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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 PM

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

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