This cocktail lounge in the Wicker Park neighborhood is nearly hidden, marked only by a single sconce and a poster-plastered door. Owner Toby Maloney stocks his bar with house-made bitters and infused liquors to mix classic cocktails as well as signature drinks like the Juliet & Romeo with Beefeater gin, mint, cucumber and rose water. There’s also a menu of upscale bar snacks, including brandade fritters and caramelized onion dip made with crème fraiche and served with chips.
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From Food & Wine , MAR 2008
This unmarked spot became Chicago’s cocktail mecca the second it opened this past summer....MORE
From Food & Wine , JUL 2010
Dim lighting, fashionably disheveled bartenders and country music encourage down-and-dirty drinking of highbrow and lowbrow beers. But there are also exceptional cocktails by Violet Hour mixologist...MORE
From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Local chefs hang out at this casual spot for chef Keith Endo’s modern Italian cooking and a glass of whatever master sommelier Chuck Furuya has recently discovered, like a 2006 Cavallotto Langhe Bianco from Italy.
We loved: Braised pork with cavatelli.
Insider tip: Many of the best wines aren’t on the list (there are only two Barolos in the book, though there are 70 in the cellar), so get recommendations.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.