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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

Where to Eat on National Eat Local Day

For some, eating locally is nothing novel, but rather a way of life. But there are still many Americans who don't subscribe to local eating, not experiencing the bounty of ingredients in their own backyards. In an effort to put locally sourced fare in the spotlight, National Eat Local Day was created by Prairie Grass Cafe's Sarah Stegner and Cindy Kurman of Kurman Communications, Inc. The holiday takes place every fall equinox, which this year falls on September 22, serving to encourage restaurants to offer at least one locally sourced menu item for the day. The roster of participating chefs includes national names such as Alice Waters (Chez Panisse, Berkeley), Nora Pouillon (Restaurant Nora, Washington, D.C.), Jamie Leeds (Hank's Oyster Bar and Lounge, Washington, D.C.), and Norman Van Aken (Tuyo, Miami), in addition to Chicago chefs Mark Grosz (Oceanique), Paul Fehribach (Big Jones), Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and Topolobampo), and Stegner and George Bumbaris (Prairie Grass Cafe).

Each restaurant will offer special menu items for National Eat Local Day. Big Jones' offering is fried green tomatoes with baby lettuces, aïoli, and deviled egg puree. Oceanique features eggplant with heirloom carrots and tomatoes, seasonal mushrooms, Tropea onions, and leek-basil broth; as well as fennel, arugula, Tropea onion, and peach salad. Rick Bayless prepares a plethora of dishes, including grill-roasted corn with homemade sour cream, Anejo cheese, and chile; and chicken in Oaxacan mole with local vegetables and masa dumplings at Frontera Grill, plus ensalada clasica, lamb three ways, and Borracha salsa at Topolobampo. And at Prairie Grass Cafe, Stegner and Bumbaris will serve heirloom cherry tomato and bread salad; a salad of green and wax beans; homemade lamb sausage with grilled honey-glazed heirloom pumpkins; Lake Superior whitefish; and for dessert, warm plum crumble with oats and creme anglaise.

Prairie Grass Cafe lamb sausage
(Homemade lamb sausage at Prairie Grass Cafe)


Rick Bayless's upscale Mexican eatery is adjacent to its more toned-down sibling, Frontera Grill.

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Coastal Southern cuisine gets an update in Andersonville with potato-herb croquettes and sweet-tea infused pork chops, plus a focus on locally grown, sustainably-farmed food. Big Jones' recipes: Reezy-peezy Southern-style pickles...

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Award-winning chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, formerly of the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, showcase the best seasonal ingredients from Midwestern farms in their casual American restaurant in Northbrook. Prairie Grass Cafe's...

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