Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at Corner Joynt, a local wine bar.
Corner Joynt isn't just a restaurant, it's also a wine bar.
Parking by the bar is a breeze, so feel free to bring your own set of wheels.
Whether you enjoy a smooth red or refreshing white bouquet, they have it all at Corner Joynt.
So head to the best barbecue joint in the neighborhood!
Rittergut Wine Bar Restaurant & Social Club crafts the perfect wine, seafood, and steak experience, with seating that overlooks the Chicago River. Wine by the glass and bottle from the vineyards of Spain, Austria, France, and Italy complements charcuterie and imported cheese plates stocked with wild boar salami or herb-laden garrotxa goat cheese, much like the contents of an enophile's personal bomb shelter. The tasting bar and private wine rooms set the stage for uninterrupted swilling, while dining rooms bathed in amber light host feasts of lamb burgers seasoned with Moroccan spices. Arched ceilings draw the eye downward to exposed brick walls and hardwood floors indoors, and a riverside patio with dark wicker booths and wooden tables perch patrons over ebbing crests and bottled messages that implore you to try the salmon.
Highlighted by Eater Chicago as a place to show off to visiting friends, the housemade pastas and varying antipasti at the 2012 Michelin Guide–recommended DueLire Vino & Cucina are "always cooked and seasoned to perfection". Tables crowd merrily with plates of Chef Kevin Abshire's short-rib ravioli, grilled peppery shrimp, and cornish hen beneath a loft ceiling criss-crossed by black beams and cappuccino hues. With a menu the Chicago Reader describes as "inspired by a very Japanese clarity of flavor," DueLire earned one of Chicago magazine's Best New Restaurants in Chicago 2011 awards. The Italian spot's list of accolades grows long, no doubt a result of cuisine that is at once cozy, classic, and well executed.
In Focus: Frasca
What it serves: classic Italian cuisine and pizza
The most popular pizza: the crispy bacon + potato pizza with creme fraiche, rosemary, green onion, and extra virgin olive oil
What to order when you just want to nosh: the Farmer’s Table, where you can choose among bruschettas, cheeses, and meats
Most popular night to go: Wednesdays, when they have a buy-one-get-one pizza special
What to drink: something from the extensive wine list, beer selection, or cocktail menu
Chefs churn out succulent, grilled meats and hearty flatbreads to pair with 404’s list of red, white, and sparkling wines by the glass. Frommer’s called it one of the most inviting bars in the city—its cozy, low-lit rooms are filled with leather couches and crackling fireplaces.
Vincent: A User's Guide
European cuisine | Farm-to-Table Focus | Relaxed Bistro Setting | Genever Shots
Appetizer: roasted bone barrow with apple-date compote, bacon, and parsley
Main course: mussels with frites
Dessert: bread pudding of the day
Cocktail: It's a Daisy with Small's Gin, lavender honey, Lillet Blanc, lemon, and bubbles
Where to Sit: If the weather is nice, grab a seat on the patio. Here, you can revel in the serene residential vibe of Balmoral Avenue while enjoying distant views of the bustling pedestrian activity on Clark Street.
While You're Waiting
Sketch out a blueprint for a home windmill while admiring the Dutch-inspired art.
Plop down at the bar and sample one of the 13 craft gins.
Inside Tip: When ordering the Dutch Courage (Young & Old) cocktail, don’t act surprised when it arrives with a side of pickled herring. To enjoy this unique concoction, eat the salty fish before taking the shot of ice-cold genever, an old-world forefather to gin. Then, follow everything up with a bite of the accompanying house pickle.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Explore Andersonville's Scandinavian roots at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark Street), or meander into Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities (1513 W. Foster Avenue) to gawk at an eclectic collection of taxidermied critters and vintage knickknacks.
After: Swing by Simon’s Tavern (5210 N. Clark Street) for a cold pint or a cup of hot glogg, a spiced-wine punch from Scandinavia.