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October 2012



Chicago’s Table 2012

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Last Friday I attended Chicago’s Table, an event sponsored by Chicago Magazine to benefit the Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s work in support of research and therapies for stroke patients.  This was the event’s second year and it was again held at the River East Art Center, an absolutely gorgeous venue.  High, wood-beamed ceilings, tall white pillars, glass walls, exposed brick-if I was getting married in Chicago this space would definitely be a top contender!

Charity and venue aside, the real draw for me was the line-up of some of Chicago’s best restaurants participating in the event-Acadia, Ada St, Bar Toma, El Ideas, Nellcôte, The Publican, Rustic House, Slurping Turtle, Tavernita, Telegraph, Urban Union, Vera, and Yusho-a seriously impressive list!

We snacked on delicious small bites like veal cheeks from Rustic House that nearly melted in your mouth; sweetbreads from Nellcôte that made you forget about the fact that you were eating sweetbreads; fresh mozzarella from Bar Toma that was hand-rolled with a delicious apple mostarda; butternut squash panna cotta from Acadia that was topped with their very own version of pop rocks; and soy sesame marinated salmon from Slurping Turtle with crispy tortillas that were hand-fired by the Top Chef Master himself, Takashi Yagihashi.

Cupcake Prosecco, wine from City Winery, seasonal beers from Blue Moon, and cocktails from Ketel, Don Julio, Tanqueray, and Bulleit Bourbon flowed freely even after the food was gone.  Chicago Mag put on a fantastic event, from the venue to the food to the drinks to the ambiance, and I would definitely attend again next year if they decide to continue the event for a third year!



October 2012




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Oh Nellcôte, you sexy little thing, you!

If there was ever a restaurant that I would dub “sexy”, Nellcôte would definitely be the one!   Coming in at #20 on Chicago Magazine’s Best New Restaurants of 2012 list, you can find Nellcôte under its bright orange awnings at 833 W. Randolph St., nestled between Stephanie Izard’s Girl and the Goat and Graham Elliot’s latest venture, G.E.B.

Once through the doors and past the relatively unassuming façade, you’re smack dab in the middle of Nellcôte’s gorgeous dining room, inspired by the French villa where the Rolling Stones recorded Exile on Main St. (and most certainly engaged in several other recreational activities).  European-chic chandeliers line the ceilings and, along with candles on each table, provide a warm, dim lighting that sets the mood for the perfectly intimate date.

Nellcôte’s menu includes pizzas made using flour milled in their basement and a wide variety of small plates, meant to be shared, all with a European inspiration.  We shared the Fresh Bread, Fennel Sausage Pizza, Robuchon Potatoes, Dry Aged Illinois Beef Ribeye, and the Chocolate Parfait-it was all delicious!  Our server was fantastic and all of his recommendations were spot on.  My favorites were the thin, doughy pizza and the creamy, buttery potatoes, yum!!

Fresh Bread- house-cultured butter, baguette, brioche, focaccia

Fennel Sausage Pizza-hen of the woods mushrooms, parmigiano, tomato sauce, mozzarella

Dry Aged Illinois Beef Ribeye-beets, sweet & sour onions, truffle jus

Robuchon Potatoes-local yukon gold potatoes

Chocolate Parfait-milk, bittersweet & dark chocolate, hazelnut praline

The Chocolate Parfait

As if Nellcôte wasn’t enough, we ended the night with a cocktail at the somewhat hidden RM Champagne Salon, around the corner at 116 N. Green St.  This was an absolutely gorgeous space as well, another perfect spot for an intimate date or for a classy night out with the girls!


Nellcôte and RM Champagne Salon are just two of the many new bars and restaurants that have turned this West Loop neighborhood into Chicago’s latest foodie mecca…and with exciting new openings on a seemingly monthly basis, this ‘hood is just getting started!




October 2012



Headquarters Beercade

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Last Saturday Mike and I stumbled upon the opening weekend of an awesomely fun and unique new bar in Lakeview, Headquarters Beercade.  You can find them on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.  If you haven’t already guessed from the name, Headquarters is essentially a bar and an old school Arcade combined into one!  In a large, industrial-type space next door to Uncle Fatty’s, Headquarters is lined wall to wall with all of your favorite old school arcade games and the bartenders aim to please.  With their ample selection of craft beers and cocktails like  The Juice, Who’s Got the Mott’s, and the Sodapopinski, it really isn’t that hard.

In their own words, “With a name coined from the frothy head of a draft beer, plus the quarters needed to play any of the 30+ vintage arcade games lining the space, Headquarters (HQ) appeals to those looking for an alternative to the monotonous.”  This would be a perfect spot for a fun date night or just a great spot to come and nerd it out with your friends!

Mike and I stopped off at Indie Burger for a quick bite before heading over to Headquarters.

Indie Burger’s niche is local, organic ingredients and all things green- grass-fed beef; reclaimed wood, dining tables and countertops; old church pews from the South Side of Chicago; and chairs made from recycled soda pop bottles.  I had an Indie Burger and it was delish!  Onto Headquarters!

Beer list

If you can steal yourself away from their games, they have some great TVs-perfect for catching a different type of game!

No nonsense….

Who’s Got The Mott’s and the Sodapopinski

Mike and I quickly became addicted to Space Invaders and probably played for at least an hour.  During this time the manager came to chat with us and see how we were liking the place-he told us how they actually got ahold of all of the games…Ebay, Craigslist, and other types of ads and auctions-they guy that originally owned the Space Invaders game was actually there that night!  Definitely a really great concept and I’m already starting to itch for Round 2 of Space Invaders!

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