At Balena, the menu is meant for sharing. It can be nearly impossible to decide what to order when everything looks so delicious, so the more people you're dining with, the better.
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While chef Chris Pandel famously serves up some of the cityʼs most intriguingly meaty fare at dinner, some of the best dishes on the weekend brunch menu are just as hearty. Interspersed with a few sweet dishes, brunch is a showcase for eye-opening foods of a savory persuasion.
Balena, a massive new Italian-inspired restaurant in Lincoln Park, opens to the public this week. We sat down with chef Chris Pandel to talk through a few of these dishes you'll soon be able to order.