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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

Chicago's Best Steakhouse Cocktails

When it comes to steakhouse cocktails, classic dirty martinis have reigned supreme for quite some time. Beyond that and burly red wines, there hasn't been a lot of unusual options... until now. Steakhouses and steakhouse-inspired bars are getting crafty with cocktails and elevating steakhouse drinks to meet the meat. Here are a few "prime" examples: 

 

III Forks Prime Steakhouse
Steak & Potatoes Martini at III Forks Prime Steakhouse



Inspired by the Midwestern "steak and potatoes" ethos, III Forks Prime Steakhouse is getting ready to unveil a contemporary, savory riff on the iconic dirty martini. Aptly dubbed the "Steak & Potatoes" Martini, it's set to debut February 16 at the downtown steakhouse. It's made with Chopin Vodka, Vya Extra Dry Vermouth, and a skewered filet mignon and potato garnish. 

 

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY WITH HARRY CARAY’S HALL OF FAME BARTENDER, FRANKIE O
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY WITH HARRY CARAY’S HALL OF FAME BARTENDER, FRANKIE O

You can never forget Frankie O,  Harry Caray's Hall Of Fame Celebrity Bartender. You say it he shakes it!


Classic cocktails don't come any stronger—or any finer—than the tipples being served at Bavette's Bar & Boeuf. The nostalgic, polished New American steakhouse peddles immaculate versions of sparkling cocktails (think French 75s, Kir Royales, and Champagne cocktails), along with other timeless staples like Gimlets, Lion's Tails, Sazeracs, and Dark & Stormys. Then there's a concise selection of Old Fashioneds as well, made with your choice of bourbon. 

At Maple & Ash, beverage director Cristiana DeLucca is single-handedly raising the bar on steakhouse drinking. The elaborate, sensational cocktail program at this slick new Gold Coast steakhouse easily keeps pace with the incredible food, as evidenced in drinks like the Healy Hoo made with Laird's Bonded, housemade grenadine, fresh sour, hard cider, and coffee float; or the Pimiento Rojo made with Milagro Reposado, Del Maguey Vida, Amaro Lucano, Giffard Framboise, hearth-roasted red pepper-ginger syrup, and fresh lime. It's the rare steakhouse that's actually become a full-fledged cocktail destination as well. 

Swift & Sons is another notable one. The gigantic new beef bastion in the West Loop features various bar areas throughout the elaborate space, so you know drinking is paramount here, and bartenders pour due diligence into each drink. The menu toes the line between classic flavors and contemporary, displayed in cocktails like the Great Central with Ketel One Vodka, Pür Pear, lime, and basil; and the Yankee of the Yards, featuring Peligroso Silver Tequila, Combier Pamplemousse Rose, sage, lime, and smoked sea salt. Perch yourself at the bar, order a cocktail or two, adjoin them with beef tartare and "everything spice" fingerling potatoes and you've got yourself a happy night. Not to mention one of the most unique steakhouse experiences in town. 

Even non-steakhouses have hopped aboard the steakhouse cocktail bandwagon. Take Broken Shaker, for example. The hyper-creative, oft whimsical cocktail bar in the Freehand hotel has added a Steakhouse Sour to their mix of savory-leaning libations. The drink is a bracing one, made with sauce Bordelaise reduction and citrus shaken with Averna, rum, egg whites, and beef-infused angostura. It's like a nice steak dinner in a glass. 

Honorable mention goes to the masterful Manhattan at Tavern on Rush. Made with Bulleit bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters, and a cherry, this simple and sublime cocktail is among the best Manhattans you'll find in Chicago.

 

Neighborhoods: Gold CoastLoopRiver NorthRiver NorthRush & DivisionWest Loop

Miami's wildly popular craft cocktail bar heads to Chicago with a location in River North's former Tokyo Hotel. Now an outpost of Miami's Freehand Hotel, Broken Shaker features culinary inspired...

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