Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Run, Foodie, Run . . .

Rockit Bar & Grill's Chicken Chili Mac is part of this weekend's marathon menu. (Photo: Rockit Bar & Grill)

It's that time of year when participants load up on carbs in preparation for the Chicago Marathon.

But why should they have all the fun?! This time around, menus are inventive and sound delicious, so even if you're not running, you might want to check these out:

Rockit Bar & Grill should really consider adding the Chicken Chili Mac (four-cheese macaroni and cheese, turkey chili with grilled chicken breast) to the permanent menu. From Friday through Sunday, it's part of a three-course menu that also includes a salad and warm banana rum bread pudding. $25 (50 percent off for those who ran in the marathon on Sunday); all items also a la carte. Also, a Rockit Raspberry Smoothie (made with low-fat yogurt, wheat germ and the antioxidant acai berry) will also be available for $5.

A special marathon buffet is being offered only the night before the race at Shor, the new steakhouse tucked inside the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. It'll include soup, salads, salmon, chicken and, of course, a pasta bar. That's $17 per person from 5-10pm Saturday.

Big Bowl gets in the mix with a high-carb marathon menu, offered Thursday through Saturday. Diners can choose from three combos, which are all priced at $14.95. Selections include fiery potstickers paired with Kung Pao noodles, dumpling noodle soup or blazing chicken with wheat noodles.

Chow down for a good cause over at A MANO, which is hosting Pastapalooza! through Saturday. Bring a friend and you'll get a three-course menu that's customized to your liking as well as benefits Girls on the Run, a national non-profit organization encouraging healthy lifestyles among preteen girls. Choose from a classic Margherita pizza or salumi, several pasta selections and dessert. $26.50 per person; $2 goes to Girls on the Run.

Province preview

If the offbeat ceiling is any indication of Province's design, we're in for a treat! (Photo:

Hungry Magazine gets an exclusive sneak preview of Randy Zweiban's Province, which looks like it will open on schedule next week.