Weekday Planner: Moonshine Mondays, Sake Tuesday, and Off-Menu Specials

Moonshine Mondays

If for no other reason than it just sounds good phonetically, Moonshine Mondays is a thing you should consider as a way to kickstart your week. It's now taking place weekly at Old Crow Smokehouse in Lakeview. The barbecue haunt is now offering moonshine cocktails for a mere $6. Options include the Front Porch Punch and the Spiced Apple. Of course if you'd rather drink your moonshine straight up to punish your esophagus, you can do that too. Old Crow offers $6 infused moonshines flavored with he likes of apple pie and peach.

A Taste of the Floating World

After you've gotten your fill of moonshine, segue to sake for "A Taste of the Floating World" at Yusho on Tuesday, April 15. Featuring special guests Deborah Fleig and Linda Tetrault of The Floating World Sake Imports, the tasting event will feature hand-selected sakes paired with small bites from chef Harold Jurado. Think black crab dumplings, fish roe custard, and unagi ravioli. The cost to attend is $45 per person. Reserve your spot via the Yusho website.

Q Burger
(Q Burger at Lillie's Q)

Go Off the Menu at Le Colonial

You love Le Colonial for its seamless and elegant Viet-French cuisine, now how about veering off the menu a little bit for something more surprising? The April Off the Menu special at Le Colonial, which changes secret specials monthly and updates them on their Tumblr page, is a lotus root salad called goi ngo sen tom ga. It's made with shrimp, grilled chicken, cucumber, tomato, basil, lime-soy vinaigrette, and crispy shrimp chips, a divergence from the typical lotus root salad commonly made with pork and shrimp. The special is available for lunch or dinner.

Secret Burger at Lillie's Q

Another off-menu item to salivate over can be found at Lillie's Q. This one skews a little more indulgent, a Q Burger made with two thin griddled beef and pork patties, housemade pimiento cheese, chow-chow pickled relish, collard greens, tomatoes, and red onions. It's not on the menu so you'll have to inquire for it, but it's worth the extra effort.

- Matt Kirouac