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Get Close to the Kitchen at Bread and Wine

Grab a Seat at the Chef's Counter and See How Your Meal is Made!

July 28, 2014
Samantha Nelson

One of the best things about cooking is getting to see how ingredients combine to make something impressive (culinary chemistry in action). You can get that same pleasure when you grab a seat at the chef’s counter at Bread & Wine in Irving Park, but it’s even better than in your own kitchen since here, you get to just sit back, watch and then eat the results with a glass or two of wine. The small space seems to draw couples of all ages and has even hosted a wedding for two frequent customers. It’s decorated with candles and flowers in mason jars. Half-booths are strewn with pillows and overhead lamps …  Read more

Make it Your Own at MAK

By: Debra Lipson

July 28, 2014
cheeky speaks

Still searching for creative, go-to Chinese food in Chicago? Look no further than MAK! Opened in 2012, the fast-casual Asian fusion restaurant is carving out quite a name for itself in Wicker Park. Owner Tommy Wang serves up Chinese, Japanese and Korean-influenced fare peppered with a personal touch: Recipes are passed down from Wang’s family (his father owned Tien Tsin in the Northern suburbs) and meals are motivated by his cultural heritage. The MAK premise is an eastern riff on the Chipotle assembly line counter model; however it far exceeds a robotic point and pay experience. Order your meal at the register and a friendly MAK employee brings the searing dish to …  Read more

Wine and Dine Outside, Chicago

Take Your Meals Outside with These Four Outdoor Hot Spots!

July 21, 2014
Kaleigh Glaza

Summertime in Chicago is a fleeting time of beautiful weather and outdoor activities, and this means doing everything possible outdoors, including eating! Patios are opening their umbrellas, and rooftops are packed with happy hour crowds at bars and restaurants across the city. But finding the best places to actually dine out can be tough! Here are some of the best spots to eat and drink outside, for every meal of the week. Work week: Escape at ELLE on the River Courtesy of Chef Tim Graham and the team behind Travelle, this waterside concept truly is an escape from the hectic business week, without ever leaving the neighborhood! Still in the Loop, but …  Read more