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Alternative Options for Valentine's Day; Where to Get Cajun For Mardi Gras; More

This week's top dish from Eater Chicago, Curbed's restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog...

AROUND TOWN—Valentine's Day is one of the worst nights of the year to dine out, and Eater rounded up some anti-Valentine's Day events, some of the tackiest gimmicks, and the best traditional restaurant reservations still available.

AROUND TOWN—Mardi Gras is also on the horizon, so check out the best picks in Chicagoland to celebrate with Cajun and Creole food.

WICKER PARK—Noteworthy longtime chef and Charlie Trotter protege Michael Taus opened his first own restaurant in more than two decades this week, Taus Authentic in the former Prasino space.

LOGAN SQUARE—The people behind popular British-style pub and restaurant Owen & Engine are working on a brewery and Asian restaurant on Milwaukee Avenue.