Eating while riding horseback was pioneered by the efficient Mongols, who also adjusted to reading, receiving haircuts, and filling out their taxes atop their four-legged mobiles. Enjoy the convenience of chairs and tables with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of dinner delight at the Gypsy Café on the South Side. The café is closed on Mondays, and opens at 4 p.m. on Sundays and 5 p.m. all other days.
Put on some wandering pants and cavort through the storefront entrance at Bingham and 14th to enter a realm of nomadic mouth meanderings and mobile delights. Peruse the menu before beginning journeys with sea-salt-roasted pumpkin seeds ($3) and a vegetarian ajvar plate, roasted red pepper and eggplant blended with garlic, crushed red pepper, hungarian paprika, olive oil, and lemon, and served with crostini and olive-feta garnish ($7). Blow whetted whistles to signal the start of the main course with options such as the apricot-glazed pork loin served over homemade spaetzle ($17) or Sicilian-inspired pasta and tuna with a creamy lemon sauce ($15). Liberate parched palates with a liberal libation from the wine list, which changes based on whims and seasons, so ask a server for the most up-to-date incarnation.
The Gypsy Café's cascade of press and cavalcade of amusements entertain and enthrall, but also pack the house, so check the calendar. Call ahead and make a reservation to be double-dog sure there will be a seat available.