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Prairie Fire, the latest restaurant from Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris of suburban Prairie Grass Cafe, opened today in the former Powerhouse space at 215 N. Clinton. The extensive, eclectic menu ranges from appetizers like warm baked feta with banana peppers, duck and chicken liver patés, Asian-style shrimp and ahi tuna, and pizzas to 20 entrees including steaks, Greek-influenced dishes, five fish preparations, and a breaded pork schnitzel.
Leo's Coney Island of Chicago, the local outlet of a Detroit mainstay for Coney dogs, breakfast, burgers, and other diner standards, opened soft in Lakeview last week; its official opening is Monday, February 15.
Chef Cary Taylor’s regional-American reworking of Chaise Lounge, the Southern, opened Friday, featuring dishes with a southern twist such as duck cassoulet with black-eyed peas. There’s also a decent selection of cocktails (including mint juleps and Planter’s Punch), bourbons, and southern beers at what’s touted as being a “kickass bar.”
Between Revolution Brewing Company, the new brewpub from Handlebar owner Josh Deth, and Longman & Eagle, the bar, restaurant, and soon-to-be inn from the owners of the Empty Bottle, Logan Square is hopping. Waits at Revolution's opening last Tuesday were reportedly as long as an hour and 45 minutes. It’s serving lunch and dinner daily, with a menu that ranges from burgers, pizza, and sandwiches to Flemish beef stew, with plenty of vegetarian options like cheddar-ale soup, curried sweet potato cakes with red pepper yogurt, and an entree of beluga lentils with quinoa and winter vegetables. There's only one vegetarian entree on the menu at Longman & Eagle, but according to a friend of the Food Chain, it's a good one: slow-roasted cauliflower, beluga lentils, caramelized onion, golden raisins, mango, and cucumber raita.