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Week #938 – “SpringFest” @ Eataly (Ticketed Event)

Posted by Matt P. on 03.19.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt P.

Restaurant Club: “SpringFest” @ Eataly
Date: Friday, March 23th @ 8pm (Note the late start time!)
Where: 43 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611 (Map)
Contact: 312-521-8700 //
Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: $$$ (Tickets)
Alcohol: Wine, cocktails, beer maybe?
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 2671 Reviews)
Parking: Paid street parking, close to Red Line
Good for Kids: Probably not for $75 at 8pm
Parking: Garage, Validated

Jen and I still haven’t gotten around to visiting Eataly, which is something we’ve been meaning to do. And this Friday, they’ve got something called “SpringFest,” which is a ticketed event that gets you “complete access to all of Eataly (over 60,000 sq. ft.!)” Considering the place is made up of lots of little restaurants, bars, markets, stands, carts and stations, this seems like a nice way to check out a whole bunch of ’em at once (even though most of them will be offering spring-inspired stuff, rather than their regular, full menus). Tickets are $75, but that’s all-inclusive and all-you-eat / drink. Fellow R.C. member Matt Lango has actually attended the fall version of this event and says that he and Pfeffer had fun and are considering coming on Friday as well.

Please note: they’ve got two ticketed entrance times, but the 7pm is sold out, so we’ll be heading in at 8pm (and it stays open until midnight). But I have no idea if / when the 8pm will sell out, so if you’re interested, you’ll wanna get on that. Read more about “SpringFest” here and get your tickets here. If you’re planning to come, let me know sometime before 8pm on Friday so we can meet up and hang out!


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Week #937: Pizzeria Bebu

Posted by Matt P. on 03.12.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Renee

Restaurant Club: Pizzeria Bebu
Date: Friday, March 16th @ 6:30pm
Where: 1521 N. Fremont St., Chicago, IL 60642 (Map)
Contact: 312-280-6000 //
Cuisine: Pizza
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 Stars, 32 Reviews); Facebook, 5 (21 votes)
Alcohol: Yes
Credit cards: Yes
Parking: Paid street parking, close to Red Line
Good for kids: Nope
Takes Reservations: Nope

Hi all. So i’ve really wanted pizza lately and thus I’m picking Pizzeria Bebu.
Their food is delicious.

Please let me know by noon on Thursday.

Pizzeria Bebu

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18th Anniversary (Week #936) – The Best of the Year: La Crêperie

Posted by Matt P. on 03.12.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: The People

Restaurant Club: La Crêperie
Date: Friday, March 9th @ 6pm
Where: 2845 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657 (Map)
Contact: 773-528-9050 //
Cuisine: French / Crepes
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 615 Reviews)
Takes Reservations: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Good for Groups: Yes
Parking: Street

I’m assuming this info is only of interest to those who responded to my last email, but we’re headed to La Crêperie for our anniversary tomorrow. I’ve got a 6pm reservation for seven: Jeremy, Jenny, Lango, Pfeffer, Jen, Sawyer and myself. Looking forward to it!

I’ll have the rest of the ballot results ready tomorrow. I’ll admit that I got excited when I thought for a second that we’d be eating at Proxi; the photos look fantastic and its poll performance was impressive. But La Crêperie never disappoints either; the atmosphere, service, desserts and of course, the French onion soup always warrant another visit…

La Crêperie

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Week #935: Billy Sunday

Posted by Matt P. on 02.28.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Ryan D.

Restaurant Club: Billy Sunday
Date: Friday, March 2nd @ 6:30pm
Where: 3143 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago IL 60647 (Map)
Contact: 773-661-2485 //
Cuisine: Small Plates / American Contemporary
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Nope
Accepts Credit Cards: Yep
Good for Kids: Nope
Parking: Paid street parking or one block from the Logan Square Blue Line
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 290 Reviews)

I’ve decided to pick one of my old Logan Square go-tos this week. I’ve missed it tremendously since moving to Hyde Park, and RC is a perfect excuse to go back.

They don’t take reservations, so if the group is too big, be prepared to split up. Typically 6:30 is a little before this place starts hoppin’, so I think we’ll be okay. Please RSVP by Friday at noon, so we know how many to expect.

Billy Sunday

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Week #934: Wolfy’s

Posted by Matt P. on 02.24.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Ryan T.

Restaurant Club: Wolfy’s
Date: Friday, February 23rd @ 6pm
Where: 2734 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago, IL 60659 (Map)
Contact: 773-743-0207 // // Facebook
Cuisine: Hot Dogs / Sandwiches
Price Range: $
Alcohol: I won’t ask what’s in your coffee cup if you don’t ask what’s in mine
Takes Reservations: Ha!
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: Boy I sure hope so
Parking: Parking lot
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 230 Reviews)

Wolfy’s – A Story of Angst & Procrastination

No listen, I understand, y’all are thinking, THANK GOD Ryan T is choosing for RC #934. He’s always so witty, has an ambitious plan, a 6′ 1″ stature complete with amazing dad bod, and had his pick planned weeks in advance so I can’t WAIT for it to happen. …but truth be told, it’s dinner time the DAY BEFORE RC and I have nothing planned. NOTHING. WHY AM I USING ALL CAPS LIKE AN ANGRY HIGH SCHOOL KID???

It’s fine, I can phone in a pick as well. Recently I planned a beer and hot dog pairing with Superdawg and Lake Effect Brewing, and kinda wanted to try a few other things off their menu but I see that Jen P chose Superdawg already so I’m not about to choose something that was sooooo 10 years ago. Instead, Iet’s do Wolfy’s; a Chicago hot dog staple with a neon sign the likes of which they haven’t allowed since 1967 when it was built (EL is cyber-high-fiving me for my use of semicolon right there). Have a Chardog or two because I will forget to pack a lunch tomorrow and the last thing I need is you judging me when I order two. For you’s following a lenten diet, they have fish.

I will NOT have my beautiful wife with me but I’ll have my threenager, (he’s only 2) so just a head’s up. Unless you come baring pancakes or puzzles, I can’t guarantee his behavior. Especially if you put ketchup on your hot dog. He was born in downtown Chicago so he’s environmentally conditioned to mock your condiment choices.


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