the friday five

hopleaf

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!

dinner highlights

mussels

| mussels in white wine with shallots and peas |

frites

| frites & aioli, round 1 |

cider

| one of my favorite drinks of the night: vandermill‘s ginger peach cider |

salad

| a decadent arugula salad |

steakandfrites

| 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…

in memoriam

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in memory of every one whose sacrifice has preserved everything we hold noble and true, including my grandfather for his service in the Second World War. 

we remember, and we salute in everlasting gratitude. 

 

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