After the break-up of Pangaea 250 million years ago, and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor 34 years ago, it seemed Europe and the U.S. would never again rub shoulders. Celebrate an appetizing alliance between the countries with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of food and drink at LOKaL, located in Wicker Park.
LOKaL brings decadent European-influenced fare to Chicago foodies unable to travel abroad after an unsuccessful attempt to build an airplane out of common household items. The recently unveiled spring dinner menu starts with LOKaL's cabbage cakes appetizer ($6), served with a spicy chili dip and the potato pierogi, accompanied by a bourbon date sauce ($12). Main entrees include pan-roasted halibut ($25), goat-cheese risotto ($13), and boneless short rib ($23). Mountain climbers desiring early-morning eats before attempting to scale The Bean can fuel up with weekend brunch—brunch favorites include biscuits and gravy ($8), the watercress bella omelette ($9), the grilled chicken croissant sandwich ($10), and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. For those who love alcohol at midday but tend to avoid mimosas and Marys, LOKaL's bar serves up wine, cocktails, and beer.
LOKaL parallels its stylized menu with interiors boasting a bright, modern flair. The restaurant's creators are capable of whisking away taste buds to pan-Europa aboard a hot air balloon of fresh feasting.
- Dishes like aioli--made with the fermented rye flour traditionally used as the base for the sour soup zurek and served with fried calamari--manage to transcend the gimmickry associated with the worst and most unlikely excesses of fusion cuisine and turn out both subtle and delicious. – Mike Sula
More than 60 Yelpers give LOKaL four stars:
- They have a pretty friendly staff here and they made sure we had everything we needed. – Andre W.
- Been here for a drink and appetizers with girlfriends and for dinner with my boyfriend and his grandparents.. everybody was amazed by food! – ilona p.
- The staff is very friendly, and clearly have a passion for the unique cuisine that they're serving. The atmosphere clean, modern, and minimalist - yet cozy. – Heather M.
Lokal Restaurant & Lounge
The chefs at Lokal bring a modern European menu to life with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients that ornament pearly dinnerware amid upscale, modern decor. Eye-catching canvas art clings to smoky colored walls as diners weave fork prongs through provender including duck leg confit, Berkshire pork shanks, and a rabbit pierogi. Assorted spirits enliven meals with import bottled and draft beers, and cocktail infusions call upon unconventional vodkas wrested from the likes of potatoes, rye, bison grass, and orange cloves. Chefs write the weekend's epilogue with a Sunday brunch of farm-harvested eggs, a bottomless bar, and enthusiastic chants for cancelling work. Every Tuesday-Saturday, grills continue firing off select comestibles past 10 p.m. as DJs ignite the wheels of steel with nightly musical themes including electronic, funk, and soul. Amid exposed brick and minimalist décor, giant white orb lights hang above an ivory bar like a serial dating man on the moon.