I hadn't had a chance to get up one of my favorite weekend brunch spots because I never got satisfying enough pictures to do so. Yeah I kind of became a picture snob in a sense. My shots aren't professional but I do require some sort of light. Dusek's is one part of the party going on over at the corner of 18th and Allport street. The building on the corner houses a venue for music called Thalia Hall, has a bar in the basement where they specialize in punch and also a cocktail bar up top where theres a more sedated atmosphere. Then there's Dusek's the restaurant we're checking out today.
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Dusek's recently received a 2015 Bib Gourmand award for their food and service. While I'm not a big follower of the Michelin Man I know that others are and it's always nice for a place to get recognize. When you put lots of hard work in you like to know it was worth it. Dusek's is named after an immigrant tavern owner who built the place in 1892. The Land & Sea team decided to pay homage to him with their version of a laid back spot where one can drink some beer and eat well. On top of a really nice beer selection they also have worthwhile cocktails. The daily punch always pleases.
The Brunch menu features a few egg related dishes you wont find on the dinner menu. One of them is the Pork Belly Benedict which comes with a wonderful batch of perfectly fried house potatoes. The main course is confit pork belly with two poached eggs and corn chipotle hollindaise. She liked. I have always liked the juicy Lucy Burger which is Dusek's take on the Twin Cities classic. A juicy Lucy is where the cheese gets stuffed into the patty which makes for quite an oozy experience when you bite into it. Be careful when doing so, it's hot. Beef fat fries included on the side are always good though sometimes room temp. The best part about the burger is the beef which comes from Slagel Family Farm. A red onion-bacon marmalade makes it even more magnificent. Big fan fan.
The Juicy Lucy Burger
1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608