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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

Sweet of the Week: Key Lime Pie at GT Fish & Oyster

Pie a la mode is best when boozy. Apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is good and all, but what about key lime pie with a dollop of gin & tonic sorbet? Now we're talking. It's a reinvented classic with a zesty twist at GT Fish & Oyster, River North's nautically minded gem that never fails to dazzle diners. At the culmination of a recent lunch at GT, key lime pie served as a stunning finale for a three-course midday prix fixe (side note: they have a lunchtime prix fixe!). Not only was the pie itself a perfect, refined iteration of a summery staple, but the adjoining sorbet brought it over the top in all the right ways. 


GT Fish & Oyster
Key lime pie at GT Fish & Oyster

The key lime pie at GT, served in a long sliver of a slice, is a mighty fine example of key lime pie supremacy. Lush with tangy-sweet citrus notes, the pie tastes like a cup of freshly squeezed limeade, set atop a buttery cookie-like crust that adds just the right amount of richness to the citric dessert. Some raspberry-scented meringues and vanilla whipped cream decorate the pie as well. But what we're really raving about here is that sorbet. When the menu says "gin & tonic sorbet," they mean "GIN & TONIC SORBET." This stuff packs a cocktail punch, erupting with floral and fizzy flavors of that timeworn libation. And it's the ideal accent to a piece of key lime pie, with the floral flavors juxtaposed ever so nicely alongside the sweetly tart key limes. 

The only downside is it's a little challenging to go back to work after. But it's worth the struggle. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: River North

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