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The Fried Chicken Ramen by Logan Square favorite Honey Butter Fried Chicken (3361 N. Elston Avenue) is making a comeback for a limited time. Kicking off, coincidentally(or not), on Fat Tuesday February 13 and lasting through February 18. HBFC’s take on the ramen dish which includes pimento cheese dashi, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, candied jalapeños, and ramen noodles made its debut two years ago at Sunday Dinner Club. The dish costs $10 and guests can enjoy it dining in or via delivery.
Ocean Prime is coming to Chicago. The restaurant which will be located at the Shops at LondonHouse will be about 12,350 sq.ft and designed by Mark Knauer of Knauer, Inc. slated for a tentative opening in Spring 2019. Ocean Prime’s Chicago restaurant will be open for weekday lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The interiors decor will create an ambiance that pays homage to the city: Large scale photographs with a nod to iconic local personalities of the past will wrap the entryway, transparencies of Chicago architecture will be featured throughout, and beautiful black and white paintings by local artist Lydia Cash.
River North’s newest hotspot LiqrBox (873 N. Orleans St.) from the folks behind BDG Hospitality Group and 8 Hospitality (Broken English, The Flamingo Rum Club), which opened News year’s eve, launched their happy hour menu featuring $4 food and drinks special, and it will be available Tuesday through Sunday from 5-7 pm. LiqrBox which is located in the former Stone Lotus building, is a Three-Level restaurant and late night (4am) bar. LiqrBox is open Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 5 a.m; and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.
A new neighborhood bar with a Caribbean vibe in Logan Square is scheduled to open this Spring and the guys behind Out To Lunch Hospitality are behind this new place called “X.” You might remember chef Charles Welch and creative director Andrew Miller who helped open now shuttered Honey’s before setting up their new shop; they are also behind Good Fortune which started off as a seafood-focused pop-up. X will be located in the former Acapulco Night Club (3433 West Fullerton Ave.) space with Caribbean drinks, live music,
Lead bartender and partner Alexandra Wright who’s had stints at Lula Cafe, Nico Osteria, Boeufhaus, plans to curate a selection of culinary-driven cocktails utilizing native rums, small-batch gins, cachaça and tequila combined with exotic fresh fruits, in-house grown herbs, and rare spices. X will not just be any drink spot, the soon to open Logan Square joint will feature contemporary art by Chicago artists, closed loop gardening for growing drink garnishes and will compost all of the bar’s waste.
**You can get a sneak peek at the upcoming cocktail menu during a special X pop-up at Lula Cafe (2537 N Kedzie Ave) on Tuesday 2/6 from 6pm – 10pm.**
Chicago Restaurant Week which was to end Thursday February 8 has been extended three extra days to coincide with the beginning days of Chicago Theatre Week which runs Feb. 8-18, The Chicago Tribune reports. Chicago Restaurant Week will now run through Feb. 11, extending the $22, $33 and $44 deals at participating restaurants.
Pokéworks is further expanding in Chicago with the opening of a second Pokéworks located at 1017 West Lake Street in January. The ocean-to-counter spot, which was founded in 2015 and boasts 16 locations in the U.S. and Canada, collaborated with Top Chef alumnus, Chef Sheldon Simeon. crafted a series of Signature Works with ingredients that draw inspiration from the mix of cultures he grew up with in Hawaii. Chef Simeon’s newest Signature Works creation is the Original Garlic “OG” Bowl with old school Hawaiian style Ahi tuna poke, watercress and a savory garlic sauce, now available at both Pokeworks Chicago locations.
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