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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Weekend Planner: Okonomiyaki at Ramen-san, Sunday Night Ragu, Sour Beer Day, Flamenco Night at Bar Takito

Okonomiyaki at Ramen-san

Weekends are for pancakes. This of course includes okonomiyaki, aka Japanese savory pancakes popularized in Osaka. One of the first places in Chicago to peddle this unique delicacy is Ramen-san, which has begun serving three varieties of the dish on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 2:00 p.m. Options include a version made wit Berkshire ham and cheese, one with crispy pork belly, and another with smoked brisket and octopus. Okonomiyakis go for $6 each.

Sunday Ragu Night at Osteria Langhe

Another specialty item on deck for the weekend only is ragu at Osteria Langhe. The Italian inspired Logan Square spot is serving up Sunday night ragu as an homage to family supper nights revered in Italian culture. Now for $19 per person, diners can feast on all-you-can-eat ragu every Sunday night during dinnertime, served with pasta prepared by chef Cameron Grant. 


Okonomiyaki at Ramen-san; photo by Jeff Marini

Sour Beer Day at Local Option

This coming Sunday, October 11, is a veritable sour beer day at Lincoln Park's Local Option. Numerous special ales will fill out the taps, including an exceedingly rare beer called Hanssens Scarenbecca, an oak-aged lambic made with Schaerbeek cherries. Starting at noon, other sour beers on tap include Almanac Dogpatch Sour, Boon Kriek, Great Divide 21st Anniversary, Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otoño, Logsdon Szech 'N Brett, and Prairie Brett C. 

Flamenco Parties at Bar Takito

A fun and fresh way to kick off your weekend shenanigans is the flamenco action happening at Bar Takito. Late night flamenco parties are now taking place every Friday night from 10:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., featuring live music and flamenco action from the Ronaldo Monge Troupe. Also on hand for flamenco time is a specialty sangria prepared by cocktail guru Adam Weber. 

- Matt Kirouac

This DePaul-area hangout offers Cajun-inspired fare and a huge international beer menu, which attracts a diverse crowd.

An offshoot of Wicker Park's Takito Kitchen, Bar Takito is a larger space with a more booze- and small plates-centric menu. Wildly popular Bar Takito features contemporary Latin American cuisine,...

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