By Kailley Lindman | December 21, 2016 | Food & Drink
What's on Mott St's new "Late Night Munchies" menu, and what sorts of holiday treats are available at Cindy's pop-up cookie shop? That and more in this week's dining news...
When those late-night food cravings creep up on you, head to Mott St for its newly minted selection of elevated comfort foods, including an all-beef Mott dog with roasted garlic kewpie, pickled shallots, and bonito-nori flakes, a Chitalian beef sandwich loaded with soy-chili braised beef shank, and Mott-chos, which are topped with mapo tofu, radishes, green onions, and cheese. These eats are available exclusively between 11 p.m. and 1:45 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 1401 N. Ashland Ave., 773-687-9977
Head to this rooftop restaurant at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel December 22 (2 to 6 p.m.) and 23 (12 to 3 p.m.) for a holiday iteration of executive pastry chef Jove Hubbard's ongoing pop-up series. Festive creations include peppermint meltaways, gingerbread people, chocolate rugelach, magic cookie bars, Christmas tree meringue, butterscotch bars, and more, and are available individually ($2) and by the dozen ($20; $40 for two dozen, Cindy's holiday cookie tin included). 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-792-3502
Join this River North taco joint for a little post-holiday indulgence in the form of tacos, Lagunitas brews, and Jim Beam bourbon on December 27. The one-time dinner ($30 per person) kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with chips and salsa and a Winter's Harvest welcome cocktail (Jim Beam Double Oak Twice Barreled Bourbon, Lagunitas 12th of Never Ale, brown sugar, molasses, and lemon juice), and progresses through courses like an Imperial chicken taco paired with Lagunitas IPA and bourbon bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream and bourbon-pineapple sauce. In addition, guests get to take home a complimentary Tallboy Taco tasting glass and a beer koozie. Call to reserve. 325 W. Huron St., 312-488-4917
Who says the party has to end at midnight? Keep your New Year festivities alive with Sunday brunch at this Brazilian West Loop mainstay, where live bossa nova music will play throughout the duration of the service. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and offers plenty of reasons (pomegranate caipirinhas and lobster benedict, anyone?) to delay those resolutions. 954 W. Fulton Market, 312-226-5300
One of Chicago's most enduring fine-dining establishments honors its 30th anniversary with a special "1986" menu that features dishes from its very first year in business. The limited-run menu ($145 per person, plus $98 per person for optional wine pairings) launches January 11, includes everything from Presskopf of wild salmon to Rossini-style prime beef tenderloin with truffle sauce to crispy Alsace apple strudel with maple ice cream, and will be available at the 40th-floor restaurant through the end of January. Call to reserve. 440 S. La Salle St., 312-663-8920
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