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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
Chicago’s Best Restaurants This Week

Chicago’s Best Chicken Wings  Wings and the Super Bowl go together like eggnog and Christmas. Which is why now is an appropriate time to round up some of the best wings in Chicago, so you can feast your way around the city preparing for the big game. From classic wings to newfangled, here are some […]

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Jan 31, 2018 02:48 AM
Where to Eat on New Year’s Day 2018 in Chicago

Soothe your Champagne hangover on New Year’s Day Since you’ll more than likely be hungover from the previous night’s revelry, it’s of the utmost importance that you eat well on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s just something so fitting about starting the new year off with a sensational first meal. Here’s where to soothe your hungover […]

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Dec 30, 2017 07:21 AM

Brunch Bites: Old Crow Smokehouse and Bow & Stern

In this week's batch of brunch bites, Old Crow Smokehouse heats up brunch in Schaumburg and Bow & Stern Oyster Bar rounds out their brunch menu with fall flavors. 

Bow & Stern
(Pumpkin pancakes, Bow & Stern-style)

For those of you who just can't wait until lunch or dinner — generally reasonable meal periods — for your barbecue fix, hoof it to Schaumburg to partake in Old Crow Smokehouse's new Sunday brunch menu. Served buffet-style, dishes include Honeywell Ranch Bacon made with brown sugar and red pepper flakes, country frittatas studded with peppers, onion, ham, and cheddar, and DIY Bloody Marys accented with optional supplements like beef sticks, bacon, red peppers, baby corn, artichoke hearts, and more. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

Bow & Stern, meanwhile, is amping up its brunch repertoire with a slew of seasonal menu additions. In line with the restaurant's classic-meets-modern whimsy and panache courtesy of executive chef Brian Greene, diners can expect dishes such as pumpkin pancakes glazed with Mick Klug Farms apple cider syrup, caramelized Honey Crisp apples, and Chantilly whipped cream; Harvest beer-steamed mussels with bacon chorizo, sage, and blue cheese cream; huevos diablo with braised pork neck ragu, and sunnyside-up eggs, and banana bread French toast. All this in addition to Bow & Stern's perpetual brunch staples such as Oreo and blueberry pancakes and the Bow Benedict striated with smoked whitefish brandade, poached egg, bacon, and Malagueta hollandaise. 

- Matt Kirouac


Neighborhoods: LakeviewWest Town

Bing Zhou, Michael Gonzalez and Sam Sanchez have joined forces to create Old Crow Smokehouse, an international barbecue joint, which also offers delivery-only Chinese and sushi from the site's former...

Bow & Stern Oyster Bar is not only an extensive oyster bar, but a gastropub with locally sourced and seasonal fare and other nautical provisions aplenty, served for dinner and...

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