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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

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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