To celebrate its 10th year, Chicago Restaurant Week—which actually runs for two weeks, from Jan. 27 to Feb. 9—is adding brunch prix-fixe menus to the lunches and dinners it already offers. Here’s our list of places we’d like to try, and why:
The Boarding House, in River North Two reasons: Executive chef Tanya Baker was nominated for a James Beard Rising Star Chef award, plus she’s leading a team of women in the kitchen and on the floor, and that crazy chandelier made out of 9,000 wine glasses.
Frontier, in West Town Because chef Brian Jupiter is a nut for wild game and whole-animal cooking, and we’re kinda curious to see what he’s been up to these days.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, in Lincoln Park What would Chicago Restaurant Week be—what would the Chicago restaurant world be—without Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises? Or one of the group’s very first hits. Thirty years old last year, this was the first tapas bar to open in Chicago and it’s still going strong.
Acanto and Quartino, in the Loop and River North respectively Because we just can’t turn down pasta (or anything else Italian, come to think of it) in winter, and these two standbys turn out some of the best in the city.
A romantic dinner just wasn’t in the cards for you this year? Well, no matter how you’re feeling about Valentine’s Day, you’ll be covered by the Lovers or Haters pub crawl in the Gold Coast on the 13th.
Photos Courtesy of Adam Alexander Photography