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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 9-3-14: Summer House Santa Monica and The Monarch

In this week's batch of brunch bites, Summer House Santa Monica hones in on lunch and The Monarch boosts its brunch program under new executive chef Peter Coenen. 


Summer House Santa Monica
(Summer House Santa Monica, now open for lunch)


OK so this isn't so much brunch as it is lunch, but seeing as lunch comprises a majority of that portmanteau, I'm going to roll with it. Summer House Santa Monica recently opened for lunch, bridging the gap bewteen its weekend brunch hours and daily dinner hours. Think of it as an early extension of its brunch program, available Thursdays and Fridays, featuring some of the lunchier options off the brunch menu along with several brand new items. There are salads and starters like fresh Burrata, ahi tuna tostadas, and artichoke and heirloom spinach dip, plus scrambled egg sandwiches, English muffin burgers, toasted cheese and mushroom sandwiches, a few taco varieties, pasta of the day, and fresh fish, among others. Seeing as most people don't need or want to get hammered at noon on a weekday, Summer House is kind enough to offer a few "zero proof" cocktails, like the Malibu Cooler with passion fruit, orange, and mint; the kale lemonade with fresh lemon juice and agave nectar; and the Acai Berry Smash with acai berries, basil, and agave. 


Peter Coenen took the throne at The Monarch recently, fresh off a stint as executive chef at The Gage. He's brought his contemporary, crafty stylings to this Bucktown bar to reinvigorate the neighborhood gastropub template. And he's doing so by completely updating the menus, including the weekend brunch menu. So now you can eat cornbread grits topped with a poached egg, sweet spiced pretzels with golden raisin cream cheese, baby beets with licorice molasses, blueberry French toast with maple mascarpone, duck confit chilaquiles, scrambled egg croissant sandwiches, and more. 


- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Wicker ParkLincoln Park

Fine dining alum Michael DeStefano is at the helm of the space formerly occupied by the Wicker Park location of Uberstein. Having previously worked alongside acclaimed chef Andrew Brochu, DeStefano...

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