Whether you're racing in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 11 or not, the occasion marks an apt excuse to carb out on pasta. Restaurants around town are serving up specials and Marathon menus on the weekend to help you fuel up and energize.
Dolce Italian (127 W. Huron St.)
Pre-game for the actual Marathon with a "Carb Marathon" at Dolce Italian. On Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10, the River North restaurant is offering a three-course, carb-packed dinner menu with items like meatballs, spaghetti al pomodoro, fettuccine alla bolognese, and tiramisu. Menus cost $35 per person, available from 5-8 p.m.
Club Lucky (1824 W. Wabansia Ave.)
Bucktown's venerable Club Lucky is known for its pasta in copious and comforting portions, which of course makes it a prime destination for pre-Marathon feasting. On Marathon Eve, Oct. 10, the neighborhood keystone will feature a special Marathon menu with added pasta specials and non-alcoholic drink deals. The kitchen starts serving at 3:30 p.m., so you can start early. And once you're done running, reward yourself with one of their famous martinis.
Ada Street (1664 N. Ada St.)
Protein and carbs aplenty take the plate at Ada Street, where chef Joanna Stachon has crafted a special four-course Marathon menu available for $40 per person. On deck Oct. 10, the menu also includes one cocktail or glass of wine. Get hungry for steak tartare, housemade linguini and clams with uni butter and fried leeks, St. Louis-style pork ribs with chipotle grits, and pretzel bread pudding with maple whipped cream.
County Barbeque (1352 W. Taylor St.)
Any menu hashtagged as an #AllTheCarbs menu is where you need to be before tackling any marathon. County Barbeque is just the ticket, what with their one-day-only #AllTheCarbs menu on hand Oct. 10 from 11:30 a.m. until midnight. The Taylor Street BBQ bastion has amassed a menu package that entails a choice of pulled pork or chopped brisket sandwich, garlic or sweet potato fries, and corn pudding, mac & cheese, and bread pudding with bourbon-splashed bananas for just $24.
Bistronomic (840 N. Wabash Ave.)
All weekend long, from Oct. 9-11, Bistronomic has a handful of a la carte specials on deck for both pre- and post-Marathon chowing. These include handmade chicken confit ravioli with kohlrabi, mushrooms, Parmesan and truffle oil; hand-cut Yukon gold gnocchi with celery root, shrimp, ginger and lobster emulsion; handmade fresh fettuccine with red and yellow peppers, sweet onions, goat cheese and basil pistou; and housemade fresh linguini with organic Amish chicken, root vegetables, Parmesan and mushroom sauce.
Park Grill (11 N. Michigan Ave.)
Situated right on Michigan Avenue in Millennium Park, Park Grill is your prime destination for marathon dining. The restaurant is poised to host its third annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon pre-race dinner on Oct. 10. Situated under a tent at The Plaza at Millennium Park, the event features a glorious pasta buffet, a build-your-own pasta station, three salads, desserts and beer and wine, all for $40 per person. Seatings for the dinner occur at 4, 6 and 8 p.m.
Kanela Breakfast Club (1552 N. Wells St. and other locations)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when it's a pre-marathon breakfast. Do your body right by partaking in the "Kanela Power Waffle" at any of Chicago's Kanela Breakfast Club locations. Available Oct. 9-11, the special is a buckwheat waffle with yogurt, bananas and almonds. Wheatgrass smoothies will also be on special to wash it down properly.
Photos: Dolce Italian, Club Lucky, County Barbeque