Wednesday: Eat. Drink. Do.

  • Try out some new wines and wash them down with pizza at Frasca.
Try out some new wines and wash them down with pizza at Frasca. (Barry Brecheisen/For RedEye )
April 09, 2013|By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Smelt Season Specials

Shaw's Crab House 21 E. Hubbard St. 312-527-2722

Around the Great Lakes region, springtime means smelt, and you can get your seasonal fix of the tiny, flour-and-cornmeal-dredged, fried Lake Erie fish served as an appetizer ($10), as a lunch or dinner entree with fries and coleslaw ($18) or as a sandwich with the aforementioned fries and slaw ($15) while supplies last. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5:30-10 p.m.

'Baseball Cut' Steak

Socca 3301 N. Clark St. 773-248-1155

Celebrate the Cubs' new season with a one-night-only, $10 a la carte "baseball cut" top sirloin steak—so nicknamed because of its baseball-like shape. Round it out with $7-$12 side dishes including grilled broccoli rabe with gorgonzola and ricotta gnocchi with lemon beurre blanc. 5:30-10 p.m. Reservations required.

DRINK

Wine Tastings

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar 3358 N. Paulina Ave. 773-248-5222

D.O.C. Wine Bar 2602 N. Clark St. 773-883-5101

Stop in for complimentary samples of four to six new or rare wine varieties such as Italian vermentino and anise wine—the everyday malbecs and pinots stay on the shelves. Like what you try? Order a full glass for $8-$15. 6-9 p.m. Through Thursday. No cover.

DO

T.J. Miller

Laugh Factory 3175 N. Broadway 773-327-3175

The former Chicagoan—who has appeared as the narrator in "Cloverfield," as a host on Comedy Central's "Mash Up" and as a roundtable panelist on "Chelsea Lately," among other film and TV credits—returns to town for a late-night stand-up set. 10 p.m. $17-$32 plus a two-drink minimum. Tickets: laughfactory.com.

(Free!) XYZ Series of New Works

Victory Gardens Theater 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-784-8565

As part of About Face Theatre's annual exploration of plays about gender and sexuality, you can see staged readings of new works by prominent young playwrights including "Cast of Characters," by artistic associate Philip Dawkins ("The Homosexuals," "Failure: A Love Story") and "The Arvesto Parasite," a one-act comedy by South Coast Rep playwright in residence David Myers ("Muzungu"). 7:30 p.m.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Get tickets now for the Cochon 555 traveling culinary competition April 28: cochon555.com.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

RedEye Chicago Articles
|
|
|