LINCOLN PARK — There's so much to do in Lincoln Park, Old Town and the RANCH Triangle this weekend, we're going to narrow the field to things you can eat.
Oyster Bah, 1962 N. Halsted St., has mixed fresh mussels with a traditional brunch fixture and arrived at bloody "Marie" mussels. That's right, mussels cooked in a bloody-Mary-style sauce, served on the side as well. At $16.95, it's recommended as a starter for a group, or just hog them all yourself if you're a big fan of bloody Marys. This dish, however, is actually named in honor of Lettuce Entertain You publicist Marie Silvio. After its normal evening hours the rest of the week, Oyster Bah opens for brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Speaking of brunch, Broken English Taco Pub planned to offer the festive weekend breakfast when it opened its Lincoln Park outlet in April at 2576 N. Lincoln Ave. The taco spot delivers on the promise starting this weekend from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a brunch menu including breakfast burritos, a chorizo-and-egg taco for $6, chilaquiles for $9, pollo y waffle for $16 and grilled steak hash for $17.
And if that makes you think the weekend is made for comfort food, the newly renovated Gemini, 2075 N. Lincoln Ave., has you covered at the far end of the weekend by bringing back its fondly remembered southern fried chicken as an individual entree. Formerly served family style, fried chicken will now be offered as a Sunday special with creamy vinegar coleslaw, cheddar jalapeno cornbread and house-made hot sauce at $26. Gemini is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays, but dinner starts at 4:30 p.m., and the restaurant warns that the fried chicken will be served only as long as supplies last.