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Chicago’s 2018 James Beard Nominees

A’s List: Get a Taste of Chicago’s 2018 James Beard Nominees Another year, another class of James Beard nominees from Chicago. Some names you’ll recognize as previous nominees, while others are new in the game. Nevertheless, if you haven’t checked them out by now, it’s time to make a reservation. Here’s our cheat sheet on […]

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Apr 19, 2018 07:55 PM
Chicago Weekly Planner: Chef’s Dinners, Cocktail Class & Late-night

Chicago Weekly Planner: Chef’s Dinners at Bistro Campagne In case you needed another reason to revisit one of Lincoln Square’s most enduring gems, Bistro Campagne just rolled out a new monthly dinner series that promises to get guests a front-row seat to all the culinary action. Executive chef Luke Creagon and beverage director Alex Uribe have created […]

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Apr 15, 2018 11:18 PM
Weekly Planner: Cooking Classes and New Brunche Locations

The Moonlighter Launches Brunch One of the newest brunch menus in town can now be savored at Logan Square newcomer The Moonlighter. Available every Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:00 a.m., brunch features inventive comfort fare by chef Mickey Neeley, whose menu boasts the likes of corn flake-crusted bananas Foster French toast with vanilla bean pudding […]

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Mar 26, 2018 09:12 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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