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Siena Tavern and South Water Kitchen: Brunch Bites

Siena Tavern and South Water Kitchen

Siena Tavern and South Water Kitchen: Brunch Bites

Siena Tavern and South Water Kitchen: Brunch Bites

In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Siena Tavern expands their brunch beverage program and South Water Kitchen beefs up their weekend menus.

 

No better way to celebrate the fact that it’s short-sleeve weather than with mimosas and Bloody Marys aplenty. All of them. Fittingly, Siena Tavern has amped up their weekend brunch menus with an expanded portfolio of booze.

 

Over at South Water Kitchen, things are getting burly on the weekend brunch menu. Chef Roger Waysok is honing in on the “unch” portion of brunch with menu additions like a half-pound breakfast burger made with a beef and pork patty topped with bacon, egg, and hollandaise on a pretzel roll, while the ham and egg grilled cheese contains scrambled eggs and American cheese on sourdough…………CONTINUE:  

Contraction of breakfast and lunch, usually occurring around the hour of 11 a.m. Typically reserved for snobs and biddies who like tea and jam.
“Muffy, would you care for a bit of brunch after tennis? I can make reservations at the Forsythia Garden Tea House.””Splendid. Do.”

Nutella Cookie at Two Zero Three: Sweet of the Week

Nutella Cookie at Two Zero Three: Sweet of the Week

Nutella Cookie at Two Zero Three: Sweet of the Week

Nutella Cookie at Two Zero Three: Sweet of the Week

 

Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood restaurant and bakery for dining and snacking in Chicago. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to try. I mean, I’ll eat more than one dessert of course, but only one standout confection gets a shout out.
One surefire way to up the ante on a chocolate chip cookie is by filling it with even more chocolate. Especially when the chocolate in question is Nutella. I can’t believe I haven’t seen or heard of this genius idea before, but…………CONTINUE:  

 

 

 

Memorial Day Dining Guide 2015

Memorial Day Dining Guide 2015

Where to eat and drink this Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

 

Memorial Day Dining Guide 2015 : Where to eat and drink this Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

Memorial Day Dining Guide 2015
: Where to eat and drink this Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

 

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and the unofficial onset of barbecue bingeing and patio-lounging. As we enter the thick of sunny season, there’s lots to eat, drink, and do over the course of Memorial Day weekend.

 

Sportsman’s Club embarks on its second summer BBQ series starting Memorial Day weekend. Every Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day finds a different guest chef cooking up ‘cue on the bar’s spacious back patio. The first chef to get things underway on May 24 is John Manion, who will be previewing his upcoming El Che Bar. The fete begins at 4:00 p.m. and runs until supplies are out. To drink, the backyard cocktail program this year includes a rotating draft cocktail and a couple boozy snow cones, including one splashed with bourbon, Branca Menta, Letherbee Besk, and mint. Cost for food and a beer is $20 per person.

With Memorial Day comes an increased urge to eat al fresco, perhaps even on a picnic blanket. Ideally with fried chicken. Honey Butter Fried Chicken makes picnic dreams come true with the return of their cold fried chicken packs, baskets of Americana food ample enough to feed four and designed to be taken and eaten at your leisure. With pick-up available on Sunday, May 24, each pack contains eight pieces of cold fried chicken, four corn muffins and honey butter, kale and cabbage slaw, fusilli pasta salad, and four toffee cookies.…………CONTINUE:  

 

Memorial Day 2015 Edition: Weekend Planner

Memorial Day 2015 Edition: Weekend Planner

 Memorial Day 2015 Edition: Weekend Planner

Memorial Day 2015 Edition: Weekend Planner

 

Weekend Planner May 22-24: No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend.

 

Bartenders With Benefits

The hospitality industry in Chicago is all about the camaraderie. Hence, guest bartenders are a frequent occurrence. One upcoming example to put on your radar is the Bartenders with Benefits event taking place May 24 at Barrelhouse Flat. Featuring guest bartender Brian Sturgulewski of The Dogma Group and Fulton Market Kitchen, Bartenders with Benefits will feature three specialty cocktails that send a portion of proceeds to The West Suburban Special Recreation Association. It all goes down at 9:00 p.m., when Sturgulewski.…………CONTINUE:  

Trend Alert: Vices Into Tea and Coffee Shops

Trend Alert: Vices

Trend Alert: Vices at the Virgin

Trend Alert: Vices at the Virgin

 

Let’s start with cigars. Although less harmful (and less illegal) than lighting up a cigarette or a joint inside a restaurant, cigars can now be found and purchased at a new downtown steakhouse and a new Humboldt Park coffee shop. For Prime & Provisions, a new steakhouse from the DineAmic Group.

Steakhouses aren’t the only ones getting into the cigar game. Prolific restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff is hopping aboard the bandwagon in an unlikely setting: his new Humboldt Park coffee shop. C.C. Ferns is a new cafe space located around the corner from his California Clipper. Along with the expected portfolio of caffeine (plus doughnuts), C.C. Ferns features an entire wall of cigars.

Speaking of morning provisions infused with liquor, I recently stumbled upon and inhaled a whiskey-infused scone from Caffe Streets.

Downstairs from the Commons Club, you’ll find Two Zero Three, a coffee shop that morphs handily into a wine bar once it becomes socially acceptable to do so.…………CONTINUE:  

 

Save a Lemur: Drink Beer

Save a Lemur: Drink Beer

Save a Lemur, Drink Beer

Save a Lemur, Drink Beer

 

DryHop Brewers partners with the Lincoln Park Zoo for their latest brew, “Take Me To Your Lemur.”
When you think of beer, the first word that comes to mind isn’t usually “adorable.” And when you think of brewery collaborations, you don’t typically imagine brewers collaborating with a zoo. But DryHop Brewers achieves the unlikely stratosphere of “cute brew” with its second collaboration beer with the Lincoln Park Zoo. Cutely dubbed “Take Me To Your Lemur,” the 5.5% Cantaloupe and Clementine Wit beer serves to send proceeds to the Crowned Lemur Wish List Fund. It’s simultaneously delicious and altruistic…………CONTINUE:  

 

FOODPHILES: Go Behind the Restaurant Scenes

FOODPHILES: Go Behind the Restaurant Scenes

FOODPHILES

FOODPHILES

Deeming by the incessant fanaticism for food reality shows — shooting you a stink-eye, Top Chef — it’s no surprise that people love to watch food programming. There’s just something about getting behind the scenes with the people who prepare food that elicits awe and excitement. For something so humble and human, the simple act of feeding oneself has evolved into a crucial mode of entertainment and exploration.

 

All 13 short webisodes are viewable online Each segment offers fascinating insight into the world of hospitality from a wide spectrum of vantage points, be it a barista, a restaurant owner, a cocktail maven, or more. Along with unique recipes and episode synopses, viewers will be able to engage with personal anecdotes…………CONTINUE:  

 

 

 

BBQ Brisket Burgers, Porkchop Pig Roast: Weekend Planner

BBQ Brisket Burgers

BBQ Brisket Burgers,  Porkchop turns four.

BBQ Brisket Burgers, Porkchop turns four.

 

BBQ Brisket Burgers at 25 Degrees
Seeing as May is both National BBQ Month and National Burger Month, you’d best maximize your meat intake.

Visit THE dec ROOFTOP LOUNGE + BAR
The forecast may say differently, but spring is here and summer is on its way, and there’s no better way to beckon the warm weather season than with a jaunt to a nice rooftop bar.

Porkchop Celebrates Four Years With a Pig Roast
Porkchop is turning four years old, and as with most four-year old birthday parties, they’re celebrating with a pig roast…………CONTINUE:  

 

 

 

Black Bull, Webster’s Wine Bar: Brunch Bites: Brunch Bites

Black Bull, Webster’s Wine Bar: Brunch Bites

Black Bull and Webster's Wine Bar (Omelet at Black Bull)

Black Bull and Webster’s Wine Bar (Omelet at Black Bull)

 

In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Black Bull launches a three-course brunch prix fixe and Webster’s Wine Bar serves Sunday brunch.

Mother’s Day served as the inaugural brunch for tapas-focused Black Bull in Wicker Park. The restaurant puts an elegant Spanish accent on the all-American weekend pastime with a three-course brunch prix fixe available weekends from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For each course, diners get their dish of choice, starting with chocolate-filled croissants or palmerita pastries to begin. Next, entree options include French toast with sweet cream, a french fry dish strewn with Jamon Serrano and eggs, a chorizo- and Jamon-filled omelet, and an epic hamburguesa Iberica made with pork shoulder, Jamon, rosemary aioli, quail egg, apple conserve, caramelized onion, and grated tomato on focaccia. For dessert, it’s a…………CONTINUE:  

 

The Very Best Burgers In Chicago

The Very Best Burgers

The Very Best Burgers

The Very Best Burgers

The Very Best Burgers

May marks National Burger Month, an apt time to feast through Chicago’s best burgers. With Memorial Day serving as the unofficial start of summer and the onset of grilling season, it’s no surprise May is National Burger Month. You don’t need to twist my arm any harder than that in order to get me interested in eating my way through Chicago’s burger scene. Our ravenous appetite for burgers seems ceaseless, with new burger concepts and menu items popping up at an endlessly rapid rate. Beyond your standard burger joints, this quintessential comfort food can be found practically everywhere, even in unexpected places like chicken restaurants and modern British taverns. In honor of National Burger Month, here are some of the very best (and most unexpected) burgers found in the city…………CONTINUE: