Bangers and Bottled Sodas at Pleasant House Bakery

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                            Pleasant House Bakery

Pleasant House Bakery

There’s always something crafty in the offing at Pleasant House Bakery, the Bridgeport charmer with a British accent. Everyone flocks to the shop for savory pies, but the mighty pleasant bangers are worth noting as well, especially considering the August-long promotion happening now. In other Pleasant news, the shop has taken its popular housemade sodas on tap and bottled them up for convenient consumption at the shop or on the go.

How to Make Cocktails and Fried Desserts

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                            The Barrelhouse Flat

The Barrelhouse Flat

School is back in session, and this week’s lessons involve deep-fried desserts and craft cocktails. Now that’s a curriculum we can support. Within the next few days, Zed451 and The Barrelhouse Flat are conducting two very unique tutorials on fried desserts and cocktails, respectively. Sure you could just haunt these places to get your fix, but it helps to have the knowledge, in case you want to whip up something special at home to impress guests or just comfort yourself.

Burger Bites

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                            deca RESTAURANT + BAR

deca RESTAURANT + BAR

Burgers are a year round essential, but cravings skyrocket during the summer months, when wafting aromas of backyard grills entice the taste buds and whet the appetite. The only thing that can make burgers taste better is a bargain, and The dec, deca RESTAURANT, and Rockit Burger Bar feature intoxicating new burger deals this season.

Play Hooky with Mid-day Meals

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                            Smoked Salmon Tartine at Found

Smoked Salmon Tartine at Found

It feels good to take an extended lunch bread now and again, especially when the food is so disarmingly good that it renders your work efficiency moot by meal’s end. You work hard and you deserve a break. Make like Ferris Bueller for an afternoon and wile away the mid-afternoon at restaurants such as Little Market Brasserie, Found, and Hash House A Go Go, all of which offer special mid-day menu offerings for the hooky crowd.

The High Life at RM

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                            Miller High Life bottle service at RM

Miller High Life bottle service at RM

Just when you thought RM Champagne Salon was all bubbly and raised pinkies, the Parisian parlor pops the cork on a couple hip new initiatives. To show the world that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, RM is now offering Miller High Life bottle service (it is the Champagne of beers after all) and rolling out a new batch of kegged cocktails.

'Wich Hunt for Chicago's Best Sandwiches

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                            Fried Bologna Sandwich at Au Cheval (photo Kari Skaflen)

Fried Bologna Sandwich at Au Cheval (photo Kari Skaflen)

August is National Sandwich Month, which means it’s basically your duty to gorge on sandwiches all month long. With so many options around town, there’s plenty of ’wiches out there for everyone. Here are some favorites.

Barbecue Lessons from a Master

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We could all use a little guidance in the kitchen now and again. It’s especially helpful when said guidance comes from a top tier chef such as Mercadito’s Patricio Sandoval, a River North titan rolling out new culinary classes tonight. Mercadito’s Sandoval capitalizes on summer grilling season with this week’s “Get the Rub on Grilling” interactive dinners.

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