Weekend Planner: After Thanksgiving Curry, Bottlefork's Sunday Dinner, Alpine Beer Co. Chicago Debut

After Thanksgiving Curry Special at Izakaya Mita

Once the Thanksgiving food coma settles down, you're gonna be hankering for leftovers. This year, think outside the sandwich with some leftovers-inspired Thanksgiving curry at Izakaya Mita. The Bucktown restaurant will be offering a unique post-Thanksgiving special all weekend long, November 27 through November 29. Inspired by a classic Japanese recipe, the Mita family behind the restaurant have been making after-Thanksgiving curry for many years as a homey tradition. Now they're looking to share that tradition with their guests. Made with a thick and hearty sauce, the curry goes for $14, available in meat or vegan varieties. 


Izakaya Mita
Go to Izakaya Mita fr after-Thanksgiving curry

Sunday Dinner at Bottlefork

Sunday dinner is served at Bottlefork, which is newly serving supper from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Sundays. It's an apt way to conclude the weekend, with a bar and dining program that works seamlessly and deliciously in tandem. Menu standouts include deviled ham and eggs, Korean BBQ chicken wings, tuna crudo, crispy Brussels sprouts with chorizo, creamed kale, sea scallops "saltimbocca," grilled venison, and lemongrass mussels. As for drinks, the cocktail program boasts new entries like Look Out Below, made with Clement, Wray & Nephew Over Proof Rum, China China, passion fruit, pineapple, lime, and angostura-coconut foam; The Ballad of Jack & Sally, with Botran Reserva, ginger beer, pumpkin and spice, and cream; and Apples & Spice & Everything Bites, with Clyde Mays, hot apple cider, amaretto, Becherovka, and angostura. 

Alpine Beer Co. Chicago Debut at Hub 51

The holidays are for drinking, and it's Alpine Beer Co. to the rescue, as the San Diego-based brewery prepares to make its Chicago debut at Hub 51 on November 27. As part of the exclusive tapping event, which takes place at 5:00 p.m., Alpine will christen its "Nelson," a hoppy beer with pine and tropical fruit notes. Complimentary snacks will be provided, assuming you're not still too stuffed from the day prior. 

- Matt Kirouac