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Week #989: Rainbow Thai Cuisine

Posted by Matt P. on 03.14.19 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt P.

Restaurant Club: Rainbow Thai Cuisine
Date: Friday, March 15th @ 6pm
Where: 4825 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 (Map)
Contact: (773) 754-7660 //
Cuisine: Thai (Menu)
Price Range: $
Alcohol: No
Parking: Street
Transportation: Brown Line (Western and Rockwell stops)
Good for Kids? Yes
Good for Groups? Yes
Accepts Credit Cards? Yes
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 136 Reviews)

Would any of you fine folks like to join the Priests for Restaurant Club tomorrow?

Please let me know by 4pm tomorrow, thanks!

Rainbow Thai Cuisine
Photo by Joe Roy

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19th Anniversary (Week #988) – The Best of the Year: Passerotto

Posted by Matt P. on 03.07.19 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: The People

Restaurant Club: Passerotto
Date: Friday, March 8th @ 5:30pm
Where: 5420 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Contact: 708-607-2102 //
Cuisine: Korean / Italian
Price Range: $$$
Accepts Bitcoin?: No
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 63 Reviews)

Passerotto has been voted R.C. Best Restaurant for Year 19. Since I initially picked it, and Priest is busy at work, I am sending out the RSVP email. Unfortunately (fortunately?) it is super popular (Bib Gourmand, James Beard, etc). It might be difficult to get a table together for everyone that comes, but the sooner I know, the easier it will be to try to get us reservations. *Please be aware that there is a good chance we will be seated in small groups.

At this time I am guessing reservations will be around 6 to 7pm on March 8 (if not a lot of people come). We might be out of luck if a ton of people come, or again it might be small groups. Please RSVP by tomorrow at 9am (sorry for the short notice).

This is from the initial e-mail I sent about Passerotto:

Passerotto (Italian for “little sparrow”) is a neighborhood Korean restaurant from award-winning chef-owner Jennifer Kim. The food draws on Kim’s Korean heritage: paying homage to the traditional and, occasionally, not-quite-traditional dishes she grew up eating with her family, adding a few minor touches from the Midwest and Central Italy, a nod to the way coastal Italian food has impacted her life.


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Week #987: Red Hot Ranch

Posted by Matt P. on 02.27.19 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt L.

Restaurant Club: Red Hot Ranch
Date: Friday, February 22nd @ 6pm
Where: 3057 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60657 (Map)
Contact: (773) 661-9377 // Facebook
Cuisine: Hot Dogs / Burgers
Price Range: $
Alcohol: No
Parking: Private Lot
Good for Kids? Yes
Good for Groups? Yes
Accepts Credit Cards? It appears to be cash only.
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 207 Reviews)

Why am I picking a fast food place for RC? There are few reasons:
(1) I want to try their burger, which the Tribune just ranked as the #12 best burger in Chicago;
(2) I dislike making reservations;
(3) It’s inexpensive;
(4) This place is firmly within my Geographic Comfort Zone, and;
(5) Drunk Club at Whole Foods.

Start time will be 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Be there. Or not. But let me know if you’re coming.

Red Hot Ranch

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Week #986: Bacolod Chicken Haus

Posted by Matt P. on 02.19.19 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Jeremy

Restaurant Club: Bacolod Chicken Haus
Date: Friday, February 22nd @ 6pm
Where: 6320 N. Lincoln Ave., Ste C & D, Chicago, IL 60659 (Map)
Contact: (773) 293-6210 //
Cuisine: Filipino / Wings
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: BYOB
Parking: Street, Private Lot
Good for Kids? Yes
Good for Groups? Yes
Accepts Credit Cards? Yes
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 93 Reviews)

Let’s talk chicken, Philipino chicken to be precise. Marinated in garlic, vinegar, and the citrus fruit calamansi for tang, then grilled up. Atchara, sweet pickled papaya, is a thing. And if you like your rice topped with crispy garlic, well, this RC is your jam.

Still not convinced? Then talk to to this guy.

We’re combining worlds here and hosting the SOME DAYS beer group, which many of you are a part of, so there will be plenty of world class beers brought that need dranking. We’ll also be coming back to our place (5 minute drive) to continue the beer nerdery and you’re invited!

One of their “things” is called a Boodle Fight, where the entire table is covered in banana leaves and food and the group goes to town on about 10 different items for $25 a person, so if that’s something you’re into, please let me know by Wednesday at 7pm as that’s the deadline for ordering. I can still take RSVP’s up until Thursday at noon.

Bacolod Chicken Haus

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Week #985: Tryzub Ukrainian Kitchen

Posted by Matt P. on 02.12.19 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: John C.

Restaurant Club: Tryzub Ukrainian Kitchen
Date: Friday, February 15th @ 6:30pm
Where: 2201 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 (Map)
Contact: (773) 698-8624 //
Cuisine: Ukranian with a modern American twist
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Good for Kids?: Yes
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 Stars, 139 Reviews)

In the middle of winter, I’m craving some hearty Eastern European food. This place has been on my radar for a while (and comes recommended by a friend), but I haven’t yet had the pleasure of dining there. Join me for goulash, pierogis, borscht, and other regional delights (including Ukrainian beer and wine).

Please RSVP by Friday at noon.

Tryzub Ukrainian Kitchen

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