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Weekly Planner: Travelle’s Chef Collab

Travelle’s Chef Collab With Bouefhaus Some of Chicago’s most talented chefs come together for a collaboration dinner on July 27, as Ricardo Jarquin of Travelle Kitchen + Bar welcomes Boeufhaus’ Brian Ahern and Jamie Finnegan for the next round of the restaurant’s “Chef Collab” dinner series. Altogether, the chefs are joining forces for a family-style dinner that begins […]

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Jul 27, 2017 03:45 AM
6 Reasons Why Sepia Is One of Chicago’s Most Important Restaurants

Sepia has entered a rare restaurant club in Chicago In its 10th year in business, Sepia has entered a rare restaurant club in Chicago, among the uppermost echelons of destinations that are an indelible part of the city’s dining DNA. In line with other game-changers and industry-shapers like Blackbird, BOKA, NAHA and Topolobampo, Sepia is a timeless gem that somehow only gets better […]

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Jul 25, 2017 12:10 AM
Best Bars for a Summer Night Cap in Chicago

Polish off a night on the town with a Summer Night Cap One of the quintessential parts of summer in Chicago involves lingering for hours on end on patios at restaurants and bars, pretty much until city noise ordinances require closing outdoor spaces at 11 PM or 12 AM. But that doesn’t mean the night’s over; […]

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Jul 22, 2017 05:07 AM

From BBQ to Boho: a Bevy of New Brunch Options

Nowadays, it's de rigueur for pretty much every restaurant to offer brunch in some capacity. Remember the days when brunch was confined to brunch-specific restaurants? LOL. Chicago has an insatiable appetite for brunch, which probably speaks to our Saturday night drinking habits as well. To meet these needs, more and more restaurants are unveiling brunch menus, and you can hardly hurl a muffin without hitting a brunch queue. The latest crop of brunch destinations could not be more disparate, including a perplexing barbecue restaurant, a Champagne salon, and a French bistro.

Sunday brunch is on deck at Lakeview's Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed. The name for this kosher barbecue spot is curious, but the brunch selections are obvious winners. Their weekly offerings, served from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., feature a rotating array of specials as well as omelettes, French toast, lox, breakfast sandwiches, and more. For Milt's, brunch is a way to engage the neighborhood earlier in the day, especially as more and more people are out and about through summer. Brunch is ideally enjoyed on their new sidewalk patio.

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon
(Beautiful people like brunch too! Boho brunch at RM Champagne Salon. Photo: RM)

If Champagne, Olsen twin-esque sunglasses, and The New York Times are more in line with your idea of brunch, head to RM Champagne Salon. The Parisian parlor has implemented a sophisticated brunch of its own for the season, dubbed "boho brunch." It's more of a chic afternoon affair than a groggy hangover cure, beginning each Sunday at 1:00 p.m. RM will provide copies of The New York Times, a DJ, and a patio bar, along with plenty of bubbly of course. If this preview video is any indication, croissants and beautiful people are involved as well.

(Croque at Brasserie 54 by LM. Photo: Blast Marketing & PR)

Up in Andersonville, Brasserie 54 by LM recently debuted a Saturday brunch menu, enabling customers to punctuate their week with pain perdu and monte cristo sandwiches. The menu is now served from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, featuring the fairly typical gamut of French bistro fare, albeit with interesting additions. There's an omelette with duck rillettes, a Benedict with country pâté, and an entire section devoted to croques. Of course, you could go for the commonplace croque monsieur, but there's also a croque vegetarian and croque poisson. For an additional $2, guests can add an egg to their croque to make it a croque madame. Do that.


Tags: West LoopBrunchLakeviewAndersonvilleBarbecueChampagneBrasserieSalonBoho
Neighborhoods: West LoopAndersonvilleLakeview

The husband-and-wife team behind LM Restaurant Group open another French bistro serving classic and contemporary fare. This latest venture takes over the venue formerly known as In Fine Spirits Lounge...

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The only kosher restaurant in Lakeview, Milt’s, opened in January 2013, nourishes the body and the mind with house-smoked beef and chicken and regular speakers on politics, history, spirituality, humor...

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