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A’s List: Great Late-Night Fare Beyond Burgers & Pizza

There was a time when dining out after hours meant your only choices were burgers, greasy slices of pizza or burritos as big as your head. But as Chicago’s culinary landscape continues to evolve, it’s extended to the late-night crowd. These offerings from trendy and classic establishments are made from scratch, creative and certain to […]

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Oct 16, 2018 11:54 PM
Get into These New Fall Favorites

This season promises something exciting for all, whether you’re in the mood for a laid-back evening of cozy dining or flashy night on the town. Beef Wellington is served tableside at Mason. (Photo: Matthew Lowell) Found Hotel. The trendy River North hotel catering to younger travelers boasts two concepts: Mason steakhouse and Blind Dragon. The former pays homage […]

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Sep 25, 2018 05:20 AM
Where to Feast on Fried Chicken in Chicago

The sun is shining, the temperature is heating up and cravings for summery classics like fried chicken are at an all-time high, making it an apt time to round up some of Chicago’s finest variations of this all-American specialty. From new dishes to timeworn favorites, here’s where to get your fix right now. Feed: While […]

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Sep 08, 2018 10:26 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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