Lake View: February 2009 Archives

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"Mmm...wish I had some copper lager to go along with this mac 'n' cheese pie."

Everyone knows that pizza and beer are a match made in taste-bud heaven. But not all such pairings are created equal. For example:

Domino's + Icehouse < Lou Malnati's + Heineken < Piece + Golden Arm

Where Wednesday's collaboration between Sheffield's and Ian's Pizza will fit in, we're not exactly sure. The two Lakeview favorites have teamed up for a seriously creative meal; $25 gets you four-courses of Ian's pies, with complementary brews selected by Sheffield's Beer School beer dude Phil Kuhl. Check out the menu after the jump, then make your reservations fast, as space is limited (note: a second dinner was just added for Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m.).

Daily Deal$: Monday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Cooper's
$1 cans of PBR; $5 cheese pizza

Paramount Room
$1 off craft beer drafts

Roscoe's Tavern
$12 pitchers of Stoli Blakberi lemonade, $3 Off martinis and Manhattans, $3 off double cocktails, $6 frozen cocktails, $6 grape bombs, $2.50 bottles of Bud, Bud Light and Bud Light Lime

Scoozi!
$21 select bottles of wine

Trio
$10 domestic buckets; 25-cent wings

From the Crumb

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Highlights from Centerstage Chicago's latest Crumb newsletter:

Just opened: Feast Gold Coast
New incarnation of Wicker Park spot is drawing rave reviews.

Off the Beaten Path: Wings Around the World
A melting pot of chicken wing goodness on the South Side.

Weekly Treat: Keep it Cheap at Crossroads Public House
Get 50-cent wings and $2 Coors drafts every Tuesday.

Man We're Crazy About: The Shire
More than just a one-trick pony in Lakeview.

For more about what's going on this week, sign up for the Crumb newsletter.

Broads on the Bayou

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Red Hot Annie will treat you right tonight.

Ok, we can't do much better than this tagline: "Beads! Boobies! Booze! Burlesque!"

In honor of Mardi Gras, Vaudezilla is taking over the Blue Bayou this month, offering free burlesque shows every Thursday at 10 p.m. Red Hot Annie hosts, but the other performers rotate (tonight's roster includes Wham Bam Pam, Bonny Babs, Paris Green, The Honey Buns, Lady Jack and Salome Slaughter).

Blue Bayou also offers plenty of classic New Orleans food and drink, so go ahead, enjoy yourself. But before you sip that fifth Hurricane, try to remember what happened last time, hmmm?

Daily Deal$: Tuesday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Bill's Blues Bar
$2 cans of PBR, $3 Jager shots

Coobah

$6 pitchers of sangria

Gannon's Pub
$2.75 bottled beer; $3 hamburgers w/ fries

Louie's Pub
$2 cans of PBR

Theory
Half-price appetizers; $5 Jameson, $5 shots of SoCo

From the Crumb

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Highlights from Centerstage Chicago's latest Crumb newsletter:

Just opened: Toasted Ox
A breath of fresh air on this busy Lincoln Park strip.

Off the Beaten Path: El Taco Veloz
A colorful décor highlights an even more colorful menu.

Weekly Treat: Buy American at Toon’s
All domestic bottles are just $2, and pints of 312 are only a buck more.

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Man We're Crazy About: Dine
Get ready for Restaurant Week at this West Loop favorite.

For more about what's going on this week, sign up for the Crumb newsletter.

Daily Deal$: Friday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club, 3700 N. Halsted
$30 3-course prix fixe including martini, appetizer and entree

Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells
$5 Patron Silver shots

Hogs & Honeys, 901 W. Weed
$2 drafts, $3 Coronas, $5 flavored Smirnoff drinks; no cover all night for single ladies

Driftwood, 1021 W. Montrose
$2.50 Miller Lite

Clybar
, 2417 N. Clybourn
$6 bombs; 35-cent wings

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1. Monotonix and Turbo Fruits
9 p.m. Sunday at Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia; $12
One of the most exciting live rock bands out there, Monotonix is known for performing on the floor among the crowd, setting instruments on fire and stealing drinks from audience members. When the members found themselves banned from most venues in their hometown Tel Aviv, they decided to take the show on the road. Touring the U.S. and Europe since 2006, theirs is a concert you experience, not watch. Catch Monotonix's stage antics and Led Zeppelin/Thin Lizzy-inspired riffs, as well as opening act Turbo Fruit's Kinks-esque neo-surf/garage rock for a night your eardrums won't soon forget.

For more of this weekend's music, including Jeff Tweedy, Cheer-Accident and Buckwheat Zydeco, check out the calendar.

Open and shuttered

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Here are some recent restaurant/bar openings and closings.

Open
Terragusto on Armitage – If you don’t think a restaurant making its pasta fresh every day makes a difference, you haven’t been to the original Terragusto on Addison. Seriously, go to either location if you haven’t already. It will change your notion of how pasta should be made. You can thank us later.

Pizza Fusion – This chain, which opens in Naperville, bills itself as an environmentally friendly pizza joint, all the way down to its hybrid delivery trucks. That’s all fine and dandy, just don’t skimp on the cheese and pepperoni.

Simone’s Bar – The bar is made out of an old bowling alley lane. No matter what else may come of this place, that one feature is pretty darn cool.

Chutney Joe’s – It’s traditional Indian fare served in convenient fast-food form. Now why didn’t we think of that?

Perry’s Deli on Maxwell Street – We love the original Perry’s, which is just a few blocks from the mothership. But we wonder how we always walk out of there having spent the high side of 11 bucks. We blame Bush and the economy.

Closed … for now

Bleeding Heart Bakery – Cupcake fans were no doubt surprised by the news that Bleeding Heart was shut down Monday by city inspectors. The owners state their case here, and promise to be open by the end of the week, and definitely for Valentine’s Day.

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Open … then Closed … then open again?
iCream – The revolutionary ice cream shop that makes its treats with some sort of molecular liquid hydrogen fusion process (we admit we were never science majors) was open for about an hour and a half last summer, but had to close down because of equipment problems (maybe they weren’t science majors either). Now they’re planning a mid-February re-opening in Wicker Park. We won’t hold our breath.

Check back here every Tuesday with more openings and closings (and snarky comments, of course). And be sure to check out Centerstage Chicago's list of new restaurants and bars.

Daily Deal$: Monday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

Big City Tap, 1010 W. Belmont
$3.50 burgers; $3.50 you-call-it

Chalkboard, 4343 N. Lincoln
Half-price bottles of wine

N9ne Steakhouse, 440 W. Randolph
Half-price selected bottles of wine

Rocks Lakeview
, 3463 N. Broadway
$10 fried chicken

Underground Lounge
, 952 W. Newport
$3 Stoli, $3 Newcastle

Think Valentine's Day is a silly, manufactured holiday? It's probably the least ridiculous day of a month which also includes Plum Pudding Day (February 12), International World Thinking Day (February 22) and Public Sleeping Day (February 28). That's a lot of presents.

We were getting pretty tired of every day in the calendar having to commemorate something, but that was before we heard of the deals going on today for National Pizza Pie Day. Promotions like free slices at Frasca (4:30-7 p.m.) and a buy-one-get-one-free pie special at Dunlays on the Square sure got us in a celebratory mood.

If you can't make it to one of these spots, at least stop into your local parlor to celebrate with a slice or two. Just don't be surprised if your holiday greeting is met with a blank stare.

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Frasca's pepperoni pizza tastes even better when it's free.

Daily Deal$: Sunday

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Every day, we'll be alerting you to five great food and drink deals around town, courtesy of Centerstage Chicago's comprehensive database. In this economy, you need all the help you can get, right?

200 East Supper Club,
200 E. Chestnut
$21.95 four-course prix-fixe menu

Duchamp, 2118 N. Damen
Half-price bottles of wine

Scarlet, 3320 N. Halsted
$6 Effen

Side Street Saloon, 1456 W. George
$3.50 pizza, $5 mini corn dogs

">Tizi Melloul, 531 N. Wells
$25 package includes bottomless glass of wine, three appetizers and belly dancing shows at 7 and 8 p.m.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Que Syrah Fine Wines will host a Chocolate, Desserts and Wine tasting on Feb. 13 from 8-10 p.m. The popular Lakeview wine shop will partner with Sensational Bites for decadent desserts to pair with wine and beers. Sounds like a perfect opportunity to add the finishing touch to a fine Valentine’s Day dinner.

Check out Que Syrah’s Web site for more info. And for more V-day dinners, drinks and all around good times, check out Centerstage’s Valentine’s Day guide.

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