When in a rut switching things up can help you bust out, whether that requires taking some time off, or taking all the feeling out of your arm. Choosing feeding strangers over "the stranger", El's Kitchen. From a Chi woman who grew tired of the real estate game and decided to have a go at restaurateuring, El's Kitchen's a cozy, familiar-feeling bar & grill with light yellow/lavender walls and dark wood tables, all lit by extended floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a patio holding 38 special people, loosely. The menu's still being fleshed out, but they're starting with smaller bits like thick-cut, hand-dipped onion rings w/ BBQ ranch, thin-sliced sweet potato chips w/ avocado aioli, and grilled drumsticks sauced sesame-style (so obviously they came from a big bird). For hungrier folk there's an 8x8 smoker in the kitchen cranking out dry-rubbed ribs & 15-hour smoked brisket, while the grill's firing half-pound Niman ranch burgers topped to your liking, and salmon w/ a whole grain mustard cream sauce that's not for you to Grey poop on. The full bar's doling a dozen beers w/ two rotating drafts (starting with Shock Top & Goose Island IPA), and there's a 20-strong all-Italian wine list to select from, which you'll do masterfully, as you're no Lo Straniero to taking things into your own hands.
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