A new concept by BOKA Restaurant Group and Chef Chris Pandel.
Under the glow of the marquee of the friendly confines, you’ll find DUTCH & DOC’S, your bustling neighborhood restaurant sharing a space serving American fare and classic cocktails to help you unwind after the grind. Menu items are dishes we know and love. Teamwork is who we are. Our love for the North Side is reflected in all we do, all on one of the most historic cross streets in Chicago. Together we welcome you to our hospitable hangout with savvy all day service, warm, welcoming personalities and food that reminds us of home.
Take everything that connotes Midwestern charm—effusive goodwill, love of community, and a killer work ethic—and you will find its embodiment in Chef Chris Pandel. His food is just as appealing: rooted in global flavors and predominantly local Midwestern ingredients.
In 2008, Pandel opened neighborhood eatery, The Bristol. Located in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, Pandel's menu features handmade pastas and charcuterie; farm-fresh, locally sourced produce; and a nose-to-tail approach to cooking.
Balena, an ode to Italian influenced simplicity, opened in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood in March of 2012. Balena's menu consists of handmade pastas; pizzas from a wood-fired oven; and locally sourced, farm-fresh meats and produce. Balena was included in Bon Appetit's list of 25 best new restaurants in 2012, and was nominated for a James Beard "Best New Restaurant" Award.
In October 2015, Pandel opened the powerhouse that is Swift & Sons. The Swift & Sons menu displays Pandel's signature focus on high quality, locally sourced ingredients and refined cooking techniques with an elevated twist on steakhouse classics, a "boutique beef" program, thoughtful vegetarian dishes, and seasonal sides.
Next door at Cold Storage guest can enjoy simple yet refined seafood dishes that Pandel constantly rotates. Slurp on oysters or sink your fork into the catch of the day for a meal that gravitates you to the coast.
Taking his talent up north, Pandel presents his love for American cooking, refining classic dishes and taking flavor to the next level just steps away from one of Chicago’s most historic landmarks.
At a young age, Lauren was exposed to international cuisine, as she was born in Finland and grew up in various parts of Europe. Lauren received her Bachelor’s Degree in French and English from The College of William & Mary and worked as a managing editor for a magazine in New York. Lauren had long been inspired by pastry as an edible art form and eventually she decided to pursue her dream and attend pastry school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
Lauren began her culinary career working at Range and Le Diplomate in Washington DC. She then moved to Chicago where she worked at Homestead on the Roof before joining Swift & Sons and Cold Storage as the Pastry Sous Chef in September 2015. Lauren loves the challenge of creating casual desserts for Cold Storage as well as more refined plated desserts for Swift & Sons and became Executive Pastry Chef of both restaurants in 2017.
Lauren enjoys the challenge of creating familiar steakhouse desserts with a little element of surprise, new interpretations of old favorites.