5-COURSE CINCO DE MAYO FEAST AT ROJO GUSANO

Rojo Gusano chef/owner Dudley Nieto puts his distinct global spin on Cinco de Mayo, offering a 5-course Cinco Feast at a special price of $24.99. The Cinco Feast is available 4pm to 10pm, Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6, at Rojo Gusano’s two breezy casual, beach-themed locations, 3830 West Lawrence, and 4217 North Ravenswood, Chicago.

The Cinco Feast allows guests to explore Rojo Gusano’s most popular menu items, starting with choice of salsas, plus any three guacamoles — including spicy pumpkin seed with chipotle-caramelized pineapple. From there, choose any four of Chef Dudley’s dozen globally-inspired taco mash-ups, like Green Curry Shrimp with Asian cabbage, Pork Belly with red pickled onion, Chicken Tinga with Farmers cheese, housemade crema, teamed with any two sides , including Esquites with chipotle mayo and cotija cheese. The Cinco Feast concludes with choice of desserts, including Chocolate Tamal – Mexican and Belgian chocolate flourless cake, steamed in a corn husk, with vanilla bean ice cream, and raspberry puree. Both locations feature outdoor patio seating. Rojo Gusano’s Ravenswood location is BYOB, while the Lawrence Avenue location offers full bar service, and will feature $5 Margaritas Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6.

Rojo Gusano, 3830 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, 773-539-4398, and 4217 North Ravenswood, Chicago, 773-360-7687.

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HUTCH AMERICAN CAFE OPENS IN RIVER NORTH

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Hutch American Cafe is now open in River North. The new brunch-centric eatery is sibling to Wrigleyville’s popular Hutch American Bistro, opened in 2013 by restaurateur Marc Wuenschel. Hutch American Cafe features a line-up of brunch and lunch selections, served 8 a.m. to 3 p.m, 7-days a week. Menu must-trys include Avocado Chicken Toast, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict. Fried Chicken and Corn Waffle with bacon butter, Lox and Bagel Board, assorted flatbreads, burgers, salads and wraps.  Monday through Friday, from 4pm to 7pm, Hutch American Cafe hosts one of the best Happy Hours deals in River North, with $2 glasses of champagne, $3 beers, and $5 craft cocktails. During that time, a special menu of snacks and small plates is offered, including Smoked Salmon Flatbread, house made Tater Tots with truffle cheese fondue and more, each priced at just $5.

Hutch American Cafe, 416 West Ontario, Chicago. 312-300-4195.

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HARVEST MOON LAUNCHES WINTER MENU

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Harvest Moon has now launched an all-new Winter Menu. The 100-seat artsy-chic Harvest Moon offers a loungey vibe, complete with custom-designed banquettes, bold murals by popular artist David Bozic, and live music on weekends, all under the warm glow of Edison lamps and flickering candles. The seasonal, farm-to-table menu provides dinner options like Seared Scottish Salmon — with polenta fritter, mustard cream, and Braised Short Rib — with Yukon Gold parsnip mash.

Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Harvest Moon’s new Winter Brunch Menu highlights comfort classics presented with a contemporary spin. Must-trys include Breakfast Pot Pie — fluffy egg custard, spinach and bacon, topped with puffed pastry, Chickpea Hash — served with 2 any-style eggs and country toast,  and Chicken ‘n Waffles — crispy fried chicken breast, bourbon bacon waffle, maple syrup.

Harvest Moon, 1805 West Division Street, Chicago.

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MIKU SUSHI MONTH-LONG RAMEN SPECIAL

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As crisp autumn temperatures arrive, Miku Sushi is cooking-up a red hot deal, offering heaping bowls of their popular ramen at a special price of just $8.

Beginning October 1st, choose from Miku’s signature Spicy Roasted Garlic Miso Ramen (normally $14) or Tonkotsu Ramen (normally $13) at a special price of just $8, available the entire month of October. Both options are served with Miku’s rich broth, ramen egg noodles and brimming with pork belly, bamboo shoots, scallions, soft boiled egg and more. Offered for lunch or dinner, 7-days-a-week, through October 31st.

Since opening in 2015 in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Square, Miku continues to win rave reviews. In addition to its popular ramen offerings, Miku Sushi’s full menu highlights artfully presented maki rolls, nigiri, and sashimi, together with a line-up of hot and cold small plates, grilled skewers, along with craft cocktails and full bar service.

Miku Sushi — 4514 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.

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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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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

RAVE REVIEWS CONTINUE FOR MIKU

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Miku Sushi – photos: Lucy Hewett

Miku Sushi continues to win rave reviews since opening earlier this year in the same Lincoln Square location that once housed Chicago’s venerable Tank Sushi, and was recently named #3 Hottest Restaurant by Chicago Magazine.

Owned by former Tank Sushi vets Stanley Liem and Nuchsara “Sara” Katekaew,  Miku’s menu features an extensive selection of creative, artfully presented Maki Rolls, Nigiri, and Sashimi. A line-up of hot and cold small plates include Seared Duck Breast — Asian pear sauce, mushroom, shallot, red wine reduction $10; Spicy Tuna Ravioli — tempura crunch, crab meat, wrapped in thinly sliced avocado $6; Pork Belly Chips — crackling salt and lemon pepper pork belly, spicy mayo $6, and King Crab — butter soy sauce, caviar, chive $18. Assorted grilled mini-skewers, ranging from simple Rib Eye $2, to exotic Alligator $2.50, along with Tonkotsu Ramen $12 and Spicy Roasted Garlic Miso Ramen $13.

Miku Sushi, 4514 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.

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