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Week #942: Hooters

Posted by Matt P. on 04.17.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt L.

Restaurant Club: Hooters
Date: Friday, April 20th @ 6pm
Where: Same place it’s always been. 660 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610 (Map)
Contact: 312-944-8800 //
Cuisine: Bar Food
Price Range: $
Alcohol: Full Bar
Do they take reservations? No, it’s Hooters.
Good for Kids: I don’t know. It’s Hooters.
Reviews: Yelp (2.5 Stars, 234 Reviews)

RSVP anyway. Maybe we’ll get a drink beforehand, then go to Hooters.

Almost 18 years ago, on September 29, 2000, a young, wide-eyed, optimistic John Hayes picked Hooters as Restaurant Club #26. While a lot has changed since then, both in the world in general and for us as individuals, Hooters has remained largely the same. Sure, there have been some small changes, like the possibility of getting all drumettes, some additional sauces, and a few “craft” beers on the menu. But what hasn’t changed is the quality of the wings and the fun, positive, life-affirming experience of going to Hooters. That, my friends, is why we’re going back this week.

So, who’s with me?


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Week #941: Chicago Diplomat Cafe

Posted by Matt P. on 04.17.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt P.

Restaurant Club: Chicago Diplomat Cafe
Date: Friday, April 13th @ 6pm
Where: 3134 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657 (Map)
Contact: 773-262-2722 //
Cuisine: Georgian / Modern European / Mediterranean
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: BYOB
Good for Kids: Yes
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 64 Reviews)

Well what do you know? It’s already my turn to choose another R.C. Let’s head to Lakeview and try Chicago Diplomat Cafe, which calls itself “the city’s—and perhaps the state’s—only restaurant devoted to the feasting foods of the Republic of Georgia” (seems like a little internet research could potential confirm the middle part of that claim)… FEASTING FOODS!

They don’t serve alcohol and it isn’t BYOB. So that’s sad. And when I called to make an approximate reservation, they asked that I please check the menu and call back tomorrow afternoon “to let them know which cold appetizers and hot entrees we plan to order.” That’s kind of a pain. But it’s got 4 stars on Yelp and the guy on the phone was super nice. So hey, if that’s what we have to put up with to dine Georgian-style, then so be it! Please try to let me know early tomorrow afternoon if you’d like to join the Priests. And if anyone has time for a drink between 5 and 6, I’ll probably hit Flagship Tavern or Schubas. Thanks!

Chicago Diplomat Cafe

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Week #940: The Elephant Thai Cuisine

Posted by Matt P. on 04.17.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Melissa

Restaurant Club: The Elephant Thai Cuisine
Date: Friday, April 6th @ 6:30pm
Where: 5353 W. Devon Ave., Chicago IL 60646 (Map)
Contact: 773-467-1168 // Facebook
Cuisine: Thai
Price Range: $-$$
Alcohol: BYOB
Good for Kids: Yes
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 141 Reviews)

Hello Everyone! Matt reminded me that this week is my pick!

About a year ago, our favorite local Thai restaurant was featured in Check Please! and 2 weeks later promptly burnt to the ground (slight exaggeration). Just 2 weeks ago, they have re-opened their doors across the street from their former location and Matt and I thrilled that they are back!

I made a reservation for 6 on Friday evening – they are a small space so please let me know by Thursday AM if you are in so I can increase the reservation if necessary. If it’s nice on Friday evening, we can grab ice cream at our favorite local ice cream shoppe after.

The Elephant Thai Cuisine

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Week #939: The Duck Inn

Posted by Matt P. on 03.28.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Renee

Restaurant Club: The Duck Inn
Date: Friday, March 30th @ 7:30pm (Please note the later start time!)
Where: 2701 S. Eleanor, Chicago, IL 60608 (Map)
Contact: 312-724-8811 //
Cuisine: American Contemporary
Price Range: $$-$$$
Alcohol: Yes
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 343 Reviews) / Chicago Reader
Takes Reservations: Yep
Accepts Credit Cards: Yep
Good for Kids: Nope
Parking: Paid street parking, orange line

Hey all,
I picked this place at the suggestion of a friend, plus it is great. Please RSVP by noon on thursday, but please RSVP sooner as I have reservations for a small table but can get a larger one if need be. (I figure most people are out of town or getting read to celebrate the bunny).

Duck Inn

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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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