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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

Rise and Shine at Chicago's Best Spots for Steak and Eggs

Steak and eggs is as quintessential for brunch as pancakes, omelettes, and waffles. The protein-packed combo can be tricky to pull off right, though, so it takes a well-oiled kitchen with a refined breakfast or brunch program to execute it properly and deliciously. When that steak craving hits in the morning, these are the spots you should go to: 


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Tavern on Rush: Steak and eggs borrows inspiration from south of the border at Tavern on Rush. A fixture on the weekend brunch menu, the skirt steak Mexicali is a zesty combo of spice-marinated steak with two eggs any style, corn tortilla, avocado and pico de gallo. 

Valois: This uber old-school cafeteria-style restaurant in Hyde Park has been slinging steak and eggs and other all-American staples for decades. It recently spiked in popularity due to President Obama's vocal adoration of the restaurant, which is easy to understand once you set foot inside this place. More so than almost any other restaurant in the city, Valois feels preserved in time, like a homey time capsule filled with tasty and affordable food all day long. Swing by for breakfast for one of their most popular items, the steak & eggs. The huge slab of steak is succulent and well seasoned, and the eggs come whatever way you choose, along with some superlative spuds. I'd suggest over-easy or sunny-side up to maintain some of that oozy yolk for a makeshift sauce. 

Uncle Mike's Place: While not necessarily as old as Valois, Uncle Mike's Place is an institution in and of itself in West Town. The American/Filipino restaurant is famed for its breakfast, featuring comfort foods from both cultures. One of the most popular dishes is the skirt steak breakfast, which is a marinated cut of meat served with two eggs any style, garlic fried rice, and a bowl of fresh lugao, a Filipino porridge.  

Longman & Eagle: Then there's the French version found at this Logan Square hot spot. The beef shank au poivre comes with truffled potatoes, red pearl onions, baby turnips and sunny-side up egg. 

Beatrix: On the weekend brunch menu at this all-day River North favorite, steak and eggs gets some uncommon assists from chimichurri and shishito peppers. The steak gets dressed with the herbal, acidic South American sauce, plated alongside eggs, golden hash browns, and some grilled shishito peppers for an added dose of smoke and mild heat. 

Tweet: In Uptown, another popular brunch spot draws inspiration from local artists for its take on steak and eggs. The dish is found on the "Artist Favorites" section of the menu, featuring dishes inspired by the likes of Tony Fitzpatrick. It's a six-ounce piece of marinated and grilled skirt steak served with two eggs, potatoes, toast, and either a fruit cup of compote. Good pick, Tony.  

Chicago Cut: Naturally, a steakhouse is going to be a solid choice for steak and eggs. Being one of the few steakhouses in town to serve daily breakfast, you’re in good hands at Chicago Cut. The restaurant serve prime filets and two eggs any style as a solid go-to, or you can order corned beef and hash or even a Prime NY strip with two poached eggs, hash browns and hollandaise. 

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