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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

Brunch Bites: Blunch at Fountainhead and New Menu at West Town Bakery & Diner

In this week's batch of brunch bites, Fountainhead launches Saturday "blunch" and West Town Bakery & Diner implements an entirely new menu.

You know Sunday brunch. It's the best ritual to happen to Sundays since religion. Brunch is relgion. Saturday brunch isn't quite as ubiquitous, but it certainly merits attention. The latest restaurant to give Saturday the brunch treatment is Fountainhead, but chef Cleetus Friedman is taking a decidedly different option, dubbing it blunch to make it seen lunchier. Don't worry though, it's essentially still brunch, just with a slightly uneven portmanteau. The moniker makes sense, considering the hours are more afternoon-y than morning-y, with the menu available from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Yes you can still get brunchy things such as oatmeal, breakfast burritos, buttermilk biscuits, omelettes, and potato latkes, but a bulk of the menu is devoted to lunch, like the Fountainhead burger, turkey sambal sandwich, Maryland crab cakes, and a harvest grilled cheese made with butterkase, Dante, butternut squash, balsamic onions, and brioche.

Brunch at West Town Bakery & Diner
(Matzo ball soup, over-stuffed sandwiches, and pancakes, oh my! All on the new menus at West Town Bakery & Diner. Photo: West Town Bakery & Diner)

West Town Bakery & Diner just overhauled its breakfast and lunch menus to amplify its Americana diner aura. Now everything about the space screams "diner," from the font of the menus to the homey dishes both sweet and savory. The restaurant's breakfast and lunch menus are both offered at all times during operating hours seven days a week, so you can really satiate your brunch craving anytime it hits. Interpretations of diner classics take the stage, including chocolate peanut butter banana pancakes, chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, chilaquiles, and a huevos rancheros Benedict. Dark Matter Coffee is now the chief coffee purveyor, supplying West Town with its own blend, forming the foundation for a toasty beverage menu filled with horchata lattes, spicy mochas, dirty chai lattes, bourbon-spiked coffee, and more. The new menu also offers a number of vegan options, and guests have the unique opportunity to substitute duck eggs for any egg dish.

Neighborhoods: North CenterEast VillageWest Town

Located in the heart of the Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, and North Center neighborhoods, Fountainhead offers an Old World yet innovative drinking and dining experience. The food approach is farm-to-table pub...

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The team from The Fifty/50 and Roots Handmade Pizza is behind this two-level, 8,500-square-foot space with sit-down cafe, bakery and private party room.

The original flagship coffee bar was located above Star Lounge, but now Dark Matter Coffee has a new home a few blocks away on Western Avenue. The shop offers a...

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