Food & Drink

Flashy cocktails in Oak Lawn

The more a business offers, the less reason its patrons have to go anywhere else, which is why Kinkos provides copying, faxing, and shipping, plus the emailing that's made all of that as charmingly irrelevant as a set of doggy neuticles. For a resto that gives you every reason to stick around, hit Dish.Open today by the Dragonfly/obar gent in the still-being-finished Ilume, Dish offers up indoor/outdoor/late-night dining, flashy cocktailing, and DJ-fueled lounging in uniquely lofty digs that feature retractable floor-to-ceiling glass patio doors, a towering fiber-optic wine rack, and an LED'd pillar sheathed in polycarbonate chain mail first developed for The Lord of the Rings (so, a Gollum of Light). Kick things off by lounging out on elevated velvet-backed banquettes -- or flat-out booze at the 360-degree bar -- downing the rack's 60 wines, 20-ish bottled beers, or an all-premium hooch stock that powers 16 fresh-juiced signature cocktails, from the "Effen Good Cherry Lemonade" to the "Pink Taco": Patron Silver, grapefruit, Red Bull, and X-Rated Fusion liqueur -- which, frankly, is far easier to market than an NC-17 Rated liqueur. If you're feeling restaurant-y, hit the chandelier'd dining room for a "modern comfort" menu that starts with flatbreads (like the beef tenderloin/chipotle/Cheddar/salsa/avocado "Fajita") and apps (black mussels; buttermilk wings w/ apple cider slaw), then moves on to meatiness like a Cabernet-butter flat iron steak, a bourbon-marinated, applewood bacon-topped pork chop, and 3-cheese mac fattened up with braised short ribs, guaranteeing yours will forever remain invisible.They also capture & hold the day drinker, as happy hour runs 4-8 daily; things go nightclub at 11 pm, when a truncated bar menu goes into effect and the DJ starts pumping music from an elevated bar-side booth. Rounding out the all-purposeness is a special menu for pooches on the dog-friendly patio -- giving your dog a reason to stick around after you so cruelly cut off his neuts.