Hours: Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday
Saturday & Sunday brunch
Farm-to-table wine bar and market.
Housed in a former laundromat (RIP the Washing Well) in the once dining-deprived Independence Park enclave of Old Irving Park, this wine bar is filling the needs of its neighbors, offering locally made goods in a small retail outlet along with bottles from a mostly New World, small-production-dominated wine list. Nearly two dozen of these are available by the glass, which makes it easy to work through a selection of house-made charcuterie: salty tasso, slices of ruby red duck-breast prosciutto, a generous jar of creamy chicken liver paté, a nicely fatty, snappy pig-face pancetta. Other wine-friendly bites—cheeses, olives, nuts, toasts—enable a supplementary snacking situation to the drinks, which include a few cocktails, beers, spirits. Large plates such as a juicy, crispy-skinned chicken breast benefit from their simplicity, and I'd return for the juicy burger, made with a mix of beef and venison, and a special of cool, creamy panna cotta infused with popcorn and shellacked with caramel. Read the full review >>
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Housed in a former laundromat (RIP the Washing Well), this wine bar is filling the needs of its once-deprived neighbors, offering locally made goods in a small retail outlet along with mostly New World bottles, nearly two dozen of which are available by the glass.—Mike Sula