I’ve been receiving a lot of pitches for Father’s Day brunch ideas over the past week or so. Many of them come from the usual publicity firms, representing the fine folks at Lettuce and other large restaurant groups. Nothing against Hub 51, Paris Club and Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, they all offer good options for dad this weekend. I just wanted to tell you about a few options you probably haven’t heard of.
Anyone from Michigan (including The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper) will sing the praises of Bell’s. But now that it’s truly hot outside on a consistent basis, you don’t need a lot of coaxing to give this Michigan brewery’s beers a try. Their Oberon is a light wheat ale that is absolutely perfect for summer sipping, coming in at less than 6% alcohol. Cheers to that.
Click here, then “flip through” to pages 22-23 to read my roundup of five great al fresco dining options around the country
There aren’t many movie theaters with built-in, high quality dining options nearby. But things are changing. The folks in Highland Park are finally getting a taste of rustic Italian at Moderno, which took over a lame Rosebud space right next door to their downtown movie theater a few weeks ago. The Davis, in Lincoln Square, also has some great options pre and post-show (Tank, LM and Bistro Campagne come to mind). But for years, going to see a flick at the City North 14 has meant just one option: Fat Willy’s BBQ.
We’re in the thick of graduation/wedding/shower season, and that means parties; usually at someone’s home; sometimes catered. But for those casual lunches or dinners that don’t really demand a ton of resources (say, 20 guests) you’re probably going to want to make a few things yourself. Whenever I’m asked to bring a salad over to a party, this is the dish I most frequently bring. I typically have most of the ingredients on hand, and for the ones I have to pick up at the store, I rarely spend more than $25. I think you (and the rest of the gang) are going to love it. How do I know? Because at last weekend’s soiree at a friend’s house, my notoriously picky niece and nephew (both of whom are under 12) devoured it.
Here’s a Top 5 that’s sure to stir the pot of pickled onions a bit. After the remarkable little beauties I had last night at Antique Taco in Wicker Park, I was inspired to pick my top 5 in town (and can’t believe I haven’t even made an attempt at ranking them previously). Obviously, you can find great tacos at places like Frontera Grill and Salpicon!, but I’m focusing on places where tacos are the featured item on the menu, if not the only thing on offer. Also, I don’t care how long La Pasadita has been around (or how many there are near the corner of Division & Ashland; if they’re not making their own tortillas from scratch, then really, they have no business being in the top 5 in the city. Read More