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Week #1,014: Grill and Thrill

Posted by Matt P. on 08.26.20 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt & Melissa E.

Restaurant Club: Grill and Thrill
When: Sunday, August 30th @ 6:30pm
Where: Various
Contact: Various
Cuisine: Various
Price Range: Various
Alcohol: Most definitely

Summer is coming to a close, but not before we fire up the grill one last time in the name of Restaurant Club!  Grill up some of your favorite foods and join in for an online meal that smells of lighter fluid and victory.  For those of you without a grill, order takeout from your favorite restaurant that has “grill” in the name, or just order something grilled.

Style points will be awarded for best grilling apron! Please see your e-mail for the Zoom details.

**This is officially an “Ekwinski” pick but as they are lending their backyard to me, Ryan ‘The Mooch’ Tracy, and the fam, I’ve agreed to set up all the administrative things**

R.C. $1,014: Grill and Thrill

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Week #1,013: Virtual R.C. Via Zoom

Posted by Matt P. on 07.24.20 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Alex & Chris A.

Restaurant Club: Virtual R.C. Via Zoom
When: Saturday, July 25th @ 6:30pm
Where: Various
Contact: Various
Cuisine: Various
Price Range: Various
Alcohol: Most definitely

OK RC! Let’s Zoom tomorrow (Saturday, 7/24) so we can see each other and give people more time to pick August-December. No theme, just food. We are getting pizza again (ham and pineapple this time!) for a community fundraiser. Hope to see you at 6:30 central!

Alexandra

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Week #1,012: Iron Chef – Pizza

Posted by Matt P. on 06.23.20 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Alex A. & Chris A.

Restaurant Club: Iron Chef – Pizza
When: Friday, June 26th at 6:30pm
Where: Various
Contact: Various
Cuisine: Various
Price Range: Various
Alcohol: Most definitely

All,

We have arrived at the end of our RC cycle and as we keep our social distance let’s dive into a dish that everyone can agree is delicious and yet is something we can all debate on whose is best.

In keeping with last months Iron Chef theme I give you our dish…

PIZZA

Whose pizza remains supreme? Order takeout or delivery from your favorite pizza place and come prepared to defend the establishment and your pizza of choice.

As my great uncle’s 2nd cousin twice removed once said…Commencer à Commander!

Please see your e-mail for the Zoom link.

Recap of the past RC cycle

RC #1,001
Chooser: Pfeffer
Restaurant Club: Pearl’s Southern Comfort
When: Friday, July 26th @ 6:30pm

RC #1,002
Chooser: Katie
Restaurant Club: Income Tax
When: Friday, August 23rd @ 6:30pm

RC #1,003
Chooser: Alex M.
Restaurant Club: Good Fortune
When: Friday, September 27th @ 8:45pm

RC #1,004
Chooser: Jeremy
Restaurant Club: Superkhana International
When: Friday, October 26th @ 5pm

RC #1,005
Chooser: Blake & Renee
Restaurant Club: Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine
When: Friday, November 15th @ 6:30pm

RC #1,006
Chooser: Mat & Miyuki C.
Restaurant Club: Shinya Ramen House
When: Friday, December 21st @ 6pm

RC #1,007
Chooser: Sam
Restaurant Club: Nonna Silvia’s Trattoria & Pizzeria
When: Saturday, January 25th @ 6:15pm

RC #1,008
Chooser: Audra
Restaurant Club: Libanais Sweets and Restaurant
When: Saturday, February 29th @ 6pm

RC #1,009
Chooser: Karin
Restaurant Club: Virtual R.C. Via Zoom
When: Saturday, March 21st @ 6:30pm

RC #1,010
Chooser: John C. & Krista
Restaurant Club: Virtual R.C. Via Zoom
When: Saturday, April 18th @ 6:30pm

RC #1,011
Chooser: Ryan T. & Erin
Restaurant Club: Iron Chef Restaurant Babble
When: Saturday, May 30th @ 6:30pm

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Week #1,011: Iron Chef Restaurant Babble

Posted by Matt P. on 06.17.20 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Ryan T. & Erin

Restaurant Club: Iron Chef Restaurant Babble
When: Saturday, May 30th @ 6:30pm
Where: Various
Contact: Various
Cuisine: Various
Price Range: Various
Alcohol: Most definitely

Greetings all and I hope this e-mail list is still valid, I pulled it from restaurantclub.com which I think is what we’re SUPPOSED to do, but rules are just mere suggestions in this COVID wild west now aren’t they? Can I even write this email without a mask? Hang on, gonna look that up….

…okay I’m good.

Well hey if you happened to be on the BookFace last night you might have saw me try to answer life’s most savory question about cuisine reigning supreme. This month in an attempt to bring some semblance of order to this chaos, we’re gonna have an Iron Chef battle for RC. And for those of you that don’t watch Iron Chef, that’s fine I’ll lay it all out for you.

Okay, so each household should do one of the following: 1) make a dish, drink, or bowl at home that contains honey as an ingredient, or 2) find a dish at a restaurant that has the secret ingredient in it. What’s the secret ingredient you ask???????

HONEY!!!!!!!!!

*Backflip backflip, stick the landing, BOOM*

So get your ShipShop orders in place, brave the grocery store, grab some fresh stuff from your hives (I assume ONE of you has beehives), and get to work. Then Saturday at 6:30pm click the link you were e-mailed to join a Zoom call where Erin will do her best Padma Lakshmi impression and judge your food. (I’M AWARE THAT’S A DIFFERENT SHOW). I will pretend to be Alton Brown because I want nothing more in this world to BE Alton Brown, and I will go around and ask you about your creations/finds.

So go forth, Google things, raise bees, and beeeeee yourselves. 6:30pm. See you then chefs!

-Ryan “Three Beers In” Tracy

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Week #1,010: Virtual R.C. – Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Posted by Matt P. on 06.17.20 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: John C. & Krista

Restaurant Club: Virtual R.C. Via Zoom
When: Saturday, April 18th @ 6:30pm
Where: Various
Contact: Various
Cuisine: Various
Price Range: Various
Alcohol: Most definitely

Hi everyone!

While we’re all still sheltering in place, this month’s Restaurant Club will be another virtual experience.

Please join me on Zoom at 6:30 PM on Saturday, April 18 at the link you’ve been e-mailed.

Sorry, there is no culinary theme. Feel free to eat whatever you like. However, if you’d like a cocktail suggestion, tell me what you’ve got on hand, and I’ll send you a recipe!

John

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Week #1,009: Virtual R.C. Via Zoom

Posted by Matt P. on 06.17.20 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Karin

Restaurant Club: Virtual R.C. Via Zoom
When: Saturday, March 21st @ 6:30pm
Where: Various
Contact: Various
Cuisine: Various
Price Range: Various
Alcohol: Most definitely

Hey everyone – This Saturday, it was supposed to be Karin’s turn to choose Restaurant Club. But in light of the circumstances, we’ve decided to get together for a virtual meal instead! There won’t be any rules… Feel free to get takeout / delivery, cook dinner, pour yourself a bowl of cereal or forget about the meal altogether… Just consider joining us at 6:30pm this Sat., using the Zoom link you were e-mailed.

I miss y’all and hope everybody’s staying healthy, staying safe and keeping your spirits up as much as possible. Looking forward to catching up this weekend.

– Matt –

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Week #1,008: Libanais Sweets and Restaurant

Posted by Matt P. on 06.13.20 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Audra

Restaurant Club: Libanais Sweets and Restaurant
When: Saturday, February 29th @ 6pm
Where: Where: 3300 W. Devon Ave., Lincolnwood, IL 60712 (map)
Contact: 847-292-9970 // www.libanaischicago.com
Cuisine: Lebanese w/ Turkish, Mediterranean & French Influences
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Beer & Wine Only
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 275 Reviews)
Good for Kids: Yes

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

This RC we celebrate leap year! I’ve driven past this place many times and was curious. Then I saw a “Check, Please” where they mentioned a breakfast menu Lebanese “pizza” that is served all day long. How amazing does THAT sound? It’s supposed to be good for families, large groups and seems reasonable. How can you resist? Who’s in?

Give me a heads up so I can have an idea for a reservation by 5:00 Friday the 28th.

I hope to see you there!
Audra

Libanais Sweets and Restaurant
Photo by Steve Dolinsky

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Week #1,007: Nonna Silvia’s Trattoria & Pizzeria

Posted by Matt P. on 06.13.20 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Sam

Restaurant Club: Nonna Silvia’s Trattoria & Pizzeria
When: Saturday, January 25th @ 6:15pm
Where: Where: 1400 Canfield Rd., Park Ridge, IL 60068 (map)
Contact: 847-292-9970// www.nonnasilvias.com
Cuisine: Italian / Pizza
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Wines and such
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 Stars, 367 Reviews)
Good for Kids: Yes

Please join me for Italian food. The place is known for good coffee, and dessert – two things I wanted for this pick. Casual, cozy, family friendly.

“Owners and cousins, Chefs Steve and John, pride themselves in taking authentic Italian recipes inherited from their grandmother, Silvia, and adding a modern twist. New specials arrive weekly but customer favorites like grilled calamari, fresh homemade ravioli, pasta & lasagna, Mediterranean seafood, house-made gnocchi, house-made swiss chard fettucini, and a sea food medley served over arboria rice, better known as risotto di mare are always available. With an extensive wine list, one is sure to find the perfect bottle to pair with a memorable meal. Seasonal outdoor patio. Nonna Silvia’s also hosts several multi-course wine dinners throughout the year.”

Nonna Silvia’s Trattoria & Pizzeria

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Week #1,006: Shinya Ramen House, or The Return of the Calverts

Posted by Matt P. on 06.13.20 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Mat & Miyuki C.

Restaurant Club: Shinya Ramen House
When: Friday, December 21st @ 6pm
Where: 3240 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60608 (map)
Contact: 312-877-6008 // www.shinyaramenhouse.com
Cuisine: Ramen / Japanese
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: OMG yes
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 128 Reviews)
Good for Kids: Yes

Please join us at this well-regarded Bridgeport izakaya for ramen, tonkatsu don, cocktails and three children with a tenuous grasp of table manners.

Shinya Ramen House
Photo by David

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Week #1,005: Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine

Posted by Matt P. on 06.13.20 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Blake & Renee

Restaurant Club: Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine
When: Friday, November 15th @ 6:30pm
Where: 1023 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 (map)
Contact: 312-698-4481 // www.tesfacuisine.com
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Yep
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 Stars, 195 Reviews)
Good for Kids: Yes

We discovered this small Ethiopian place last year, and it’s become our favorite Ethiopian in town.

Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine

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