Monday, March 17, 2008

Deal(s) of the day . . .

OD’d on all that St. Pat’s Day partying over the weekend, but you’re still looking to hang tonight?

You’ll want to check out these events, which will certainly have no green on the scene:

Head to Martini Park (151 W. Erie St., 312-640-0577), as they launch their new nightly happy hour special. Monday through Saturday, between 5-8pm, you can get $3 and $5 menu items like Kobe beef sliders, Thai-style calamari, filet mignon sauté skewers and spinach artichoke dip.

Get ready for Masters At Work mega deejay/producer Louie Vega, who spins at Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street (2200 N. Ashland Ave., 773-395-0066). One of my all-time favorite music men (remember Nuyorican Soul?!), Vega headlines the party with his mesmerizing blend of soul, funk, house and Latin mixes. Tonight’s lineup also includes resident deejays Diz, Michael Serafina, Just Joey and Uncle Milty. $3 Bud products; $5 Stoli cocktails. $10. 10pm-4am.

Tickets are still available for the third-annual World Festival, hosted by Common Threads. "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi is the honorary chair for the event, which includes high-profile local and national chefs. Look out for the likes of David Burke, Jimmy Bannos, Marcus Samuelsson, Gale Gand and Rocco DiSpirito to be serving their specialties. Cocktails, bubbly, live music and more included. 6-9pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave.). John Legend performs at the VIP after-party. Call 312-752-2674 for tickets.

Chill out with friends or a sig other at Feast (1616 N. Damen Ave., 773-772-7100) in Bucktown with this deal: Buy an entrée and get half off on any bottle of wine—or BYOB with your favorite vino.

Rosscoe's off to shaky first flight

I've been seeing photos circulating over the weekend of food from the new Rosscoe's (House of Chicken & Waffles) in Bronzeville (3947 S. King Dr., 773-536-3300), and I have to say that I'm not too impressed.

Apparently, neither was The Stew, which filed this report. Also? I can see some drama happening soon with this name. Why didn't the owners just come up with their own brand instead of biting off the original in Los Angeles?!

On a similar note, I'm hearing some good buzz about the fried chicken & waffles at Kitsch'n On Roscoe (2005 W. Roscoe St., 773-248-7372). They've been serving it on the menu for several years—with Belgian-style waffles and ancho honey—on the dinner menu, and it's become so popular that it's now also on the daytime menu with a boneless breast.