A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words

Describing Barton G, The Restaurant Chicago as “over-the-top” is an understatement. According to owner Barton G. Weiss, his three restaurants (Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago) are considered “the most Instagrammed restaurants in the world,” and it’s hard to argue the point.  At Barton G., one picture is definitely worth a thousand words.


The above is Barton G.’s take on Chicken and Waffles. In this version, the waffles are  partnered with a whole, boneless, organic chicken that’s been breaded and deep fried, in addition to an array of condiments and a house salad. The dish is meant to be shared, as are virtually all of the other dishes on the menu.


This is one version of the whole grilled bronzini. In another version, the dish is decapitated, boned, and served as fillets. The presentation piece is different, and the fillets are partnered with Asian profiteroles with a Thai coconut shrimp filling. Either way, the bronzini is a winner.


The Warm Brussels Sprout Salad includes blanched baby sprouts, green beans, Granny Smith apples, orange segments, prosciutto and a sherry vinaigrette. If you like sprouts, this is a novel way to enjoy them.

bartong_marieantoinette_3031Marie Antoinette’s Head-Let Them Eat Cake features a towering cotton candy Pompadour, along with ‘cupcakes’ filled with blackberry jam and topped with roasted almond buttercream. It’s a crowd pleaser, but truth to tell, Marie Antoinette never said “let them eat cake.”bartong_dolladollabillsyall_2297

And finally, Dolla Dolla Bills Ya’ll is a mega rich chocolate ganache and dulce de leche tart served under a gold brick shell paired with vanilla ice cream, a golden chocolate crumble and fruit filled jewels. It’s a rich dish, but for anyone who loves chocolate even a smidge, it’s a great way to end the meal.

Barton G. The Restaurant Chicago, 415 N. Dearborn St. 312.260.5050


Small Bites

Hampton Social Skokie

Breakfast and brunch are like fraternal twins: they’re related, rather than identical. The first is an everyday meal designed to tide you over until lunch, while the second is a breakfast/lunch combo typically served on weekends. Hampton Social does brunch, so if you’re in the mood for a simple bowl of oatmeal, this isn’t the place.

img_0892The Hampton Social in the Westfield Old Orchard shopping center is large (7,000+ square feet) and airy, its decor a study in “beachy” white and blue. In short, it looks like a restaurant in the Hamptons should look to someone who’s never been there.

The brunch menu kicks off with bar bites, salads, a cold bar and soup.  There are small plates, ranging from Brussels sprouts with herbed goat cheese with honey and roasted almonds for $13.99 to a “jar of king crab” with melted garlic butter, crab meat, grilled bread and grilled lemon for $21.99.

the Denver scramble

the Denver scramble

Most of the entrees include eggs in one form or another. The Denver scramble is made with peppers, onions, ham and a blend of cheddars ($13.99); the Sag Harbor hash features a poached egg partnered with kale, roasted tomato, sausage, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, and Bearnaise sauce ($15.99), and the crab and avocado toast is made with a fried egg, avocado, olives, roasted tomato, burrata, and sourdough toast. ($19.99).

The menu does include pancakes and French toast, and if all you want is eggs and toast, you can cobble together two sides. FYI- the two “over easy” eggs were cooked as ordered, as was the scramble in the “Denver” scramble 

Hampton Social Skokie serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am

Hampton Social Skokie, 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie 847.307.5207



On Monday April 8 and Monday April 15 from 7:30-9:30 pm, Petterino’s is celebrating the 500th edition of Monday Night Live by offering guests $5 drink specials, a complimentary glass of champagne, a serving of the celebratory cake and discounted valet parking after 7pm, all in addition to a special menu ($19.95) focused on the best of the Monday Night Live dishes.

Call 312.422.0150 for a Monday Night Live reservation.

Petterino’s, 150 N. Dearborn St. 312.422.0150



Saranello’s is hosting an Old School Italian Dinner ($79.95), complete with live entertainment, on Thursday, April 18 from 7-10 pm. Singer Tony Ocean will serenade guests with music typical of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin,  Tom Jones and a host of others. Chef Michael Bonner will be serving a four course meal composed of classic Italian dishes accompanied by beer and wine.

Saranello’s, 601 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling 847.777.6878


Furious Spoon

“All You Can Eat Ramen”($18) is available at all seven of the Furious Spoon venues throughout the month of April. The special is dine-in only, and additional toppings are not included. Diners are encouraged to use the hashtag #AYCER to show off their ramen slurping skills.

Furious Spoon has multiple locations.


Found Kitchen and Social House

Found is hosting its quarterly Burlesque Revue on Thursday, April 18. The performance is scheduled for 8 pm, and there’s a $20 cover.

Call 847.868.8945 for tickets.

Found Kitchen and Social House, 1631`Chicago Avenue, Evanston 847.868.8945


Il Porcellino

Together with the James Beard Foundation (JBF), Il Porcellino is celebrating the Negroni, Italy’s most iconic cocktail, on Wednesday, April 17 beginning at 6:30 pm. The bar team will be talking about the cocktail’s history, in addition to giving a tutorial on the proper way to concoct, stir, and pour the perfect Negroni. Guests will also have an opportunity to design their own Negroni, while enjoying a seasonal selection of classic antipasti.

Price: $45 for JBF members, $55 for non-members

Il Porcellino, 59 W. Hubbard St. 312.595.312.595.0800



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