this week’s the friday five is coming at you solely from our dinner at hopleaf, a bar in uptown/andersonville. in all the years I’ve lived in chicago, this was my first time, and man, was I missing out! we snagged a four-course meal with beer parings on how about we last month and scheduled it for memorial day evening. it was the best meal I’ve had in a long time. the food was delicious and a little more sophisticated than you would expect from a bar. the beer was excellent, and the pairings were spot on and well thought out. it was most definitely the highlight of our week. we’re already plotting our next visit.
I hope you have a lovely weekend!
| mussels in white wine with shallots and peas |
| frites & aioli, round 1 |
| one of my favorite drinks of the night: vandermill‘s ginger peach cider |
| a decadent arugula salad |
| medium rare grass-fed ribeye with ramp butter and frites & aioli, round 2 |
p.s. we had a delicious lavender infused panna cotta for dessert, but I had long hit the food wall by that point and didn’t take a quick snap. they rolled us home shortly after…