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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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POSTED December 11, 2014

The Duck Inn

The latest restaurant from Rockit Ranch Productions and chef Kevin Hickey (Bottlefork), The Duck Inn is exactly what the Bridgeport neighborhood has been yearning for. Kitschy elements such as 1960s-era car ads, record players and furniture give the restaurant a retro-chic feel, while the eclectic menu offers fresh takes on American fare: fried cheese curds with Bloody Mary ketchup and hoppy mayo ($8), duck and foie tamales with fennel orange pico de gallo ($14) and Nantucket lemon sole ($22).

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POSTED December 4, 2014

The Franklin Room

New from the team behind Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar [link this], this subterranean River North tavern, decked out with plenty of banquette-backed seating and black-and-white checkered tile, opens to the public tomorrow. Comfort food is the name of the game: Standouts include cauliflower Parmesan tots ($7) and a mouthwatering fried bologna sandwich decorated with pineapple, bacon vinaigrette, tomato jam, pickled red onion and cheddar and provolone. Check out the selection of rare whiskeys, too.

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POSTED November 20, 2014

Ten Mile House

Evanston continues to expand its impressive suburban dining scene with Ten Mile House, an inviting new restaurant from Joe Krouse (owner of Unite Urban Grill) and Lettuce Entertain You vet Greg Carter. There are 110 seats in the airy, modern main dining room accented with wood and orange-leather booths, while 25 fancy tufted gray leather stools line the bar. Order from a menu of wood-fired pizzas ($11 to $15), poutine ($7), crispy grilled cheese ($8) served on country bread and wood-roasted lake trout ($17).

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POSTED November 13, 2014

Stan's Donuts & Coffee Streeterville

A little less than a year after opening the Wicker Park location of the California-based doughnut shop, Rich Labriola and Stan Berman are opening a second Stan's outpost in Streeterville. The new shop officially opens tomorrow and draws upon the modern-meets-vintage aesthetic you'll find at Stan's Wicker Park; expect the same selection of old-fashioned donuts, fritters and twists, as well as Intelligentsia coffee and hot tea, too.

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  • Berrista
  • The Duck Inn
  • The Franklin Room
  • Ten Mile House
  • Stan's Donuts & Coffee Streeterville


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