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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

The Drinks of Summer

Just like every summer needs an anthemic song, there also needs to be a signature drink. What "Crazy in Love" was to 2002, the Negroni slushie at Parson's Chicken & Fish was to 2013. See how that works? These are standout drinks that capture the essence of the season. They must be refreshing, vibrant, and unique. With summer around the corner, here are a few predictions on contenders for this year's drinks of summer 2015. 


Pub Royale
Mango lassi, Pub Royale

Right out of the gate, the drink with the most potential to become this year's icon is the boozy mango lassi at the brand new Pub Royale. This new Anglo-Indian pub in the former SmallBar Division space comes courtesy of Heisler Hospitality, the masterminds behind such spots as Sportsman's Club, Revel Room, Trenchermen, and Bar DeVille. With their latest concept, they brought on chef Jason Vaughan to spearhead a menu of British-inspired Indian food. To match, the bar program echoes with some Indian-accented cocktails, a realm largely unexplored in Chicago. The king of said cocktails is the boozy mango lassi, a genius idea that I can't believe hasn't taken off sooner than this, considering the obsession-level refreshment of a well made mango lassi in and of itself. Here, the bar ups the ante on the mango-yogurt libation by adding Bacardi and a generous dusting of paprika for a bit of heat. The drink tastes like a beachy vacation, wholly transportive and deeply enriching. This is what a summertime drink is all about. 


Bar Takito
Avocado shake, Bar Takito

Another drool-inducing player in the race for summer supremacy this year is the avocado shake at Bar Takito. The name seems like a bit of a misnomer, though, in that it's not actually an avocado milkshake, but rather a shaken avocado cocktail infused with some seriously novel ingredients. This thing is at once elegant and decadent, made with tequila, aloe vera liqueur, avocado, yogurt, cilantro, and coriander. Again we see yogurt as a cocktail ingredient, suggesting this year may very well be the year of the yogurt cocktail. I don't hate that. In this case, it's a lot less thick and smoothie-like than Pub Royale's lassi. The tequila and floral aloe vera liqueur serve to thin this thing out and add some verdant freshness. The avocado is rather muted, added here primarily for a smooth textural element, as well as lend some green eye candy. A hint of coriander rounds this thing out quite nicely and aromatically. 


The Promontory
Fortified cocktail, The Promontory

When it comes to summer refreshments, few drinks capture the guilty pleasure crown quite like a wine cooler. The wine-splashed cocktails, fruity and absurdly sweet, are like juice boxes for adults. But what happens when a bar takes the idea of a wine cooler and runs with it, turning it into something innovative, mature, and wonderful. The new fortified cocktails at The Promontory is what happens. This crafty Hyde Park destination is making their own "house White Zinfandel," by infusing wine into liquor and the results are glorious. Although it looks and tastes like a rosy white Zin, the new drink bursts with berry flavor. It's fun, it's quirky, and it's just what summertime happy hour needs. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: Hyde ParkWest LoopUkrainian Village

An offshoot of Wicker Park's Takito Kitchen, Bar Takito is a larger space with a more booze- and small plates-centric menu. Wildly popular Bar Takito features contemporary Latin American cuisine,...

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Anglo-Indian street food and booze is the name of the game at Pub Royale, the latest venture from Heisler Hospitality (Trenchermen, Bar DeVille, Sportsman's Club). Open for brunch, dinner, and...

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