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Week #887: Summer House Santa Monica

Posted by Matt P. on 03.23.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Elizabeth

Restaurant Club: Summer House Santa Monica (brought to you by Lettuce)
Date: Friday, March 31st @ 7pm
Where: 1954 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614 (Map, b/t Armitage Ave. & Wisconsin St.)
Contact: (773) 634-4100 //
Cuisine: American Traditional
Price Range: $$
Yelp reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 1224 Reviews)
Alcohol: Full bar
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Valet

Hello RC!

Please note – this is an invitation for NEXT WEEK’S restaurant club. Jeff and I aren’t in town often, and we’d love to see y’all. So I thought I’d send this invite out early, to give people a bit more time to plan ahead.

A few years ago Jeff and I won a $250 gift certificate to Summer House Santa Monica, but we haven’t had a chance to use it. So this week’s pick comes with a bonus – we’ll put the gift certificate toward the bill.

I’m not yet sure how to figure out the logistics of how to use it … I guess I’ll see how many people RSVP, and then work it out.

Hope to see you soon!
~ E.L.

California-Inspired American Restaurant

Inside Summer House, guests will find a laid-back, friendly vibe with an environment reminiscent of a beach house. Complete with California-inspired decor, the chef-driven menu highlights simple, handcrafted dishes prepared with local and seasonal ingredients, many of which are prepared on a wood-fire grill. The eclectic menu is a crowd pleaser with options such as Ahi Tuna Tostadas, Hand-Rolled Sushi, Tacos and Wood-Grilled Fish. Summer House offers a carefully curated selection of Californian wine to complement each menu item as well as chef-crafted cocktails, zero-proof cocktails, and draft and bottled beers. A bakery counter, shared with Stella Barra Pizzeria, serves a selection of freshly baked breakfast pastries, muffins and Chef Jeff Mahin’s famous cookie selection. No matter the season or the weather, you will be transported to Summer.

Summer House Santa Monica

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Week #886: The Gundis

Posted by Matt P. on 03.22.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt P.

C’mon, everybody… it’s Chicago’s first Kurdish restaurant! And the early reviews are great.

Please note the 6pm start time and let me know by noon on Friday whether or not you can join us… Thanks!

Restaurant Club: The Gundis
Date: Friday, March 24th @ 6pm (Please note the slightly early start time.)
Where: 2909 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657 (Map)
Contact: 773-904-8120 //
Cuisine: Kurdish / Mediterranean / Middle Eastern
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Beer & Wine Only
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 Stars, 44 Reviews)
Takes Reservations: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Good for Groups: Yes
Parking: Street

The Gundis

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Week #885: Pasta D’Arte Trattoria Italiana

Posted by Matt P. on 03.15.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Jenny L.

Restaurant Club: Pasta D’Arte Trattoria Italiana
Date: Friday, March 17th @ 6pm
Where: 6311 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60646 (Map)
Contact: 773-763-1181 //
Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Beer & Wine Only
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 stars 204 Reviews)
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Private Lot

Hello! Come join me at Pasta D’Arte this Friday evening. I’ve been meaning to dine at this restaurant for a while now and hope it’ll be in your company. Please let me know by Thursday evening if you can join me.


Pasta D'Arte Trattoria Italiana

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17th Anniversary (Week #884) – The Best of the Year: Rojo Gusano

Posted by Matt P. on 03.07.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: The People

Restaurant Club: Rojo Gusano
Date: Friday, March 10th @ 6:30pm
Where: 3830 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 (Map)
Contact: 773-539-4398 // // Facebook
Cuisine: Latin American / Mexican
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 108 Reviews)
Alcohol: Full Bar

As was announced earlier today, with a total of fifty-nine points, Rojo Gusano is the winner of this year’s Best Restaurant! The next time you see Alex, please be sure to congratulate her on her victorious pick.

Matt’s going to be out of town this weekend, so I’ll be in charge of organizing our celebration this Friday. But he did call the restaurant tonight and make an approximate reservation for eight people at 6:30pm. And they said that as long as our final number is somewhere in that ballpark, I can simply let them know when they open at 5pm on Friday. So please let me know by 5pm on Friday if you’re able to join us. Thanks!

– Jen

Rojo Gusano

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Week #883: Izakaya Yume

Posted by Matt P. on 02.28.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Jen P.

Restaurant Club: Izakaya Yume
Date: Friday, March 3rd @ 5:30pm
Where: 9626 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL 60714 (Map)
Contact: 224-567-8365 //
Cuisine: Japanese / Sushi / Asian Fusion
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Beer & Wine Only
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 86 Reviews)
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Private Lot

Just the other day Sawyer said, “When do I get a turn picking the restaurant that we go to with our friends for Restaurant Club?” So, I let her pick out this week’s cuisine. :) Sorry for the suburban pick, but it’s really rough when we get home so late after her normal bed time, so I ended up picking somewhere in the middle of Mt. Prospect and Chicago.

It’s supposed to be good for both groups and kids. Please note the early 6:00 start time and RSVP by noon Thursday. Hope some of you can join us!

Izakaya Yume

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