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News Wed Dec 10 2008

Mmm, Midweek Links

• Possibly the most useful post you'll read today: The MenuPages Guide to Making It Out Of A Tasting Menu Alive. Also applies to holiday buffets!

• The Publican has lowered its beer prices and is now taking reservations.

• 312 Dining Diva shares good news about Chicago Restaurant Week 2009, and gets the inside word on a re-concept and kitchen shakeup at Room21.

• Centerstage was prescient with this list of political hangouts. Now you know the best places in town to eavesdrop.

Edible Chicago is looking for local culinary heroes.

• The Stew's Monica Eng gets first bites of Chickpea and Mantou in Wicker Park, and tests McDonald's latte-making abilities. UPDATE: TOC reports that Mantou is already closed, a month after it opened.

David Tamarkin checks out Chickpea, too.

Hopleaf's plan to buy La Donna's space for a new Mediterranean restaurant is dead, Crain's reports. (Did Andersonville really need another Mediterranean place, anyway?)

Sky Full of Bacon profiles Paul Kahan.

Chicago Bites try Rustik.

• Chicago Gluttons try to conquer all-you-can-eat king crab night at Glenn's Diner.

• Yep, Lincolnwood's New York Bagel & Bialy makes the best bagels in Chicago.

• Antica Pizzeria gets Neapolitan pizza right -- it's just too bad that's all they get right.

• Can't afford to leave town? Zagat Buzz suggests a staycation.

• Decider confirms, to no one's surprise, that the Rock'n'Roll McDonald's is a tourist trap.

Obama is not a foodie, but his wife might be.

Audarshia / December 10, 2008 1:20 PM


Just got word that Mantou closed. :(

Andrew / December 10, 2008 1:24 PM

Yeah, got that, too. Updated.

Mike Gebert / December 14, 2008 11:27 PM

Thanks for the double mention!

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