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The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM
Weekly Planner: Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco and New Spring Menus

Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco Though spring in Chicago is notoriously finicky and fickle, one good indicator that warm weather is near is the onset of food truck season at Antique Taco. More specifically, the restaurant’s sprawling Bridgeport location is kicking into spring gear with its “Wheel Wednesdays” series, which invites a handful of different food […]

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May 02, 2018 11:35 PM

Trenchermen Re-emerges as Trench

One of Bucktown’s most beloved restaurants and bars just got a whole lot better. After closing briefly for a refresh and some new faces in the kitchen, Trenchermen has re-emerged as Trench, with Jared Wentworth in tow. 

 

Trench
Photo by Galdones Photography

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the man responsible for racking up the accolades and the feverish crowds at Longman & Eagle, one of the foremost restaurants responsible for catapulting Logan Square into culinary glory. For their makeover of Trenchermen, Heisler Hospitality tapped the chef to come aboard and put his stamp on contemporary American tavern fare. The result is a space that more fluidly combines the dining room and the bar, with a menu filled with inventive twists on classic comforting flavors. 

Dishes to get excited about include bone marrow corn bread, Kentucky fried quail with Southern braised green beans and hamachi crudo with black lime, cashew, shiso, radish, Meyer lemon and chili vinaigrette. Angela Diaz joins the ranks as pastry chef. 

Since drinking as equally paramount at Trench, beverage manager Michael McAvena rose to the challenge by amassing a menu of Alsatian wines, American wines, ciders and six beers on draft. Meanwhile, head bartender Sabrina Kudic leads the charge on classic-inspired cocktails, featuring the likes of Gin Fizzes, New York Sours and Grasshoppers. 

 

Trench
Photo by Galdones Photography


Design-wise, Kevin Heisner worked to create a more seamless synergy between the bar space and main dining area. Mirrors along the rear wall serve to open up the room more, while white washed brick recall the subway tile found in the building’s original bathhouse. There’s also a new DJ booth in the bar, home to an impressive vinyl collection. 

Trench is now open for dinner, with plans for brunch in the coming weeks.

Tags: TrenchTrenchermenBucktown
Neighborhoods: Wicker Park

Formerly known as Trenchermen, Heisler Hospitality have morphed their Bucktown staple into Trench. Borrowing a page from American tavern lore, the hospitality group have honed in on contemporary American cuisine...

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