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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

Brunch Bites: New Brunches Take Flight at The Drinkingbird and Bistronomic Restaurant

In this week's batch of brunch news, a retro Vegas-inspired bar/restaurant kicks off weekend brunch to cure your hangover woes and a modern French bistro updates its seasonal menu.

The Drinkingbird brunch

(Brunch at The Drinkingbird. Photo: The Drinkingbird)

Feel free to get drunk Friday or Saturday evening, because there's brunch at The Drinkingbird to soothe your liver wounds. As the motto goes at the retro, Vegas-inspired barstaurant, "Be Brave Tonight. There's brunch tomorrow." OK. So basically throw caution to the wind because there's pigs in a blanket, corned beef hash, and "Elvis" pancakes in the a.m. and everything will be alright. One of the latest spots to start serving weekend brunch, The Drinkingbird offers a unique alternative to your typical stroller-packed brunch queue, what with its unabashedly mid-century Vegas vibe and deconstructed buffet menu. Just like the types of comfort foods you would crave during a savage hangover in a Vegas hotel, The Drinkingbird slings elevated brunch grub such as pigs in blankets made with bourbon maple sausage and buckwheat pancakes, Elvis pancakes featuring buckwheat pancakes strewn with bacon lardons and crunchy peanut-maple syrup, and that old chestnut that is the broiled grapefruit topped with brown sugar, farmers' cheese, and honey, with a grape nut muffin for good measure. And considering the name of the place, one would definitely expect a decent drink or two. The brandy milk punch is sure to bolster your morning better than coffee, featuring a medley of Pierre Ferrand 1840, Myers dark rum, coconut cream, and nutmeg, and the sake punch invigorates with Kikushi Funaguchi and housemade hibiscus punch. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Brunch isn't new at Bistronomic restaurant, but the restaurant recently unveiled a new brunch menu with fall stylings. True to chef Martial Noguier's modern French bistro philosophies, the latest brunch iteration provides a cozier interpretation of the weekend meal. Because not a goddamn thing satisfies an autumnal brunch craving like a warm Camembert sandwich with honey-truffle butter, apples, and arugula. Constructed almost like the dinner menu, Bistronomic's brunch is categorized in a somewhat formal layout, with appetizers such as Chioggia and yellow beet salad, chicken liver mousse, and housemade country pâté. There are a few sandwiches, including the aforementioned necessity, plus a brioche club sandwich, a croque monsieur, and the Bistronomic burger, followed by several entrees. Try the pork belly Benedict, a French-style Denver omelette, the quiche Lorraine, challah French toast with lime zest and spiced cherries, or flat-iron steak with farm eggs and duck fat fingerling potatoes.


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