Blackfinn Ameripub – It Really is an Upscale Sports Bar!

This might be the world’s longest overdue post however, since football season has officially begun,  I thought now would be a good time to finish it!

I don’t typically write about chain-type restaurants, however I decided to make an exception in the case of Blackfinn.  Sunday NFL football comes right behind food and wine as one of my favorite things.  I’m a California native and a die-hard 49ers fan, so finding a place to watch the game can be a challenge, even more challenging is finding a place to watch football where I can actually drink decent wine.  Then, along came Blackfinn.

While it is still bar food, it is definitely upscale and really quite good with some unusual twists such as the Southern Nachos with BBQ pulled pork or the Blackened Brie.  I also really like the flatbreads, with the BBQ Chicken being my favorite.  They have a broad selection of entrees and salads as well.

The wine list is very good, with several options of each varietal by the glass and even more by the bottle.  On Wednesday nights they have half price wine; both bottles and glasses are included.

If there is a Bears game on, I’d definitely suggest reservations, which they take in both the bar and the dining room.  They show multiple games at the same time,  which makes me a very happy person!

 

http://blackfinnameripub.com/chicago/

 

Enolo – Chicago’s Newest Wine Bar

IMG_0715I’m never going to be one to pass up checking out the latest wine bar, so when a friend suggested we try Enolo, I was happy to agree.  Other than a quick review of their website,  I had heard nothing, so had no expectations.  From the minute you walk in it is warm and inviting;  a cozy atmosphere with unique decor.

The 25 bottle wine list, made up of mostly small vineyards, provides for some excellent wine flights.  You can choose glasses, bottles or flights of wine.  If you are a beer drinker, they also have a nice selection of craft beers. We each started with a wine flight, sampling both red and white options,  and then picked our favorite for a glass.  The flights were nicely balanced;  while I had a clear favorite, I would have ordered a glass of any of the three.

The menu is fairly simple, made up of small bites, salads, bruschetta and panini selections.  There are a few entree choices as well.  We started with the Artichoke and Leek Dip from the small bites portion of the menu;  it was fantastic.  We then moved on to bruschetta and salads.  The bruschetta selection is amazing  – each option includes four generous pieces and you can easily make a light meal of this with one of their salad selections.  I’d recommend ordering a few different ones to share.  I think my favorite was the salmon, though they were all so good it would be hard to pick just one.  My friend ordered the beet salad, while she said it was good, apparently the beets were a little under-cooked.IMG_0718

Like any new place, there are a few kinks to be worked out, however I will definitely go back, probably many times!

 

http://www.enolowinebar.com