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Things to do for August 05, 2010
Bottomless Brunch, Bathtub Gin and a Boozy Bus Tour
The weekend is crowd surfing.
Beer and Frites Tasting at Frietkoten
Hot Belgian fries versus cold Belgian beer—a battle with no clear winner. To settle the debate, this ingenious happy hour tasting is pitting six delicious Belgian brews against paper cones filled with crispy frites alongside 20 kinds of dipping sauce. Trust us: you’ll want to see how this turns out.
Speakeasy Throwback at Palmer House
When chefs from places like Lockwood, Sixteen, Girl & The Goat and Blackbird are tasked with creating one killer dish to pair with one ambitious cocktail, you know they’ll do some interesting things. When there’s also a Palmer House ballroom housing an ice-filled, claw-foot bathtub stuffed with booze, you know you will too.
One Sixtyblue Dinner at Dietzler Farms
Take one bus. Load it with appetizers and really good beer. Point it toward Lake Geneva. Hop on. Soon, you’ll be zipping through bucolic farmland and feasting on an open-air five-course extravaganza of wine, beer, braised short ribs and, of course, s’mores. No bus trip’s complete without s’mores.
When an eight-car train on the Orange Line becomes a mobile gallery/studio this Saturday—making frequent stops and filled with artists creating installations, photo galleries and performance pieces—the art critic in you may be amazed by what they produce. But it’s safe to say it won’t be your first surreal experience riding the CTA.
Johnny Cakes at The Southern
The whiskey-friendly menu at this genial bourbon house lays on that ol’ Southern charm pretty thick. Johnny Cakes—basically griddled corn pancakes—come with a delicacy called chow-chow (a smoked-pickled relish) and pork shoulder that’s smoked over hickory wood and pecan shells. Your whiskey will be swept off its feet.
Tacos and Mimosa Brunch at Los Moles
No matter what kind of tequila-soaked excess you get up to the night before, a solid plate of huevos rancheros can pull you through in the morning. But this new brunch adds blue corn pancakes, $10 bottomless mimosas and one of the city’s best Mexican chefs to oversee them all. We think you might live to see another Saturday night after all.