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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 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

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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