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What You Need to Know About the Chicago Dining Scene this Week

It’s Jean Banchet nomination time.

Hopleaf   Photo: Anna Knott

Openings

Kibbitznest (2212 N. Clybourn Ave.), a new wi-fi-free café in Lincoln Park, opened its doors on Sunday. Instead of internet access, the new spot offers “books, brews & blarney.” There’s a menu of small bites, plus coffee, tea, wine, and beer, for you to sip and nosh on whilst casing the quirky collection of new and used books.

South Loop’s Nepal House is breaking into the Indian- and Pakistani-food-saturated Devon Avenue with plenty of momo—Nepalese dumplings. The new location (2601 W. Devon Ave.) also offers a range of regional Indian dishes.

Can’t get enough of the coffee at Lula Cafe and Arbor? The roasters behind their signature blends—Metric Coffee—opened its first coffee shop (2021 W. Fulton St.) in the West Loop on Monday. Expect two daily brews (the house blend, and a rotating original) whipped up on a vintage German contraption, plus Chemex pourovers, espresso, cold brew, tea, and juice.

Morsels

If you’ve got some feelings about this year’s restaurant stars, express them in the form of nominations for Jean Banchet Awards, Chicago’s culinary recognition ceremony. The ballot is open to the public through October 23—fill yours out here.

Did you realize that Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark St., Andersonville) is coming up on its 25th anniversary? (Us neither. Time flies.) To mark the occasion, they’re going to be doing some updating of their storefront as well as the beer bar’s interior. You can get the full details on their Facebook page.

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