Whether you're looking for tacos, hot dogs, or Latin American/Korean fusion, Bucktown has so much to offer.
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Few breakfasts excite me more than chilaquiles. While some people head straight for the maple syrup or all of the bacon and eggs in the morning, I crave spice and acid to help wake me up, and this dish gets that done like few others can.
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.
Last night, some of the best chefs in Chicago set up shop in Lincoln Park for the Green City Market's Chefs' BBQ Benefit, which helps raise money for educational initiatives at the market. The original plan was to try and eat every single dish, but considering there were over 80 restaurants at the event, I had to make do with sampling as much as I could. I did pretty well.
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.
We may have only been around for a short time, but we've already managed to take a lot of pictures of food around Chicago. It's kind of intimidating sorting through so many shots, but here are our favorite from our short stint.
Any restaurant that not only takes reservations for dinner, but for brunch as well, has a special place in my heart. Although I arrived at The Bristol several weekends ago not expecting to need my 10 a.m. reservation slot, the long wooden tables eventually filled up within twenty minutes of my arrival and I was glad I had thought ahead. Surprisingly, I had not given much thought as to what I was going to order for brunch.