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Hottest New Brunch in Chicago

Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, with new restaurants and menus emerging seemingly every week. Especially lately, the city has seen a surge in reputable brunches debut, each offering a stylistic and innovative approach to the weekend pastime. From internationally inspired dim sum to morning fare rooted in culinary traditions of France and Spain, […]

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May 24, 2018 11:51 PM
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: Summer Seafood Festival, Mimosa Kits, National Oyster Day and More

Summer Seafood Festival at Big Jones

For its second year, Big Jones is bringing back its successful Summer Seafood Festival. Running now through Labor Day, the Andersonville restaurant is filling out its menu with a roster of nautical specials to celebrate the season. Paired with seasonal local produce, this month’s offerings include dishes like shrimp burgers, oyster po’ boys, seafood salads, pastas, fried seafood, crawfish pies and lots more. 

Mimosa Kits at Bar Takito

After recently rolling out Sunday brunch, Bar Takito is amping things up with a brand new mimosa kit. Ideal for larger parties or those who just like to get more interactive with their cocktails, the kits consist of a 750ml bottle of Cielo Prosecco and freshly made strawberry, guava and orange purees for optimal customization. Altogether, it’s just $15 per kit. This is in addition to other brunch cocktail options like the Takito’s Maria made with house Bloody Mary mix, aji peanut sauce, lemongrass, lemon juice, spicy citric salt rim, sesame seeds and a cilantro sprig. Brunch is served Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

 

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Bar Takito; Meghan Leigh Photography

National Oyster Day at Frontier

August 5 marks National Oyster Day, as all you bivalve-lovers surely already know. To celebrate in true summer style, Frontier is hosting an oyster and rosé patio soiree all weekend long, from Friday, August 4, through Sunday, August 6. On Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., guests can enjoy $1 oysters, $2 char-grilled oysters, $12 bacon-wrapped oysters, $5 glasses of rosé and $5 glasses of frosé (aka frozen rosé). 

And III Forks Prime Steakhouse

In other National Oyster Day news, III Forks Prime Steakhouse is celebrating the holiday with dollar oysters, a shucking demo and discounted drinks on August 5 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The demo takes place at 5:30 p.m., while guests can pair their raw oysters with glasses of Gratien & Meyer Cremant de Loire sparkling rosé for $5, or Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc, also for $5. 

Pink Party on the Patio at Formento’s

There’s more rosé to be had this week, this time at a patio patio at Formento’s. The pink-themed event, taking place August 3, encourages attendees to come clad in their best pink attire and revel in an al fresco evening of rosé Champagne and Smoke Tree Rosé wine. There will also be bites and themed cocktails with Belvedere vodka, with proceeds from the event going towards the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., with limited tickets and VIP packages available here.

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An offshoot of Wicker Park's Takito Kitchen, Bar Takito is a larger space with a more booze- and small plates-centric menu. Wildly popular Bar Takito features contemporary Latin American cuisine,...

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Coastal Southern cuisine gets an update in Andersonville with potato-herb croquettes and sweet-tea infused pork chops, plus a focus on locally grown, sustainably-farmed food. Big Jones' recipes: Reezy-peezy Southern-style pickles...

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The guys behind Lottie's and the Pony Inn have opened a third location, featuring the down-home cooking of chef/partner Brian Jupiter. The chef highlights Southern American cooking that's updated with...

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