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Restaurant News: Acadia Starts Brunch, Tortas Frontera Goes International

By Anthony Todd in Food on May 1, 2013 7:20PM

The interior of Acadia. Photo by Anthony Tahlier.

- Tortas Frontera has gone international... terminal, that is. The amazingly tasty mexican sandwich chain from Rick Bayless continues its march through our travelling life with locations now in three out of four terminals at O'Hare airport. The only sad, lonely, under-fed terminal is Terminal 2 — we guess Delta passengers will have to go elsewhere for tasty tortas. Grubstreet points out that, frighteningly, this is the first new restaurant to open in the International terminal in 20 years.

- The South Loop is getting an oyster bar. As former residents of the far South Loop, we know that its restaurant scene is practically non-existent. And despite the short rash of openings at 14th and Michigan, move further south of that and you start to run into trouble. Which is why this tidbit from Sloopin caught our attention: mediocre sushi joint Triad is being replaced by The Chicago Oyster House sometime in May. No details on menu, but anything with "oyster" in the name is worth at least one try in our book.

- Speaking of the South Loop, Acadia, the South Loop's only fine dining option (and a damn good one at that) just started brunch service last weekend. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, and includes some decadent seafood dishes like lobster eggs benedict with truffle hollandaise and a Deer Isle scallop with seasonal hash. They also offer doughnuts, everyone's favorite brunch dish. Brunch is three courses, and diners get to choose two dishes and then get a bit of a seasonal tart — $35/person. If you're looking to try Acadia at a slightly lower price, this is the chance.