Real Kitchen: Comfort Food Ready for Pick-Up, Delivery


As Chicagoans endure another round of record-breaking low temps, the gang at Real Kitchen is busy making warming, comfort classics like Roast Amish Chicken, Veggie Pot Pies, Lasagna Bolognese and more, along with mom-approved sides including Potato Gratin, Roasted Winter Vegetable, and Grilled Mushroom with Red Onion…ready to grab-and-go at Real Kitchen’s two locations, or delivered straight to your door.

First opened 2011 at Montrose and Clark, another location at 3301 North Sheffield last summer, the concept is simple: take a Charlie Trotter protege, turn him loose in his own kitchen to create classic home cooking favorites. Make everything affordably-priced, ready for delivery or take-out to heat and enjoy at home, and you have the recipe for Executive Chef/owner Nick Schmuck’s Real Kitchen.

Real Kitchen has locations at 1433 West Montrose (773-281-2888), and 3301 North Sheffield (773-857-1240) Chicago. Menus change weekly, and are up-dated on their website:


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Tucked in a century-old building at the corner of Clark and Aldine,  Hutch — a 120-seat American bistro opened just 8-month, has found its niche among those seeking craveable comfort-classics in a friendly, handsome, approachable setting.

After garnering top reviews and keeping Chicagoans warm,  snug and sated this long arctic winter,  chef/owner Marc Wuenschel has unveiled a new spring brunch and dinner menu, including Shrimp and Grits — 2 eggs any style, cheddar cheese grits, tomato chutney, Hutch breakfast potatoes, $12.  Steak  ‘n Fries — New York Strip served alongside mound of skinny-cut seasoned fries. $22. Chocolate Lava Cake — Rich dark cocoa cake, filled with warm chocolate Nutella, topped with fresh raspberries, served with raspberry sauce, candied hazelnuts, $9.

Hutch — 3301 North Clark Street, Chicago. 773-248-1155.


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