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Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago

Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago . Boozy Brunch? What is brunch without a little booze? And this being winter (albeit a warmer than usual one), a little booze is always a welcome distraction from the season. When it comes to imbibing at brunch, you could stick with the coffee and orange juice route, […]

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Feb 20, 2017 08:31 PM
Weekly Planner: Brunch at Publican Anker, Midday Dining at Animale

Weekly Planner: Brunch at Publican Anker, Midday Dining at Animale, Sunday Lasagna at Roots Handmade Pizza and More. . Weekly Planner: Brunch at Publican Anker . Midday Dining at Animale While one restaurant rolls out brunch, another adds lunch. Bucktown’s beloved Animale has added weekday daytime service to its repertoire, featuring an array of panini, […]

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Feb 19, 2017 09:35 AM
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Turns 20

A Gold Coast legend Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House celebrates a milestone with a throwback. . . Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Turns 20 this year. One of the OGs of the Gold Coast’s dining scene, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House is celebrating a particularly commemorative occasion with its 20th anniversary this […]

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Feb 17, 2017 05:25 AM

Brunch Bites: The Hampton Social and Rockit Bar & Grill

In this week's batch of brunch bites, River North gets new weekend options from The Hampton Social and Rockit Bar & Grill

 

The Hampton Social
Quinoa bowl at The Hampton Social



First up, newcomer The Hampton Social embraces its coastal inspirations for a beachy, sunny selection of dishes and drinks on its newly implemented brunch menu. Available Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (Saturday brunch plans are in the offing), the menu is an homage to brunch classics with an East Coast accent. Expect items like Belgium waffles with milk chocolate filling and seasonal compote; breakfast quinoa bowls with avocado, arugula, roasted mushrooms, grilled onions, tomatoes, feta, and fried egg; and the LBLT, an open-faced lobster BLT on multi-grain toast with avocado and a fried egg. To drink, the beverage program goes beyond the standard Bloody Mary with a.m. cocktails like The Cure, made with Pimm's #1, Ford's gin, Amaro Nonino, lime juice, angostura bitters, simple syrup, muddled cucumber, and a ginger beer float; and the Southampton Smash featuring gin, Luxardo Aperitif, lemon juice, simple syrup, homemade limoncello, muddled blueberry, basil, and soda water. 

While The Hampton Social is brand new, a River North mainstay has updated its menus to offer some new brunch options for diners. The new dishes at Rockit Bar & Grill are a mix of old Rockit fan-favorites and new innovations courtesy of Amanda Downing and Kevin Hickey. These include strawberry shortcake waffles with market strawberries and whipped cream; cinnamon raisin grilled cheese with Brie, apples, and greens; the Thai Cobb salad with green curry chicken, sweet peppers, carrots, bean sprouts, snap peas, and coconut-peanut vinaigrette; and mango curry wings with cucumbers and coconut ranch. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: River North

The burgers, the beer and the beats keep the crowds coming back to this River North hot spot. A tourist and local favorite, Rockit recently underwent a renovation and thorough...

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