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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

Bastille Day Dining Guide 2015

Fresh off America's birthday, it's time to celebrate another national pastime. Bastille Day is July 14, a day honoring the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. And there's no better way to commemorate a good storming than with frites, rillettes, and all things French. 


Chez Moi
Chez Moi, steak frites

Chez Moi: Double up on Bastille Day goodness with a brunch prix fixe and a dinner prix fixe at Lincoln Park's Chez Moi. The cozy French bastion is offering special menus and dishes from July 12 through July 14 in honor of the summer holiday. The Sunday brunch menu includes petit French toast, steak frites, salad, and creme brulee, all for $17.89 per person and $14 for kids younger than 10. Bottomless mimosas are an additional $14.99. Come back for dinner to partake in a la carte Bastille specials like steak frites, beef Bourguignon, grilled salmon Nicoise salad, and for dessert, a parfait of honey yogurt, raspberry coulis, and fresh blueberries.

LM Restaurant Group: One of Chicago's preeminent French restaurant groups definitely merits a visit on Bastille Day. For the holiday, Brasserie by LM and Troquet River North will both be offering prix fixe menus as part of the first annual Chicago French Restaurant Week, which smartly falls on the week of Bastille Day and runs July 13 through 19. Brasserie's prix fixe features salmon rillettes and coq au vin along with a glass of Domain De Pajot or Chateau La Bouyere. Over at Troquet, the menu skews a little more casual with a Merguez sausage sandwich, followed by mini Nutella mousse, paired with your choice of Basil French 75, house red wine, house white wine, or Kronenbourg 1664. 

Bistrot Margot: Also running from July 13 through 19 is a special prix fixe at Old Town's most charming French stalwart, Bistrot Margot. The closest thing to a real life version of that restaurant in Ratatouille, Bistrot Margot's Bastille Day menu goes for $35.78 per person and contains items both classic and contemporary. On Bastille Day proper, expect specials on wine and Champagne as well. 

Bistronomic: This Bastille Day, get thee to the Gold Coast's Bistronomic to partake in a special three-course gluten-free Bastille Day menu, available July 13 through July 19. As an homage to the year of the Bastille storming, a time when flour was scarce and people had to survive sans bread, the prix fixe menu features options for each course, starting with a duo of country pate and chicken liver mousse or an oven-roasted summer carrot salad. Entrees include a beefy duo of NY steak and tartare or Faroe Island salmon. And for dessert, there's a classic floating island with poached pear or baked Alaska. The dinner menu costs $39 per person and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. 

- Matt Kirouac

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"A touch of Paris in Old Town" is the mantra at this classic French restaurant. All the staples are present and accounted for, from Brie and steak frites to ratatouille,...

The husband-and-wife team behind LM Restaurant bring their French stylings downtown with this laid back, casual French spot.

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Taking over the space briefly occupied by Tribute, Brasserie by LM is owned by the husband-and-wife team behind LM Restaurant and Troquet. In addition to offering diners meals throughout the...

Dominique Tougne, who cooked for years at Bistro 110, brings the cuisine of his grandmother's Bordeaux restaurant and his native Alsace to this restaurant that opened in fall 2012.

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