Signifiers

Fork — Lincoln Square, Chicago

Lincoln Square is starting to do brunch, catching up to some of the city’s other foodie neighborhoods in terms of stand-out Sunday morning fare. And Fork is the latest to hop onto the gastropub-meets-brunch trend. 

The former concept, Fiddlehead Cafe,  was centered around the wine and dine experience. And while Fork is clearly taking a stance with microbrews (over 100 available), they haven’t forsaken their vino heritage. An entire dispensing unit behind the bar keeps dozens of open bottles at the right temperature and protected from oxidation.

But little else remains. The new beer friendly menu is centered around charcuterie plates, hearty sides like mac and cheese, and serious brunch items like chicken and waffles. And they’re not shy about beer at brunch. There are plenty of stouts to start your morning, including the Yeti Imperial from Great Divide and Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founders, of which they only allow one per meal due to it’s alcohol content. Have these guys heard of Sunday-fun day? 

As a special treat, and hopefully a sign of things to come, Fork is offering a Tyranena beer dinner for $49 on March 31st, 8pm. Some of the four courses are even made with the beer itself, featuring brews like Bitter Woman and Down n’ Dirty chocolate stout. 

While I was there, a photographer from Metromix was on the scene and snapped a photo of me and Hillary for their review. While he was busy, I returned the favor. 

Michael Kiser