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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

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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