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Sep 13, 2011 09:14 AM

Wine pairing w/contemp american

Looking for a restaurant in downtown to north shore that has a wine pairing menu. Not looking for a "Tru" experience for this one. Just 3 or 4 courses, great food and wine, not horribly (Tru) expensive. Contemp American, French, Italian....

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  1. I know Oceanique, in Evanston, offers a wine pairing along with their tasting menu (although I generally order a la carte when I go there). Their food is contemporary American, with an emphasis on seafood; they also do a great job with soups, sauces, and desserts.

    Other than that, I don't know of any place other than the high-end expensive places. But any restaurant can create wine pairings for you. Obviously, those with a knowledgeable sommelier and/or an emphasis on wine may be better equipped to come up with appropriate pairings. For example, the Stained Glass, also in Evanston, is a wine bar (32 wines available by the glass) with very good contemporary American food. And really, any of our better contemporary American restaurants, such as Perennial Virant, North Pond, and Boka, should all be able to deliver good pairings upon request. So should our better Italian restaurants (e.g. Piccolo Sogno), French bistros (La Sardine), etc. They just don't have them pre-selected, that's all.

    1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

    North Pond
    2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614

    Perennial Virant
    1800 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614

    505 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202

    Piccolo Sogno
    464 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60622

    The Stained Glass
    1735 Benson Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201