Weekday Planner: International Pancake Day, Mardi Gras Cocktails, Sauced Night Market, SideDoor's $1 Menu

International Pancake Day

Making Fat Tuesday (February 17) even fatter is the fact that Mardi Gras also happens to be International Pancake Day. To celebrate the carb-tastic holiday, Hash House A Go Go is offering half-priced buttermilk flapjacks from 7:30 a.m. through the end of the day. These enormous flapjacks come studded with flavor accents like blueberry, brown sugar banana, Snickers, apple-cinnamon, mango-coconut, and blackberry granola. 

Mardi Gras Cocktails at Barrelhouse Flat

Speaking of Mardi Gras, Barrelhouse Flat gets in on the New Orleans spirit this year with a special menu of classic NOLA-inspired cocktails on February 17. These include Absinthe Frappes, Pimm's Cups, Sazeracs, and Ramos Gin Fizz's. To round out the experience, Aaron "Giggles" Getsug performs big bang tunes throughout the night. 


Hash House A Go Go
Hash House A Go Go pancakes

Sauced Night Market: Mardi Gras Edition

And in especially awesome Mardi Gras news, Sauced Night Market returns to Emporium Logan Square on Fat Tuesday with a special New Orleans-inspired edition of their monthly food market. From 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., guests can chow on dishes like paczki from West Town Bakery, gumbo from The Garage, and bananas Foster hot chocolate from Katherine Anne Confections, plus drinks like "Rock Me Like a Hurricane" from Koval Distillery. Cage & Aquarium curates the music until 9:00 p.m., at which point J-Livi & The Party take over with their eight-piece brass band. Chef John Manion will also be in attendance, previewing his forthcoming West Loop restaurant with sandwiches, ceviche, and alfajores. Aside from food, other vendors in attendance include local artist Paula Mitchell from Vintage Minnow, food-inspired bath product company Scratch Goods, and mixed media mastermind Liana Faletto. 

SideDoor Turns One

SideDoor is on the cusp of its first anniversary, and to celebrate the American-style gastropub is featuring an exclusive $1 menu on February 18. These menu items include avocado mash with lime vinaigrette and pita chips; IPA beer pretzels with hot honey mustard; deviled eggs with horseradish, grain mustard, and paprika; and baked mac & cheese with applewood-smoked bacon and tomatoes. Plus, a three-ounce pour of craft beer priced under $9 on the menu will be offered at $1 each. This special $1 menu is available from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

- Matt Kirouac