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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: 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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