I was in Chicago this last week for a medical science conference and had a great time trying the food and drinks. If you ever go to Chicago you of course have to try the famous Chicago Dogs and Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, but beyond that there are many more tantalizing food and drink options. I learned what an American Gastro-Tavern has to offer. Following suit with the British Gastropub and the French Gastro-Bistro, America now has come to offer the Gastro-Tavern. It’s a smart idea, a casual yet sophisticated Bar/Restaurant serving excellent drinks and modern takes on classic American food. Think “grown-up” burger and beer joints for a foodie crowd. The burgers are dressed up with elegant cheese and topping options, the vegetable sides are topped with goat cheese and unique spices, and the french fries are flavored with truffle oil. Beyond the food, the drinks are also sophisticated classics. Try a pear blossom martini, a Champagne Charlie (modern twist on the mimosa), or a double passion cooler. The wine selections are also very thorough and delicious. The prices are very reasonable, and the atmosphere is friendly and laid back, not trendy and stuck-up. So find a Gastro-Tavern near you, and experience it for yourself! Or, the next time you are in Chicago check out the Luxbar or the Gage Restaurant and Tavern!
Pear Blossom Martini
2 oz Grey Goose La Poire (Pear) Vodka
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 oz apple juice
Shake all ingredients with ice in a martini shaker. Pour into martini glass and garnish with apple or pear slice, or a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!
Pour 2 oz Cointreau into champagne flute. Fill glass with Prosecco and garnish with orange bitters or a mandarin orange slice. Enjoy!