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POSTED January 29, 2015

Good Stuff Eatery

Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn's East Coast-based burger chain opened in the Loop yesterday with a slew of farm-fresh burgers, including the Hamburger Hop 2014-winning Prez Obama Burger ($7.25), loaded with applewood-smoked bacon, onion marmalade, Roquefort cheese and horseradish mayo, along with fries, wedge salads and dreamy hand-spun milk shakes. The vibe is rustic farmhouse, complete with whitewashed wood paneling and barn doors affixed to the wall.

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POSTED January 22, 2015

The Betty

New from Footman Hospitality (Bangers & Lace), this 5,000-square-foot neighborhood tavern serves sophisticated small bites like kampachi crudo with marinated mussels, parsnip purée and cress ($18) in a handsome space punctuated with vintage knickknacks and a vinyl-only soundtrack; drinks range from cocktails blended with house-made juices and syrups to an impressive selection of spirits, European wines and international beers.

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POSTED January 15, 2015

Lost Lake

Paul McGee (formerly of Three Dots and a Dash) and Land and Sea Dept. (the folks behind Longman & Eagle, Parson's Chicken & Fish) are bringing the exploding tiki trend to Logan Square this week with rum-focused Lost Lake. In keeping with the neighborhood's laid-back nightlife scene, the bar offers a casual vibe (palm tree wallpaper, a pink flamingo poking out over the bar) and potent drinks, such as the namesake Lost Lake ($12), which is made with Appleton V/X rum, passion fruit syrup, lime and pineapple juices, Campari, Maraschino and a variety of apropos tropical garnishes.

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POSTED January 8, 2015


While technically a wine bar, Little Italy newcomer Bascule is temporarily opening as a BYO joint until it acquires its liquor license. In the meantime, stop into the cozy space for a full roster of eats from chef Michael Burkauskas; standouts include comforting truffle cavatappi ($6 to $9) and short ribs ($15) served with gnocchi, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, braising jus and horseradish gremolata.

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POSTED December 18, 2014


Homaro Cantu's innovative coffeehouse is Old Irving Park's new go-to for "healthy junk food" that spotlights the miracle berry, a bean-like fruit that transforms sour or bitter flavors into sweet. Expect savory items, such as a Serrano ham sandwich with basil and Manchego ($7.50); sweet items, such as blueberry turnovers ($3.50) and daily scones ($3); lots of coffee and tea; and an inviting, ultra-modern atmosphere.

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  • Good Stuff Eatery
  • The Betty
  • Lost Lake
  • Bascule
  • Berrista


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