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Week #975: IRON HORSE ALE HOUSE

Posted by Matt P. on 12.07.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Erin

Restaurant Club: Iron Horse Ale House
Date: Friday, December 7th @ 6:30pm
Where: 6158 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago, IL 60631 (Map)
Contact: 773-763-1800 // www.ironhorsechicago.com
Cuisine: American Contemporary / Pizza / Pub Fare
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Parking: Street, Private Lot
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 190 Reviews)

Hi all-

For my last pick, I was super pregnant and mother cluckin’ hangry. Now I have two kids and am just in a constant state of exhaustion, so I’ll be the first to admit I put very little effort into this pick, the Iron Horse Ale House. It’s close to where my little minions need to eventually go to sleep, gets high points for family friendliness, and supposedly has a good selection of craft beer and other alcohol, which is vital because let’s face it, mama needs a cocktail like ALL THE TIME. Oh, and they have gluten free options for those of you that need your carbs sans-gluten.

See, so little effort I didn’t even follow the preferred format ha! I will be coming from my office holiday party so may already have a buzz going as well as an ugly sweater. If you would like to join me, please let me know by 12 pm on Friday.

Iron Horse Ale House

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Week #974: Midnight Pig Taproom

Posted by Matt P. on 11.27.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Chris A.

Restaurant Club: Midnight Pig Taproom
Date: Friday, November 30th @ 6:30pm
Where: 1557 Sherman Rd., Evanston, IL 60201 (Map)
Contact: 847-448-1368 // www.midnightpigtaproom.co
Cuisine: American Traditional / Pub Fare / Beer
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Beer / Wine
Takes Reservations: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: Maybe?
Transportation: Purple Line (Davis stop)
Parking: Street
Reviews: Yelp (3 Stars, 17 Reviews)

I’ve never tried the whole self serve beer situation (shocking I know) and they have food so let’s hit Midnight Pig Taproom in Evanston! Run by the same people that own Pete Miller’s, the now closed Nevin’s, and also somehow tied to Nevin’s Brewery/Midnight Pig in Plainfield (confused? me too!). Since they don’t take reservations I plan on getting there around 6pm to secure space so let me know before noon on Friday.

Midnight Pig

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Week #973: Dove’s Luncheonette

Posted by Matt P. on 11.23.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Ryan T.

Restaurant Club: Dove’s Luncheonette
Date: Friday, November 23rd @ 8pm
Where: 1545 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 (Map)
Contact: 773-645-4060 // www.doveschicago.com
Cuisine: Mexican / Tex-Mex / Southern
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: It’s not bad
Transportation: Blue Line (Damen stop)
Parking: Street
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 575 Reviews)

Excuse me, pardon me, sorry to interrupt your turkey-induced coma. Ryan here, reminding you that you simply CANNOT sleep tomorrow away. No, c’mon, I know waking up is hard and if you’re lucky to have the day off you have no excuse. Tell you what, you sleep in until ohhhh, say 6pm, wake up, have some coffee, and then come meet me at Dove’s Luncheonette in Wicker Park around 8pm (NOTE THE LATE START TIME, I too don’t see myself able to leave the house until 6:30).

They bill themselves as a “Mexican comfort food” establishment and there’s not a single person on this roster ready to get behind those 3 words than yours truly, so c’mon, let’s go. You can leave the sweatpants on, it’s comfort food! Stay comfy. You know where it is, this place changes over every 3 years and it’s been open about a year so gotta go before some trendy toast place takes over.

Oh! Also, they have an extensive tequila list. Above, you’ll find the deets (the cool kids say this now, it’s short for “DETAILS”).

Dove's Luncheonette

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Week #972: Sweet Pepper Venezuelan Food Bar

Posted by Matt P. on 11.14.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Jeremy

Restaurant Club: Sweet Pepper Venezuelan Food Bar
Date: Friday, November 16th @ 6pm
Where: 2604 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 (Map)
Contact: 872-208-5665 // Facebook
Cuisine: Venezuelan
Price Range: $
Alcohol: No
Takes Reservations: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Parking: Street parking
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 Stars, 29 Reviews) // Chicago Reader

We had their pulled pork and chicken arepas last month, which were great, but they were out of the barbacoa. So of course we gotta complete the set!

No reservations, it’s an “order, grab, sit yourself and eat” kinda place. But let me know if you’re coming and we’ll save seats for you! Let me know by noon Friday.

Sweet Pepper

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Week #971: Bruna’s Ristorante

Posted by Matt P. on 11.14.18 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Bob

Restaurant Club: Bruna’s Ristorante
Date: Friday, November 9th @ 7pm (flexible if need be)
Where: 2424 S. Oakley Ave., Floor 1, Chicago, IL 60608 (Map)
Contact: 773-254-5550 // www.brunasristorante.com
Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Good for Kids: Neutral
Parking: Paid street parking
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 118 Reviews) // Chicago Reader

Fine Italain Cuisine Since 1933

Fredo ate there. So should you. Afterwards will likely to Whiner Brewery to visit Amanda’s sister and enjoy all they have there. I’ll take a by 2pm for reservations tomorrow, if you please. Thanks. Hope you are all well.

Bruna's Ristorante

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