Story | Jan 29, 2013
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Story | Jan 24, 2013Bolat African Cuisine. A stunning black-and-white African-themed mural on the back wall is the first sign this Wrigleyville restaurant cares about appearances. But one spoonful of a truly peppery pepper soup shows Bolat's owners, Beatrice Hardnick and her son, Emmanuel Abidemi, are serious about providing "a sub-Saharan culinary excursion." The menu ranges from their native Nigeria to include dishes from Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal and other African countries. Newbies might want to consider the piri-piri shrimp, a spicy yet accessible starter posed on a pillow of creamy avocado. Starches anchor many African dishes, and there's a full range here, from seasoned jollof rice to ugali, a firm polentalike corn mush, to a silky and slightly sticky fufu made of pounded yam. Pair the fufu with egusi, a nubbly mix of ground melon seed, tomato and spinach. 3346 N. Clark St., 773-665-1100. Dinner Monday-Saturday; bolatchicago.com
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Story | Nov 22, 2012 | 2:34 PM
It was a makeshift banquet hall on asphalt. Tables were decked with yellow and orange paper and an arrangement of dried flowers. Hundreds of volunteers scurried around offering plates laden with turkey, ham, stuffing and gravy. Onstage, a band played...
Story | Oct 19, 2012 | 4:34 PM
It's looking more and more like state Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, is going to avoid a major challenge from Republican personal-injury lawyer Will McBride for a new state Senate seat in Central Florida. Soto far outraised McBride during the latest...