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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: Villains and Adamus

In this week's batch of brunch bites, Villains begins brunch in the South Loop and Adamus prepares its brunch program for an October debut. 



In both its past and present iterations, Villains has been known for its burgers (the current version topped with beef fat mayo is definitely worth noting), but now there's more to love about the South Loop bar and restaurant with the launch of brunch service. Under the direction of chef Dennis Stover, the beer-focused brunch program is designed to heal hangovers and pair seamlessly with the beer list. Items include Cola-brined brisket hash with potatoes and fried eggs; pork head scrapple with fried eggs and maple vinaigrette; ricotta crepes with mushroom ragu; and plenty more. In regards to those beers, some apropos brunch offerings are the Megalodon Imperial Coffee Porter, the Breakfast Oatmeal Stout, and Saison du Tracteur. There's also an exclusive Bloody Mary beer (!) and cider mimosas. Brunch is served on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

Next up on the brunch roster is Adamus, the restaurant inside the Silversmith Hotel planning to debut brunch next month. On the docket for the weekend menus are classic-inspired American creations like cardamon-scented brioche French toast, steak and eggs, and fried chicken and waffles with sausage gravy. To drink, a full brunch drink list includes cocktails such as the St. Ger-Mosa made with St-Germain, Prosecco, and orange juice; breakfast punch featuring Ketel One, Midori, Amaretto, lime, and cranberry; and the Monster of the Midway Bloody Mary with bacon-infucsed Grey Goose, house mix, and a whopping 14 garnishes. When brunch gets underway in October, it will run from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

- Matt Kirouac 


Tags: BrunchVillainsSouth LoopAdamusLoop
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Thanks to acclaimed chef Dennis Stover, Villains is a spot raising the bar on bar food. This longtime South Loop staple underwent a transformation from a burger bar to a...

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The Silversmith Hotel's renovated restaurant and lounge serves up local, seasonal New American fare and craft cocktails. The menu changes quite often, but you can certainly count on vegetarian and...

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