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January Dining In Chicago: Tasting Table Sums Up A Month's Worth Of Eating & Drinking

01/31/2012 04:06 pm ET

This article comes to us courtesy of Tasting Table Chicago.

Each month, Tasting Table will highlight their 5 favorite finds from Chicago's culinary scene. Here are their delicious picks from January:

For dinner with a side of history: The new monthly Family Meal menu at Andersonville’s Big Jones is inspired by the past, whether it’s an old cookbook, heirloom grains or, beginning mid-February, the classic flavors of Mardi Gras.

For haute cuisine that won’t break the bank: After nearly a decade at old-school Gold Coast mainstay Les Nomades, chef Chris Nugent moved due west of Lincoln Square. Hit his tiny, unassuming BYOB for an impressively ambitious and elegant meal.

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For your next Reuben: We’ve long loved the rigorous canning program at Southport Grocery. But no jar of preserves has excited us as much as the Grocery’s new Living Kraut--crunchy, sour and brightly flavorful fresh sauerkraut.

For your valentine: Burnt-caramel, peanut-sea salt and hazelnut-cinnamon are but a few of the knockout flavors offered by new local chocolatier Veruca Chocolates.

For your table, your pan and your pantry: As discerning condiment fanatics, believe us when we say: Bill Kim’s Belly Fire is a requisite addition to your lineup. The newly bottled sauce packs an addicting sweet-salty-sour-savory wallop.

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