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It is too good for words. Though Harold’s still stands as my favorite chicken spot in the Chi, Batter’s and Berries really had me thinking what do they really put in the chicken in Chicago? Seriously.

Batter’s and Berries was an hour wait, BYOB, popular brunch spot that was worth every second I stood in line. The 7-eleven a few blocks away is easily accessible and ready to make your champagne wishes come true. The restaurant doesn’t have a corkage fee but they will charge for flutes if you want to get fancy with it. Aside from their menu, sounding simply mouth watering, they run a number of specials every weekend. Not being able to decide between the rumchatta French toast and the ones on the menu, I opted for a super flight. The flight, gives you EACH of the french toast on the menu, in addition to the special. Yes, this is my kind of party.

batters and berriesBlueberry, Strawberry, Rumchatta, and the lemon French toast all graced my plate to my anticipation. Each piece was infused with the flavor it called for and I must admit, that strawberry French toast was like nothing I ever tasted before. I could sit here and have flights all day, which I recommend for those who just can’t help themselves to everything. It would be a disservice to your tastebuds, to just try one.

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But then I reached across the table and had the chicken. Again, what do they put in the chicken in Chicago!? Sweet Potato waffles and a beautiful piece of chicken breast sat across from me with the batter & berries in-house hot sauce  on the side. I meant to only have a piece, but this was an amazing thing – I had to go on and order my own. When was the last time you had something so good off someone else’s plate that you had to go and order your own? It was THAT good. The meat peeled right off my fork, evenly crisp on the outside and succulent on the inside. With the appropriate amount of sauce on the top, I knew they were onto something here.

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Not only was my server a doll, but the food was also amazing and the vibe at batter’s and berries was busy but not congested. It’s definitely not a brunch you want to pass up in Chicago

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Swine cocktail
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Fall is perfect for romance and romance is always better done over Food. With summer soon behind us, and spiked lemonades being replaced by pumpkin hot chocolates, it’s time to replace that roof top brunch for a great indoor restaurant with your beau. Where you should take those new boots over to should always depend on your mood. We hope you can “Fall in Love” with our favorite picks…

 

When you’re Feeling Fancy

Calle Ocho: Perfect for any occasion and a wide variety of Sangria that will keep you coming back for more. They do Cuban food really well and even their bread to start is to die for.

 

Swine: Be sure to sit in the lower level for the true intimate experience and be sure to grab their bourbon whipped cream and bread pudding. Pork lovers aren’t the only ones that will find love on the menu, as they have plenty of delicious options for all.

 

Haru: Multiple locations all over NYC make this Japanese hot spot a go-to for a great happy hour, quick urge for sushi or even an anniversary dinner for two. Keep warm with the Sake once the sun is up.

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When you need to be Low Key

La Bodega 47: Who doesn’t love a good speakeasy? A truly hidden gem, pun intended with an array of rums and some amazing curry chicken with rice, this cannot go unnoticed but it’s perfect for when you want to be. (this location is now Sexy Taco & under new management – June 2016)

 

Agua Fresca: Tucked away in East Harlem, this spot is a favorite for their mouth-watering brunch. The huge windows allow you to watch the leaves fall and you won’t miss summer too much with all of their “hot” options.(This location is now closed as of 2015)

 

KiraKuya Sake Bar: Sneak away from the hustle and bustle of NYC for bites of kimchi paired with sake in seductive corners of this 2nd pleasant service you’ll find in town.

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When you’re feeling like kicking it

Elberta’s: Fun and upbeat with a menu that will make your taste buds dance. Their tomato soup is a favorite you cannot pass up and there’s always a great deal going on. (this location is now closed as of 2016)

 

Fette Sau: One of the few locations you can get pork shoulder by the pound and a good fall beer to match. The lines here are long and the appetites are huge so come hungry and be patient.

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Saying goodbye to summer only means that your produce options start to heat up. Transition in to Fall with these 10 health foods because buying in season yields the most nutritionally dense, flavorful, and unique varieties.

Applesapples

This fiber-rich fruit is a delicious, healthy snack that keeps you alert and feeling full longer.

Beets

Beets are rich in vitamin c, fiber, and antioxidants. Its ability to detoxify makes it an awesome addition to fresh blended juices.

 

Carrot Variety

Carrots

Carrots are best known for their high vitamin A content and naturally sweet flavor. You can find the colored varieties at plenty of farmer markets or grocery stores with local options.

Chard

This dark leafy super food is especially rich in vitamin K.

 

Cranberries

It’s slightly sweeter when harvested in the cooler temperatures. Cranberries cleanse and detoxify.

Eggplant

Eggplant contains phytonutrients to protect your cells from damage. Try roasting eggplant with your favorite herbs for a healthy side dish.

Pears

Pears are a great source of fiber, vitamin c, and copper. I like to keep pears handy as a quick snack.

Winter Squash

This vegetable is slightly sweeter than it’s summer variety and is packed with omega 3 fatty acids.

 

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato

It’s one of my favorite vegetables. Sweet potatoes are known for their great source of vitamin A and anti-inflammatory benefits. Try and roast them whole to pair with your favorite fall meals.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are an amazing source of vitamin c and antioxidants. Enjoy the whole fruit or add pomegranate to your favorite salad or create a pomegranate sauce for your dish.

 

 

 

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