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6 Reasons Why Sepia Is One of Chicago’s Most Important Restaurants

Sepia has entered a rare restaurant club in Chicago In its 10th year in business, Sepia has entered a rare restaurant club in Chicago, among the uppermost echelons of destinations that are an indelible part of the city’s dining DNA. In line with other game-changers and industry-shapers like Blackbird, BOKA, NAHA and Topolobampo, Sepia is a timeless gem that somehow only gets better […]

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Jul 25, 2017 12:10 AM
Best Bars for a Summer Night Cap in Chicago

Polish off a night on the town with a Summer Night Cap One of the quintessential parts of summer in Chicago involves lingering for hours on end on patios at restaurants and bars, pretty much until city noise ordinances require closing outdoor spaces at 11 PM or 12 AM. But that doesn’t mean the night’s over; […]

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Jul 22, 2017 05:07 AM
Weekly Planner: Limoncello Class, Lobster Fest

Lobster Fest at Shaw’s Crab House You still have a few days left to participate in Lobster Fest at Shaw’s Crab House, the month-long shellfish shindig featuring a lineup of summery menu specials. These include highlights like lobster maki, lobster tacos, lobster rolls, lobster fettuccine and a 1.5-lb. lobster boil with potatoes, corn and sausage. Sunday […]

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Jul 18, 2017 08:28 PM

Brunch Bites: Oak + Char and Bohemian House

In this week's batch of brunch bites, Oak + Char and Bohemian House join the River North brunch scene. 

 

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Cuban sandwiches among the brunch offerings at Oak + Char



If the dinner menu at Oak + Char is any indication, what with its novel take on contemporary American cuisine, then the weekend brunch program set to take shape beginning April 19 looks to be a real game-changer in downtown Chicago. A quick glance at the River North restaurant's impending brunch menu confirms those hopes and cravings. The menu features pastries like wheat and oat scones with apricot marmalade butter, tonka bean sugar doughnuts with rhubarb jam, and rye crumpets with blueberry preserves and house butter. For composed plates, the savory-focused entree list contains standouts like the O+C Benedict with ham, fried oyster, pot licker greens, and buttermilk hollandaise;  egg in a basket with creamed wild nettles, lamb neck Merguez, and peanut romesco; a smoked trout belly bagel with caper-raisin jam; and a prime double cheeseburger with beef fat onion rings and bourbon pickles. Sweet tooths aren't left in the dust, though, what with 10-grain pancakes with smoked walnut butter and Publican Quality Meats oat brioche French toast with raspberry, lemon curd, and whipped maple butter. Oak + Char starts brunch April 19 and henceforth offers it Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

Oak + Char isn't the only River North restaurant pushing brunch boundaries these days, though. Bohemian House is getting into the brunch game this weekend and it's bringing its modern Eastern European stylings with it. Expect items like Bavarian chocolate scones, house-cured lox on seeded sourdough with soft-boiled egg and trout roe, and more. Brunch cocktails and Bow Truss coffee round out the brunch offerings. 

- David Lissner

Neighborhoods: River NorthRiver North

Bohemian House is an homage to bohemian culture and Eastern European cuisines through a mix of classic and modern dishes created by chef Jimmy Papadopoulos.

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"Modern Midwestern" cuisine is the name of the game at this River North entry, a casual destination with contemporary riffs on seasonal, local fare.

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