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New Chicago Restaurants and Chicago Restaurant News

The latest on fried chicken and doughnuts, banh mi, and whole-hog barbecues in the city.

Chocolate doughnuts at Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken   Photo: Anjali Pinto


Open now: It was bound to happen sometime, this marriage of Chicago’s two great deep-fried loves of the moment. Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken (233 E. Erie St., Streeterville, 312-344-1374) just came to the combination of fried dough and fried chicken first, in a location that’s conveniently adjacent to Northwestern Memorial Hospital should the pairing induce a cardiac event.

Open now: A new location of the beloved local banh mi eatery Nhu Lan (4810 N. Sheridan Rd., Uptown, 773-944-9288) has sprouted in the Weiss Plaza shopping center at the corner of Sheridan Road and Lawrence Avenue.


Martial Noguier is no longer overseeing the kitchens at LM Restaurant Group spots such as Brasserie by LM and Troquet. He’s front and center at his Bistronomic, however, along with chef de cuisine Jerome Bacle.

A weekend pig-out at Sportsman’s Club (948 N. Western Ave., Ukrainian Village, 872-206-8054): Charlie McKenna of Lillie’s Q will be roasting a whole hog on the bar’s back patio this Sunday. The $20 entry includes food, a special beer from Moody Tongue, and live music starting at 2 p.m.

You can now snag this month’s special burger at R.J. Grunts (2056 N. Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park, 773-929-5363) and it’s practically breakfast in a bun, with maple-glazed bacon, a fried egg, and cheese on an English muffin.

If you’ve had a BadHappy hole in your heart since the poutine place closed up earlier this year, this news will be gravy: The team has planned a pop-up dining series called the BadHappy Loft Project (636 N. Orleans St., River North), and the first iteration is on Saturday, where you can get a four-course poutine tasting and a beverage for $30 (tickets here.)


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