Since when do Chicago steak joints look like farmhouses decorated by Martha Stewart herself? Since Grass Fed opened in Wicker Park last summer. The adorably girly resto — decked with white wood fixtures and delicately patterned wallpaper — used to be our hush-hush spot for hosting birthday parties and baby showers. But then we caught wind of its bottled cocktails. And these juicy, Pinterest-worthy concoctions are just too good to keep private.
We’re not typically sweet-drink enthusiasts, but this time of year, we’ll take anything that tastes like a pool-side refreshment — especially if we can drink it without having to awkwardly sip out of an umbrella-adorned pineapple. The bottled cocktails at Grass Fed, all just $10 a pop, come in flavors like the Arnold Shankar, which is stirred up with chai-infused rum. There’s also the Bucktown Mule, made with apple-infused vodka, and the cozy-tasting Cider House sangria (which has a base of cinnamon-infused brandy, not cheap wine, thank you very much).
Any day now — just in time for some major S.A.D. control — the bartenders will start pouring out new flavors that have a tropical taste. We can’t wait to dunk our straws into the Cuba Libre, which is made with cardamom-infused rum and homemade cola. Oh, and should you want some bites with your bottle, we recommend the black kale, steak tartare, and butterscotch pudding. You can’t really go wrong with the steak dinner, either, but that’s another story…so check back soon for our meat-week roundup!
Grass Fed, 1721 North Damen Avenue (at St. Paul Avenue); 773-342-6000.
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