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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

Brunch Bites: Doughnut French Toast, Lobster Hash, and Bottomless Mimosas

When a restaurant adds doughnut French toast and housemade Twinkies to their brunch menu, you go. And you bring your cardiologist with you. The brand new brunch menu at Public House, rolling out next weekend July 6 and July 7, is an exercise in comfort food stamina. I'm not sure if I should worship chef David Blonsky or fear him. For now, I'll go with the former. The inaugural menu features French toast dipped in doughnut batter and fried, served with vanilla bourbon creme anglaise and strawberry-banana jam. There's also homemade Twinkies, which dovetail nicely with the homemade Pop Tarts Blonsky came to be known for at sister spot Bull & Bear down the street. These bulbous treats, filled with the likes of caramel-banana or Nutella and peanut butter, tug on nostalgic heartstrings so hard they practically rip them out and leave you gasping for air. Savory selections are just as indulgent, with a Spanish eggs Benedict made with barbacoa beef and chorizo hollandaise; hash studded with potatoes, bacon, green peppers, onions, and egg; and a queso fundido egg burrito. Public House brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays.


Hash
(Public House hash. Photo: DineAmic Group)

 

Public House's newest sister, Siena Tavern, is also debuting its own brunch program, this one with an Italian tilt. Top Cheffer Fabio Viviani solidifies his status as a fan favorite with hearty, gourmet fare such as lobster hash with truffle hollandaise, squash blossom and prosciutto frittata, caramelized waffles with Nutella butter (!), and bombolini, darling Italian doughnut holes adjoined by a smattering of dipping sauces. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays at Siena Tavern.


Caramelized waffle
(Caramelized waffle at Siena Tavern. DineAmic Group)


It's a proven fact that mimosas are best enjoyed on lush patios, and in limitless amounts. That's why you should make like a hungover royal and get yourself to The Monarch for weekend brunch. The Wicker Park barstaurant is now offering bottomless supplies of mimosas for all your groggy brunch needs. Available Saturdays and Sundays, $15 buys you all the orange juice and bubbly you can drink, which goes down extra smooth on their newly converted, tranquil patio space, complete with an herb garden. It's a nice escape from the frivolity on North Avenue, and the perfect place to nurse your body from its drowsy coma.


The Monarch patio
(Drink mimosas here. Photo: Hilary Higgins)

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