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POSTED September 25, 2014

Dove's Luncheonette

After much buzz, Dove's Luncheonette, the latest restaurant from Paul Kahan and the One Off Hospitality Group (The Publican, Blackbird, Nico Osteria), is now open. The 41-seat counter-service spot in Wicker Park boasts Southern-inspired Mexican fare like red chile enchiladas, pozole rojo and smoked brisket taco norteño, as well as Mexican sodas, Rare Tea Cellars tea, Dark Matter Coffee and an impressive selection of tequila and mezcal. Stop in morning, noon and night to get your fix.

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POSTED September 18, 2014

Yusho Hyde Park

Matthias Merges's long-awaited Yusho Hyde Park outpost is now open. The small plate-focused Japanese eatery is located mere minutes from sister restaurant A10 and showcases menu items that span from steamed buns ($9) stuffed with double-fried chicken or glazed pork belly to "Logan Poser" ramen ($15) and rhubarb and lemongrass funnel cake ($6). The ultra-modern space is minimalist with punches of turquoise and yellow.

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POSTED September 11, 2014

Parlor Pizza Bar

One of our most anticipated fall pizza shops opens Friday in the West Loop. The mult-level eatery has a rooftop beer garden, ground-level patio, nearly 20 varieties of wood-fired, Neopolitan-style pies, including a classic pizza margherita ($10) and the Hawaii Pie O ($14), and some 75 domestic and international beer options. Time for a pizza party. 

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POSTED September 4, 2014

The California Clipper

Restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff has unveiled his reboot of a classic Humboldt Park bar and concert venue, and we like what we see. Major changes include a back room that's been converted into a tobacco lounge, a sleek aesthetic that harkens back to the space's speakeasy past and a drink list that's more than 70 items long, including $4 tallboys and a shaved iced amaro cocktail.

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POSTED August 28, 2014

Headquarters River North

With a full-service kitchen and expanded roster of craft beers and vintage video games, the second location of this wildly popular "beercade" promises to be even more remarkable than its Lakeview predecessor. The 14,000-square-foot space has a playful, nostalgic vibe accented by an installation of more than 40 retro TVs streaming old pop-culture video footage. The menu offers creative spins on old school dishes such as kimchi deviled eggs and Salisbury steak with sweet corn succotash.

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  • Dove's Luncheonette
  • Yusho Hyde Park
  • Parlor Pizza Bar
  • he California Clipper
  • Headquarters River North


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