Monday, February 2, 2015

It’s not too late to make your Chicago Restaurant Week reservations

Chicago's 8th Annual Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago, began on Friday. It isn’t too late to get a great reservation at eatitupchicago.com.

New to the Chicago Restaurant Week lineup this year are Acanto, Bottlefork, Fig & Olive, Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, LuxBar, Mariano's, Moto, Parrot Cage Restaurant, Porkchop (Hyde Park), RM Champagne Salon, The Duck Inn, to highlight a few. This year marks the first time foodies can experience CRW at O'Hare InternAirport. If you're traveling, be sure to stop by Wicker Park Sushi (Terminal 2), Stefani's Tuscany Café (Terminal 1) or Goose Island Brewery (Terminal 3). Five Mariano's locations, including Bucktown, Lakeshore East, Ravenswood, South Loop and West Loop will offer a variety of ‘Lunch for 2' options at these participating locations.

The 14-day promotion continues through Thursday, February 12 and is packed with delicious prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Dynamic offerings from more than 250 restaurants throughout the Chicago area, including 33 new participating restaurants are now available online at eatitupchicago.com.

Have you tried Maxwell’s at the Club (500 N. Kingsbury, 312-527-5800)? This hidden gem is located inside the East Bank Club and offers live music nightly in its bar on Tuesdays through Fridays. Here’s your chance to experience it and enjoy their Chicago Restaurant Week deal. 

Maxwell’s $22 lunch special features:


Starters
(choose one)

Shrimp Cocktail
tender shrimp, two house-made sauces
Brussels Sprouts Salad
toasted walnuts, shaved Parmesan, lemon, olive oil
Roasted Beets, Beets and Beets
fresh red, gold and striped beeds with red onion and balsamic glaze
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
butternut squash, onion, carrots, red bell pepper, corn, zucchini, kale; vegetarian

Entrées
(choose one)

Kale, Farro and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

dried cranberries, toasted walnuts; walnut-oil vinaigrette;
choice of roasted chicken breast or roasted salmon
Salmon
plank-roasted; brown rice; lemon-butter sauce on the side
Taco Sampler
one tender pulled pork and one griddled seafood and shrimp; lime-cilantro slaw, queso fresco, house-made salsa; corn tortillas 

Desserts
(choose one)
Seasonal Fresh Berries
marscapone-sabayon sauce with orange zest, orange liqueur, brandy
Tres Leches Cake
sponge cake laced with three types of milk: evaporated, condensed and cream
Sorbet, Gelato or Ice Cream
Chocolate Mousse Cup

Maxwell's $33 prix fixe dinner offers:
Starters
(choose one)

Shrimp Cocktail
tender shrimp, two house-made sauces
Bacon-Wrapped Roasted Dates
stuffed with goat cheese and almonds
Whipped Feta Cheese
Kalamata olives and lavosh
Baby Red Romaine
tarragon-buttermilk dressing

Entrées
(choose one)

Salmon
plank-roasted; brown rice; lemon-butter sauce on the side
Baby Back Ribs
American Family Farm ribs; fresh-cut fries
Roasted Amish Chicken
chicken breast, garlic-rosemary seasoned; roasted potatoes and vegetables
Broiled Lake Superior Whitefish
a favorite, served boneless; house-made tartar sauce on the side

Dessert
(choose one)

Coconut Snowball
a house specialty; vanilla ice cream rolled in toasted coconut, served with homemade hot fudge
Chocolate Soufflé Cake
crème anglaise, raspberry sauce
Seasonal Fresh Berries
marscarpone-sabayon sauce with orange zest, orange liqueur, brandy
Tres Leches Cake
sponge cake laced with three types of milk: evaporated, condensed and cream
Sorbet, Gelato or Ice Cream

For a complete list of participating restaurants and to find listings via neighborhood, visit www.eatitupchicago.com. Be sure to make reservations early, and check back often as restaurants and menus will be added daily.

Stay up to date with menus and new restaurant additions to the Chicago Restaurant Week lineup: follow @ChooseChicago on Twitter and Instagram, LIKE us on Facebook, and get social using  #CRW.

Chicago Restaurant Week is sponsored by 101.9FM The Mix, Goose Island Beer Co., Michigan Avenue Magazine, NBC 5 Chicago, Opentable, Serious Eats, Terlato Wines International

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