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What You Need to Know About the Chicago Dining Scene This Week

Lunchtime tartines at Avec, Maine-fresh lobster in the Loop, and major developments in late-night eats.

Roasted salmon tartine at Avec   Photo: Chloe List

Openings

Claw your way over to Luke’s Lobster (134 N. LaSalle St., Loop, 312-982-2977), where the seafood in the spot’s specialty lobster rolls gets shipped straight from Maine to one of 16 Luke’s locations (this is Chicago’s first).

BBQ and poutine, the food combo of your drunken dreams, is now available at Q-Tine (2339 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square, 773-227-5100). The food gets served out of an Airstream trailer, and it’s within stumbling distance of Logan Square’s late-night haunts.

A companion to LDV Hospitality’s Miami-based modern Italian spot Dolce Italian (127 W. Huron St., River North, 312-754-0700) makes for the second restaurant inside the Godfrey Hotel. Dolce’s focus is on straight-up Italian classics: veal Milanese, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and house-made pasta.

Morsels

Starting today, you can pop over to Avec (615 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-377-2002) for a quick bite come lunchtime. The menu is heavy on salads and tartines, as well as a burger (a blend of chorizo and beef topped with bacon, date mostarda, and piquillo pepper aioli).

And in further drunk food news, Wicker Park may soon be home to the world’s first Taco Bell with a liquor license (per Eater), meaning you can get a stack of Doritos Locos tacos and a slushy spiked with tequila (Thrillist got a hold of a potential menu here) all under the same roof at 1439 North Milwaukee later this summer.

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