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Dining news: Wingout Chicago; Q-Tine opens
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2015-06-02

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—The inaugural Wingout Chicago will take place June 6-7 at St. Michael, 1633 N. Cleveland Ave., 2-6 p.m. Wings seasoned different ways ( jerk, sweet BBQ, lemon pepper, ghost pepper and smoked, among others ) will be featured. Among the restaurants taking part are Jake Melnick's, Barn & Company, Output Lounge, Monti's and Old Crow Smokehouse. Tickets are $55; visit www.greencurtainevents.com/home/wingout-chicago/.

—Q-Tine, Logan Square's BBQ & poutine hybrid shop, has opened at 2339 N. Milwaukee Ave. The menu is divided into five sections: poutine, Q-tine, BBQ, sides and desserts. Find out more on Twitter @QtineChicago.

—After opening Taus Authentic fewer than three months ago, former Zealous chef/proprietor Michael Taus ( along with some investors ) have taken over The Point at 401 N. Milwaukee Ave. and are planning to open a "casual neighborhood" spot named Black Iron Tavern in late summer, Eater Chicago reported. Taus said that opening and enjoying running a more casual restaurant inspired him to do another casual spot.

—Salero, 621 W. Randolph St., has revealed its spring menu. Executive Chef/Partner Ashlee Aubin's highlights include white asparagus a la plancha with poached shrimp, pea tendrils, fennel emulsion and white asparagus soup; and roasted duck breast with seared foie gras, grilled asparagus, Rioja vinegar reduction and spring onion-rice croqueta. Visit SaleroChicago.com .

—DMK Restaurants—Chicago proprietors of DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar, Ada Street, County BBQ, Henry's Swing Club, and DMK Burger & Fish—announced that DMK Burger & Fish in Evanston is closing for the summer. A new concept is being planned for the location.

—In related news, DMK Burger Bar, 2954 N. Sheffield Ave., has launched its #16 menu item, the Paleo Burger—the restaurant's first new burger addition in four years. The Paleo Burger layers grass-fed beef, portobello mushrooms and arugula pistou, and will be served with house potato chips.

—Southport & Irving ( SIP ), 4000 N. Southport Ave., now has a late-night brunch menu available Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dish highlights include Mick Klug poached asparagus and duck egg, grilled chimichurri-marinated CAB Hanger Steak, Texas Toast French toast and more. Brunch cocktail highlights include a champagne cocktail, Green Michelada, Grapefruit Sparkler, cider punch and more. Visit www.southportandirving.com .

—James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano of Michelin-starred Spiaggia will temporarily close Cafe Spiaggia for a renovation. After transforming Spiaggia last year, Mantuano has decided to refresh its sister restaurant with a new design, menu and wine program. Cafe Spiaggia will reopen in July.

—The Jewel-Osco store at Clark and Division streets will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, to make way for an apartment tower, DNAInfo.com noted. Chicago-based Fifield Cos. will then start building its 35-story, 390-unit tower, which was first proposed years ago. Fifield said he plans to start construction on the $250-million development in July, with the tower slated to open in mid-2017.

—Commune Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of the 241-room luxury, boutique Chicago Athletic Association hotel, following the restoration of the 1890 vintage building. Located at 12 S. Michigan Ave., eateries associated with the hotel include Cindy's ( rooftop restaurant ), Cherry Circle Room, The Milk Room, The Game Room and Shake Shack.

—Pork Shoppe, 5721 N. Clark St., is now offering lunch specials as well as $5 cocktails in celebration of Midsommarfest's 50th anniversary in Andersonville, June 12-14. The lunch specials are available Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., for $10.95. In addition, with Midsommarfest celebrating 50 years June 12-14, Pork Shoppe is offering the following cocktails at half price for those who want to toast the neighborhood's annual summer street festival: $5 Kentucky Mule, $5 Dark and Stormy, and $5 Moscow Mule. Visit http://www.porkshoppechicago.com/andersonville/.

—Oakbrook Terrace's Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Ln., now has an afternoon tea service on Saturdays at 3-5 p.m. The service features a menu of traditional pastries and sandwiches along with an extensive selection of teas. The service costs $30; the full menu is at http://www.drurylaneoakbrook.com/files/8514/3109/7017/HighTea.pdf.

—Mondo Meatball, 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave., invites Chicagoans to enjoy its new brunch menu, available now on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu, created by Chef John Sullivan, features items like breakfast sausage ball mini-omelette sliders for $9 and the Mondo French toast ( with bourbon Maple butter and sausage balls ) for $10. Also, delivery is available for individual and group orders Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit MondoMeatball.com .

—Twisted Spoke, 501 N. Ogden Ave., invites Chicagoans to celebrate its 20th anniversary Thursday, June 4, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Guests are invited to join Twisted Spoke in tapping 20 rare beers for one night only. There is no cover charge; food and beverage prices vary. Call 312-666-1500.

—Following a four-year hiatus when it was known as the Des Plaines Summer Fling, the Taste of Des Plaines has returned and will take place June 12-13. It will be a free event, with local restaurants ( such as Rosati's Pizza and American Wildburger ), chef-driven cuisine, family activities and tribute bands. Visit www.tasteofdesplaines.com .

—Craft-beer lovers are invited to the inaugural "Brew to Be Wild" tasting event at Lincoln Park Zoo on Saturday, June 13, 6-11 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a selection from more than 80 specialty brews produced by more than 50 local, regional and national breweries. General admission is $49 for guests 21 and older, and includes up to 20 three-ounce samples and a souvenir glass. Visit www.BrewToBeWild.com .

—Boiler Room, 2210 N. California Ave., will host "Big Gay Brunch" on Sunday, June 14, 12-4 p.m. Also, attendees can dance on the back patio to DJ Josie Bush and Butch Sassidy the Come Dance Kid. RSVP at Do312.com/BigGayBrunch; for more about Boiler Room, visit http://www.boilerroomlogansquare.com/.

—The final restaurant lineup for Taste of Randolph Street ( June 19-21 ) has been announced. Restaurants include Nonna's, bellyQ, City Winery, Publican Quality Meats, La Sirena Clandestina, Soho House Chicago's Pizza East and Chicken Shop, and Tete Charcuterie, among others. There is a suggested $10 donation; visit www.starevents.com .

—This Father's Day, June 21, Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg is offering a brunch ( 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ) and dinner buffet ( 3:30-9 p.m. ). Plus, all dads will receive a special $25 Shaw's Crab House gift certificate. The brunch buffet is priced at $75 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and younger ( limit 2 children per adult ) and will feature many Shaw's favorites including a Grand Hot Buffet with scrambled eggs, caramelized bacon, mini-crab cakes, Belgian waffle station, shucked oysters and desserts. Reservations are recommended; call 847-517-2722.

—On Father's Day, French restaurant Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., will offer seasonal brunch and dinner options. The holiday brunch offerings consist of a mimosa for $15 and a two-course brunch meal for $27, which includes any appetizer and entree from the brunch menu. For Father's Day dinner, a three-course menu with one choice from the Small Plates, Large Plates and Dessert sections will be available for $44 per person and is created from the dinner menu. Call 312-944-8400 or visit bistronomic.net .

—Piccolo Sogno, James Beard Foundation and Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet are hosting "Gourmet in the Garden" ( a Friends of James Beard benefit ) at Piccolo Sogno, 464 N. Halsted St., on Saturday, June 27, 1-4 p.m. Items will include wild-boar croquettes, razor clams alla Milanese and assorted pizzas, among other items. Tickets are $50 ( including tax and gratuity ); visit GourmetInTheGarden.Eventbrite.com .

—SausageFest Chicago will be held July 18-19 in Wrigleyville at the Cubby Bear. This year, Sausage King of Chicago contestants will compete to raise the most donations for Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit dedicated to honoring, empowering and serving injured veterans and service members, as well as their families. Visit SausageKingChicago.com .

—Fat Rice, 2957 W. Diversey Pkwy., is presenting new dishes. Among them are lamb vindaloo, tacho ( a traditional Macanese dish with Chinese cured sausage, bacon and duck, as well as spring vegetables, in a ham broth ), char-grilled sepia and batatada #2 ( a potato-based dessert resembling the texture of cheesecake, served cold with seasonal fruit compotes and garnishes ). Also, Fat Rice is consolidating its brunch service to Sundays only to make room for their upcoming lunch service and expansion of its dining room, bake shop and lounge. Visit EatFatRice.com .

Send items to Andrew@WindyCityMediaGroup.com or follow on Twitter @Azygous60610.


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