, and pizza served in comfortable, family-friendly restaurant

$25 $17

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Kyoto Restaurant: Sushi and Japanese Food at Kyoto Japanese Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Sushi and Japanese Food at Kyoto Japanese Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Kyoto Restaurant

Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

Kyoto has the same great sushi & a lot more such as Dry aged steaks, classic Japanese dishes, seafood including king crab & lobster.

$30 $15

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6978 Soul Food: Two or Four Comfort-Food Meals or One Order of Wings with Two Drinks at 6978 Soul Food (Up to 44% Off)

Two or Four Comfort-Food Meals or One Order of Wings with Two Drinks at 6978 Soul Food (Up to 44% Off)

6978 Soul Food

Chicago

Classic comfort food such as fried turkey, pot roast, sweet potatoes, and caramel pound cake

$32 $18

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American WildBurger: $16 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Burgers at American WildBurger ($24 Total Value)

$16 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Burgers at American WildBurger ($24 Total Value)

American WildBurger

Goose Island

Grassfed beef, hormone-free chicken, veggie and gluten-free options, and buns baked daily

$12 $8

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Joey's Shrimp House: $12 for a Pound of Puerto Rican–Style Shrimp at Joey's Shrimp House ($15 Value)

$12 for a Pound of Puerto Rican–Style Shrimp at Joey's Shrimp House ($15 Value)

Joey's Shrimp House

Chicago

Puerto Rican–style fried shrimp praised by Chicago’s Best

$15 $12

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Rosati's S. Halsted: $15 for Pizza and Italian Food at Rosati's Pizza ($20 Value)

$15 for Pizza and Italian Food at Rosati's Pizza ($20 Value)

Rosati's S. Halsted

Chicago

Pizzeria uses handmade sauce and dough to create their famous thin-crust pizzas

$20 $15

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Eats & Sweets: Bakery Items, Lunch, or Dinner at Eats & Sweets (Up to 47% Off)

Bakery Items, Lunch, or Dinner at Eats & Sweets (Up to 47% Off)

Eats & Sweets

Ravenswood

Serious sandwiches, delicious salads, and fresh coffee are just some of the items that are the pride of this cafe

$15 $8

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Pita Pit - Chicago: $12 for Two Grouopns, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food and Drinks at Pita Pit - Chicago ($20 Total Value)

$12 for Two Grouopns, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food and Drinks at Pita Pit - Chicago ($20 Total Value)

Pita Pit - Chicago

Rogers Park

Pitas are stuffed with meat, veggies, and breakfast fixings and topped with sauces

$10 $6

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Taco Chino: $12 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Mexican Fusion Food at Taco Chino ($24 Value)

$12 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Mexican Fusion Food at Taco Chino ($24 Value)

Taco Chino

Albany Park

Tacos and burritos made with spicy pork and Mexican sausage, plus Korean crossovers such as kimchi quesadillas

$8 $4

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Flash Taco South Shore: Customizable Burrito-Bowl Meals for One or Two at Flash Taco South Shore (38% Off)

Customizable Burrito-Bowl Meals for One or Two at Flash Taco South Shore (38% Off)

Flash Taco South Shore

Chicago

Diners load up bowls with rice, guacamole, cheese, beans, and their choice of meat, including carnitas, barbacoa, or grilled chicken

$13 $8

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Lao Sze Chuan Uptown: Chinese Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Lao Sze Chuan Uptown (Up to 36% Off). Three Options Available.

Chinese Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Lao Sze Chuan Uptown (Up to 36% Off). Three Options Available.

Lao Sze Chuan Uptown

Uptown

At Tony Hu’s Uptown restaurant, chefs turn to Szechuan-style sauces for specials such as boiled beef, twice-cooked pork, and smoked tea duck

$25 $16

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Tiztal Cafe: Natural Shakes, Smoothies, and Mexican Food at Tiztal Cafe (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Natural Shakes, Smoothies, and Mexican Food at Tiztal Cafe (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Tiztal Cafe

Uptown

Mexican breakfast and brunch spot serves chilaquiles and blends natural shakes, including an oatmeal flavor that’s earned media praise

$20 $12

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Ceviche: Peruvian Food at Ceviche (47% Off).

Peruvian Food at Ceviche (47% Off).

Ceviche

Avondale

Ceviches including jumbo shrimp, tilapia, mussels, and octopus; Lima-style sauteed beef; lamb cooked with Inca corn beer; and fried tilapia

$30 $16

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Fat Boys Jerk and Soul Food: $7 for $10 Worth of Food at Fat Boys Jerk and Soul Food

$7 for $10 Worth of Food at Fat Boys Jerk and Soul Food

Fat Boys Jerk and Soul Food

Rogers Park

Soul food classics like barbecue jerk rib tips and smothered pork chops paired with sides like rice and beans or mac n’ cheese

$10 $7

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El Ranchito: $12 for $20 Worth of Mexican and Italian Dinner Food for Dine-In for Two or More at El Ranchito

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican and Italian Dinner Food for Dine-In for Two or More at El Ranchito

El Ranchito

Multiple Locations

Eclectic mix of Mexican, Italian, and American specialties such as steak burritos, Hawaiian pizzas, chicken wings, and spaghetti dinners

$20 $12

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Salam Restaurant (Kedzie): $12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Salam Restaurant ($20 Value)

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Salam Restaurant ($20 Value)

Salam Restaurant (Kedzie)

Salam Restaurant

Savory beef and lamb kifta, chicken shawarma, and crisp falafel anchor a menu of Mediterranean favorites

$10 $6

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The Rim Seafood: $30 for $50 Worth of Seafood at The Rim Seafood

$30 for $50 Worth of Seafood at The Rim Seafood

The Rim Seafood

Chicago

Alaskan king crab roll, jumbo oysters, boiled live shrimp, dungesness crab, crawfish, Berkshire Heritage pork tonkatsu, and lobster

$50 $30

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  • More Cupcakes
    More: A User’s Guide Press-Lauded Cupcakes | Sweet and Savory Flavors | Award-Winning Architecture | Booze-Infused Treats Sample Cupcake Flavors Valrhona: French Valrhona chocolate cake topped with cream and chocolate ganache Red velvet: light, southern-style cocoa cake with rich cream-cheese frosting Lemon meringue: meyer lemon cupcake with a tart lemon filling and toasted-meringue frosting BLT: bacon cupcake with onion-garlic cream-cheese frosting and garnished with a cherry-tomato half Rants and Raves “These fanciful creations are five-star dining in the shape of a favorite childhood treat.” — Oprah Magazine “The bottom line is these moist, crumby numbers are plain good.” — Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings ““The treats sold at More have a certain quality about them that is challenging the cupcake status quo... One of the key differentiators is More’s innovative array of flavors, which includes the Passion Fruit Meringue, or the S'more cupcake.” — The Food Channel Award-Winning Interior: In conjunction with James Beard Award–winner Gale Gand and prominent restaurateur Henry Adaniya, Chicago firm Woodhouse Tinucci Architects designed More’s modern, yet inviting interior. The elegant cupcakes burnished-aluminum and acrylic shelves with backlighting that casts a warm glow over intimate, 550-square-foot space, earning More an American Institute of Architecture interior-architecture award in 2009. When to Go: Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., when the boutique bakery serves its complimentary alcohol-infused mini cupcakes known as “moresels.” Varieties include margarita and pomegranate martini. If You Can’t Make It: follow @themoremobile on Twitter to track the whereabouts of More’s cupcake truck or order online for delivery across the country.
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    1 East Delaware Place
    Chicago, IL US
  • Graham Elliot Bistro (G.E.B)
    The menu at Graham Elliot Bistro changes with the seasons, which means you might eat fiddlehead ferns in the spring and nutty quinoa in autumn. This variability is part of how the eatery earned its twin Michelin stars. And yet, some things never change at the iconic bistro, including ... The namesake chef: Graham Elliot, who's also a judge on MasterChef, a Smashing Pumpkins enthusiast, and the driving force behind the white glasses trend. See the culinary star describe his restaurant in his own words in the video above. Elliot's go-to aesthetic: Simplicity. That means flavorful ingredients, prepared with techniques like broiling and searing or not prepared at all. Elliot loves sashimi. "I could live off raw fish forever," he says, echoing all sharks except the one in Jaws. The plating style: "When we plate our food," Elliot says, " we want it to look like you were in a garden and you tripped on it. Very natural and beautiful, not 90-degree angles, not two dots on the plate right here and using a ruler to make a line." The Caesar salad: Elliot shuns signature dishes, but he and his team have been making this deconstructed salad for a decade: Romaine hearts, each topped with a Spanish anchovy, alongside a brioche twinkie filled with parmesan mascarpone. Groupon Guide Extended Q&A with Chef Elliot Read more of his thoughts on cooking, punk rock, and the best dish he's tasted on "MasterChef"
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    841 W Randolph St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Ann Sather Restaurant
    Five Things to Know About Ann Sather Ann Sather always had a talent for old-fashioned Scandinavian cooking. So when a Swedish restaurant just off the Belmont Red Line shuttered its doors in the early 1950s, she took it as a sign. She pooled her life savings, bought the old eatery, and broiled her way into Chicago culinary history. Read on to find out why, more than 60 years later, Ann Sather Restaurants have become a fixture of rib-sticking eating: Ann may have passed, but the restaurant is in capable hands. Before she died in 1996, Ann Sather made sure to recruit a worthy protegé. Tom Tunney was a 24-year-old hospitality-school graduate when he began apprenticing at Ann’s side, and by 1981 he was ready to take the reins. Today, he not only runs the restaurant chain—he also runs the entire 44th Ward of Chicago, having served as its alderman since 2003. This is deliciously simple food. So simple, in fact, that you can try to recreate it in your own kitchen: either pick up a copy of the Ann Sather Cookbook or simply check out the recipes online. Still, there’s something to be said for letting the masters cook for you. Do not, under any circumstances, miss out on the cinnamon rolls. The Food Network’s Ted Allen called them “a big hug from grandma in the morning,” so it’s no surprise that the restaurants serve 3–4,000 of the ostrich egg–sized pastries a day—and often double that on the weekends. Don’t bother with reservations. They don’t take them. Call ahead if you’d like to see how busy it is, but count on the answer being “very.” That doesn’t mean the wait is interminable, though: a speedy table turnaround means you’ll have a piping-hot platter of crab cakes, swedish meatballs, or mustard dill salmon in no time. It’s not a place for long, quiet conversations. The mood is bustling and boisterous, and like any grandmother or gingerbread-home-owning witch, Ann Sather wants you to eat, eat, eat. Don’t expect much space for an intimate discussion—though you may be too full to mind.
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    3411 North Broadway Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Table Fifty-Two
    Chef Art Smith might as well be on Oprah's "Favorite Things" list every year. Before opening Table Fifty-two, Smith spent a decade as Oprah's personal chef, and she's loyal to his cooking even now. She often stops by Table Fifty-two for a gourmet, Southern-inspired meal—that is, when the media mogul isn't busy flying him around the world to cater her events. Below are three key facts about the restaurant that you can work into your next Skype date with Oprah. 1. This is Southern food made by a Southern farm boy. Smith grew up on a farm in rural Florida, near the Georgia border. Unlike most Florida cuisine, which tends to focus on orange trees swallowed whole, the food in that area was "very much old South," meaning lots of sweet potatoes, pecans, and fried chicken, Smith said. So he grew up eating the food he cooks now, including the high-quality meats. His family raised plenty of livestock—as a kid, Smith even had a pet pig, Piglet. 2. The biscuits are life-changing. Though an oven-fresh basket of them is free with every meal, it's far from a throwaway offering. In fact, biscuits might be Smith's signature dish. Whether he's cooking in Jackson, Mississippi, or running a pop-up restaurant in Milan, "I always make a biscuit," he said. At Table Fifty-two, they're pillowy drop biscuits, almost like the ones his grandma made. Smith's innovation? He works goat cheese into the dough and tops each one with a shaving of parmesan. 3. The Obamas also love Table Fifty-two. It seems celebrities with O names flock to Smith's cooking. The first couple visited on their first Valentine's Day in office, and Michelle loved the shortbread-crusted pecan pie so much that, when she and President Obama were too full to finish it, she took it home in a doggie bag. “I think she actually made taking a doggie bag out fashionable," Smith said.
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    52 West Elm Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Chilam Balam
    Try This: Corn Masa Memelas Memelas are a popular order at Mexican restaurants, and for good reason. These small, toasted corn cakes—often topped with sauce and cheese—make an ideal starter or light entree. The dish’s simplicity is preserved at Chilam Balam, but carefully selected ingredients give it a distinct twist. First, the memelas are formed with housemade corn masa, a dough that’s mixed up fresh every day. Next, the chef piles on black-bean purée and local goat cheese before topping the rounds with spicy arbol salsa and pea shoots. It’s a combination that has won praise from critics and celebrities alike—Time Out Chicago lauds the memelas’ “richness, creaminess, and tanginess,” and Guy Fieri praised their combination of textures. Chilam Balam Sustainable, farm-fresh ingredients transformed into Mexican small plates. That’s what separates Chilam Balam from other tapas restaurants. It’s also what garnered owner Soraya Rendon’s creation the highly coveted Bib Gourmand award from the 2013 Michelin Guide. Tucked a few steps below ground on Broadway Avenue, this cozy BYOB retreat sources ingredients exclusively from farms in Illinois and Wisconsin, all in an effort to help preserve the environment and nurture the local community. Chef Natalie Oswald’s seasonal menu changes every month or so, but it’s been known to herald items such as fried-squash risotto, roasted lobster over purple potatoes, and crispy flautas stuffed with chicken thighs. No matter what she serves, customers get to enjoy it amid the warmth of yellow and orange walls, juxtaposed by exposed brick and sleek black tables.
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    3023 North Broadway
    Chicago, IL US
  • Barn & Company
    At Barn and Company, you can snack away on tasty pub grub. The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour. Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Barn and Company. The large dining space at Barn and Company provides quick and easy seating options for large groups. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi. The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up. If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time. No need to put on airs for a trip to Barn and Company — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back. Can't get enough of Barn and Company's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events. Sometimes you need food fast, and this restaurant totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery. Convenient street parking is easy to find outside Barn and Company. Barn and Company offers safe bike parking outside. For food that tastes like a million bucks, Barn and Company s got you covered for a fraction of the price. When pub fare is calling your name, head on over to Barn and Company and snack on all of your favorite eats. You definitely won't regret eating the great bites at Barn and Company's premier barbecue place today! Just remember to swing by Barn and Company next time you're dreaming about smoked brisket or a side of slaw. Barbecue at its best is well within reach.
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    950 West Wrightwood Avenue
    Chicago, IL US

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