Chicagoan’s rejoice- our favorite holiday is upon us- Restaurant Week. For ten days, February 17-28, over 200 restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus starting at $22* for lunch and $33/$44* for dinner. Restaurant Week 2010 proved to be the most successful Restaurant Week yet with 177 participating restaurants (a 23% increase over 2009), 335,000 diners and $11.6 million in revenue. 2011 promises even more with over 200 of Chicago’s finest culinary talents participating.
Rick Bayless is at it again. With a menu of Sopa Azteca (grilled chicken, avocado and jack soup), Puerco en Mole Poblano (pork loin in “fiesta sauce”), and a crepa con Cajeta (toasted pecan, raspberry and plantain crepes), this is the hardest reservation in town to get.
445 N. Clark St. 312.661.1434. http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/topolobampo.html
Voted one of Chicago’s top 5 restaurants by Gourmet Magazine and has received 3.5 stars from the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times. Home to Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004 and James Beard Foundation nominee for Outstanding Chef in 2007.
619 W. Randolph St. 312.715.0708. http://www.blackbirdrestaurant.com/
Recognized locally and nationally as one of the top restaurants in Chicago for contemporary American cuisine, the Naha menu offers Wianno Oysters, Confit Duck Leg with Wilted Italian Frisee with a dark chocolate ice cream paired with Black Forest ice cream.
500 N. Clark St. 312.321.6242. http://www.naha-chicago.com/
For the full list of restaurants, menus and reservations visit http://www.choosechicago.com/chicago_restaurant_week_2011/pages/default.aspx