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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 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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