Like voluntary tasings and constructive criticism, some meals are best when delivered in small doses. Snack in stride with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of seafood, tapas, and drinks at Raw Bar in Wrigleyville.
The chefs at Raw Bar pair pristine oysters and clams, as well as eclectic tapas, with global wines and specialty cocktails. Delve mouth-first into a wide-ranging menu exuding the southern charm of smothered alligator ($8) and grilled-frog legs spellbound by shredded cabbage ($8). Rounds of hot and cold tapas give way to bowls of mussels that flex the aromatic flavors of tomatoes, roasted garlic, and goat-cheese poses ($15). Those pining for meat may graze on Mediterranean-spiced plates of Persian filet kebabs ($15.50) or Egyptian chicken accented by edible pyramids of dill or white rice ($15). Naked seafood stars, including Raw Bar's famous shrimp cocktail and fresh top-neck clams, come priced at market value and served with a side of modest clothing. Linger postmeal to sip goblets of grape elixirs that jet-set to tables by the glass ($9.95) or bottle ($42–$44). Raw Bar's art-deco-styled interiors emanate warm elegance anchored by a stately oak bar, and weekend nights thrum with live music and rapid-fire rounds of go fish.
In the heart of Wrigleyville, diners savor Raw Bar’s namesake plate—fresh, raw oysters amid 40s and 60s art deco. However, the eatery’s seafood offerings encompass cooked cuisine as well, such as clams, lobsters, Dungeness crab, and octopus. Grilled frogs’ legs complement the aquatic eats, along with alligator meat smothered in creamy Louisiana mushroom sauce, and ostrich, a lean red meat discovered by far-sighted farmers who mistook ostriches for chickens. Mediterranean and Persian offerings, such as hummus and Persian chicken potato salad, round out the menu, and diners can wash down their meals with pours from the oaken bar, such as beers and hand-crafted margaritas.