Weekday Planner: Chicago Restaurant Ombra's Wood-fired Oven, Trash Fish Dinner, Sunnyside of Lincoln, and Public House Beers
Bask in the Warmth of Chicago Restaurant Ombra's New Wood-fired Oven
Andersonville's diminutive Venetian small plates spot just got a massive new addition. With the debut of its 4,000 pound wood-fired oven, Ombra is now heating up everything from pizzas to steak, amplifying its menu substantially. New menu offerings include margherita pizza; red pizza with pancetta, arugula, and tomato; white pizza with ricotta, grilled vegetables, and pesto; skirt steak with faro and romesco; and Scottish salmon with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, and arugula pesto.
Trash Fish Dinner
Don't let the name deter you. What some might deem bycatch, Paul Fehribach at Big Jones treasures for its sustainable, delectable purposes. Along with a miscellany of guest chef talents, Fehribach is poised to showcase lesser known, commonly less desirable fish such as triggerfish, triple tail, and bluefish on May 19. Starting at 7:00 p.m., the event features a family-style spread prepared by the likes of New Orleans' Susan Spicer, Kansas City's Colby Garrelts, Phillip Foss from EL Ideas, Brandon Baltzley from TMIP, and Andres Padilla from Topolobampo. The cost to attend is $125 per person and tickets can be purchased here.
(Wood-fired action at Ombra)
11 Days of Craft Beer at Public House
In honor of Chicago Craft Beer week, running through May 25, Public House is featuring a limited number of specific craft beers each day. May 19, the featured beer is Rogue Mom Hefe Weizen, followed by Revolution Jukebox Hero on May 20, Baderbrau Chicago Pilsener on May 21, Local Option Morning Wood on May 22, Brewdog Storm on May 23, and a couple others for the weekend: Boulevard Boss Tom's Golden Bock and a grand finale of beers collected from the days prior.
Sunnyside of Lincoln
Kicking off street festival season on May 19 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Sunnyside of Lincoln brings together a smorgasborg of Lincoln Square/North Center restaurants, live music, and a meticulously landscaped backdrop. The festival, which costs $45 to attend, includes two dishes and two drinks at each establishment, including Due Lire, The Grafton, and Bistro Campagne. Guests can move from one location to the next with their beverages, which may include beer provided by Begyle Brewing Co. Tickets can be purchased here.
- Matt Kirouac