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Week #895: Half Acre Tap Room

Posted by Matt P. on 05.25.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Renee

Restaurant Club: Half Acre Tap Room
Date: Friday, May 26th @ 5pm (Please note the early start time!)
Where: 4255 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60618 (Map)
Contact: 773-248-4038 // www.halfacrebeer.com/taproom-food/
Cuisine: Gastropub
Price Range: $-$$
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 Stars, 239 Reviews)
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Street
Good for Kids: No
Takes Reservations: No

Please note the early start time (sometimes this place gets packed, and the earlier time will make it easier to eat/etc). Also please rsvp by noon on Thursday.

Why: It is Alex M’s turn to pick, but he works Friday. Since he is Truman’s BFF, I agreed to take his pick. I have gone here 5 times in the last 3 weeks – I love their food.

Half Acre

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Week #894: Big Jones

Posted by Matt P. on 05.18.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Pfeffer

Restaurant Club: Big Jones
Date: Friday, May 19th @ 6:30pm
Where: 5347 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640 (Map)
Contact: 773-275-5725 // www.bigjoneschicago.com
Cuisine: Southern
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 1,243 Reviews)
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Street
Good for Kids: No
Takes Reservations: Yes

How about some Southern food on Friday?

I haven’t been here myself, but I have a colleague originally from Georgia who swears by the food at this place. And who knows- maybe the stars and weather will align to where we can sit outside.

They do take reservations, so despite the late email, if you are interested please let me know by Thursday, 5 pm (I know- it’s tomorrow).

Hope to see you there!

Big Jones

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Week #893: Bangers & Lace Roscoe Village

Posted by Matt P. on 05.10.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Renee

Restaurant Club: Bangers & Lace Roscoe Village
Date: Friday, May 12th @ 6pm
Where: 1851 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613 (Map)
Contact: 773-697-8667 // www.bangersandlaceroscoevillage.com
Cuisine: Gastropub / British
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 21 Reviews)
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Street
Good for Kids: No
Takes Reservations: No

Hey all – it is Blake’s turn to pick, but likely he will be out of the country on Friday so I am taking over.

This is one of my favorite places for a quick drink/dinner on a Monday night. Hopefully the same can be said for a Friday night. And as a plus? – if the weather is good, Truman may join this RC.

Bangers & Lace

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Week #892: Vincent

Posted by Matt P. on 05.02.17 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Bob

Restaurant Club: Vincent
Date: Friday, May 5th @ 6pm
Where: 1475 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 (Map)
Contact: 773-334-7168 // www.vincentchicago.com
Cuisine: American Contemporary / Dutch
Price Range: $$$
Alcohol: Full Bar
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 406 Reviews)
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Street
Good for Kids: No

Greetings All,

Here is a nice little restaurant that I hope you will enjoy. Been here a few times and have always enjoyed food and service. Selfishly on the north side, so we can do drinks before at my place or perhaps Simon’s. Let me know who would like to join. Hope you all are doing well! -Bob

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

Vincent

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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 // www.furiousramen.com
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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