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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Weekly Planner: Burger Specials, Moules Fest, Paella Cook Off and More

Burgers and Specials at Pleasant House Pub

Between the burger and the new lineup of daily specials at Pleasant House Pub in Pilsen, there’s plenty of reasons to revisit this neighborhood favorite these days. For starters, the award-winning pub burger is now available every day, including during lunch. And then there’s new dishes joining the lineup, like the Pleasant Ploughman Scuffler, the pub’s riff on a traditional Yorkshire sandwich that features aged cheddar, housemade carrot chutney, arugula and pickled onions on a buttered roll. As for new specials, come by on Wednesdays for the “cask and curry” special, which consists of a new curry entree along with one of the pub’s cask-conditioned beers. And on Tuesdays, it’s special burger day, wherein the kitchen augments the regular pub burger with a different rotating variety each week. 

Moules Fest at Chez Moi

In case you can’t make it to France, Chez Moi is your next best bet during the month of September. Inspired by “Le Festival de la Moule,” chef Dominque Tougne is hosting his very own “Moules Fest” from September 8-17, featuring four original recipes of the classic French creation. Chez Moi’s version is an all-you-can-eat menu that runs for $25 per person, served with frites. Options for the fest include lobster bisque mussels; marinieres mussels with white wine, parsley, butter and lemon; Belgian mussels with beer, leeks, cream and bacon; and Mediterranean mussels with chorizo, tomatoes, saffron rice, onions and basil. 

 

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Paella Cook Off at Mercat a la Planxa

From France to Spain, another European classic is taking the spotlight this month courtesy of Mercat a la Planxa’s fourth annual Paella Cook Off. The crowd-pleasing affair brings together some of the city’s best chefs for an evening of inventive and contemporary Spanish cooking. This year, Mercat welcomes guest chefs from Animale, Black Bull, Park Grill, Travelle, TWO and Vie, each one cooking up their own riff on paella, to be judged by a media panel and other industry members, including last year’s winner: chef Ashlee Aubin from Salero. The cook off takes place on September 7 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., with festive music and flamenco dancers to add to the vibe. Attendees get to taste samples from each chef and cast their vote for “People’s Choice Award.” Tapas, wine and sangria will also be offered. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased here

Pickle Tasting at Big Jones

If your taste preferences skew acidic, swing by Big Jones for one of the most original tasting options in town. The Andersonville restaurant is currently offering a pickle tasting, designed to showcase fresh, sustainable and seasonal ingredients in a bold and flavorful new way. Similar to a cheese plate or a charcuterie platter, the pickle tasting puts produce in the spotlight with housemade pickles like asparagus, ramp bulbs, chow chow and okra. 

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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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Dominique Tougne, who cooked for years at Bistro 110, brings the cuisine of his grandmother's Bordeaux restaurant and his native Alsace to this restaurant that opened in fall 2012.

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The historic Blackstone hotel gets a major makeover, and with it the arrival of Jose Garces' tapas bar specializing in Catalan cuisine. Small plate items range from cut-to-order charcuterie and...

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Specializing in savory meat pies for dine-in or carry out, this cafe by day and pub by night also offers daily specials, desserts and house-made soda pop. There's also a...

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