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Week #1,000: Honey Butter Fried Chicken @ Fairlie

Posted by Matt P. on 05.27.19 § Permalink | Comments Off on Week #1,000: Honey Butter Fried Chicken @ Fairlie

Organizer: Matt P.

Restaurant Club: Honey Butter Fried Chicken @ Fairlie
When: Saturday, June 1st @ 4pm
Where: 339 N. Bell Ave., Chicago, IL 60612 (map)
Cuisine: American Traditional (Menu)
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Yes! See below…
Good for Kids: Yes! See below…
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 1,776 Reviews)

WHAT: Holy smokes, R.C. #1,000 is upon us! Let’s get together for a casual evening of eating, drinking and hanging the hell out…

WHERE: The event will be held at Fairlie, the brand new event space being *generously* donated by ex-clubbers Alexis & Jeff!

FOOD: As for dinner and dessert, we’ll enjoy catering from Honey Butter Fried Chicken, an R.C. selection from Year 14, but also one that’s run by the purveyors of Sunday Dinner Club, which we chose as our favorite dining experience of Year 7! But what / how much I order will depend on your RSVP’s. And though I can’t yet say what the exact cost will be per person / kid, assume it will be a little pricier than eating there in person, but still reasonable. I’ll try to post more specifics once I get an idea as to how many of you can make this…

DRINKS: If you’re interested in wine, drinkin’ beers, pop and/or juice, let’s call it BYOB. However, we’ll supply free water, as well as a couple unique cocktails and a sixtel of fancy after-dinner beer, both of which will cost a little extra if you decide to partake.

RSVP’ING / KIDS: In order to allow me enough time to place our food order, please RSVP by noon on Thursday. When doing so, please be sure to designate any kids who will be eating H.B.F.C. But please try to avoid RSVP’ing for the same person more than once. Also, it may be a good idea to bring some activities for the kids, as there aren’t plan to have anything like that on-hand.

PARKING: There is a gravel parking lot directly across the street where y’all can park. Fairlie is located right where the street dead ends.

CLEAN-UP / QUESTIONS: Lastly, although I don’t anticipate a ton of clean-up, we do want to leave the space just as we found it. So if anyone’s able to stay a bit afterwards to help with that, we’d appreciate it. I think that’s it for now, but if you have any questions, please post them here and we’ll answer them publicly. I hope a number of you can make it… Let’s do this!

P.S. If anyone feels like we should be celebrating this milestone with an event above and beyond this one – perhaps something more involved, more expensive and/or more adult-oriented – I’d be down for that as well. I would just need your help in organizing… Let me know!

Flat & Point

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Week #999: Flat & Point

Posted by Matt P. on 05.25.19 § Permalink | Comments Off on Week #999: Flat & Point

Chooser: Drew

Restaurant Club: Flat & Point
When: Friday, May 24th @ 6:30pm
Where: 3524 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 (map)
Contact: 773-904-7152 //
Cuisine: American Contemporary / BBQ
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: A modest but promising selection
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 21 Reviews) // Chicago Reader
Alcohol: Full Bar / Underground Mezcaleria
Good for Kids: There’s a kid’s menu on the site, so I’d say yes

Who’s ready to Restaurant Club like it’s #999?!

OK, I’ll see myself out …

But before I do! Why don’t y’all join me and Nina at Flat & Point, in Logan Square, this Friday for some wood-fired fare and, hopefully, a smokin’ good time. Rarely can I pass up some tasty brisket, and their wagyu variety sounds quite enticing …

They don’t take reservations, but I will call tomorrow to let them know a potential party of a half dozen or so (or at least two) will be headed their way, so please RSVP by noon Thursday so I can follow up with a more accurate head count.


Flat & Point
Photo by Sandy Noto

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Week #998: Quiote

Posted by Matt P. on 05.17.19 § Permalink | Comments Off on Week #998: Quiote

Chooser: Erin

Restaurant Club: Quiote
When: Friday, May 17th @ 7:30pm
Where: 2456 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 (map)
Contact: 312-878-8571 //
Cuisine: Mexican
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 243 Reviews)
Alcohol: Full Bar / Underground Mezcaleria
Good for Kids: Probably Not— leaving ours at home


In our house, May is birthday month — Ryan’s birthday was May 4th, Sawyer’s was the 12th and mine is the 23rd (our 2nd child didn’t get the memo and was born in August). With so many birthdays packed into one month (plus Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo) it gets tough to find time to celebrate our birthdays, so Ryan and I will be using my RC pick this Friday as a chance to celebrate by leaving our kids at home, eating some Bib-Gourmand-recognized Mexican food and drinking some mezcal. After dinner we can head downstairs to the underground mezcaleria in the basement for some additional libations.

Who would like to join us? Please let me know by Friday at 10 AM — I have a reservation for 6 and can adjust up or down as needed.


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Week #997: Izakaya Mita

Posted by Matt P. on 05.06.19 § Permalink | Comments Off on Week #997: Izakaya Mita

Chooser: Renee

Restaurant Club: Izakaya Mita
When: Friday, May 10th @ 7pm
Where: 1960 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 (map)
Contact: 773-799-8677 //
Cuisine: Japanese / Ramen
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 219 Reviews) // Chicago Reader
Alcohol: Yes
Good for Kids: No idea
Bitcoin: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Transportation: Blue Line – Western
Parking: Street
Dogs: No

This is one of Jay’s favorite restaurants and he didn’t want me to pick Half Acre again, so here we are.

RSVP by noon on Thursday.

Izakaya Mita

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Week #996: ¡Qué Onda!

Posted by Matt P. on 05.06.19 § Permalink | Comments Off on Week #996: ¡Qué Onda!

Chooser: Matt E.

Restaurant Club: ¡Qué Onda!
When: Friday, May 3rd @ 6:15pm
Where: 6701 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago, IL 60631 (Map)
Contact: (773) 824-4000 //
Cuisine: Nuevo Latino / Tacos
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 16 Reviews)

Hi Folks,

Sorry for the late send. It’s (almost) Cinco de Mayo so let’s try this newish taco joint in Edison Park.

No reservations so we’re shooting for 6:15. Please let me know if you can make it.

Que Onda

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