River Roast

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Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia and Bar Toma is behind this restaurant on the Chicago River, which serves contemporary American tavern fare including whole-roasted chicken and beef carved tableside, charcuterie boards and bourbon caramel corn with chicken cracklins. Two bars offer local beer, craft cocktails and wine. Listen to local blues trios or quartets perform while you dine on smoked trout with lightly scrambled eggs, toasted pumpernickel bread, chives and trout roe ($14) or buttermilk waffles topped with rabbit leg confit cooked in duck fat and then deep-fried ($12). Drinks: The bloody mary ($8) is garnished with chicken cracklings, though you can add a skewer of cheese, house-made charcuterie and olives for an additional $4. Fans of micheladas will want to try the Chef's Breakfast ($8), pilsner mixed with house-made harissa.