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2014 Chicago Restaurant Week Picks

January 06 2014 - 2:21 PM

This year’s Chicago Restaurant Week begins slightly earlier than in years past and has actually been extended to 14 days! From January 24-February 6,2014, Chicagoans can dine at a variety of downtown and suburban restaurants for $22 prix-fixe lunches and $33 or $44 prix-fixe dinners. If you’re into the Chicago food scene as much as I am, you know it’s vital to make those Restaurant Week reservations as early as possible. While many restaurants still have yet to post their menus for the week(s), there are several places that are worth noting.

Here are three suggestions for both lunch and dinner during the 2014 Chicago Restaurant Week! Be sure to check in toward the end of January as more restaurants begin adding their Restaurant Week menus. Keep in mind lunches tend to be better deals compared to dinner, as many restaurants offer their regular menus (and you save $11 or $22 off the price of dinner).

Lunch

1) Blackbird:Chef Paul Kahan’s West Loop restaurant was voted one of Chicago’s top 5 restaurants by Gourmet Magazine not to mention it has a Michelin star.

Dish We’re Most Excited About:Wood-Grilled Sturgeon with Roasted Leeks, Potatoes, Caviar

2) GT Fish & Oyster: This River North seafood mecca offers a nice escape from the harsh Chicago winter. The fresh seafood, combined with the nautically-themed restaurant, makes for a lovely weekday or weekend lunch.

Dish We’re Most Excited About:  Lobster Roll (obvi)

3) Travelle: located on the second floor of The Langham hotel, this Mediterranean restaurant offers fine dining in a beautiful space, overlooking the Chicago river.

Dish We’re Most Excited About: Pomegranate Braised Lamb Shank

Dinner

1) Cichetti: Chef Michael Sherrin of Trencherman heads up the kitchen at this newly-opened Venetian small plates spot.

Dish We’re Most Excited About: Gnocchi with Braised Pork Shank

2) David Burke’s Primehouse: Steakhouses are always a great bet during Restaurant Week, especially when you can score an appetizer, filet and dessert for under $50. Primehouse’s dry-aged steaks are worth considering for a Restaurant Week lunch or dinner.

Dish We’re Most Excited About: Classic Filet Mignon

3) Embeya: This stunning Asian fusion restaurant in the West Loop always offers a three-course lunch for $21, so skip that. Instead, head over for their prix-fixe dinner which is served family style. This is bound to be one of the best deals during Restaurant Week.

Dish We’re Most Excited About: Thit Heo Kho (braised pork belly)

What restaurants are you looking forward to trying during 2014 Chicago Restaurant Week? Let us know in the comments!

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