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Week #912: Uncommon Ground Lakeview

Posted by Matt P. on 09.18.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Bruno

Restaurant Club: Uncommon Ground Lakeview
Date: Friday, September 22nd @ 6:30pm
Where: 3800 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613 (Map)
Contact: 773-929-3680 // Facebook
Cuisine: Sandwiches / American Contemporary / Seafood / Vegetarian (Menu)
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Yes
Reviews: Yelp (3.5 stars, 945 reviews)
Takes Reservations: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes

After years of picking restaurants in a four-block radius of my Wicker Park home — wait, no, that’s a lie: one time I picked Belly Shack, one L stop away from me — I am finally expanding my pick perimeter. It doesn’t mean I’m not being lazy again: I’m seeing the Afghan Whigs at the Metro on Friday night so I made the oh-so-convenient decision to pick something around there.

“Oh no, these guys will kill me when I pick something in Wrigleyville,” I thought. But it wasn’t until I referred to the RC historical list that I found out, you guys love Wrigleyville! Every single place I kept looking up has been picked before! From Rockit Burger to Pick Me Up Cafe, from Cozy Noodles to (one-time Best of Year) Dimo’s, even newcomer Lowcountry has already been host to RC before. So I went with another repeat, but one where you guys went to way back in 2004, way before they opened their own brewery — “the 1st certified organic brewery in Illinois.”

Bonus: the Cubs are out of town all week so there will be plenty of parking.

Please join me at Uncommon Ground (and who knows, at the Metro for Afghan Whigs featuring Har Mar Superstar, afterwards?) this Friday.

Please RSVP by Thursday at 6:30pm.

Uncommon Ground Lakeview

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Week #911: Hearth & Crust

Posted by Matt P. on 09.14.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Chris A.

Restaurant Club: Hearth & Crust
Date: Friday, September 15th @ 6:30pm
Where: 3608 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60618 (Map)
Contact: 773-516-4800 // Facebook
Cuisine: Pizza / Seafood / Grilled American Fare
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Yes
Reviews: Yelp (5 stars, 35 reviews)
Takes Reservations: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes

Food is awesome and so are the drinks. Come join the Altman family on Friday.

Hearth & Crust

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Week #910: Jollibee

Posted by Matt P. on 09.07.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Audra

Restaurant Club: Bonci
Date: Friday, September 8th @ 6:30pm
Where: 3534 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, IL 60076 (Map)
Contact: // Facebook // 847-674-3900
Cuisine: Filipino / Fast Food / Sandwiches
Price Range: $
Alcohol: Nope
Reviews: Yelp (3 stars, 189 reviews)
Takes Reservations: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes

Sorry for the late notice! I just missed that this was my week somehow!

We’re going simple this week, NO RESERVATIONS. I’ve been intrigued to try the Filipino fast food joint Jollibee since I was made aware of the immense lines upon it’s arrival in the Chicagoland area some time ago. The lines appear to have subsided so let’s give it a shot.

Let me know anytime before Friday at noon and I’ll see if I can get some tables together for us.


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Week #909: Bonci

Posted by Matt P. on 08.30.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Jeremy

Restaurant Club: Bonci
Date: Friday, September 1st @ 6pm
Where: 161 N. Sangamon St., Chicago, IL 60607 (Map)
Contact: Facebook // 312-243-4016
Cuisine: Pizza
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 stars, 36 reviews)
Takes Reservations: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes

This was the only pizza place we went back for a second visit during our trip to Italy earlier this year. So there’s that.

Pay by the pound and try as many as you like! Note, they are not a traditional restaurant with sit down tables. There’s very limited bar seating, or you do what we did in Italy and stand around outside stuffing our faces with crunchy deliciousness. Let me know if you’re coming and we’ll save a sidewalk spot for you!


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Week #908: Dos Urban Cantina

Posted by Matt P. on 08.19.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Elizabeth

Join me for the Canasta show on Thursday, stay for the Restaurant Club 24 hours later!

* Mexican food in my home in Michigan leaves a lot to be desired, so I want to eat Mexican food
* Bib Gourmand winner, 2017
* Happy hour specials. I made the reservation a little earlier than usual, but I can push it back if needed

Michelin review: After several years at Topolobampo, the husband-wife duo behind this gem have taken their knowledge and skills to craft this consistently delicious and inventive cuisine. And, the chefs’ deep understanding of Mexican ingredients has allowed them to create elegant and well-priced compositions. Chunks of slowly braised pork carnitas are hearty, tender, and brought to an entirely new level with squash that pops with bright flavor-all balanced with a bracing tomatillo broth. For dessert, indulge in excellent Mexican sugar pie topped with whipped cream and pecan toffee that is out of this world. The space is comfortable and roomy so that the steady stream of thirty-somethings never make it feel crowded. Curved booths and romantic lighting lend a soft feel.

Happy hour specials from 5-7pm: half-off specials on our house margarita, draft beers and Mexican beers. Happy hour also features half priced snacks including Chicken Wings with a chipotle glaze, Tamal Tots with habanero cream, Chips & Dips with house-made guacamole, roasted tomato salsa and pumpkin seed hummus, as well as Sea Bass Ceviche.

Restaurant Club: Dos Urban Cantina
Date: Friday, August 25th @ 6pm
Where: 2829 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 (Map)
Contact: // 773-661-6452
Cuisine: Contemporary Mexican
Price Range: $$$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 stars, 221 reviews)
Takes Reservations: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Good for Groups: Yes
Parking: Street
Public T: If the hypotenuse of the triangle is formed by the Blue Line (California and Western stops), Dos Urban Cantina is at the right angle formed by California and Armitage. You could also take the Armitage bus.

If you’d like to go, just let me know by noon Thursday. Thank you.

Dos Urban Cantina

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