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The Rockit Burger Bar Brunch Experience

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Chicagoans take their brunches very seriously. Rockit Burger Bar is no exception.

I recently had the opportunity to indulge in this Wrigleyville hot-spot’s popular weekend brunch. Having dined at their River North location for years, I knew this place was no stranger to downright delicious grub. But just how far they take their brunch experience was what really impressed me. Read more…

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Foodies Unite at Chicago Gourmet 2013

Chicago Gourmet Millenium Park     Chicago is the culinary epicenter of the midwest – and arguably of the entire nation – which is precisely why an event like Chicago Gourmet is so valuable to the 12,456 foodies who attended this year’s sold out event.

 With over 175 restaurants strutting their stuff on a picture-perfect weekend in the Windy City, it was nearly impossible to sample everything from everyone who showed up and showed off at Bon Appétit magazine’s flagship sponsorship event. Tents littered the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park, each of them staffed with some of the most knowledgeable chefs, sommeliers, and liquor reps out there. Read more…

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Siena Tavern: Italy to Chicago via Top Chef Viviani

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You know his face from Top Chef. Now it’s time to get to know his food. And let me start with this: it’s good. Really good. Read more…

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New J. Rocco Nails Old-School Italian

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Chicago is undoubtedly a hub for gastropubs. Small plates, little-known ingredients, and pretentious service have defined most of the recent restaurant openings in the Windy City. However, with the new J. Rocco Italian Table Bar, we just might be on to something completely different: hearty, original Italian cooking. Read more…

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Embeya Restaurant: The Dark Horse of Randolph Street

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Very few restaurants calling their “Progressive” actually deserve. Embeya is one of them. Read more…

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Eye on the Sparrows

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Lincoln Park has a new breakfast/lunch/brunch spot joining the ranks – and guess what? It’s pretty darn good. Read more…

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National Ceviche Day with Pisco Porton

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For a spirit as historically rich and deep-rooted as Pisco Porton – meticulously made at the base of the Andes in Peru, each batch of the same pristine quality as the first ever produced three centuries ago – clinging to one’s past seems hardly a poor decision. That commitment to traditional techniques is largely responsible for the longevity of the Porton brand as well as its fiercely loyal following across South America (and rapidly spreading northward). Before the creation of vodka, rum or gin as we know them, there was pisco – a full-proof white spirit distilled from a blend of grapes. Since 1684, Porton has enchanted palates, its subtle sweet and spiciness giving way to a long, luxurious finish. Read more…

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Straight A’s for Ada Street

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There’s tucked away, and then there’s out of the way. Ada Street just might be the latter, but once you taste the food from Chef Zoe Schor, you’ll forget all about the inconvenience. Read more…

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Oh, What a Nightwood

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If there’s any restaurant worth the trek to Chicago’s out-of-the-way artist’s corridor, Pilsen, it’s Nightwood – the progressive American eatery headed by Jason Vincent, who just won Best Chef by Food and Wine Magazine. Read more…

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Sound the Sirens: La Sirena Clandestina is a Hit

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La Sirena Clandestina has been on every foodie’s must-go list since opening its doors in the fall of 2012 – and for good reason. It has scooped up all sorts of accolades from otherwise-stodgy food critics and quickly became the dark horse of the Fulton Market. In sum, it’s South America meets the city of Chicago, 40 seats at a time. What’s not to love? Read more…

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