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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 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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