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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: "Secret" Sliders and New Brunch Menus at Hutch and Stout Chicago Restaurant

The only thing more endearing about chicken and waffles is chicken and waffle sliders. Especially when you have to coyly whisper a secret pass code to your server to acquire them. This week, I'm pleased to spill the syrup on a new off-menu brunch item at Rockit Burger Bar, Chicago Restaurant available September 7 through September 29 on Saturdays and Sundays all day long. All you gotta do is whisper "what the cluck?!" to your server (make sure and express the proper punctuation) and you'll be rewarded with a plate of three chicken and waffle sliders featuring buttermilk fried chicken, Belgian mini waffles, maple syrup, bacon aïoli, and tater tots. This is like the brunch equivalent of lifting a book on a bookcase into a secret passageway; a secret passageway lined with bacon aïoli.


Hutch, the new iteration of the former Socca space, debuts brunch service September 14. It's all about the homey comfort food at this Lakeview bistro, from croissant French toast and monkey bread to fried chicken with corn waffles and bourbon syrup. Meatier selections range from short rib frittata to chilaquiles, biscuits & gravy, and bone-in ham with eggs. Sure you could dive into bottomless mimosas, but Hutch gets crafty in the booze department with a.m. beverages such as the Starsky made with smoked jalapeño- and garlic-infused vodka, housemade BBQ bitters, and a bacon-sea salt rim. Come September 14, brunch will be served every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 


A new brunch menu is also on deck at Stout Barrel House and Galley, served every Saturday and Sunday. The menu from Michael Matthew sports just about everything you could hope for in brunch fare, ranging from "rise & shine" items such as biscuits and gravy and breakfast pizzas to "buenos dias amigos" dishes like carnitas Benedict and breakfast tacos. Craving something sweet? "Sweet tooth cures" will satiate via red velvet waffles, Nutella and peanut butter pancakes, and banana beignets. Lunchier items go from Maine lobster rolls and sausage flatbreads to Caesar salads and open-faced grilled cheese. Of course, Stout sports plenty of brunchy beverages as well. There's a build-your-own Bloody Mary or michelada component, along with Bloody Mary flights. Mimosas come individually or in a shareable 750ml serving of cava with four juices. There are also designated "breakfast beers" and "craftails" such as an orange French toast shot and the Pineapple Recovery Punch made with Bacardi pineapple rum, pineapple juice, and coconut water served in a whole pineapple.


Chicken and waffle sliders at Rockit Burger Bar
("What the cluck?!")

Neighborhoods: WrigleyvilleRiver NorthLakeview

A spin-off of River North's popular Rockit Bar & Grill, gourmet burgers are the name of the game at Wrigleyville's Rockit Burger Bar.

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Stout Barrel House & Galley’s menu focuses on seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients. While it is mostly a chef-driven project, the bar focuses on craft beers that includes 20 selections...


Hutch was conceived based on two ideas; people want to be comfortable where they eat and what they eat and drink has to be cravable. Hutch represents just that, a...

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