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Weekly Planner: Gauguin-inspired Specials, Brunch Returns to Chop Shop, New Lunch at Bittersweet and More

Gauguin-inspired Burger and Cocktail at Seven Lions In honor of the new Paul Gauguin Artist as Alchemist exhibit opening at the Art Institute of Chicago, the conveniently located Seven Lions is rolling out an inspired burger and cocktail special to run the duration of the programming, starting June 25. Courtesy of chef Patrick Russ, the […]

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Jun 20, 2017 07:13 PM
Weekly Planner: Mercadito’s Mixology Academy, Father’s Day BBQ, Writers Club and More

One of the best ongoing beverage events in Chicago, Mercadito’s Mixology Academy is back for more on June 17, followed by an experiential dinner two days later. River North’s perpetually hot Mexican restaurant and bar is christening summer in style with their next themed shindig, featuring a lesson on Bulleit Bourbon cocktails led by beverage […]

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Jun 12, 2017 01:29 AM
Weekly Planner: Crêpes Dinner, More New Brunch

New Brunch and drinking deals in Chicago One of the most unique Sunday supper series in the city keeps going strong on June 11, as Floriole Cafe & Bakery rolls out its next crêpes-focused dinner. Giving guests a taste of France, the second installment in the dinner series focuses on late-spring ingredients and dishes inspired by […]

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Jun 05, 2017 06:17 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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