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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

Sweet of the Week: Rice Pudding at Dillman's Restaurant

Far too often, rice pudding gets overlooked, deemed nursing home food not fit for anyone with functioning teeth. This reputation is unfortunate and undeserved. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for rice pudding. I'll admit the first time I saw it in a container in our refrigerator when I was young, I was weirded out. My dad loved it, and once I finally got over the idea of a pudding made with rice, I discovered that goddamn I love it. And why not? It's simply a custardy sweet pudding studded with tender, plump grains of rice, oftentimes flecked with cinnamon and raisins. It's almost like a sweet breakfast porridge. Nowadays, it's still rare to find rice pudding on restaurant menus, which is why I was pleasantly surprised to see it at spankin' new Dillman's The new Chicago restaurant. After a recent lunch at the sprawling restaurant, the rice pudding turned out to be the highlight of the meal.

The rice pudding at Dillman's is not anything outre or contemporary, just a classic preparation of a classic dessert. The texture of the pudding is perfectly silky and rich, each bite absolutely brimming with rice. True to form, an ample dosage of cinnamon is sprinkled on top and the pudding is dotted with juicy raisins, providing a splash of fruity flavor throughout. Served in a sundae glass, even the presentation looks nostalgic. This isn't a reinvention of the rice pudding wheel, but an apt homage to a deserving classic.

Rice pudding at Dillman's
(Rice pudding and chocolate cream pie at Dillman's)

Neighborhoods: River North

Red hot restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff opens a contemporary casual eatery in the space that was once home to Steve's Deli. Though Dillman's specializes in classic Jewish deli fare (think house-made...

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