Delicately crushing grapes produces sweetly sippable wine, just as delicately crushing ice with pineapple produces the opening notes of a Jimmy Buffet song. Imbibe delicious byproducts with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of wine and upscale fare at The Cellar Door Bistro & Wine Shop, located in downtown Downers Grove. Styled in the manner of a European wine café, The Cellar Door Bistro & Wine Shop satisfies palates with gourmet bites and a wide selection of wine by the bottle or the glass. The menu gifts tongues tastes of delectable entrees such as the smoked salmon panini with onions and dill mayonnaise decorating grilled ciabatta ($9) or the pear and gorgonzola salad where a layer of spring mix is topped with roma tomatoes, walnuts, pear, and a sprinkling of gorgonzola, splashed with the house dressing ($9). Creative eaters can opt for cheese and charcuterie flights (from $12 for 3 pieces to $20 for 7 pieces) to combine walnuts, dried cherries, and artisan bread with a meat or cheese of choice, biting white stilton with mango and ginger or prosciutto di parma, flavored with salt, into edible silhouettes of Elvis. Meanwhile, mouths can isolate their ideal quaff from the 20-plus wines by the glass ($6–$25), with vintages such as the 2007 Zinfandel, swirling with blackberry tones ($7), or the 2008 Riesling with aromas of pear, tropical fruit, and mock orange blossoms, slightly sweetened with a drop of honey ($6). Patrons can watch the tunings of live bands on Fridays or trying on thinking caps during trivia on Wednesday nights.
Under the well-trained eye of owner Sean Chaudhry, The Cellar Door wine shop and bistro emphasizes the essence of ancient drink itself, curating a no-frills atmosphere that prioritizes quality of flavor above all. In allusion to the eatery's moniker—named for the simple phrase that author J.R.R. Tolkien famously called the most beautiful in the English language—straightforward combinations of globetrotting wines and grilled sandwiches, artisan cheeses, and charcuterie small plates blend together atop mesmerized palates.
More than 30 by-the-glass vintages hail from Spain, California, and Italy, and the staff encourages diners to select full bottles from the onsite retail shop, paying only retail price and a small corkage fee to eliminate unnecessary restaurant markup and taxes on drawn-out toasts. While their taste buds soak up new flavors, diners can challenge their brains to Wednesday trivia or tune their ears to live music on Fridays.
5150 A Main St.
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515Get Directions