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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
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM

Brunch Bites: Mon Ami Gabi and Bar Takito

In this week's batch of brunch bites, the weekend tradition gets a French accent at Mon Ami Gabi and a Latin one at Bar Takito

 

Bar Takito
Pambazos at Bar Takito



There are so many brunch menus in Chicago it's practically bizarre when a restaurant doesn't offer it. Mon Ami Gabi has long, long been a beloved dinner destination for its classic, chic French cuisine in Lincoln Park, and now the restaurant is (finally) ready to add brunch to its repertoire. This is a big get for brunch. Starting January 25, Sunday brunch kicks off with French-accented fare like bacon-filled omelette Lorraine, ham and cheesy croque madame, a beef Bourguigon Benedict with bacon, pearl onions, mushrooms, and hollandaise, creme brûlée French toast, and more. There will also be a roving Champagne cart in action, at the ready for mimosas. 

From French cuisine to contemporary Latin fare, Bar Takito is also rolling out brunch service in the West Loop. The new weekend menu gets underway on January 24, showcasing executive chef David Dworshak's unique handiwork. Dishes include spicy Mexican tortas called pambazos on house telera bread with guajillo sauce, chorizo, potatoes, eggs, crema, and queso fresco; spicy corn pancakes with pork belly, beans, fried eggs, sesame, and smoked queso fresco; Mexican shrimp cocktail with avocado, serrano chilies, cilantro, pomegranate, and tostadas; breakfast tacos in beer tortillas; steak and eggs with cheese arepa; cardamom-spiced coffee cake; and more. 
 
- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Lincoln ParkWest Loop

Chef Gabino Sotelino's bistro is known for its steak frites, escargots and other classic French fare, as well as an extensive selection of seafood and such regional dishes as bouillabaise...

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An offshoot of Wicker Park's Takito Kitchen, Bar Takito is a larger space with a more booze- and small plates-centric menu. Wildly popular Bar Takito features contemporary Latin American cuisine,...

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