Eat The Week: Beware of Ghost Peppers, Drink Lots of Pinot, a Perfect Date Night and more!

Eat The Week: Beware of Ghost Peppers, Drink Lots of Pinot, a Perfect Date Night and more!

1. Everyone likes knowing secrets, which is why, according to Chicago Reader, some Chicago eateries now have off-menu items that patrons can order, if they know the right password. This underground trend can be impressive to friends, but exercise caution: Ordering a “ghostface killah” at Three Aces will result in a pizza covered in ghost peppers!

2. Stephanie Izard announced the plans to open the Little Goat, a retro diner, within steps of the famous Girl & the Goat. Retro, yes, but don’t expect this to be a 70’s or 50’s diner. Chicago Eater reports some items may include in-house poached tuna melt, a house-made bacon and roasted turkey club and a pulled pork sandwich on a pork fat doughnut.

3. What is Michael Jordan’s obsession with the number 23, or as Chicago Reader reports, everyone’s obsession with 23 for that matter? The Michael Jordan Steakhouse, which opened last month on Michigan Avenue, boasts a 23-layer chocolate cake and a 23-ingredient chopped salad among an array of other delicious menu items.

4. While Chicago might not be in dire need of a new burger joint, 25 Degrees opens in River North Monday with promising hopes. According to Grub Street Chicago, 25 Degrees, coyly named for the degree difference between a medium-rare burger and one that is well done, will also offer other sandwich and salad items, as well as an impressive selection of “adult” beverages.

5. Support locals! Chicago will be hosting two indie markets this weekend that will offer homemade ice cream, beer and so much more. According to The Feast, Nite Market, a member’s only event (register online, it takes two seconds) will take place Friday, November 11, 7-10 p.m., and Logan Square Pastry Market will take place November 12-13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

6. If you’re a sucker for breakfast foods, like me, check out Chicago Magazine’s list of top breakfast places in the City. They say, “No matter what happens to you today, we can at least give you a good start.” Top picks include The Bagel Restaurant and Deli, Bananas Foster Café, and Bistro Champagne.

7. According to Gaper’s Block, Chicago’s got some new bibs! The Bib Gourmand restaurants in the 2012 Michelin Guide Chicago are a list of restaurants that allow for “two courses and a glass of wine or dessert can be had for $40 or less.” While several restaurants were dropped off the list due to their closings, newbies include Bistronomic, Arami, Sol de Mexico, and Lao Sze Chuan.

8. Precise about the way you like your burger? Try Butcher & the Burger, where the menu choices allow for 10,648 variations of your typical burger! According to Tasting Table, between seasoning blends, burger types including shrimp, elk, and mushroom, four different bun types, and over 20 different toppings, it’s almost impossible to not find something on the menu that you like!

9. Need a girl’s night out? Grab your girlfriends and head to Pinot Days! Navy Pier is hosting its 5th annual Pinot Days, which is an opportunity to taste more than 300 wines from over 70 producers. According to Chicago Foodies, tickets are $50 and are available in advance through the event’s website.

10. If you’re looking for a Lady and the Tramp kind of date this weekend, Chicago Gluttons suggests you might find the best spaghetti and meatballs in the city at….Glenn’s Diner? Yes, you read that correctly. The seafood joint with a cereal bar is apparently getting everything right, including Italian. So take your lady today and melt her heart.

Photo courtesy of Ed Fisher