Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-03-21
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



SAVOR Roanoke; Andersonville Wine Walk
DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Weekday lunchtime in Chicago's Loop is a boon for the area's many eateries. However, many of them suffer from a relative lack of business during the evenings and especially the weekends—when the many office denizens can't be found ( although some places benefit from theatergoers ).

Such is the case with Roanoke Restaurant and Club ( 135 W. Madison St.; ), a contemporary American spot that deserves to be crowded every minute that it's open. The decor is sleekly comfortable, the service is ( mostly ) attentive—and the food and drink will have you returning.

Housed in the Roanoke Building & Tower ( hence the restaurant's name ), the spot sports a menu that's varied and not too challenging. Snacks/starters at dinner range from braised oxtail taquitos to slightly kicky Miller High Life mussels ( not Belgian Ale ones, as the menu states ) to Southern fried chicken ( with cheddar biscuits ) that ranks pretty high on my personal scale of one to Table Fifty-two.

The tasty fare expanded to the entrees, which consisted of rotisserie porchetta and the most tender Scottish salmon I've had in quite some time. Even the Brussels sprouts were nice, dotted with heavenly bits of pork belly. ( The server forgot the mac 'n' cheese—but my dining companion and I didn't mind that much, as we were pretty full from what was served. ) Vegetarians are hardly excluded here, thanks to dishes such as the hearth-baked butternut-squash rotolo.

By the way, make some room for a drink or two. I'm in love with the Old Colony 75 ( a take on the French 75 ), and the refreshing Clarity isn't far behind.

Upcoming wine walk

Andersonville Wine Walk will once again invite guests to walk, sip and shop their way through the district on Sunday, May 21, 3-6 p.m.

The Wine Walk will feature 26 of Andersonville's businesses, including Candyality, Kru Strength + Fitness, Jerry's, Martha Mae Art Supplies & Beautiful Things, Andersonville Galleria, Notice, Orange Shoe Personal Fitness, TrueNorth Cafe, and Revive Massage Therapy and Spa.

Tickets to Andersonville Wine Walk include admission, wine tastings and a one-of-a-kind commemorative wine glass. Check-in for the walk will begin at 1 p.m. at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., on May 21. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit .

Note: Restaurant profiles/events are based on invitations arranged from restaurants and/or firms.

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

DINING NAHA moving, Lunchroom opens, 'March Madness' 2018-03-20 - —NAHA, 500 N. Clark St., is moving after 18 years, serving its last meals there on Saturday, March 31. In a letter, Carrie ...

Gay News

SAVOR Veggie Grill Baptiste & Bottle brunch 2018-03-20 - Fast-casual chain Veggie Grill ( various locations; ) may become the new Starbucks. While a friend and I recently went to the ...

Gay News

Dining Out For Life Returns to Chicago on April 26 2018-03-14 - Founded in 1991, Dining Out For Life is an annual, international event that raises vital funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations. Participating restaurants donate ...

Gay News

DINING 'Impossible' burger, 'Top Chef' winner, St. Patrick's Day items 2018-03-13 - —Wrigley BBQ, 3555 N. Broadway—known for smoked platters of pulled pork and brisket—is offering the Impossible burger. Accompanying other vegetarian dishes, this burger ...

Gay News

SAVOR Marchesa; LH on 21 2018-03-12 - Some things ( including restaurants ) have to be experienced to be believed. When I first read about Marchesa ( 535 N. Wells ...

Gay News

DINING Puerto Rico benefit, Pi Day, women's luncheon 2018-03-07 - —Chicagoland chefs will come together Wed., March 14, to support the restaurants, hospitality and tourism in Puerto Rico that were all impacted by ...

Gay News

SAVOR Esquire Champagne Room; Honey Butter Fried Chicken 2018-03-05 - Accessible luxury may be closer than you think. At least, that's the stated goal of Esquire Champagne Room ( 58 E. Oak ...

Gay News

DINING Lent specials, Terry's Toffee moving, Tied House 2018-02-27 - —Every Friday during Lent ( through March 30 ), Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., will offer Chef Jup's seafood menu. There will be ...

Gay News

The Bakery at Fat Rice; Honey Butter Fried Chicken 2018-02-27 - Many know ( or, at least, know of ) the Logan Square restaurant Fat Rice, with its globally inspired menu. Well, since ...

Gay News

SAVOR Truluck's; Andersonville Restaurant Week 2018-02-26 - Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House ( 41 E. Chestnut St.; ) is one of the most recent restaurants in a city ...


Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.