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Super Bowl Day BRUNCH at Kit Kat

Lady Gaga Brunch on Super Bowl Sunday at Kit Kat Lounge

Madam X Performs Live, Halftime Show Viewing Party

Sunday, February 5

Brunch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dinner and Lounge, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

​Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host a Lady Gaga themed brunch in celebration of her halftime performance ​at this year’s Super Bowl. On Sunday, February 5,

Diva Madam X will perform

​ as Lady Gaga intermittently from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kit Kat’s mixologists will ​shake up Lady Gaga martinis ($7, all day) made with Stoli, Hpnotiq and pineapple juice, garnished with a glow stick.​
Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring chicken and waffles, Rice Krispie french toast, crab cake benedict, chilaquiles and more. With the purchase of any brunch entree, a cocktail package (bloody marys; mimosas; sangria; bellinis) can be added for $14.95 per person.

The complete brunch menu may be viewed here.

​Following brunch service, Kit Kat will show the Super Bowl halftime performance concert live on seven, state-of-the-art jumbo screens.​ Sunday’s specials include $7 Stoli martinis and a 33-percent discount off small plates (shrimp tacos; chicken satay; crab cakes; calamari; bacon wrapped dates; Japanese meatballs; bacon mac and cheese; sriracha glazed tempura shrimp).

​For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.​


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111

kitkatchicago.com

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Finding Neverland Special Brunch Nov 20

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Finding Neverland Brunch at

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Enjoy Live Diva Performances, Theater Ticket Giveaway and More

Sunday, November 20 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sprinkle the pixie dust, it’s time for another fun, themed brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club! On Sunday, November 20, the Lakeview-located restaurant will host a Finding Neverland midday soiree in celebration of the newest Broadway in Chicago hit musical. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Diva Madam X will perform live as Kit Kat’s mixologists shake up $7 Stoli vodka martinis (offered 11 a.m.-2 a.m.).

Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring chicken and waffles, Rice Krispie french toast, crab cake Benedict, chilaquiles and more. With the purchase of any brunch entree, a cocktail package (bloody marys; mimosas; sangria; bellinis) can be added for $14.95 per person. The complete brunch menu may be viewed here.

 

Raffles will be held throughout the day, with five lucky participants winning a pair of tickets to see Finding Neverland at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. For table reservations, contact Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street

773.525.1111

kitkatchicago.com

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THE LARK in East Lakeview

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LKH Management (LKH), the group behind Andersonville’s recently opened Replay and Elixir, announced that its eighth property, Lark, will officially open to the public Thursday, June 16.

The first 50 people through the bar and restaurant’s doors that day, beginning at 5 pm, will receive a voucher for one free pizza, available for redemption by July 31, 2016. Between 5 pm and 2 am, everyone who visits the new venue will be eligible to enter to win free pizza for a year*.

Located at 3441 N. Halsted, in the former Halsted’s Bar + Grill space, Lark will offer an ideal environment for drinks seven nights a week, where guests can listen to music from the 80s and 90s until 2 am Sunday through Friday and 3 am Saturdays, as well as watch music videos from those eras playing on the 13 large screen TVs.

“We’re excited to bring this new addition to the bar scene in Lake View, which features the beautiful original wooden bar from the former Cullen’s Bar & Grill on Southport,” said Mark Liberson, LKH president. “Our weekend guests will enjoy having the chance to select albums from our collection of LPs, play retro board games and dine on our artisanal pizzas with their drinks.”

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Lark will also offer authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, as well as pasta, sandwiches, entrées, salads, appetizers and weekend brunch.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE  PIZZA  PLACE!  Lark plans to be among a handful of officially certified Neapolitan pizza establishments in Chicago. In order to obtain certification from The Associazione Verace Pizza Napolitana (VPN), Lark must adhere to strict guidelines, including what ingredients are used, how the dough is made and how long the pizzas are cooked.  WOW!   HOW COOL IS THAT?!

Chefs Bernardo Ibarra (Girl and the Goat) and Kaz Medhat (Magnolia Café), recently leading the culinary team at Replay and Elixir in Andersonville, will helm the Lark kitchen. Creating a menu rich in flavors, the chefs will incorporate inspirations from Italy and beyond while Lark’s beverage director, Vlad Novikov, will curate drink offerings consisting of craft cocktails, extensive wine by the glass options and 16 tap beers.

The 2,400 square foot venue will accommodate approximately 90 people, and open onto one of Lake View’s largest existing patios, doubling the venue’s capacity with nearly 100 additional seats. In addition to bar and table seating, guests can choose to sit and watch the chefs prepare and cook the pizzas around the Mugnaini pizza oven, dine and drink at the historic handcrafted wooden bar, or lounge in comfortable seating surrounding Lark’s working fireplace.

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“We can’t wait for everyone to join us and enjoy a taste of something they won’t find elsewhere in the neighborhood,” said Chef Bernardo. “We’re thrilled to share all the special features of the new oven, and to create delicious dishes beyond pizza, incorporating wood-fired items throughout the menu.”

Exposed brick and handcrafted wooden details will line the walls of the new venue. DJs will play 80s and 90s records Thursday through Sunday nights from 10 pm to close.

Lark will be open Monday through Friday 5 pm – 2 am, Saturday from 10 am – 3 am, Sunday 10 am – 2 am. Dinner will be served every night from 5-10 pm. Brunch will be available 10 am – 3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Late-night pizza and limited menu options will also be available nightly until close.

Please visit http://www.larkchicago.com/ to sign up for updates and special events, and “like” us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/larkchicago, Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkChicago, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkchicago/.

*One winner will receive one free pizza per week for one year (52 total pizzas) starting Monday, June 20, 2016. Limitations will apply.

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New Years Eve in Chicago

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New Years Eve –  and  New Years  Day!   Make  Plans  now!

Don’t be left out in the cold!

Revolucion   and  El Mariachi

 

 

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Halloween Brunch in Chicago

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Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club is getting into the Halloween “spirit” with a bevy of boo-tastic brunch events and creative costume contests, from Rocky Horror Picture Show parties, to a Dia de los Muertos celebration.

In addition, the Lakeview lounge and supper club will offer an array of Halloween martinis ($14 each; half-priced Sunday-Thursday) and Poison Apple shots ($5 each) throughout the month of October.

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show Brunch
Sunday, October 25 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
“Let’s do the time warp again” this Halloween season, as Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club holds their sixth annual Rocky Horror Picture Show brunch on Sunday, October 25. Diva Madam X will perform songs from the campy cult classic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the film will be shown on seven large screens. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed as their best Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Riff Raff or other costumed character for the chance to win a $100 cash prize. Kit Kat’s Sunday brunch menu will be available, and all martinis will be half-priced (all day).


Dia de los Muertos Brunch

Sunday, November 1 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Feeling like a zombie after a long night of Halloween revelry? Revive with the hair of the dog, and celebrate the Day of the Dead, at Kit Kat Lounge. On Sunday, November 1, Diva Madam X will lift your “spirits” with live performances from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Nosh on comfort food brunch fare (Bacon Truffle Mac ‘N Cheese; Biscuits and Gravy; Huevos Rancheros), while imbibing with a build-your-own beverage package that includes mimosas, bloody martinis, bellinis and sangria ($14.95).
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
KitKatChicago.com
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Mexican Brunch and Cooking Class

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BONUS BRUNCH DAY!

MONDAY, Memorial Day ! Brunch & $5 House Margaritas

Experience some of the hottest brunch spots in the

East Lakeview neighborhood.

 

Great places to enjoy with family & friends. An amazing expansive brunch menu. Brunch Done With A Mexican Twist!!!

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Serving Brunch From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dinner from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill (773) 549-2932

www.elmariachitequilabar.com

and –

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse (773) 661-9893

www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

 

***THURSDAY COOKING/EATING CLASS – ALMOST SOLD OUT!

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Marilyn Monroe Brunch at Kit Kat

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Annual Marilyn Monroe

Birthday Brunch 

Celebrate a Hollywood Icon at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club


Sunday, May 31      11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lakeview’s Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will hold their annual Marilyn Monroe birthday brunch extravaganza on Sunday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Marilyn was born on June 1, 1926). Throughout the day, Diva Madam X will perform as the ultimate Hollywood icon herself with rousing renditions of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “I Wanna Be Loved By You” and “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”, along with an array 1950’s show tunes.

Brunch guests may choose to dine alfresco on Kit Kat’s stylish sidewalk patio, or in the main dining room complete with seven jumbo projection screens playing Marilyn’s movies and retro footage of the starlet. Kit Kat’s weekend brunch menu will be offered (Chicken and Waffles; Crab Cakes Benedict; Rice Krispie French Toast; Steak Skillet and more), along with build your own mimosas, bloody martinis, sangria and bellinis for $14.95 with the purchase of any brunch entree.

In honor of Marilyn’s birthday event, the supper club’s bar team will be shaking and serving a special “Goddess” martini made with Effen Vodka, white grape juice, champagne float and sugared rim ($7).

For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773.525.1111.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657

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Spring Fashion Brunch Benefit May 3rd

GOING…GOING…..ALMOST GONE!

This event sells out every year – and there are only a few seats left!

The Chicago House annual

Spring Brunch & Fashion Show 2015!
Sunday, May 3 Noon – 3:30 PM

Winter Garden Ballroom

Harold Washington Library | 400 S State Street

BUY TICKETS

This year’s Brunch event is all about celebrating Chicago House’s 30 Years of Service and the last three decades of fashion. In fact, all guests are invited to come dressed in his or her favorite fashion moment or trend from the past 30 years. The fashion certainly won’t be limited to the runway this year! EVERYONE dresses to impress!

Sip cocktails and mingle and browse the fantastic silent auction items.

After a lavish brunch by Jewell Events Catering, guests will turn to the runway and feast their eyes on elite fashions from Chicago’s best boutiques and most forward-thinking designers! Intermingled with the amazing displays of fashion will be thrilling musical and dance performances.

GET A TICKET WHILE THEY LAST! BUY TICKETS

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Mothers Day Brunch in Chicago

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Don’t be left without a reservation! Mothers Day May 10th, 2015.

“Mamma Mia!” Mother’s Day Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Midday Meal with Mom, Music, Mimosas and Madam X
Sunday, May 10 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $39.95 per person

Enjoy a celebratory Mother’s Day meal at Kit Kat, complete with mimosas and music from Mamma Mia! On Sunday, May 10, the Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club will offer a four course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, outlined below, includes mimosas, sangria, bellinis and bloody martinis for $39.95 per person. The fierce and fabulous Diva Madam X will performance hits from Mamma Mia! while the film version of the musical plays on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo projection screens.

Kit Kat’s menu of martinis will be half-price ($7 each) including such seasonal selections as “In Bloom” (Pinnacle raspberry vodka, Pama liqueur, elder flower liqueur, champagne), “Strawberry Shortcake” (Pinnacle whipped vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberry puree, splash of vanilla, pineapple juice and cream, garnished with graham cracker and whipped cream) and “Cabana Boy” (Cruzan coconut rum, vodka, Midori, banana liqueur, orange and pineapple juice).

For brunch reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Mother’s Day Menu

$39.95 per person includes mimosas, sangria, bellinis or bloody martinis

First Course
House made cheddar biscuits served with whipped honey butter


Second Course

choice of: Kit Kat Salad – romaine, spinach, sliced apples, candied almonds, apple cider vinaigrette
Southwest Salad – romaine, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, corn, cheddar, roasted pumpkin seeds, tortilla strips, buttermilk ranch


Third Course

choice of: Croque Monsieur – ham, gruyere, mustard aioli
Crab Cake Benedict – lemon bearnaise, bacon crumble, roasted potatoes
Macho Man- two eggs any style, bacon, sausage, biscuit and sausage gravy, roasted potatoes
Kit Kat Burger – smoked bacon, gruyere cheese, French mustard, over easy egg, parmesan truffle fries
Ravioli – ricotta, spinach, asparagus, shallots, mushrooms, peas, Parmesan creme sauce
Chicken and Waffles – cayenne maple and roasted red fingerling potatoes

Dessert
choice of:
Kit Kat’s Carrot Cake
Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111 KitKatChicago.com

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Easter Brunch in Lakeview at KIT KAT

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Easter Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

 

Midday Meal with Mimosas and Madam X
Sunday, April 5 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $39.95 per person

Enjoy a celebratory Easter brunch at Kit Kat, complete with mimosas and build-your-own cocktails. On Sunday, April 5, the Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club will offer a four course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef JoAnn Witherell’s menu, outlined below, includes mimosas, sangria or bloody martinis for $39.95 per person. The fierce and fabulous Diva Madam X will entertain brunch guests with live performances all day.

Kit Kat’s menu of martinis will be half-price ($7 each) including such seasonal selections as “In Bloom” (Pinnacle raspberry vodka, Pama liqueur, elder flower liqueur, champagne), “Strawberry Shortcake” (Pinnacle whipped vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberry puree, splash of vanilla, pineapple juice and cream, garnished with graham cracker and whipped cream) and “Cabana Boy” (Cruzan coconut rum, vodka, Midori, banana liqueur, orange and pineapple juice).

For brunch reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Kit Kat’s Easter Menu

First Course

House made cheddar biscuits served with whipped honey butter


Second Course

choice of:

Kit Kat Salad – romaine, spinach, sliced apples, candied almonds, apple cider vinaigrette
Southwest Salad – romaine, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, corn, cheddar, roasted pumpkin seeds, tortilla strips, buttermilk ranch


Third Course

choice of:
Croque Monsieur – ham, gruyere, mustard aioli
Crab Cake Benedict – lemon bearnaise, bacon crumble, roasted potatoes
Macho Man- two eggs any style, bacon, sausage, biscuit and sausage gravy, roasted potatoes
Kit Kat Burger – smoked bacon, gruyere cheese, French mustard, over easy egg, Parmesan truffle fries
Ravioli – ricotta, spinach, asparagus, shallots, mushrooms, peas, Parmesan creme sauce
Chicken and Waffles – cayenne maple and roasted red fingerling potatoes

Dessert
choice of:

Kit Kat’s Carrot Cake

Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111

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Revolucion Steakhouse Brunch with a Twist

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Brunch Done with a Mexican Twist!

 

 

Every Saturday & Sunday! Brunch at Revolucion!  They have a new  Spring Brunch & Cocktail Menus full of amazing new flavors! Both Sweet & Savory dishes with a Mexican twist to please anyone’s palate. In addition to our $3 Mimosas & Bloody Mary’s, they also offer innovative beverages including Sorbetsmith’s Salted Lime Sorbet Michelada Float- that’s muy sabroso!

3443 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: 773-661-9893

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Memorial Day brunch with El Mariachi

Join Us This 

Memorial Day 

For Brunch & 1/2 Price House Margaritas  

Business Hours

11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

1/2 Price House Margaritas 

 

Come and experience one of the hottest up and coming brunch spots in the boys town/east Lakeview neighborhoods.  

Great place to enjoy with family & friends.  An amazing expansive brunch menu.  

Brunch Done With A Mexican Twist!!!

We Wil Be Serving Brunch From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with El Mariachi

3906 N. Broadway Chicago Il. 60640  #773-549-2932

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3420 N. Broadway Chicago Il 60657  #773-549-7020

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Taverna 750 in Lakeview is one of Chicago’s Best Restaurants

It’s rare when a restaurant opens and everyone likes it and has everyone’s tongue wagging! And with today’s social media outlets, everyone has an opinion. 

Taverna 750, is a highly rated ZAGAT  hotspot in Chicago’s East Lakeview!
As they approach their 2 year anniversary, things could not get any better!
It’s been voted Best Italian Restaurant,
Best Hidden Gem,
Best Date Restaurant,
Best Brunch,
Best Martinis,
and Best Sidewalk Cafe!
Growing up, Paul Cannella always heard his family talk about working and
eating in his grandfather’s tavern. They’d always talk about the
“tavern,” but Cannella never knew, until recently, that his grandfather
owned the Grand Tap Room, an upscale Italian restaurant in the 1930s and
’40s, where a steak was $1.50! 

Taverna 750 is the best of old school Italian with a contemporary flair. Cannella is bringing back his Grandfather Paul J.
Loverde’s and Uncle Chuckie Abruzzini’s classic Italian tried and true
family recipes. But made current and relevant to today’s times. 

 We love everything on the menu here. But I am very
impressed by attention to detail, flavor, service  and presentation.

Keep in mind  many items change
seasonally. The restaurant just launched a new spring menu with all kinds of awesome dishes! 

Beets and Strawberries – $8.00
Roasted baby beets, basil puree, goat cheese sorbet, pumpernickel croutons, citrus dressing, baby arugula.

Crab Cakes – $12.00
Smoked chorizo, charred spring onion gremolata, shaved asparagus salad, shaved pear.

Tuna Confit – $16.00
Olive oil poached tuna, olive marmaletta, pine nut puree, fingerling potato.

Chicken Marengo – $13.00
San marzano tomatoes, white wine, maitake mushroom, squash noodles, black olive, grated egg yolk.

Buttermilk Braised Pork Shoulder – $14.00
Fregola pasta, chickpea broth, hazelnut, apricot, bittersweet chocolate.

Is your mouth watering yet?

They don’t refer to themselves as a tapas place, and it is clear that the dishes are quite larger than typical tapas. This a “sharing” place
where people are encouraged to share their meals and the dishes are
placed in the center of the table.

All of Taverna 750’s entrees are
small plates, meant for sharing at the table. For 2 people ideally. A table of 5 can not share one plate, as one Yelper complained!

For small plates, the
portions are generous and their prices are very affordable so you can share several items at one sitting.  You will be blown away by the quality and the tastes. Small plates are served European-style, coming out of the kitchen
as they’re ready.Which is how I like it.

The quality of the reasonably priced dishes really gives the food at the
much pricier downtown places like RPM Italian a run for their money.

Understanding the history, the life cycle, the environment in which it grows, all make me proud to serve the dishes I do. It’s this understanding and appreciation for ingredients that make me feel connected to the food, which in my opinion transcends to the diner eating the food. You can just tell the difference between something that tastes good and something that has been treated with respect and care.” says Chef Christopher Coker.

AND THE DRINKS! Let me tell you,  mixologist Benjamin Newby, a big name in the Chicago restaurant scene and 
one of Chicago’s most celebrated and recognizable drink creators is stirring things up at Taverna. I already thought they had a perfect drink menu. The martinis that come with a bonus sidecar is brilliant!  Ben is known for creating innovative
drinks enjoyed by both the connoisseur and the person looking for a
great libation.

His latest recipes shine at Taverna 750. He developed a  spring
cocktail menu and did some tweaking on existing cocktails, to further raise the bar.  He has launched six seasonal creations available through
the end of summer and will roll out a patio beverage menu when the
weather FINALLY warms up – that could be any day now!

Brunch, dinner or late night – this place has something for everyone!

As we near the two year anniversary of Taverna in June, I’ve
never felt more confident in the overall product that we are bringing to
the city of Chicago.” 
says  owner Paul Cannella“We’ve
learned a lot, and we’ve grown a lot.  The food and beverage menus are
by far the best we’ve produced to date.  When you combine that with the
staff we’ve worked hard to train, and they’re passion for working at
Taverna, I can’t help but smile thinking about how we are going to  put a lot of smiles on people’s faces all summer long.”

Reservations are always highly suggested, as this hotspot can be very busy!
Taverna 750        750 W Cornelia Ave  Chicago, IL 60657  ph. 773-904-7466



***INSIDERS  SCOOP***

Specials include:
Monday – $10 Italian Dinner
$5 Chef’s Choice Pasta
$5 Quartino’s of Wine
Tuesday – Wine Night
$2 Glasses
$20 Bottles
(Select Varieties)
Wednesday – Midweek Treat
Complimentary Dessert on us with any purchase of Dinner!!!
Thursday/Friday/Saturday – Chef’s Special
Friday/Saturday – 100% Club – Late Night
100% of proceeds off 100% menu go to charity of the month
Sunday – $25 Martini Brunch
2 Courses and 2 Martinis + Champagne for $25
(Saturday Brunch Starts 4/20)

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La Grand Vie Lounge and Restaurant

 Just steps from Michigan Avenue, nestled inside The Chatelaine building at 215 E. Chestnut, is downtown’s newest hidden gem, La Grand Vie. A sleek new lounge/restaurant with signature craft cocktails and a menu to suit 

everyone’s taste and budget.

Manager James Kupka (formerly of Mini Bar)says LGV emphasizes classic cocktails and small appetizers. But entrees are available as well. 
Popular items like Calamari and Oysters as well as more unique appetizers like Lobster Quesadilla and Roasted Beet Terrine. There are soups and salads and lots of  sandwiches like Croque Madame on Sourdough, with  black forest ham, gruyere and Swiss, hollandaise-mornaise,  and a fried egg; Signature Burgers and a Seared Ahi Tuna Steak sandwich.  Entree’s include Chicken, Pork Chops, Steaks and a vegetarian option. Save room for dessert! Beignets with a chocolate dipping sauce! Everything we tried was delicious and the portions were all a nice size. 
 Open for lunch, dinner, and late night as well as  champagne brunch on Sundays 11am-3pm.
Brioche French Toast, Pork Belly Mac and Cheese, Eggs  Benedict, Ham & Egg Pannini. Brunch options run $10-$13. Add on Bottomless Bloody Marys or Mimosas for $15
 La Grande Vie aims to draw in neighbors and power lunches during the day, and a hipper crowd at night. But Ricardo Sebastian, head of Luxury Management, a consulting group that works with La Grande Vie, insists the vibe is free of the usual Gold Coast pretension. “People feel intimidated when a restaurant is chic and you can’t pronounce what’s on the menu,” he said. “We wanted to veer away from that. It’s a place to chill and hang out.”
215 E. Chestnut St.
(between Seneca St & Dewitt Pl)

(312) 643-1111

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Beach Brunch at The State Sunday June 10

Man & Woman
of the Year Beach Brunch!

George Mavrakis invites you to enjoy a beach brunch!

June 10, 2012

11:30am to 3:00pm

State Restaurant –

935 West Webster Ave, Chicago.  773-975-8030



Attire:

Beach gear required, t-shirts, shorts, sandals, swim wear, etc…

(this is a promotional event for Svedka’s tropical product line)


$19.99 per person (21 & up only) for an all you can eat brunch buffet. Also includes 1 bottle of Svekda Vodka per 7 guests.

Challenge: Candidate with the most guests wins a percentage of the sales!

(Please mention “George” upon entrance)

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BLT Closes and BONGO ROOM Opens

Chicago can be fickle about it’s food. One day you’re in – and the next day, you’re out. Or something like that.

Laurent
Tourondel had it all – the passion and skill of a French-trained chef,
and the sensibility and style of a New York restaurateur. Thanks to this
dynamic combination, the BLT (Bistro Laurent Tourondel) concept has
taken flight, culminating in three premier New York City restaurants:
BLT Steak, BLT Fish, and BLT Prime. But he did not make it work in Chicago.

EATER  says, “After just five months and a number of lackluster reviews, Laurent Tourondel’s BLT American Brasserie
is now officially closed. Eater received two separate tips this morning
that the restaurant, which took over the massive Brasserie Ruhlmann
space, served its last meal on Sunday, and Tourondel just confirmed the
rumors. “We did close yesterday,” Tourondel said. “We made the decision
to close yesterday after brunch.”

I was in Staples last month chatting with an employee who is also a big foodie and she told me she heard that the Bongo Room was coming to Uptown, near the recently opened  Baker and Nosh on Wilson.  – Frankly, I had doubts Baker and Nosh would survive on Wilson, but they are doing great!  And I am happy. Because I live right there and we have all been waiting for the area to “change” and I think finally, it HAS started.

Back to Bongo Room.  Long known for their long lines, word came down this week, their new eatery WOULD NOT be in uptown, but instead be in Andersonville.   Eater said today, “After a couple of deals fell through the duo, John Latino and Derrick Robles,
have finally opened their third spot, this one at 5022 N. Clark. Bongo
Room officially opened its doors this morning at 8 a.m. and will be open
seven days a week for breakfast and lunch.”

The Bongo Room originally  opened in July of 1993 in what was then a very different Wicker Park.  The neighborhood was just becoming the dining and shopping destination that it is known for today.  Our original concept was simple:  serve fresh, seasonal Breakfast & Brunch food in a unique way. 

While the idea took some time to develop, within a year, customers’ feedback was fantastic.  In fact, a few of the original items remain on the menu to this day.  The Breakfast Burrito, The Croissant Sandwich and the Vegetarian Croissant Sandwich are as popular now as they were then.  But it is the seasonally changing pancakes & French Toast creations that continue to draw in new customers, entice die-hard regulars and bring back the  original patrons year after year.

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El Mariachi $20 Champagne Brunch

 BRUNCH at El Mariachi just got even better! This week they introduce the $20 Champagne Brunch with free flowing Mimosas.

Saturdays & Sundays are great for brunch at EL Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill. Their superb Champagne Mimosa Brunch   has an extensive Brunch menu which includes chilaquiles, skillets, omelettes, tortas and lots of Mexican favorites.  The food here is always  EXCELLENT!

All Breakfast items are made to order and freshly prepared. 

Adrian, one of the two brothers who helps run the restaurant has been working with his father since the age of 11! He prides himself on quality management. “We pride ourselves  on selecting quality ingredients and not skimping to save a few pennies, like some restaurants might do. Everything is fresh and made to order. “

If you love guacamole, you have to get it here and they make it to order tableside. It’s ALWAYS good. Never thinned down like some restaurants will blend in sour cream. Just fresh, pure, quality ingredients. Just recently a new chef came onboard and suggested they add just a few drops of avocado oil to the guacamole which gives it a nice smooth texture and finish.

The $20 Champagne Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
EL Mariachi’s custom roasted coffee and an entree from our brunch menu are included.  And unlimited Mimosas.

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill’s is simply perfect for any occasion.  It’s the perfect setting for family get togethers or a casual afternoon between friends! 

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill   3906 N Broadway   Ph. 773.549.2932

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Jacks on Halsted – Boystown Chicago Bistro and Brunch Spot

Jack’s on Halsted,
 owned by chef Jack Jones,
 

was selected as best new restaurant  by Chicago Magazine, when they opened. And since then, have won numerous awards and recently reinvented themselves with a fresh new menu.

A contemporary, American restaurant, Jack’s features global cuisine incorporating Asian, Mediterranean and New World making it a true American blend.

For the past ten years Jack’s has been serving distinctive, skillfully prepared, high quality food for all to enjoy. “We strive to use only the finest and freshest ingredients available. We are passionate about two things, serving healthful, excellent food and being sensible about our prices. Jack’s on Halsted is commited to offering the best food value possible.” – says Chef Jack Jones , who has worked at some of Chicago’s finest dining establishments including  Yoshi’s Café, Printer’s Row, Terczak’s and Spiaggia.

  Located in Boystown on the corner of Halsted and Belmont in Lakeview, Jack’s is in the most diverse and exciting neighborhood in all of Chicago. With Blue Man Theater just steps away and some of Chicago’s most unique shops, not to mention clubs, bars and restaurants, Lakeview is a happening spot. Jack’s is the place to start or end your night out, be sure to ask for a table at the window! 

 

Along with the new menu came some other new improvements. Drew Johnson, a longtime employee of Jack’s, recently became Jack’s business partner and managing partner.  The restaurant is now open 7 days  for dinner plus a hip Sunday brunch with  DJ  Gerry and guest bartenders who serve up $2 Mimosas, $3 Bloody Marys and $5 Special Brunch Martinis. Food at brunch  ranges from Omletes and Classic Eggs Benedict to Orange Flavored French Toast and Steak and Eggs.

ALSO  NEW,  a  charming  patio out back, away from the street noise. Plus,  Late Night Food!  Wednesday thru Saturday food is now available till  1am.  In these economic challenging times Jacks is also offering  $6  Martinis  everyday,  and Tuesdays  half-price bottles  of wine. There is also a 3-course Dinner menu available for just $25.95 that offers a great selection of starters, entrees and a dessert!

 You will find everything from steak to seafood to brugers here in a wide selction of prices. Jones’s “pork tasting” pulls out all the stops by offering a three-way sampling of thyme- and shallot-infused grilled pork tenderloin, smoky Memphis-style pulled pork, and succulent, fall-off-the-bone baby backs. We generally prefer our ribs to put up a fight but the Asian spices and juicy texture more than compensate. Maple-sparked mashed sweet potatoes offer extra allure to this hog triptych!

 

 

 Pat Bruno, Chicago Sun-Times  said,
The cuisine style at Jack’s on Halsted is essentially contemporary American. However, within the broad interpretation of that style of cooking, there is a definite license to wheel and deal those meals. …(Read full review )

Phil Vettel, Chicago Tribune
…Jack’s is a moderately priced American bistro whose menu presents familiar dishes tweaked with Jones’ personal touch. “It’s like Woody Allen’s second and third movies,” quips Jones. “Different, but the underlying neuroses are the same.” …(Read full review )

 

 
We  give it our  5   CROWNS!

Follow  JACKS  on FACEBOOK and keep up with current  news, info and specials!

Michael Snell
Derrick Sorles
Best of the Best Dining Chicago

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