5 New Restaurants and Bars to Try This Weekend

By Sarah Freeman  |  July 11, 2014


Pioneering food writer M.F.K. Fisher was the inspiration for this new Lincoln Park seafood spot. Fisher, who once wrote “First we eat, then we do everything else,” would hopefully appreciate chef Nick Lacasse’s takes on tempura-fired avocado, whole roasted octopus and half chicken ballotine, as well as traditional Basque cake — the only dessert on the menu. The small restaurant, done up in white decor, seats less than 20.

432 W. Diversey Pkwy.; 773-857-2540


Imagine your traditional coffee shop — a place to gather with friends or a good book and enjoy a beverage alongside a pastry or simple sandwich. Replace the cup of coffee with a pint of beer and you've got the idea behind this beer cafe in Lakeview. The bar has 12 taps as well as a row of coolers filled with 300 different beer option. Food is brought in from local producers, food trucks and nearby restaurants.

2812 N. Lincoln Ave.; 855-450-2337


Four Corner Tavern Group reopens one of its mainstay drinking establishments in the former Mickey’s location in Lakeview. The new version of the bar specialized in fish tacos and canned beer served in Koozies. Tacos come in three verities — classic fish, mahi mahi and fish and chips tacos — while other food options are also on the lighter side and include arugula pizza and veggie burgers. The casual concept, with green barstools and red-stripped walls, also boasts a year-round beer garden.

2450 N. Clark St.; 773-929-7759


This upscale BYO Thai restaurant is now open in Edgewater. Diners choose between three- and five-course menus that showcase more unique elements of Thai cooking — think mango salad, blue shrimp served sashimi-style in chili lime sauce with baby cumin as well as coconut soup. 

5424 N. Broadway; 773-944-9050

Si Fu Chino Latino Kitchen

When restaurant veterans from Bahn Mi & Co and Hutch decided to fuse their two favorite cuisine together, this Chinese-meets-Mexican eatery was born. Empanadas, wontons and tacos are just a few of the vessels used to serve stir-fry chicken and tempura fish. A mix-and-match menu allows diners to experiment with their food. Want to put Mongolian beef on a sopa? Go for it at this vibrant restaurant decorated with sombreros and diagrams showing how to use chopsticks.

2116 W. Roscoe St.; 773-880-9144