If you try something new, you might really enjoy it, even if it’s filling balloons with Hot Wheels and throwing them off a bridge to see if they’ll float. Try seasonally rotating American fare with today’s Groupon for dinner at Lokal Restaurant & Lounge. Choose between the following options:
For $28, you get a dinner for two (up to a $65 total value), which includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $13 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $23 value each)
- One dessert (up to a $6 value)<p>
For $55, you get a dinner for four (up to a $130 total value), which includes: * Two appetizers (up to a $13 value each) * Four entrees (up to a $23 value each) * Two desserts (up to a $6 value each)<p>
Lokal Restaurant & Lounge tweaks traditional fare to create a menu of seasonal, locally sourced dishes that has earned it attention from such press outlets as Time Out Chicago and CBS Chicago. Quartets and pairs can synchronize fork-stabs into such starter selections as the farm-smoked kielbasa, which nestles in amid dill potato salad and generous garnishes of marinated beets and caramelized onions. Or, try a piquant platter of chef-made pickles and specialty cheeses such as Roelli blue cheddar, azure-veined Dunbarton blue, and award-winning Casa Bolo. Lokal updates the traditional Polish palate with entrees such as pork tenderloin in mushroom cream—served with a potato pancake and apple-radish salad—or a delicately rendered duck-leg confit with hazelnut barley and cherry-plum compote. Guests in need of a vegetable fix can feast on goat-cheese risotto loaded with asparagus, butternut squash, and decadent truffles.
New selections on the varying menu include a salad with grilled calamari, endives, and a roasted-pepper vinaigrette and a house-made pasta with garlic chips, pine nuts, mushrooms, plum tomatoes, and spinach. Atlantic cod comes stewed with baby red potatoes in a champagne-vegetable ragout. Lokal’s selection of sugary show-stoppers shifts daily, surprising patrons with an inventive dessert creation so they don’t mistake life for being predictable and go broke playing bingo.
Thirsty nibblers can also dip into Lokal’s extensive drink menu (not included in the price of this Groupon), which comprises premium liquors and cocktails, wines from around the world, and rare, imported beers on tap. Diners chow and imbibe amid the sleek lines, low lights, and whirring cloning machines that characterize the bistro lounge’s modern décor. Edgy notes spun by local DJs flavor the air later at night, evoking a club-like atmosphere enhanced by the bulbous, spherical lights that dangle from the ceiling, an ivory-hued bar, and a wall coated in a gaggle of slick LPs.
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.