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Week #891: Furious Spoon Wicker Park

Posted by Matt P. on 04.24.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Bruno

Restaurant Club: Furious Spoon Wicker Park
Date: Friday, April 28th @ 6pm
Where: 1571 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 (Map)
Contact: (773) 687-8445 //
Cuisine: Ramen
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Beer
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 804 Reviews)
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Street
Noise Level: Loud
Good for Kids: No
Waiter Service: No
Wi-Fi: Yes

Wicker Park has suddenly gone from an excess of taco places (Antique Taco, Big Star, Tamale Spaceship, Big & Little’s, and of course Taco Bell) to an excess of ramen places: within a two-block radius, you will find the previously RC-featured Urbanbelly and Oiistar, as well as Kizuki and Furious Spoon. Even Mahalo now has a neon sign up front advertising Hawaiian Ramen, which I honestly would rather hear about than try.

As a Wicker Park resident (look at my picks and you’ll find a pattern of WP places that makes me look really lazy) and a former visitor to Japan, I’d like to state for the record that my favorite of all those places is Furious Spoon.

We’ll be doing the original, Wicker Park, location this Friday. About this time last year they were running a Kickstarter campaign in order to open their second location in Logan Square and one of the rewards they offered, for $250 to $400, was free ramen for a full year in one or both of their locations. I didn’t take them up on it, but I expect I’ll be thinking about whether I should have again this week.

The latest RC outings have started at 6pm, so let’s go with that. RSVP by Friday @ noon.

Furious Spoon

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Week #890: La Parrilla Colombian Steakhouse

Posted by Matt P. on 04.19.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Chris A.

Restaurant Club: La Parrilla Colombian Steakhouse
Date: Friday, April 21st @ 6pm
Where: 6427 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60634 (Map)
Contact: 773-777-7720
Cuisine: Latin American / Steak
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 177 Reviews)
Takes Reservations: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Attire: Casual
Good for Kids: Yes
Good for Groups: Yes
Parking: Street

RC Peeps!

We haven’t done Colombian or Steak in awhile so please join Maeve and I for tasty tasty meats. Please let me know by 12 pm on Friday.

We will start at 6 PM!

Please let me know by 12 pm on Friday.

La Parrilla

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Week #889: Riccardo Enoteca

Posted by Matt P. on 04.13.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt P.

Restaurant Club: Riccardo Enoteca
Date: Friday, April 14th @ 6pm (Please note the slightly early start time.)
Where: 2116 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614 (Map)
Contact: 773-549-5010 //
Cuisine: Italian / Wine Bar
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 82 Reviews)
Takes Reservations: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Attire: Casual
Good for Kids: No
Good for Groups: Yes
Parking: Street

Sorry for the late notice, but I just took over for Dave, who’s unavailable due to Good Friday family stuff…

Jen and I are going to Park West for an 8pm show, so let’s start this at 6pm. I’m always up for Italian and this place looks cozy and delicious…

Please let me know by noon tomorrow (Friday) if you’d like to join us!

Riccardo Enoteca

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Week #888: Pizzeria Bebu

Posted by Matt P. on 04.06.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Drew

Restaurant Club: Pizzeria Bebu
Date: Friday, April 7th @ 6pm
Where: 1521 N. Fremont St., Chicago, IL 60642 (Map)
Contact: 312-280-6000 //
Cuisine: Pizza
Price Range: $$
Yelp reviews: Yelp, 4.5 (32 reviews); Facebook, 5 (21 votes)
Credit cards: Yes
Parking: Street
Good for kids: Yes
What more could you want: Nothing

Buonasera, Restaurant Clubbers

For this super awesome week #888, please join me and my girlfriend, Nina, and her daughter, Lily, for some seriously super awesome (looking) Neapolitan pizza.

Pizzeria Bebu boats some prodigious pedigree behind its pizza pies (Publican, Nico Osteria, RPM Italian, Owen & Engine), and it’s currently sitting at #9 on the Chicago Mag Hot List (which I’ve found to be pretty reliable). Come for the Littleneck Clam Pizza–stay for the Bebu Cannoli …

The joint takes no reservations, but I called today and the guy I spoke to said we shouldn’t have much trouble if we arrive at 6pm–so do note the early start time, and please RSVP, please, by noon Thursday.

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Pizzeria Bebu

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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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