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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

Where to Eat on New Year's Day in Chicago

Since you’ll more than likely be hungover from the previous night’s revelry, it’s of the utmost importance that you eat well on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s just something so poetic and fitting about starting the new year off with a sensational first meal. Here’s where to soothe your hungover wounds in Chicago on January 1, 2017. 

 

Bar Pastoral
Bar Pastoral

Bar Pastoral: Few things are better than a good hash when it comes to, umm, hashing out your hangover. At Bar Pastoral, they’ve got just the ticket with their “Disco Brunch” on New Year’s Day. The star of the show is their customizable hash, wherein guests get to build-their-own hash, which comes with scones and coffee. And since this is disco brunch, expect funky tunes all morning long too. 

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!: For the 11th time, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is featuring its famed pajama brunch, encouraging patrons to attend in their comfiest attire. From 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the Spanish classic features a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar along with a myriad of sweet and savory brunch tapas. For those who dine in pajamas, they’ll receive a gift certificate equal to the price of their meal for a future visit. 

Frontier: Nothing satisfies a New Year’s hangover quite like a boozy brunch. Frontier understands this perfectly, and the West Town restaurant and bar is celebrating appropriately with drink specials like Champagne Jell-O shots, bellinis and flavored mimosas. Brunch will be served from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. At noon, the Four Star Brass Band will kick in with entertainment. 

Appellation: Fried chicken and Champagne go together like peanut butter and jelly, especially on the morning of New Year’s Day. Appellation knows this, and they’re hosting an aptly themed brunch to mark the occasion. For $22 per person, guests get to indulge in a family-style feast of fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread, of course with an abundance of Champagne to wash it all down. 

Stella Barra Pizzeria: Here’s another pajama brunch to add to your radar. The casual, comfort food affair runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and includes endless warm brioche cinnamon rolls, egg enchiladas, and more. Again, for those who dine in pajamas, they’ll receive a gift certificate equal to the value of their meal. 

Cantina Laredo: Huevos rancheros and Mexican brandy butter sound like great ways to kick off 2017. You can do so at Cantina Laredo, which is celebrating New Year’s Day with a Mexican brunch from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., featuring dishes like chicken fajita omelettes, French toast with that brandy butter, chilaquiles, asada y huevos (steak and eggs) and more. All entrees come with a complimentary mimosa, Bloody Maria or non-alcoholic drink. 

- Matt Kirouac


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