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Restaurant Mon Mar 29 2010

Great Deal at Nacional 27

Nacional 27

Special deals like the last week's Chicago Chef Week are usually a mixed blessing. You might be in for a superb meal at a great discount, but there's a good chance that you'll suffer the angry contempt of your server, along with a sub-par meal. You just never know.

If you missed the Chef Week, though, I have a great alternative: Nacional 27's 2010 menu, that's running until the end of the month.

This 2010 deal (via Yelp) has been running for a couple of weeks, and my experience there was by far the best I've ever had in this sort of promotion. For $20.10, you get an appetizer, an entree, a dessert and (get this!) a glass of sangria. Everything we had (pictured are chicken and chorizo "paella," spicy shrimp and scallop "nachos" and steak "arepas" quesadilla with guacamole) was fantastic in all aspects: they were sizable (possibly too sizable), it was evident that they'd received as much creativity and attention as anything on the regular menu, and they tasted great.

Our server couldn't hide all of her disappointment when I asked for the special menu (yes, you have to ask for one), but she quickly returned to her gracious and cheerful persona, and remained so throughout. Big kudos! Catch the deal before it's over on Wednesday.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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