It's been said that when you're alone and life is making you lonely you can always go downtown, but how does downtown feel about being besieged with a bunch of sadsack frownyfaces? Much better now that they've got Sweetwater
Soft-opening this week and grand opening Monday along Michigan Ave, Sweetwater is the downtown bar/grill counterpoint of Wicker Park's Boundary featuring a similar blend of comfort and luxury -- tall brown and creme leather booths, dark woods, and a wavy ceiling that recalls the bar's name (now it's your turn Grandma Flo).
Menu wise they're turning out many Boundary faves like the Fiesta burger (pepperjack/jalepenos/guac/chile aioli) with a few new tricks like the Sunnyside Up, a cheddar/mozz/bacon burger kicked with a fried egg, pepperjack/bacon wrapped Cajun shrimp, and for the less cheese-enthused an ahi tuna wrap with crispy wontons and Chinoise dressing, something you're more used to enjoying with all those fetish peep cams.
For thirst quenching purposes there's a nearly 70-strong selection of craft beers from familiar suspects like Bell's, Great Lakes, Unibroue, and Half Acre (Christopher Robin subdivided the crap out of that wood!).
Since an evening of egg-topped-burgers and lager can sometimes leave one craving calories, they're rocking a massive skillet cookie for the dessert-minded that's ideal for sharing, but go for it on your own, and your worry will be helped by all the noise and hurry.
This Concha Ice Cream Sandwich Is as Big as Your Head