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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM

Brunch Bites: The Dawson and The J. Parker

Dawson and The J. Parker

In this week's batch of brunch bites, The Dawson launches weekend brunch and The J. Parker debuts liquid brunch atop the Hotel Lincoln. 


The Dawson
(French toast terrine at The Dawson)


In line with the contemporary, neo-American comfort food dinner fare, The Dawson's new brunch menu bolsters mid-day comforts with an inspired riff on weekend classics. Now served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., the brunch menu features Dawson deviled eggs flecked with trout, sour apple, and caraway; cinnamon rolls with a Templeton Rye smear; wood-grilled burgers with bourbon-glazed onions; French toast terrine with breakfast sausage, fig, pistachio, and whipped ricotta; and a Hang Town fry combining surf & turf fare such as fried oysters, eggs, and braised bacon with hollandaise and Tabasco. To drink, sip on the BBQ Bloody, an apropos summery libation, or new sodas crafted by soda jerk Dalton Finney, like the luscious-sounding strawberry creme. 


Keep the weekend party going with a rooftop al fresco view and brunch you can drink at The J. Parker. The rooftop bar's new Liquid Brunch takes place on Sundays at noon, featuring a salacious array of refreshing cocktails fit for day-drinking. Try the Retox made with Old Forrester bourbon syrup, lemon, cayenne, and Demarara; the Man-Mosa made with two kinds of whiskey, pear brandy, Grand Marnier, bitters, lemon, and Anti-Hero IPA; or the Summer Harvest brimming with Russian Standard vodka, strawberry, basil, lemon, and rhubarb bitters. Because one can't subsist on cocktails alone, The J. Parker also has a handful of new brunchy bites, including peekytoe crab beignets, mini burgers, and deviled eggs. 


- Matt Kirouac

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