$20 for $40 Worth of Contemporary American Cuisine and Drinks at Erwin

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An elegant restaurant isn't just the perfect place to practice close-up magic on unsuspecting patrons; it's also a great spot to meet friends and share Burton Gilliam gossip. Start your tongue wagging with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of elegant contemporary American cuisine and drinks at erwin, nestled between Lakeview and Wrigleyville.

erwin’s chef, Erwin Drechsler, is a TimeOut Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award winner who has assembled a menu of fresh and hearty urban fare in his namesake cafe and bar. The simple yet elegant contemporary American dishes allow the flavors and textures of fresh produce (usually sourced from farmers' markets) to shine through without being weighed down by heavy sauces and butter anvils. Fried green tomatoes ($9) and farmers' market gazpacho ($8) open the dinner menu, followed by main dishes including grilled golden trout shining with sautéed spinach and a rich sweet corn-scallion-tomato sauce ($24). After tasting erwin’s grilled flank steak (with buttermilk-sweet-corn mashed potatoes and chipotle barbecue sauce; $24) or half chicken (with duck-fat potatoes and a rosemary-garlic-lemon sauce; $19), taste buds find themselves tickling incisors. Brunch is a repeat performance of favorites, including the signature hamburger ($13), as well as a scrumptious selection of eggs, french toast, and benedicts.

Awash in forest green walls and mahogany accents, the café, which was designed by architect Tannys Langdon, favors a nature motif and creates the sensation that diners have stumbled upon a secret garden of gastronomy within a stone’s throw of Wrigley Field. Hand-painted murals of neighboring rooftops satisfy the optical wants of voracious voyeurs while eliminating the fear of spilling sauce on a folding telescope. Adding to your newfound dining serenity is the dedication of the attentive staff, who pamper guests with exceptional service and by assisting in proper pairings from the wine and beer list.


Featured on Check, Please!, erwin's chef, Erwin Dreschler, was recently given Time Out Chicago's Lifetime Achievement award. The Chicago Reader also highlighted the eatery's efforts to serve ingredients straight from farmers’ markets. More than 100 Yelpers give erwin an average of four stars:

  • The emphasis is on seasonal food prepared simply, to bring out the freshness of the ingredients. – Kate Schmidt, Chicago Reader
  • Chef Erwin Drechsler has a knack for the kind of good, solid food people want to eat, and he's been delivering that food to hungry Chicagoans for almost two decades. – Time Out Chicago

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Promotional value expires Oct 5, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Tax & gratuity no included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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