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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM

Brunch Bites: Cindy's and Pub Royale

In this week's batch of brunch bites, downtown hot spot Cindy's serves brunch atop the Chicago Athletic Association hotel and Pub Royale delivers an Indian-accented brunch to Wicker Park. 

 

Cindy's
Brunch with a killer view at Cindy's



Just when you thought Cindy's couldn't get any hotter, the restaurant perched atop the Chicago Athletic Association hotel just added brunch to their repertoire. What may very well be the buzziest restaurant of the summer, Cindy's now serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with a side of stunning Millennium Park views. In line with its dinner menu, the brunch fixtures are focused on seasonally inspired American cuisine executed by chef Christian Ragano. Items to look forward to include cast-iron quiche Lorraine, cinnamon raisin brioche French toast, Michigan berry pudding, and chilaquiles, among others. To drink, "spirit guide" Nandini Khaundi curates a bunch of "Sunrise Punches," along with kombucha drinks and mocktails. Brunch is served from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on weekends. 

Another eclectic option for weekend brunch is Pub Royale. The hyper-popular Wicker Park bar, whose Anglo-Indian menu stylings have drawn crowds since opening day earlier in the season, combines a few standout items from the dinner menu with several new items and morning-oriented cocktails. Dig into stuffed paratha with bacon, potato, cheese, and fried egg; kedgeree with smoked fish, rice, scallions, and soft-boiled egg; doughnuts with chai dulce de leche; and chicken tikka rati rolls studded with caramelized onions and cotija cheese. To drink, there's Four Letter Word coffee, house chai, and cocktails like the Bloody Maharani with tomato, lemon, hot sauce, and mitha misala. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Ukrainian VillageLoop

Anglo-Indian street food and booze is the name of the game at Pub Royale, the latest venture from Heisler Hospitality (Trenchermen, Bar DeVille, Sportsman's Club). Open for brunch, dinner, and...

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