Bin drinkin’

Last Wednesday I decided to take a stroll while waiting for the S.O. to come home from work. I made my way up Damen, periodically taking out my umbrella for the thirty-second bursts of rain that characterized that afternoon.
I eventually arrived at The Crotch, steering myself southeast on Milwaukee.
And then I found what I was looking for:

… booze!

I had been wanting to stop in at the Bin36 sister location, bin wine cafe for some time, and finally had the time and motivation to stop in. With a smaller but just as potent menu, the café is a great place to investigate during the murky space in between the end of the work day and the evening dinner rush. I was seated almost immediately when I got there around 6.30 PM, but half an hour later there was a line.

While I waited for my dining partner, I enjoyed a glass of bubbly in the front of the restaurant, whose garage door-style store window was opened, letting in the warm (albeit rainy) air. When it came time to order, we were notified of the weekly Wednesday special, the “Pick Three” tempter that a lot of Chicago restaurants have been running lately. It’s a great deal, though: one can get an appetizer, an entree, and dessert for twenty five bones, and there aren’t limits to what you can choose. I indulged in roasted pork ribs with blood orange sauce, a lovely marinated and grilled mahi mahi over brussels sprouts, and for dessert a home made mint-chocolate oreo ice cream confection, which I would normally think of as a little incongruous with the flight of red wine I ordered, but the mint ice cream was made with real mint, not just mentholated green dye. Wonderful!

All in all, I would only recommend bin wine cafe for a casual weeknight out. Save the weekends for the downtown location, where you won’t be rubbing elbows with your neighbor, and you have more flexibility in your choice of wines and cheeses, not to mention entrees. But if you’d like a little al fresco ambiance and a relaxed wine flight, go for it. And don’t forget dessert.

3 Comments so far

  1. Willy (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    When did this blog become so boring? I remember when it was actually interesting…


  2. erinoia (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    you can always suggest stories if you feel like you’ve got some more interesting ideas.


  3. HelOnWheels (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

    It became boring when Artemis left for locales more worthy of her talent. It’s true. Don’t believe me? Go check out her posts. Read her journal. Check out her work on Boystowners. The truth shall set you free, my little kumquats.



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