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Where to Feast on Fried Chicken in Chicago

The sun is shining, the temperature is heating up and cravings for summery classics like fried chicken are at an all-time high, making it an apt time to round up some of Chicago’s finest variations of this all-American specialty. From new dishes to timeworn favorites, here’s where to get your fix right now. Feed: While […]

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Sep 08, 2018 10:26 PM
Dine in Summer Style at These Waterside Restaurants

  Summer in Chicago is the best time of year to dine with a waterside view overlooking sea-sized Lake Michigan, drinking in the panoramic views as you simultaneously drink wine, cocktails and beer. Whether it’s a skyscraper-sized view or a casual cafe, these are some of your best options for beachy views and waterside vibes […]

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Sep 01, 2018 08:05 PM
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

Brunch Bites: The Butcher's Tap and Barcocina

In this week's batch of brunch bites, a new chef revamps the brunch program at The Butcher's Tap and Barcocina debuts weekend brunch service. 

 

The Butcher's Tap
The Butcher's Tap does brunch



Brunch boards and buckets are the group-friendly order of the day at The Butcher's Tap, where new chef Sean Currie is heading up the kitchen and revamping the brunch menu. Housed in a space once home to a butcher shop, the bar and restaurant is ideally suited to showcase burly, meaty brunch boards like the Butcher's Breakfast, brimming with bacon, Brie, deviled eggs, sliced cantaloupe, French toast cinnamon sticks, and fruit parfait; or the Smorgasbord with deviled eggs, Brie, bourbon-soaked bacon, charcuterie, brioche French toast sticks, and French baguette with Nutella. In addition to those shareable boards, Currie will also be rolling out monthly burger, sandwich, and salad features. To drink, The Butcher's Tap is tapping into boozy buckets complete with all the brunch fixins. There's a Bloody Mary bucket, a mimosa bucket, or a "Working Man" bucket filled with six domestic cans or bottles. 

In other Northside brunch news, Mexican-accented Barcocina is another brunch newcomer. The weekend brunch menu, served 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, features the contemporary stylings of chef Matt Williams in dishes that run the gamut from huevos rancheros and chorizo Benedict to maple sausage pancake sliders, ancho cinnamon French toast with banana rum caramel, and steak and eggs with spiced smoked Gouda fundido. Speciality brunch cocktails include Barcocina Iced Coffee infused with tequila, Patron XO Cafe, and 1921 Tequila Cream Liqueur; the Sheffield Sunrise with tequila, Cointreau, Aperol, jalapeno simple syrup, and orange juice; and the Champagne Margarita made with tequila, Cointreau, sour mix, and Korbel Champagne Piccolo. 

- Matt Kirouac

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Housed in a former butcher shop, The Butcher's Tap bridges the gap between bygone classics and contemporary modernity in terms of dining and drinking. This farm-to-table bar and restaurant features...


Barcocina fuses traditional Mexican cuisine and various multicultural cooking techniques into Mexican inspired fare. Our fresh ingredients and three distinct beverage categories will let out your sweet, smoky and spicy...




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