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Behind the Sweets: Hetty Arts Makes Chocolate Cassava Cake at The Refinery

Pastry chef Hetty Arts at The Refinery might not be on everyone's radar (I certainly hadn't heard of her until recently), but this Dutch dessert whiz has an impressive pedigree, with stints at Eleven Madison Park and Seasons (the former Michelin-starred restaurant at Chicago's Four Seasons Hotel). Check out how she makes The Refinery's chocolate cassava cake. More

A Sandwich a Day: Biscuit and Egg Sandwich at Old Town Social

Biscuits are unforgiving partners. No matter what you decide to top them with—great quantities of melty cheese, fatty bacon, breakfast sausage, etc.—if the biscuits are dry, chalky, and crumbly, the sandwich will suck. There's just nothing you can do about. But if the biscuit in the question happens to be tender and flaky—like Old Town Social's remarkable version is—then just about anything will taste good in between its buttery layers. More

The Brunch Dish: Old Town Breakfast at Old Town Social

For all the fancy reinterpretations of brunch classics I have tried since the start of this column, sometimes it's nice to remember what prompted my love of that special time in-between breakfast and lunch. Old Town Social serves up a basic no-frills breakfast dish that prompted me to remember this past weekend why the classics are just as important as their modern breakfast bedfellows. More

Hidden Gems: Old Town Social Sets the New Standard for Bar Food in Chicago

Charcuterie is getting increasingly popular in Chicago, and some of the best is coming from chef Jared Van Camp at Old Town Social. There are 16 different housemade offerings, most of which are made from heritage pork, and all are accompanied with a tangy mustard piccacilli and crunchy grilled bread. Throw in the massive bourbon selection, and you're left with a bar that's setting a new standard for bar eats in Chicago. More

Serious Eaters and Trendy Party People Unite at Old Town Social in Chicago

Old Town Social offers two different burgers, both of which start with a half-pound of grass-fed beef, ground daily in the restaurant. The Basic burger comes with nothing but pickle, lettuce and tomato (PLT). But there's no reason to get that when the Served Our Way is on the menu. That one comes with house-made bacon, cheddar cheese, PLT, a fried egg, and garlic aioli. More

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