What You'll Get
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 $20, you get $40 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 winter dinner menu starts with LOKaL's beet soup ($6), served with a mushroom pierogi, sour cream and dill and the butternut squash pierogis, accompanied by a caramelized onions and seasonal hazelnuts ($10). Main entrees include venison loin with red wine bigos stew and roasted chestnuts ($23), goat-cheese risotto ($16), and braised duck leg ($17). 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.
- These dishes 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, Chicago Reader
- At this edgy Bucktown eatery, “Eastern European–inspired” “contemporary creative comfort food” comes at “value” prices with a limited but affordable wine list and a handful of house cocktails; the space’s concrete floor, mineral color scheme and massive mesh light fixtures create a cool urban vibe, and there’s an intimate lounge area – Zagat
More than 130 Yelpers give LOKaL an average of 3.5 stars.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 28, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 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.