It’s often hard to accept the end of summer — gone are long days, plentiful sunshine, and weekends at the beach — but there’s actually so many things to enjoy when colder weather moves through. One of our favorite fall and winter perks? Beer selection is at its peak with many seasonal varieties. Even if a brew isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of tasty “beer”-based cocktails cropping up on menus this time of year.
The hype surrounding chef Dan Snowden’s veg-forward restaurant, Bad Hunter, was tremendous even before its doors opened on October 19th. Zagat, Eater, and other publications called it one of the Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in 2016. The excitement hasn’t died down — Bad Hunter is every bit as good as it was expected to be and is one of the hottest West Loop restaurants.
There are endless excuses this time of the year to dig into tasty dessert dishes. Having a birthday? Pass the cake. Getting together with friends and family for the holidays? Yep, cake please! Received a holiday bonus? Celebrate with a slice. Want to join in on #NationalCakeDay social media fun on November 26th? Go get a chocolate-y piece and take a picture for your Instagram!
If you skimmed over Le Virtù chef Joe Cicala’s resume, you’d quickly understand why everyone says he runs one of the best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia. Called “one of the city’s young kitchen talents to watch” by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan, Cicala is a four-time James Beard Semifinalist and one time Finalist. At Le Virtù, he brings to life the central Italian region of Abruzzo, dishing out cured meats, fresh pastas, seafood and more.
A new season, a new slew of places to dine exclusively with Reserve. Click on your city or desired destination and discover some of the hottest restaurants in town — Boston / New England, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area and Washington DC.
Named Michelin Bib Gourmand two years in a row for being one of the top affordable restaurants, Arami delivers some of the best sushi in Chicago. But don’t be mistaken — hot kitchen items like noodles and robata-grilled meats are also standouts worth exploring.
Michelin awarded stars in the nation’s capitol for the first time ever last month, and affirmed, as if we didn’t already know this ourselves, that Fiola is one of the best restaurants in Washington DC. Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s fine dining flagship offers elegant Italian dishes and a widely-recognized wine list.
It’s almost time to head to the Election Day polls and fill out those ballots. The 2016 Presidential Campaign has felt longer and more divisive than most, but there’s nothing that brings people together better than food and drinks!
Among all the hot, new Lincoln Square restaurants that opened in 2016 is Knife, a steak and seafood spot that serves locally sourced dry-aged beef, fresh fish, and delicious sides. The much anticipated restaurant from chef Timothy Cottini and owner David Byers (Fork) offers a cool, contemporary take on the classic steakhouse with food so good you’ll be running to tell all your friends.
Another summer has come and gone. Time to toss your bathing suits in the bottom of your drawers, and pull out your sweaters. One perk of cooler weather: more pasta dishes on more menus in your favorite cities! These are some of the best pasta creations we’ve seen so far this season.