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Dare to Share at Yum Cha Dim Sum

By: Debra Lipson

September 8, 2014
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Chicago restos have a mild obsession with small plates. From tapas to tasting menus, sliders and sides, the trendiest spots focus on the tiniest portions. This can be unfavorable as a Cheeky chick with a healthy appetite. Alas, a friend and I headed to a post-work meal at Yum Cha Dim Sum hoping for a feast. The downtown destination is helmed by Rodelio Aglibot (the “Food Buddha”) and focuses on bringing people together over communal eats. Lunch, dinner and drink menus are huge and run the gamut of traditional Chinese-American staples to more exotic eats. Dim sum plates, salads, soups, chicken and duck, beef, seafood, pork, vegetables, noodles, fried rice, egg …  Read more

The Cheekiest Combo in Town: Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken

By: Dana Hartung

August 18, 2014
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Are you ready to indulge in the world of gourmet donuts? Trust us when we say the answer is a definite YES! Satisfy your morning sweet tooth at Do-Rite Donuts’ second location, Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken, in Streeterville across from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The new Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken, like the original spot, will make Chef Francis Brennan and Jeff Mahin’s famous handmade donuts in small batches every day. The fresh donuts are packed full of flavor and offer the perfect balance between taste and texture. Signature feature recipes include the Buttermilk Old Fashioned, Maple Bacon Cruller and Valrhona Chocolate Glazed donuts. The two creative donut connoisseurs met while working together at …  Read more

Pizano’s Lincoln Park Opening

By: Jen Pircon

August 11, 2014
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Chicago is serious about its pizza. And Pizano’s is no exception. Founded in 1991 by Rudy Malnati Jr., Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta is cooked up with rich, Italian tradition topped with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant opened its newest location in Lincoln Park last week, marking its fifth location in the Windy City. What keeps Chicagoans’ appetite thriving for Pizano’s? Although its deep dish gives Chicago-style pizza a run for its dough, it’s Pizano’s famous thin crust pizza that keeps people craving more. Oprah called the pizza “her favorite” and USA Today listed it as Top Ten in the Nation. Cheeky’s opinion? A resounding “Agreed!” as the pastry-like thin …  Read more