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Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Imperial Lamian, Moscow Mules

Moscow Mules for a Good Cause Puppies and cocktails seem like a pretty win-win combination, and The Bristol combines the two for an evening of cuteness, altruism and of socialization. Moscow Mules & Mutts is the apt name for the shindig, taking place March 21 on the second floor of the restaurant from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 […]

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Mar 13, 2018 01:59 AM
Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago

What is brunch without a little booze? And this being winter (albeit a warmer than usual one), a little booze is always a welcome distraction from the season. When it comes to imbibing at brunch, you could stick with the coffee and orange juice route, but the weekend repast is just so much more satisfying […]

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Feb 22, 2018 10:24 PM
National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, […]

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Feb 16, 2018 05:58 AM

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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