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Hottest New Brunch in Chicago

Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, with new restaurants and menus emerging seemingly every week. Especially lately, the city has seen a surge in reputable brunches debut, each offering a stylistic and innovative approach to the weekend pastime. From internationally inspired dim sum to morning fare rooted in culinary traditions of France and Spain, […]

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May 24, 2018 11:51 PM
The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM

Brunch Bites: New Brunch Menu at Standard Market Grill and Coffee Cocktails at Trenchermen Restaurant

In this week's batch of brunch bites, a market-sourced Lincoln Park eatery rolls out a new brunch program, and an innovating restaurant implements coffee cocktails.


"This little piggy goes to market" takes on entirely new meaning when you're pigging out at Standard Market Grill, the new Lincoln Park restaurant sourcing its wares from Standard Market in Westmont. The eatery has expanded its weekend brunch menu, serving an array of eclectic, globe-hopping dishes in a fast-casual environment. Perfect for those who are fast and casual and hungover. Executive chef Brian Wright leads the charge on everything from Belgian waffles and rotating omelettes to brunch burgers, morning glory pizzas, and chicken and waffles. Drown your boozy sorrows in Standard Market Grill's fruit-infused water bar, or with some Stumptown coffee, OR if you're feeling particularly devil-may-care, splurge on a milkshake! It's the weekend. It doesn't matter.

See Chef Brian and The Food Dude in the Park


Trenchermen restaurant is always whipping up crafty new brunch innovations, and their latest is a new coffee cocktail mixed by "minister of libations" (his title, not mine — I'm not badass enough) Tona Palomino. Served in tandem with the coffee featured as part of the restaurant's guest roaster series, the limited quantity coffeetail utilizes the same coffee in a slightly more intoxicating interpretation. For the rest of September, Trenchermen features Counter Culture's Ndarioni coffee from Kenya. Palomino combines the cold-brew coffee with cassis, Napoleon Mandarine, and mezcal, and it's available seven days a week at the bar, as well as during Saturday and Sunday brunch. Coming up next month: Metric coffee from forthcoming Cafe Transit. Stay tuned.


Banana and pecan brioche French toast
(Banana and pecan brioche French toast at Standard Market Grill. Yes. Photo: Standard Market Grill)

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Formerly known as Trenchermen, Heisler Hospitality have morphed their Bucktown staple into Trench. Borrowing a page from American tavern lore, the hospitality group have honed in on contemporary American cuisine...

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Standard Market Grill is a celebration of food, featuring an eclectic variety of chef-inspired cuisine in our sophisticated yet casual environment. Each dish is made-to-order with fresh, seasonal ingredients. At...

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