Archive for July, 2009

ChicaGourmets dig brunch at The Publican

Attention socialites and fauxialites: pull out that Moleskine and pencil because it’s time to book brunch. ChicaGourmets, an organization that provides discount meals to signature restaurants, is hosting a prix-fixe brunch at The Publican on October 11. If you happen to find yourself already booked three months in advance, I salute you.

The Publicans Kahan and Madia (Photo: Michael Stryder for R.I.A.)

The Publican's Kahan and Madia (Photo: Michael Stryder for R.I.A.)

The communal style three-course brunch includes an overview of The Publican’s passion for the pork, including: seasonal tarts, salads, platters of roast pork, scrapple and soft-boiled eggs followed by coffee cake and scones. Mimosas, coffee and tea will also be served. Brunch is served starting at 10:00 a.m. Cost is $49.50 per person, or the discounted price of $39.50 for ChicaGourmet members. Reservations are due by October 6 and can be made by visiting: http://chicagourmets.org/CGevents091011.pdf.

If you simply can’t wait three months, The Publican offers brunch every Sunday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online through Open Table or by calling 312.733.9555. The Publican is located at 845 W Fulton Market. [R.I.A.]

— Carly Fisher

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Making brunch even lazier

No longer shall you suffer in hung-over silence, seeing dozens of other patrons seated ahead of you during the hour wait for weekend brunch. Chicago Brunch Blog has partnered up with Open Table to help you make getting a table during peak brunch hours significantly easier. This feature is particularly wonderful for exceptionally busy places like Perennial, The Publican and Sweets & Savories. So, before you head out, check the Restaurant Directory for brunch times and simply click Make a reservation wherever you see this icon Open Table, and jump the line like the rock star you are.

Also on that note, here’s a little FYI: new listings in Lakeview/Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, and Ukrainian Village/West Town. Although Oak Park isn’t really in the city, survey shows that in addition to “porn,” “t and a,” and “more hot Carly,” you also want brunch out in the boonies. Enjoy!

— Carly Fisher

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Anniversary Brunch

As Chicago Brunch Blog approaches its one year anniversary, a celebratory brunch seems to be in order. Because we live in a democratic society, I’m leaving the choice up to you.

Where should Chicago Brunch Blog hold its one year anniversary brunch? Discuss.

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Last brunch at Vella

Some belated, but very sad news to hit the brunch world: Chicagoist has reported that Our Lady of the Blue Line, Vella Cafe, will be closing their doors on Aug. 23. Though the replacement resident at the Western stop storefront is none other than Bill Kim’s  highly-anticipated Belly Shack, we’ll truly miss daily access to amaranth pancakes and smashers. 

Vella will be hosting one last pizza dinner on Aug. 14, including personal favorite the Baconegger: a heavenly, cholesterol-laden dreamboat of bacon, egg, mozzarella and fresh basil. 

— Carly Fisher

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Kick out the Jams

Sure, Jam’s launch date discrepancy last week resulted in the tragic loss of 15 minutes of my life walking to the East Village and the utter disappointment of a tasty, but predictable brunch sought elsewhere. But, after securing a copy of the menu, I was willing to forgive. 

From their kitchen into my stomach (Photo: Carly Fisher)

From their kitchen into my stomach (Photo: Carly Fisher)

Ladies and gentlemen, today I am professing my love. Gonna shout it out loud and proud without shame from every rooftop: I LOVE EATING PIG FACE! 

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Something old, something new

Looking for a new brunch spot to hang your heels during the usual post-evening walk of shame? In addition to the openings of Jam in the East Village and the fourth installment of Orange on Grand, the Chicago Brunch Blog Restaurant Directory now has updated listings in:

Those who live on South Halsted need not go hungry, as Pilsen has finally been added to the mix.

— Carly Fisher

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Carb Fest 2009: Beer Battered Pancakes

Unemployment helps foster all sorts of useless hobbies, such as: fucking around on the internet, cooking and catching up on a 10-year hiatus with General Hospital. The other day, I managed to do all of these things and now I have a week’s worth of beer battered pancakes sitting in my fridge. If you, too, are also impoverished and looking for a satisfying breakfast devoid of any nutritional value, then step right up because we’re making pancakes!

(Photo: Carly Fisher)

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