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Week #855: Ixcateco Grill

Posted by Matt P. on 08.18.16 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt E.

Restaurant Club: Ixcateco Grill
Date: Friday, August 19th @ 7pm
Where: 3402 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 (Map)
Contact: 773-539-5887 // // Facebook
Cuisine: Mexican
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 Stars, 90 Reviews)
Alcohol: BYOB
Good for Kids: It’s plenty loud, menu is short though.

Sticking with the Mexican theme, come for the mole and stay to finish your BYO bottle of wine at this new(ish) outpost from Frontera and Topolobampo veteran Anselmo Ramirez.

Please let me know by end of day Thursday if you’re coming.

Ixcateco Grill

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Week #854: Más allá del Sol

Posted by Matt P. on 08.10.16 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Melissa E.

Restaurant Club: Más allá del Sol
Date: Friday, August 12th @ 6:30pm
Where: 5848 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660 (Map)
Contact: 773-654-1900 // // Facebook
Cuisine: Mexican / Latin American
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 Stars, 164 Reviews)
Alcohol: Yes!
Good for Kids: Maybe a bit spicy but not bad

For anyone still mourning the loss of Lincoln Square’s Los Nopales, fear not, there is still a restaurant under their management! Join us on Friday and be the judge on if it lives up to Los Nopales’ high standards! There is a bar so do not BYOB!

Let me know by Thursday AM if you are able to make it so I can make a reservation.

Some Information on the Restaurant:

Born in the State of Mexico, Adan Moreno grew up enjoying his family’s traditional Mexican cooking. At an early age he developed a passion for cooking food only using the freshest ingredients. Sister Restaurant to Michelin Bib Gourmand rated Los Nopales in Lincoln Square, Más allá del Sol is a step up, emphasizing on Adan’s creativity and his take on Mexican dishes.

Adan’s passion and love for the food of his native Mexico has inspired him to create the dishes at Más allá del Sol. He is constantly experimenting with herbs, spices, and interesting fruits and and vegetables. He personally chooses all the fresh ingredients used at Más allá del Sol from the tomatillos in the salsa, the Mexican avocados for the guacamoles to the beef in the carne asada.

Mas Alla Del Sol

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Week #853: Peckish Pig

Posted by Matt P. on 08.07.16 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Jenny L.

Restaurant Club: Peckish Pig
Date: Friday, August 5th @ 6pm (Please note the early start time!)
Where: 623 Howard St., Evanston, IL 60202 (Map)
Contact: 847-491-6778 // // Facebook
Cuisine: Gastropub / American Contemporary
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 302 Reviews)
Alcohol: Yes!
Good for Kids: Yes

Been curious about this place for a while now. Come and join me this Friday for some porky goodness!

RSVP by Friday at noon, please.

Peckish Pig

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Week #852: La Scarola

Posted by Matt P. on 07.25.16 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Chris A.

Restaurant Club: La Scarola
Date: Friday, July 29th @ 6:30pm
Where: 721 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60610 (Map)
Contact: 312-243-1740 //
Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 838 Reviews)
Alcohol: Full Bar
Good for Kids: Probably not based on reviews
Drunk Club: Richard’s Bar

Time for some old school Italian food and limoncello. They are pretty busy on Fridays so please let me know by Thursday evening so I can get them a final number.

La Scarola

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Week #851: BienMeSabe

Posted by Matt P. on 07.21.16 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Ryan

Restaurant Club: BienMeSabe
Date: Friday, July 15th @ 5:30pm (Please note the early start time!)
Where: 1637 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60613 (Map)
Contact: 773-549-5538 // Facebook
Cuisine: Venezuelan
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 65 Reviews)
Alcohol: BYOB
Good for Kids: Yes

People have been asking a lot of questions about RC this week so for the announcement, I’m going to do it FAQ-style and hopefully clear up all your pressing questions…

Q: What took you so long to send this out?
A: If I said I spent three straight days lost in a Home Depot would you believe me?

Q: Hey hey, BYOB! What should I bring?
A: I’m fairly confident there will be lots of fancy beers which you are welcome to, or feel free to bring something else if beer isn’t your thing.

Q: Didn’t you just pick a Venezuelan restaurant?
A: Didn’t you just NOT pick a Venezuelan restaurant? The answer in either case is yes, because in the history of RC, only two Venezuelan restaurants have ever been chosen, and I chose them both times.

Q: Does this place have a website? A Facebook page? Anything?!
A: Nope. Respect.

Q: I’m having trouble understand the following words: “Bienmesabe” “arepa” “tintinnabulation”
A: Bienmesabe – literally translated means “it tastes good”
arepa – think of it as a sandwich only replace the bread with two pancakes made of cornmeal
tintinnabulation – a tinkling or ringing sound

Q: I thought EL was picking this week. I really enjoy her picks, she has some incredibly creative ideas and isn’t afraid to think outside the box when it comes to restaurant choice.
A: That’s not really a question, you’re just rambling.

Q: Should I draft Cam Newton in my fantasy football league?
A: If you’re in a league with me, yes. Otherwise, no.

RSVP by Friday @ noon, SVP.


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