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Cellar Door Provisions



On The Blackboard: June 6

By Anthony Todd

Summer is here, which means it's time for munching fresh farm produce, drinking on rooftops, and generally living large. We’ve scanned the city to come up with these seven specials to help you do just that, all without breaking the bank.

Weekend dinner at Cellar Door Provisions
Cellar Door Provisions is known for their picture-perfect breads and pastries (and the hordes of hipsters instagramming them all the time), but until recently, if you weren’t interested in daytime dining, you were out of luck. That’s all changed: On Fridays and Saturdays, they’re now offering a five-course prix-fixe dinner for just $45. The menu always includes their amazing bread and house-made pickles, plus whatever is freshest from their farmer partners. Think green strawberry soup, beets with green harissa, and roasted local quail. It’s BYOB, but they offer weekly pairing tips from local wine store Red and White, so you can pick the perfect bottle to go with your perfect meal.
Neighborhood: Logan Square MAP

Swift & Sons

Happy hour at Swift & Sons
With a dramatic leather-bound interior and vaulted ceilings that will have you swooning instantly, this is one of the most acclaimed new steakhouses in town. It’s also booked solid pretty much all of the time. That’s why it’s super surprising that they have such great happy hours deals, too. Between 4:30 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, you can enjoy $1 oysters, $3 beers, $6 cocktails, and appetizer specials like carnitas deviled eggs for just $2.50.
Neighborhood: West Loop MAP

Sunday supper at Gather
Yes, it’s one of the most acclaimed neighborhood restaurants in the city, but Gather can be just a tiny bit pricy on a regular night. On Sunday, though, they offer a serious deal. For just $26 per adult (kids are free), you’ll get a lavish spread of dishes, like arugula salad with chilled watermelon, handmade pasta, fried local chicken with summer slaw, house-smoked barbequed brisket, and, best of all, Gather’s warm sticky buns with toasted walnuts for dessert. Bring the whole family!
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square MAP

Insane prix-fixe Japanese awesomeness (plus beer) At Momotaro Izakaya
Beneath Japanese hot spot Momotaro is a secret enclave—a dark, cozy second restaurant modeled after a Japanese pub—the Izakaya. And hiding inside is an insanely good deal. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and all night on Sunday, you can get three courses plus a beer and a shot for just $29. Options include corned Wagyu beer tongue, simmering Asari clams, and Okinawan black sugar ice cream.
Neighborhood: West Loop MAP

Breakfast tacos at Takito Kitchen

Best brunch drink deal in town at Takito Kitchen
There are a ton of places offering decent deals on Bloody Marys and mimosas for Sunday brunch, and they tend to run together. That’s why Takito Kitchen stands out: Every weekend they offer bottomless mimosas for just $10—a pretty much unheard-of special. Combine that with omelets for just $6.50 and $5 breakfast tacos, and you’d have a hard time getting a better deal at a sleazy diner. Probably best to take a cab home.
Neighborhood: Bucktown MAP

Nepalese spice-inspired cocktails at Chiya Chai
This still relatively unknown Nepalese/Indian restaurant has amazing food, including house-made savory pies, dumplings, and the best fried potatoes in the neighborhood. But it’s also got a bar, with a program of cocktails featuring unique ingredients like coriander, pandanus essence, rosewater, Himalayan Szechuan peppercorns. pink Himalayan salt etc. Best of all, the cocktails (already reasonable at $8 to $10) are $2 off between 3 and 6 p.m. Try a totally new flavor sensation without dropping a lot of dough.
Neighborhood: Logan Square MAP

All-you-can-eat mussels (and frites!) at Bistro Campagne
The posh atmosphere at Bistro Campagne perfectly compliments chef Luke Creagan’s refined French cuisine—and the restaurant boasts prices to match. However, once a week they have a deal so good that everyone who lives within a mile knows about it. On Wednesday nights, for $21, you can get all-you-can-eat mussels and frites. And these frites are to-die-for good—you won’t be able to stop eating them. Skip lunch (heck, maybe skip breakfast) and get ready to go home stuffed.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square MAP

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