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Trench Starts Brunch Brunch: Hot on the heels of a relaunch and rebrand from Trenchermen to Trench, the Jared Wentworth-driven restaurant and bar is rounding things out with weekend brunch. Now available Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the menu is chock full of contemporary comforts, like……………. . Wine 101 at ENO […]

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New Brunches, Weekly Planner,  Cocktail Class, Fajitas and More: . New Brunches: Trench Starts Brunch New Brunches: Hot on the heels of a relaunch and rebrand from Trenchermen to Trench, the Jared Wentworth-driven restaurant and bar is rounding things out with weekend brunch. Now available Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the […]

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Mar 21, 2017 05:09 AM
Vietnamese Dining Guide to Chicago’s First “Shared Street”

The Argyle St. area of Uptown, home to the city’s largest Vietnamese population, just took a huge leap in becoming the city’s first “shared street,” which means the three-block neighborhood hub that runs from Broadway to N. Sheridan Rd. is now more like a plaza than a street. By raising the street to the same […]

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Mar 16, 2017 07:43 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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