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Hottest New Brunch in Chicago

Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, with new restaurants and menus emerging seemingly every week. Especially lately, the city has seen a surge in reputable brunches debut, each offering a stylistic and innovative approach to the weekend pastime. From internationally inspired dim sum to morning fare rooted in culinary traditions of France and Spain, […]

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May 24, 2018 11:51 PM
The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM

Weekend Planner: Easter Edition

Easter Prix Fixe at Devon Seafood Grill

Easter takes a nautical turn at Devon Seafood Grill, where executive chef John Cosnotti has cooked up a special Easter prix fixe menu for the holiday. Available from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., guests can eat their way through a multi-course spree that begins with appetizer options like a baby greens salad, Caesar salad, Maine lobster bisque, or spinach and watercress salad. Entree selections are a center cut filet with Yukon gold potatoes, grilled asparagus, and rosemary demi; seared scallops with lobster risotto and Champagne beurre blanc; a bone-in pork chop with mostarda, Parmesan-herb roasted Yukon potatoes, and grilled asparagus; jumbo lump crab cakes with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus; and mesquite-grilled Atlantic salmon with leek fondue, potato-sage gratin, and mustard vinaigrette. For dessert, there's vanilla bean creme brûlée, lava cake, berries and cream, and apple croustade. The prix fixe costs $40 per person and reservations are recommended. The regular menu will also be available. 

 

Slurping Turtle
Lobster bisque at Devon Seafood Grill


Easter Specials at Slurping Turtle

A Japanese restaurant may not be the most traditional spot in Chicago to celebrate Easter Sunday, but you'll be singing a different tune upon partaking in Slurping Turtle's Easter specials this year. All Easter weekend long, the restaurant is featuring dishes created by chef/owner Takashi Yagihashi during his stint on Top Chef Duels, on which he won an egg challenge during the show. His three dishes are features a la carte or as part of a three-course menu for $32 per person. These dishes include tamagoyaki, a Japanese egg omelet with grated daikon; chiyawanmushi, a steamed Japanese egg custard with Alaskan spot prawn, shimegi mushroom, edamame, and asparagus; and nabeyaki crab tamago-togi udon, Alaskan snow crab in a clay pot with udon noodles, soy-dashi broth, egg drop, fried tofu, and kamaboko. Slurping Turtle will also be featuring a green tea creme caramel for dessert this weekend. 

Brunch at Browntrout

For something a little more low-key and brunch-y, get to Browntrout in North Center, where chef Sean Sanders specializes in sustainable, seasonal Midwestern cuisine in a family-friendly setting. This weekend, he's got a special Easter brunch menu on the docket, featuring fresh new spring dishes like rhubarb-ricotta buttermilk pancakes; Granny Smith apple fritters; a butterscotch parfait; slow-cooked French omelets filled with wild mushrooms and herbs; shaved black kale salad; chicken finger sandwiches; crispy walleye sandwiches; and more. Brunch cocktails, housemade sodas, and sides round out the menu.  

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Rush & DivisionNorth CenterRiver North

Chef Sean Sanders' neighborhood restaurant focuses on sustainably grown ingredients, organic and locally grown when possible, some of which come from the restaurant's rooftop garden. BYOB and full service bar....


Michelin-starred chef Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi) opens his Japanese noodles shop in River North, offering a moderately priced menu. In addition to a number of noodle dishes, you'll also find dumplings,...

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