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  • Barbecue hogs the spotlight at Rock 'n Ribs in Lake Zurich Sep 2, 2014 3:11 PM
    Rock 'n Ribs BBQ's recent arrival in Lake Zurich handily fills an underserved segment in the town's dining scene. This is the first restaurant for owners Alice and Terry Banach, whose rib recipe has earned top marks at a couple of local rib competitions. On a recent visit, the baby pork ribs and beef briskey sandwich were rave-worthy.

  • Asian Kitchen restaurant opens in Schaumburg Aug 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Asian Kitchen, a new fast-casual Indo-Chinese restaurant, opened late last week in Schaumburg’s Shoppes in the Prime Village shopping center at the northeast corner of Algonquin and Meacham roads. Owners Niral and Pinki Patel said nothing is pre-made and orders can be customized to add patrons’ favorite vegetables and spices. The restaurant is aimed at the lunch and dinner crowds, as well as take-out.

  • Libertyville's Mickey Finn's pairs lively atmosphere with home brews Aug 29, 2014 3:31 PM
    Mickey Finn's in downtown Liberytyville is a comfortable, if sometimes boisterous, gathering place to go with family or friends for an artisanal beer or two. But the convivial spot has more to offer than that homemade brew. Its still-evolving menu includes above-average pub grub and, depending when you visit, lively music.

  • Meet Libertyville man who gave up banking to make pizza Aug 29, 2014 10:35 AM
    John Durning is passionate — passionate about pizza. So passionate, he left his banking job of 12 years to follow his dream -- opening a pizza joint called Pizzeria Deville. “I said I wouldn’t do it unless I found the perfect place,” he said of his new pizzeria in downtown Libertyville.

  • Dining events: Get your tea fix at new DAVIDsTEA Aug 27, 2014 5:30 AM
    Stop in and check out the vast tea selection at Naperville's new DAVIDsTEA; Stonewood Ale House has slabs of ribs for Labor Day; Hugo’s offers specials for its 10th anniversary.

  • Niche chef continues tradition of unfussy fine dining in Geneva Aug 27, 2014 8:48 AM
    If you think four-star dining has to include caviar and white tablecloths, then make your way to Niche in downtown Geneva for an attitude adjustment. Here, chef Chris Ayukawa, manager/wine director Vince Balistreri and their top-notch staff provide a stellar experience in a ruggedly elegant space that has distinguished itself as the pinnacle of fine dining in the Fox Valley.

  • Bubs Subs owner serving up hot dogs at Chicago Grill Aug 25, 2014 2:47 PM
    As a child, Dominick Pulli, owner of Bubs Subs in Algonquin, used to visit Gene and Jude's in River Grove for the ideal hot dog. Now Pulli is hoping to create a similar memorable experience for customers along the Randall Road corridor with his own hot dog joint, Chicago Grill in Lake in the Hills.

  • Dining events: Tomatoes galore at Francesca’s in Bolingbrook Aug 19, 2014 5:45 AM
    Through the end of August, stop by Tomato Fest at Francesca’s at The Promenade in Bolingbrook, where all things tomato take center stage. Also, Weber Grill locations celebrate 25 years with a handful of themed specials.

  • Chipotle, Starbucks moving to former Palatine Applebee’s site Aug 20, 2014 6:47 AM
    A plan to bring a Chipotle Mexican Grill, Jersey Mike’s Subs and a Starbucks to the site of a closed Applebee’s on Dundee Road was approved this week by the Palatine village council. In addition to the restaurants and coffee shop, the new retail complex at 781 E. Dundee Road will include an AT&T store, a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and a medical office called Family and Immediate Care.

  • Libertyville's Milwalky Trace mixes rustic fare, modern touches Aug 20, 2014 3:22 PM
    Milwalky Trace is the first restaurant for chef Lee Kuebler, who trained at Chicago's Kendall College. Its name pays homage to the town's history, and its menu shies away from the modern appetizer-salad-entrée setup. Instead, Kuebler offers shared plates in small, medium and large sizes, plus a selection of desserts. “I'm really into food that you can sit down with a group of people and all share together and talk about it, have it be part of the experience,” Kuebler says.

  • Sophisticated, tasty dishes and drinks impress at Westmont’s Neat Aug 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Neat Kitchen + Bar, which opened at 246 N. Cass Ave. in Westmont last summer, focuses its small menu on simple preparations with high-quality ingredients. What you get are tasty, sophisticated takes on bar food favorites that you can enjoy in a casual atmosphere.

  • Schaumburg adding two new eateries, Starbucks Aug 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    A new Asian cuisine restaurant, an Egg Harbor Cafe and a Starbucks with a drive-through will soon join Schaumburg’s existing array of eateries. Schaumburg trustees Tuesday approved the three new businesses at two locations in the village. Arriving first will be Family House Restaurant, which will replace the Curry Inn at 35 W. Schaumburg Road in the Town Square shopping center.

  • New Moretti’s to open by spring in Rosemont Aug 13, 2014 6:13 PM
    The Schaumburg-based restaurant group that operates the chain of Moretti’s restaurants throughout the suburbs is bringing its newest location to Rosemont, and paying the village $3.4 million to buy the strip mall where the eatery will be built. Ala Carte Entertainment “had extra money and wanted to buy the whole center,” Mayor Brad Stephens said.

  • Stylish menu, setting reel in diners at Devon Seafood and Steak Aug 11, 2014 2:22 PM
    At Devon Seafood and Steak in Oakbrook Terrace modern wood walls, abstract, nature-driven art, low lighting and sleek seating are favored over the tired maritime theme you see at many seafood spots. A spacious patio with equally stylish furnishings furthers the contemporary, civilized vibe at this redo of Braxton Seafood Grill.

  • Des Plaines noise rules could change following dispute Aug 11, 2014 8:10 PM
    A neighborhood dispute over noise from the Black Ram restaurant in Des Plaines appears to have simmered down — at least for now — after the restaurant’s installation of a patio didn’t prove to be as much of a disturbance as nearby residents feared. But the episode has led Des Plaines officials to re-examine their noise ordinance in hopes of averting future disputes.

  • Mt. Prospect Blues Bar’s liquor license suspended Aug 11, 2014 9:35 PM
    Mount Prospect officials suspended the liquor license of Blues Bar in the village’s downtown after the business’ state license expired last week. The state license cannot be renewed, officials said, until the business’ owners pay overdue taxes.

  • Aug 11, 2014 12:29 PM
    Chandler’s $5 burger night; The Still Bar and Grill is open in Bartlett; Famous Dave’s fantasy football and BBQ bites.

  • Drive-through coming to Geneva Panera Aug 11, 2014 3:47 PM
    A new drive-through lane at the Panera in Algonquin opened recently along the Randall Road corridor. It's a preview of what's to come further south on Randall. By next summer, the Geneva Panera will move to a larger location and open a drive-through, officials said.

  • Des Plaines to help pay for Metra station coffee shop Aug 10, 2014 4:17 PM
    Des Plaines aldermen last week approved providing up to $15,000 to help fund construction of a coffee shop inside the city’s downtown Metra station. The money, to be provided through proceeds from the city’s downtown tax increment financing district, is part of the city’s business assistance program.

  • Bigby’s Pour House in Rolling Meadows holds grand opening Aug 8, 2014 6:10 PM
    Bigby’s Pour House, a craft beer bar in Addison, on Friday celebrated the opening of its new Rolling Meadows site at 1649 Algonquin Road.

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