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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM

Brunch Bites: Parson's Chicken & Fish and The Dawson

In this week's batch of brunch bites, Parson's Chicken & Fish makes brunch a daily option and The Dawson pours out a mean (and meaty) Bloody Mary. 


(The Smokehouse Bloody Mary at The Dawson. Photo: Nicole Ess)
(The Smokehouse Bloody Mary at The Dawson. Photo: Nicole Ess)
 

The sad news: patio season is over for Parson's Chicken & Fish, that golden bastion of picnic tables and ping pong and boozy slush. But the good news: the barstaurant is bringing back brunch in a big way. Not only is brunch back in action, but it's available seven days a week, which helps everyone feel a lot better about the fact that it's getting colder and darker and more depressing outside. Available from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. every day of the week, Parson's brunch menu includes chicken biscuits with fried chicken thigh, buttermilk biscuit, sunny side egg, aioli, orange honey, and pea shoot salad; house made Tessa with fried green tomato, Cajun hollandaise, and onion challah "BLT"; huevos rancheros with crispy tortillas, charred salsa, drunken pintos, sunny side egg, and Chihuahua cheese; and shrimp and grits with bacon-tomato sauce and poached egg. 


In case all that wasn't an ample dose of cold-weather comfort, head to The Dawson for a burly Bloody. One of the city's most impressive brunch libations, the Smokehouse Bloody Mary at The Dawson is a thing of beauty, poised and ready to thwart any and all hangovers and seasonal woes. Far beyond the typical Bloody Mary fixins, this one is infused with liquid smoke made from smoked meat drippings, which are combined with vodka and The Dawson's house Bloody Mary mix. It's all capped off with house-smoked brisket, cheddar, pickled onion, and jalapeno. Altogether, it tastes like a weekend trip to Austin, Texas, and that's a very good thing.


- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Logan SquareWest Town



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