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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

Sweet of the Week: Nutella Baklava at Travelle

Let's get one thing straight. I would eat Nutella smeared on literally anything and be happy about it. The nefarious chocolate-hazelnut spread usurps any and all pretenses on its way to gustatory, gluttonous glory. There's a reason it's cited as one of the mightiest guilty pleasures, or why Eataly reserves an entire dessert station for it. Nutella is religion. Which is why when I see Nutella on a composed dessert menu, I bow down and order it. Especially when said dessert is the Nutella baklava (!) at Travelle

Travelle baklava
(Travelle does baklava right)

If there's one confection I adore almost as much as Nutella, it's likely baklava. I have fond memories of a family friend making baklava laboriously from scratch, rolling out about a million layers of fine phyllo dough and striating it with nuts and honey. The end result is as close to heaven as one can get without being high on a whole cocktail of euphoric substances. The perfect punctuation point to a Mediterranean-themed meal at Travelle is this baklava, a dessert that is at once classic, modern, refined, and whimsical. Dare I say it's the perfect dessert; it's a quadruple threat. The crux of the dessert looks fairly classic, at least in shape and texture. The phyllo is buttery, billowy, and tender, filled to the brim with silken Nutella and set atop a fudgy swirl on the plate. Balsamic pearls dot the plate, providing a pop of fruity, acidic juxtaposition, while cocoa nib crisps provide a nice textural contrast. This is Nirvana. 

- Matt Kirouac

Tags: dessertNutellaTravelleRiver Northbaklava
Neighborhoods: River North

Situated in a landmark Mies van der Rohe tower, Travelle's concept is inspired by ports of call throughout the Mediterranean. Guests may indulge in the "Chef's Table" or "Cellar Table"...

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