TANGO, LIVE MUSIC, WEEKNIGHTS AT ARTANGO

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Artango Bar & Steakhouse launches a new weeknight schedule of live entertainment, Tuesdays through Thursdays at this popular, new 1920s Buenos Aires inspired hot spot. Alongside a menu of authentic parrilla-grilled steaks, meats, seafood, and 1920s retro cocktails,  Artango now serves-up Tango lessons and live music weekly.

Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. it’s Intro to Argentine Tango: a free, 30-minute group lesson covering basic steps, designed for first-timers. At 8pm Tuesdays: Beginner Argentine Tango: a 60-minute group lesson, perfect for those who’ve tried an Intro lesson, and are ready to learn more. $15 per person. Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm, enjoy the smooth Latin sounds of Argentine keyboard artist Mauro Frosio joined by Spanish guitarist Agustin Alvarez. On Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm, Artango presents an evening of Old-World Latin Jazz as Mauro Frosio is joined by a rotating line-up of musicians.

Artango Bar & Steakhouse, 4767 North Lincoln, Chicago, 872-208-7441.

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MAD BOILER BRINGS CAJUN SEAFOOD BOIL TO WEST LOOP

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Strap on the bibs, roll-up the sleeves,  and dig-in with both hands. The seafood boil rage roars into Chicago’s West Loop with the opening of Mad Boiler, a causal, 75-seat Cajun seafood boil concept from Stanley Liem and Sara Katekaew, the team behind the popular Miku Sushi in Lincoln Square.

Mad Boiler’s menu features 1-pound, market price seafood boil options like lobster, crawfish, mussels, crab legs, plus lobster rolls ($16), shrimp and oyster Po’boys ($13) along with full bar service. Market prices range from approx $9 to $14 for crawfish, mussels, shrimp to approx $26-$40 for lobster tail and king crab legs. Guest choose from 11 seafood options, then select sauce, heat level, and add-ons like corn-on-the cob, sausage, potatoes ($3).

Mad Boiler, 1045 West Madison, Chicago, 312-291-8182.

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ARTANGO BAR AND STEAKHOUSE NOW OPEN

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The new 180-seat Artango Bar & Steakhouse  brings authentic Argentine cuisine, 1920s cocktails, tango dancing and a peek into the golden age of Buenos Aires to Chicago’s dining scene.

Owned by the husband/wife team of Tango pro Maria Alferov, a Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago alum, and Buenos Aires-born artist Sebastian Casanova, who’s designed and handcrafted the interior.  In 2013, the couple opened their popular 80-seat Argentine hot-spot, Artango Bistro, in Ravenswood. Based on its success, the demand for more seating, more space for dancing, the duo decided to move to a larger, nearby location. Tweaking their original concept, Artango Bar & Steakhouse is inspired by the 1920s halcyon days of Buenos Aires, when the increasingly cosmopolitan city was teeming with nightlife, restaurants, Tango salons and opera houses, and soon dubbed “the Paris of south.”

The menu  features flavorful Argentine cuisine, focused on parrilla-grilled steaks, meats and seafood. Highlights begin with a line-up of Ceviches, along with Empanadas with fillings like Taleggio cheese and grapes, and Picada — a selection of cold cuts, cheeses, olives, fig jam, toast. Signature entrees include Churrasco de Chorizo — Prime, spiral cut New York strip steak, marinated in garlic, parsley, olive oil, Ojo de Bife — Prime, rib-eye steak, delicately marbleized for exceptional tenderness,  Paella del Sur — langoustine, scallops, calamari, shrimp, saffron rice, and Cordero Patagonico lamb chops, creamy polenta, kale, truffle oil.

Artango Bar & Steakhouse, 4747 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.

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NEW SPRING MENU AT ROJO GUSANO

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Chef Dudley Nieto unveils a new Spring Menu at his breezy casual, beach-themed taqueria, Rojo Gusano.

Since opening mid-December, the globe-trotting chef has been wowing guests with a creative line-up of simple Latin street foods presented with an elevated global spin. New menu items include Korean Beef BBQ Tacos — with kimchi, cilantro, sesame seeds and radish, Quesadilla Fundido — with Chihuahua cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds, Green Curry Camaron Tacos — with shrimp, Asian cabbage, radish, cilantro, and Brussels Sprouts Tacos — with Yukon potato, Oaxaca cheese, arbol salsa.

A number of new craft cocktails have also been introduced, including stands-out like Mango Beach — mango puree, mezcal, sweet vermouth, Blue Blood Margarita — Casa Noble Crystal Tequila, blue curacao, lime-agave nectar, Gusano Rojo — watermelon puree, mezcal, cranberry juice, cucumber, mint, and after-dinner Beso de Angel — a latte layered with Rompope, topped with cinnamon, served with cookie.

Rojo Gusano, 3830 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago.

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HUTCH CELEBRATES GUEST APPRECIATION DAYS

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Now through February 29, enjoy special savings as Hutch American Bistro offers a complete, 3-course dinner for just $29, along with a special $17 Weekday Brunch deal, all part of Hutch’s Guest Appreciation Days. Hutch’s $29 Dinner begins with choice of skillet shrimp in Creole butter, or meatballs and pork belly appetizer. From there, choose any dinner menu entree (prime steaks excluded) including favorites like Coffee Braised Short Ribs, Scallops with Butternut Squash Risotto, Baby Back Ribs, Almond Crusted Rainbow Trout, and Hutch’s signature Steak ‘n Fries. Top it off with a slice of any 5 mom-approved pies, like Michigan Sour Cherry, Chocolate Mint, or Key Lime.

For daytime savings 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., try Hutch’s Guest Appreciation Days $17 Weekday Brunch, which begins with a refreshing Mimosa Cocktail, made with blood orange or white pear puree. Next, choose from Caesar Salad, or Tomato Soup with grilled cheese croutons, followed by any brunch menu selection. Stand-outs include Steak and Eggs topped with Chimichurri, Croissant French Toast with strawberry and mascarpone, Shrimp and Grits with tomato chutney, and Hutch’s crowd-pleasing Fried Chicken and Corn Waffle, served with bacon butter and maple syrup.

Tucked in a century-old building at 3301 North Clark Street (corner of Clark and Aldine) Hutch offers modern American comfort classics in a handsome, approachable setting. 773-248-1155

CHEF DUDLEY NIETO’S ROJO GUSANO OPENS

 

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Long-time Chicago and New York City restaurant vet Chef Dudley Nieto heats-up Chicago this winter with just-opened Rojo Gusano, a breezy casual taqueria inspired by the beach-side food carts and food trucks found in his native Mexico.

Most recently Executive Chef at restaurateur Jerry Kleiner’s popular Barbakoa in suburban Downers Grove, Nieto’s career spans more than 2-decades, including Adobo Grill, and Mezcalina here in Chicago, and New York City’s Dos Caminos – Park Avenue, and Rosa Mexicano – Lincoln Center, along with guest chef appearances at the James Beard House, and Chicago Gourmet.

Now, the Pueblo, Mexico-born Nieto returns to his roots, with the simple street foods of his childhood, presented with a distinct, elevated global-fusion spin. Menu stand outs include Octopus-Shrimp Ceviche with sweet potato crisps ($8.50), Guacamole with spicy pumpkin seeds and chipotle caramelized pineapple ($5.50), and taco options ranging from Beer Braised Pork Shank ($2.50) to Charred Butternut Squash with kale and farmer’s cheese ($2.50). Full bar service includes a variety of craft cocktails, along with an extensive selection of tequilas, mezcals,  and bourbons.

Rojo Gusano, 3830 West Lawrence, Chicago, 773-539-4398.

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ALTIRO LATIN FUSION NEW YEAR’S EVE

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Altiro New Year’s Eve. Photo credit: Kori Coleman, The Chicagolite.

This New Year’s Eve Altiro Latin Fusion invites guests to experience its innovative collection of Latin-fusion small plates and tapas, offering a special 5-course New Years Eve Menu, teamed with a complimentary glass of champagne.

 The menu begins with a choice of assorted Guacamoles, or Ceviche, followed by Baby Spinach Salad with grilled pears and caramelized almonds, or Roasted Cuaresmeno Soup with queso chihauhau and avocado. Guests then select an “Al Tapas” option, like Al Raviole — Basque jumbo shrimp atop house-made raviol, Al Mejillon — Prince Edward Island mussels, or Al Poblano — pan-seared lemon chicken with poblano sauce, poblano-corn rice. Next up:  choice from Altiro’s “Al Taco” category, with options ranging from Al Carnitas —slow roasted pork belly, escabeche onions, cilantro, roasted Chile de arbol salsa, to Al Salmonjillo — grilled King salmon, grilled pineapple, tomatoes, chipotle aioli. The menu concludes with Altiro’s Latin-inspired spin on Tiramisu — made with tequila, Mexican coffee liquor, rum and espresso, drizzled with chocolate sauce and strawberry coulis. Altiro’s full menu of craft cocktails will also be available, including their popular Magarita Pina — fresh muddled pineapple, lemon, tequila reposado, pineapple-cilantro ice cube, and Ala Florinda — made with Hibiscus flower, bourbon, orange liqueur, fresh orange and lime juice, with chili de arbol garnish.

Altiro’s New Year’s Eve Menu is $45 person, and includes complimentary  glass of champagne. Advance reservations are required. Altiro Latin Fusion is located at 2116 West Roscoe Street, Chicago, 773-935-4000.

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Christmas, New Year’s Eve at Artango Bistro

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Celebrate the holidays Latin-American style as Artango Bistro presents special Christmas Day and New Year Eve menus.

Noon to 9 p.m. Christmas Day, Artango presents a $55 per person ($24 kids 4-12) South American holiday feast. The four-courses Christmas Menu include appetizers like Ahi Tuna Carpaccio in leche de tigre, and six entrees selections ranging from Ojo de Bife — prime rib with Patagonian potatoes, to Cazuala con Pato — duck breast confit, with chorizo, mashed potatoes, kale, fava beans. From there, guests can choose traditional desserts like crepes, flan and Argentine gelato.

Decked in twinkling lights and candles, Artango Bistro provides the perfect setting for New Year’s Eve. Offering a special multi-course New Year’s Eve Menu, with seatings at 5 p.m. ($55), 7 p.m. ($65), and 9 p.m. onward ($85, includes DJ, party favors, New Year’s Eve countdown). The menu offers a variety of appetizer selections, along with choice of salad, or Lobster Bisque with crab meat. Festive entree options range from Cordero Patagonico — breaded lamb chops, Swiss chard, polenta cake, parmesan, mint juice, and La Passion — seared trout, purple potato, julienne veggies, passion fruit sauce, to Gaucho Mignon — filet mignon, bacon, mashed potato, malbec sauce.

Artango Bistro, 4217 North Ravenswood, Chicago. 773-697-7479

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BRUNCH NOW SERVED DAILY AT HUTCH

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Based on popular demand, Hutch American Bistro now offers its crowd-pleasing weekend brunch 7-days-a-week, all week long. No longer limited to jam-packed Saturdays and Sundays, Hutch fans can now enjoy Totchos on a Tuesday, Waffles on a Wednesday, French Toast on a Friday, along with Hutch’s complete line-up of brunch favorites, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. everyday.

Tucked in a century-old building at the corner of Clark and Aldine, the 120-seat Hutch first opened summer 2013. After quickly finding its niche, offering modern American comfort classics in a handsome, approachable setting, Hutch eventually expanded to brunch. Stand-outs include Croissant French Toast — with strawberries and mascarpone, Fried Chicken with Corn Waffle — topped with bacon butter, maple syrup, and Hutch’s popular Totchos — tater tots with pico de gallo, truffled cheese fondue, fried egg, perfect alone or to share as a side. A line-up of brunch cocktails are also featured, like Screwdrivers made with pineapple infused vodka, and Iced Mexican Macchiato — with espresso, milk, tequila, cayenne simple syrup.

Hutch American Bistro, 3301 North Clark Street, Chicago.

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