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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 PM

Brunch Bites: mEAT and Carnivale

In this week's batch of brunch bites, mEAT in Streeterville launches brunch and Carnivale celebrates Waffle Week.

(Skewer city at mEAT) 

Streeterville, you have a new brunch destination. Lakeview-based restaurant mEAT recently opened in the downtown 'hood and they've newly implemented weekend brunch service as well. Classic American fare with a quirky twist is the name of the game at mEAT, evidenced in dishes such as breakfast fondue, hot bacon flatbread, cinnamon bun skewers, breakfast mac and cheese, and bourbon-glazed Belgian waffles. To drink, there's coffee, affogato, orange sherbet mimosas, breakfast margaritas, mango lime foam bellinis, and more. 

PSA: this week is National Waffle Week, so you've officially got an excuse to go nuts and binge on waffles. Specifically, the churro-stye waffle with sugar, cinnamon, and Mexican chocolate ganache at Carnivale. Or the chicken and waffles with Cuban-Korean spiced crispy chicken and chipotle maple syrup. Damn. Aka Carnivale is the perfect place to cap off Waffle Week at their Sunday brunch September 7. Wash it all down with a bacon Bloody Mary infused with Midwestern pork belly. 

- Matt Kirouac

Tags: BrunchmeatStreetervilleCarnivaleWest LoopWaffles
Neighborhoods: West LoopLakeview

A venue this big, vibrant and full of energy deserves a fitting menu. Carnivale spotlights the cuisine of many countries in South America and there's an exotic cocktail list to...

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Skewered meats, sides, cocktails, and a bustling scene form the foundation for this bustling, hip Boystown restaurant and bar.

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