—Stephanie Izard's ballyhooed opening of Duck Duck Goat is getting tantalizingly close, as the Tribune reports that the celeb chef will unveil the Fulton Market Chinese restaurant before the end of March. Rumors are flying about a specific opening date, so stay tuned for more on the big reveal.
—Nearly two years to the day after Nobu's announcement of a Chicago outpost for the celebrity-driven hotel and Japanese restaurant in the West Loop, Curbed has word of a revised plan as well as new renderings. There's no word yet on an updated opening timeframe on Randolph Street.
—Mott Street, the well-regarded Wicker Park street food sibling from the Ruxbin folks, kicked off Sunday brunch service yesterday. Check out the full menu below, which includes pork jowl skillet and baked coconut French toast.
—One Off Hospitality's smash hit Wicker Park Tex-Mex diner Dove's Luncheonette has switched up some of its menu, scratching an all-day menu in favor of a new dedicated dinner menu. New dishes include cornmeal fried catfish and fideos in the evening, and a breakfast burrito and a fried oyster omelet in the morning.
—Grant Achatz is the coverboy for the current issue of Wine Spectator, the Tribune noticed. The magazine includes a 10-page feature on the Alinea mastermind.
—"MasterChef" is holding a casting call in town on March 19 in the South Loop, so click here for more info if you're home cook with an itch to make a splash on TV.