Our Top Picks for Chicago Restaurant Week 2019: Avli Taverna

Avli Taverna's Kataifi Prawns (Photo courtesy of Avli Taverna.)

Unlike the great hullabaloo of the “Big Four” winter holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve), when restaurants full-to-bursting turn away business and reservations at hot new spots (and popular older favorites) are impossible to come by, January stretches out like an endless wasteland. Gone are the office holiday parties with the free-flowing booze,

The dawn of a new year has long been a time for forecasts and prophecies, for both trendspotters and laymen alike. For starters, everyone wants a jump start on the hottest fashions, the colors of the year, sports team rankings, and the future state of the economy. All valid concerns, but of course my area