It's getting to that time when recently opened restaurants start to expand their menus and hours. Many choose to start slow and open for selected meals only, then offer more down the line. Four larger projects are doing that now, here are the details.
· Siena Tavern—Merely 17 days after opening, Fabio Viviani and company are rolling out a lunch menu. Viviani puts his spin on a burger, placing fontina cheese, tomato jam, baby arugula, crispy pancetta and herb aioli on rosemary brioche. The menu also includes selections of sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and crudo, and is available daily at 11 a.m.
·bellyQ—Sunday brunch service at Bill Kim's asian-barbecue concept is launching this Sunday, March 3. Kim puts a twist on many traditional brunch offerings, such as tea-smoked duck benedict and fried chicken with donuts and pork sausage gravy. There's also entrees, sandwiches, sides, and huckleberry jam and vanilla maple syrup french toast from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
·Antique Taco—The Wicker Park Mexican standout recently started serving brunch too. Their rotating menu features their version of chicken and waffles (chicken milanesa, jalapeno butter, smoked agave syrup, habanero ketchup) and a chilaquiles frittata. Drink options include blood orange mimosa, michelada, worm hole coffee, and smoothies.
·Bel 50—The waffle-sandwich eatery now serves breakfast during the week, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Items include short rib benedict, chicken chilaquiles with waffle "chips," and a selection of omelettes.
·Brunch Heatmap [~ECHI~]