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Coppervine Lincoln Park

5 Jul Coppervine Restaurant Lincoln Park - Grazing in The City

This new restaurant deserves a lot of attention.

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Noon O Kabab Restaurant

14 Jul Noon O Kabab Tile Mosaic Detail - Grazing in The City

Persian and delicious.

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Endgrain Restaurant

23 Jun

This new restaurant is a smart-yet-laid-back addition to Roscoe Village. Continue reading

The Boarding House: A Brand New Classic

9 Jan Grazing in The City - The Boarding House Restaurant

I’ve been a fan of Chicago’s own Alpana Singh for awhile and I’ve also followed the buzz around The Boarding House opening. So when the time came, I couldn’t wait to go and sink my tastebuds in!

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House of Fortune

6 Dec Grazing in The City - Chicago - House of Fortune Restaurant

House of Fortune was my first culinary foray into Chinatown here in the Windy City. The first Chinese immigrants came to Chicago in the 1870’s, but it wasn’t until the 1950’s – 60’s that Chicago’s Chinese population really took off. Communism and more lenient immigration laws helped foster an influx that grew until Chicago ranked 4th in America’s Chinese population. Today, Chinatown serves as a beacon of community and commerce . . . and of course good food. Now – how do you like those facts?? If all the restaurants in Chinatown are as good as House of Fortune, I’ve certainly been missing out!

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Dining Rewards Programs

25 Oct Grazing in The City - Frequent Dining Programs

As someone who loves dining out (and a good deal), I’ve tried more than one reward program for dining out. Some have proven to be more lucrative than others – here’s a few I’ve tried. And while my experience with most have been confined to Chicago or Dallas, all these programs should be applicable across the US, at least continental (but I’m not sure if any include international locations):

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Girl and the Goat: Gastric Gratitude

15 Oct Grazing in The City - Chicago - Girl and the Goat

Many of my friends have been to Girl and the Goat – some loved it, raving about the combinations of food and ingredients and how chef Stephanie Izard composes the dishes. Others thought it was overblown and didn’t live up to the hype.

One thing is for certain – Girl and the Goat is one of the busiest restaurants in the Windy City right now, with reservations accepted only months in advance. We went there for my birthday earlier this month – our reservation was made back in July. So I’d heard the debate – how great is Girl and and the Goat? Really? Imaginative and out of this world? Or bombastic and overblown? (Yeah I used the term ‘bombastic’ – look it up on Boo-ya! And I totally just used the term ‘Boo-ya’ as well. Welcome back to 2005!)

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Sola in Chicago – Where the Smart Kids Are

10 Oct Grazing in The City - Chicago - Sola Restaurant

If you’re looking for an upbeat restaurant in the Windy City with a fantastic brunch, look no further than Sola Restaurant. I went for the first time last weekend as part of a birthday restaurant trifecta and this place was a great experience! We met a friend there and enjoyed delicious food in a great, lively setting – perfect for chatting and catching up.

I’m always up for discovering new brunch places and this North-Center restaurant was a wise decision. And if you’re smart, you’ll head over as well!

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Best Sushi in Chicago – Toro Sushi!

4 Oct Grazing in The City - Chicago - Toro Sushi

So, this past weekend was my birthday. Not a milestone or anything exciting, but it did give me the excuse to eat at several awesome restaurants. The first of which was Toro Sushi . . . now, I will preface this post by saying it will probably sound like a paid advertisement for Toro Sushi – but it’s not. This is just an actual, genuine endorsement. Toro Sushi is so good, you’ll slap your own face. Then you’ll turn to the person you’re with – and slap their face. And by the time you leave, you’ll be slapped silly!

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Subterranean Surprise – The Bedford Restaurant

5 Sep

The Bedford knocked my socks off – it’s that simple. Backstory – we happened to be visiting some friends in the neighborhood who mentioned this place was nearby and worth checking out. It was getting late on a Tuesday evening and we were hungry. We had already heard great things about it, and since it wasn’t close to the weekend, we decided to give it a try.

Unassuming from the outside, we had to know exactly where it was, or we probably would have missed it. But as unassuming as it is from the outside, it’s quite the opposite on the inside. The website itself is worth checking out for the images alone (much better than my crappy, amateur shots) – The Bedford is a place you can bank on!

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