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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: 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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