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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: 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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