Chicago Restaurant News
Cute boutiques and matchbox-sized restaurants line Roscoe Village's main drag. Add one more eatery to the quaintness: Le Sud. Executive chef Ryan Brosseau (Table, Donkey & Stick; Perennial Virant) aims for seasonal Mediterranean fare at this 120-seater built for date nights and neighbor catchups on the rooftop bar, which will be open by spring 2019. Savor entrées such as foie gras tarte, sardine escabeche, rabbit a la Provencal, and fettuccine with mussels alongside frites with aïoli, corn and squash salad, roasted and pickled cauliflower and chickpea with pickled okra. Regional French wines sit next to global varietals and six signature cocktails. A café setting complete with marble tabletops and cast iron pedestals, velveteen ocean-hued banquettes and distressed barn wood communal tables lends to a relaxed romantic vibe. Le Sud, 2301 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, IL 60618, 773-857-1985.
Just steps from Wrigley Field, Union Full Board makes its home in the new The Wheelhouse Hotel. Evanstonians will be familiar with its sister restaurant, Union Pizzeria, but this menu ventures beyond pies and into hearty favorites such as veal, pork and ricotta meatballs, balsamic-braised short rib and lasagna bolognese. The 60-seat spot specializes in square-cut slices, plus small and big plates for sharing. Union Full Board, 3473 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657, 224-322-0100.
September 17 marked one of Chicago's most anticipated openings of the year: TAO, the Asian-inspired restaurant/nightlife destination with sister outposts in Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles. The former Chicago Historical Society building is now a den of drama, with three murals created by British graffiti artist Hush, custom-made furniture, Asian antiques and a subterranean dining room flanked by a 40-foot staircase on one end and a Chinese goddess on the other. Look for a roster of Asian dishes and celebrity DJs. TAO, 632 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60654, 224-888-0388.
Lettuce Entertain You enters the vino game with Bar Ramone, its first wine bar, featuring Spanish tapas and a 100-plus bottle wine list. With a wine program curated by Ryan Arnold and Richard Hanauer, the eatery will specialize in bottles from Burgundy, Piedmont and Rhône, plus Spanish porróns with assorted styles of Txakoli for crowd-pleasers. The menu makes room for classics such as spicy padron peppers and bonito, mushroom pintxo with garlic butter sauce, and house-baked pan con tomate with anchovies, manchego or jamón serrano; modern dishes include Bloody Mary shrimp and Japanese ice fish. Dinner nightly. Bar Ramone, 441 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-985-6909.
Walton Street Kitchen + Bar is a new concept from Ballyhoo Hospitality. The first floor summons the look and feel of a home library, but with curated wines and cocktails. The second-floor restaurant from husband-and-wife partners Ryan and Anna O'Donnell features seasonal upscale American tastes from executive chef Jon Keeley. Walton Street Kitchen + Bar, 912 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60610, 773-570-3525.
Brass Heart fills the void for fine dining in Uptown, thanks to the efforts of chef Matt Kerney (Longman & Eagle) and partners Margaret Eisen and Vincent Maiorano. Look for a standalone vegan menu (i.e. carrot leather) and meat dishes (such as a ham that gets its richness from aging, and an acorn diet fed to the pig). Cost is $165-$185 per person, wine tastings additional. Brass Heart, 4662 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640, no phone.
Bounce Sporting Club amps up the River North scene with a rooftop and DJ. The many dinner selections provide a base for late-night drinking, while an extensive brunch serves as a hangover cure. The former offers a solid roster of burgers, wings and flatbreads. Bounce Sporting Club, 324 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-313-7300.
Ocean Prime, the glitzy modern American restaurant-lounge from restauranteur Cameron Mitchell, will debut its Chicago home at LondonHouse in 2019. The upscale restaurant has sister locations in Denver, Beverly Hills, Washington D.C. and other cities, and will boast expense account-worthy steaks, seafood, signature cocktails and vino. The second-floor space will seat up to 350 diners and include three private dining rooms, and two bars. Ocean Prime, 85 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601, no phone.
New Home for Wishbone
Southern restaurant Wishbone is moving a few blocks away to a new location at the end of September 2018. Wishbone, 1001 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-850-2663.
U.S. Pizza Museum Opens in the South Loop
Why would the home of an acquired taste – deep dish pizza – claim to know all things 'za? Well, why not? The U.S. Pizza Museum, which soft launched on August 10 in the South Loop, is a monument to pizza-themed paraphernalia, including menus, rare pizza boxes, vinyl records, vintage ads, toys, video games and interactive activities. The museum is free and open to the public, and will be open throughout October on Fridays from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Get tickets here. U.S. Pizza Museum, 1146 S. Delano Ct. W., Chicago, IL 60605, no phone.
Bar Biscay Offers Five-Course Chef's Counter Dinner
West Town's Bar Biscay hosts "Dinner at the Chef's Counter," a five-course dinner of off-menu items from Tuesdays to Saturdays. With just four seats at the counter, diners will have a prime view of chef Johnny Anderes as he prepares Basque-influenced cuisine paired with Basque vermouth, specialty cocktails and, of course, wine. $65 per person. Make reservations at barbiscay.com or by calling 312-455-8900. Bar Biscay, 1450 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642, 312-455-8900.
Lux Champagne Cart at The Gwen
Head to the fifth floor of The Gwen for a tableside Lux Champagne Cart on Mondays to Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cart will feature Brut and Rosé Champagnes from Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot served alongside a selection of fruit juices, plus a bottomless Prosecco for $18. Live musicians and artisan popsicles from Itsapop (strawberry, Mexican hot cocoa and a custom flavor called The Gwen) for $6 each add to the alfresco decadence. The Gwen, 521 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-645-1500.
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Chicago's branch of Hash House a Go Go has closed. The restaurant served huge portions of all-American eats. Hash House a Go Go, 1212 N. State Pkwy., Chicago, IL 60610, no phone.
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