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In Chicago Dining This Week: Two Openings and Some Big News

There are new delis for Wicker Park and the French Market, another project coming from Brendan Sodikoff, good dining deals, and mentions for two Chicago restaurants in Esquire.

The interior of Wicker Park’s bi-level Chop Shop.   Photo: courtesy of Chop Shop

Openings

• Monday, 10/7: Bebe’s Kosher Deli (131 N. Clinton St., 312-207-0572), originally Bebe’s Eatery, is now dishing out its latkes, lox, corned beef, and more in its redesigned space at the Chicago French Market. Fresh toasted bagels are offered each morning, joined by challah and challah rolls every Thursday and Friday for the weekend.

• Friday, 10/11: The butcher/deli/bar mashup Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave., 773-537-4440) opens in what was once an auto body garage. Wicker Park’s newest meat Mecca serves up products sourced both internationally and locally and is connected to the 1st Ward Events space.

Morsels

Brendan Sodikoff strikes again. He told dining editor Penny Pollack that he’s opening a vegan, cold-pressed juice bar named Jack & Juice above 112 Green St. in November. The small space will have “beautiful grey washed wood” and a “beachy interior,” and act as a healthy take-away option for the neighborhood. 

Esquire has named Embeya (564 W. Randolph St., 312-612-5640) and Carriage House (1700 W. Division St., 773-384-9700) in its feature of Best New Restaurants for 2013. Out of 20 restaurants, these are the only two from Chicago that made the list. Both spots opened in the fall of 2012; Carriage House cooks Southern-style low country favorites, and Embeya’s menu is a mixture of high-end Vietnamese and Thai dishes.

Couture meets cuisine at Saks Fifth Avenue’s forthcoming signature restaurant, Sophie’s. The store’s dining option will open in a handful of locations, with Chicago’s opening this January on the seventh floor next to the men’s department. Menu options include global and American cuisine, as well as seasonal cocktails, handcrafted sodas, and a wine list. 

Chef Roger Herring, who left his position at Socca back in May, has signed as executive chef of the upcoming Ravenswood restaurant Grand Tour (2434 W. Montrose Ave., no phone yet). The restaurant and bar will serve international cuisine and is scheduled to open sometime later this fall.

Furloughed government employees can stop by County Barbeque (1352 W. Taylor St., 312-929-2528) this week and pick up a free pulled pork sandwich. The deal runs until Friday, October 11 and requires you show a government ID. The DMK restaurant also offers members of Congress a free meal—a complimentary plate of poultry aptly named the “Congress Chicken.”

A few weeks ago, Ina Pinkney announced she’d be closing Ina’s (1235 W. Randolph St., 312-226-8227) at the end of the year. But with the release of her new cookbook, Taste Memories, this Thursday, Pinkney’s fans can recreate favorite dishes such as the restaurant’s coffee cake, scrapple, potatoes, and Bloody Mary mix. Book orders can be placed through the Breakfast Queen’s website.

The rooftop farm-to-table restaurant Homestead (1924 W. Chicago Ave., 773-645-4949) is now open year-round, the Chicago Tribune reports. Customers will eat in the indoor, glass-enclosed seating that is used during the summer for rainouts. The patio welcomes the addition of an outdoor fireplace, where diners can gather for after-dinner drinks and fresh air.

Contemporary pizzeria La Madia (59 W. Grand Ave., 312-329-0400) celebrates its sixth anniversary with a $6 pizza special, which can be paired with a $6 glass of wine. The special is available only at lunch and ends November 3rd. Until then, a rotating menu of six pizzas will be offered each week.

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