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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: Johnny's Grill and Publican Quality Meats

In this week's batch of brunch bites, Johnny's Grill re-emerges in Logan Square and Publican Quality Meats launches breakfast.


Johnny's Grill
Johnny's Grill is back in action

As the tides of gentrification swept through Logan Square, the neighborhood lost one of its most enduring, iconic diners when Johnny's Grill closed up shop several months ago. Instead of a hot restaurant group taking over and re-concepting the space, the longstanding diner just re-emerged in tact thanks to Sarah Jordan, the chef who cut her teeth at spots like BOKA and Cicchetti before embarking on her own venture. The relaunch of Johnny's Grill is a true passion project, both for Jordan and for the neighborhood at large, preserving a stalwart while updating the menu with a few wholesome touches. It's basically the best of both worlds; the diner prices remain reasonable and neighborhood-friendly, but Jordan adds some contemporary flourishes that dovetail with her Irish roots. The space has expanded, adding a bar area along with menu items like johnny cakes, breakfast pie, white and black pudding, Irish bacon bap, and fish 'n' chips. True to form, Jordan exhibits her penchant for pastries with desserts like choco pie, coffee & beignets, malts, shakes, and and a sundae with Fernet fudge sauce. 

After conquering the lunch, dinner, deli, and brunch world, Publican Quality Meats has expanded its portfolio to include breakfast service. Available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., the butcher shop and eatery now serves burly morning fare on a regular basis. Hearty menu items include a breakfast burrito brimming with PQM bacon, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, and salsa; multi-grain with peach butter and fromage blanc; and sourdough with pimento cheese, dill pickle, fried egg, and country ham. When in Rome, do as the Romans do with PQM's Butchers Breakfast, a melee of PQM bacon, breakfast sausage, fried eggs, country bread, and potatoes. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: West LoopLogan Square

The multi-faceted space features charcuterie, aged prime beef, pork, and other high-grade products from local purveyors. The unique concept's located directly across the street from sister restaurant Publican, and serves...

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Logan Square's longstanding Johnny's Grill, a classic Americana diner in business long before the gentrification boom, has re-emerged under new ownership with an expanded space and menu. Under the direction...

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