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The Radler

December 29th, 2013 · 2 Comments

One liter of The Radler’s house pilsner.

The other night we visited The Radler and killed a few birds with one stone. Firstly, we got out of the house and had a nice dinner. Next, we got to try out a new restaurant in our neighborhood. Dallas actually went to The Radler once before but I couldn’t go because I was too sick. On that visit he only sat at the bar, so I’m counting this as the first time we visited for dinner. Lastly, this was our first time taking Makai out to eat at a restaurant! I really wish we could have been doing this the last two months, but things have been crazy and with my health not good in those months, I’m just glad I’m feeling better and that I’m finally up for it now!

The Radler’s house pilsner and house radler. Note on the mural below.

The Radler is a German restaurant and beer hall that opened in Logan Square at the beginning of December. To drink, The Radler has a good long list of beers. I can’t remember specifically, but I’m assuming they were mostly German. There were also a few specialty cocktails and some wine. Dallas and I decided to try the house pilsner, which The Radler teams up with Flesk Brewing in Lombard, IL to make. Dallas had the big, one liter stein and I tried the house radler, which is the same beer, but mixed with San Pellegrino lemonata. I liked what I had but it would be way more delicious on a hot summer day.

Marinated Mushrooms And Rahmkase Cheese with rye bread.

Seared Boarwurst with caramelized onions and cocoa nib relish, beet puree,charred frisee, raisins, spicy mustard.

The dinner menu is split into Appetizers, The Best (dishes ranging from smallish to entree size), and The Wurst (a selection of housemade 1/4 pound sausages), and sides. We decided to sample a little from each area.

German Onion Pie with shaved Brussels sprouts, bacon vinaigrette, chives, pilsner soubise

Veal Schnitzel with mulled pinot noir, grilled romaine, oranges, pickled kohlrabi, honeycomb candy.

I really liked the boarwurst and that it had different condiments to sample with the meat. The onion pie was very good. Very savory and the slaw on the top was very light and vinegary, which was a good balance. The pie was small, so if you’re really hungry, you might want to share this in addition to a bigger entree. Dallas enjoyed the schnitzel, but thought the honeycomb candy (this was basically angel food candy) made it too sweet. The only thing we were disappointed in was the appetizer. We were both envisioning something hot with melted cheese and it was more like marinated mushrooms with chopped up cheese. It didn’t taste bad, but was not what we were wanting.

Black Forest Cake baked chocolate pudding, cherry jam, whipped crème fraiche

Dallas didn’t want dessert, but I did! I decided to try the Black Forrest Cake, which was a very rich, dense chocolate cake. It was almost like a brownie and offset with the lightness and sweetness of the cream and the sweet/sour cherries.

The Radler, Logan Square, Chicago

Inside, The Radler is a mix of communal seating and individual tables. There’s a long bar, if you want to just have drinks and a sausage or pretzel. There’s a LOT of dark wood. The kitchen is open to the dining area and we sat right next to it, so we could see the cooks at work. One thing I read is that while they were excavating the space to build out the the restaurant, they discovered a 120-year-old mural and that is the mural behind the bar. You can see it in my photo of Dallas above. Pretty cool. Oh, also, all of the restaurant tables, chairs and stools were built by one of the restaurant founder’s dad!

The Radler, Logan Square, Chicago

Overall, we both enjoyed The Radler. I had expected something more like the Lincoln Square German beer halls. Hearty. Traditional. Old fashioned. But The Radler is actually a bit more sophisticated, modern and refined. Fancier, without feeling stuffy. I’m glad to have this as a new addition… and to have it just two blocks away!

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Lorina Premium French Soda

June 6th, 2012 · No Comments

I discovered this fancy French soda, Lorina, at Hannah’s Bretzel. So good. Mostly I don’t drink soda, so this was a treat. I have been drinking quite a bit of aranciata and Izze, both juice/seltzer combinations.

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A Couple More Weeks in Boston

March 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I travelled to Boston for work a bit more the last couple weeks (see previous photos). My projects have changed, so these are my final Boston photos.. for now!

One week I stayed at the W Hotel. This was my view. See the protestors?

I liked this hotel because it was pretty and modern and had Bliss Spa products in the bathroom. Also, the walk to work was really interesting, going through the Theater District and Chinatown.

Emperors Garden Restaurant in Chinatown.

Paramount Theater in the Theater District.

I also liked this hotel because there were many restaurants to pick from very close by. Tantric was an Indian restaurant across the street that I tried. Really good.

I noticed that every restaurant had an allergy warning on the menus. I wonder what brought this on. Even Dunkin Donuts had it.

Some road construction at night.

One thing that sucked about my stay at the W, and this was not their fault, but there was a huge power outage in the city. We didn’t have power for about 7 hours.

Even though it wasn’t their fault, the W Hotel sent everyone a note apologizing for the inconvenience. Also, when I checked in at the W they asked why I was there and I said work. Later on that night the guy that checked me in sent me a hand-written note with two free drink tickets for the W’s lounge so I could try to “escape from work” a little bit. Pretty cool.

I saw this around the corner from my office – Textile District.

One of my Chicago coworkers who travels to Boston often clued me into the food trucks that park a few blocks from the office every single day.

I really enjoyed the Momogoose food truck, which served Southeast Asian food. This is their menu.

Combo A with bulgogi. It looked more like a beef stew, but was very good. I got this a second time the following week and the meat was more like grilled strips like you’d expect from bulgogi.

I love this stuff. Sebastian’s Cafe is in my office building and sold it, so I had a lot of it.

Steinway – I liked this sign

It was in the 70s one day so I walked through Boston Common on the way back to the hotel. Gorgeous.

Another time I stayed at the Westin on the Waterfront. I’ve stayed at the waterfront before so I was a little bit familiar with the area.

The walk to work from the waterfront is a little bit of a hike, but I liked the exercise. On the walk home I’d take a longer way and walk along the harborwalk.

The harborwalk goes by many fishing piers, seafood restaurants, and places to buy fresh seafood.

Barking Crab looked like a popular restaurant, but I didn’t try it. I had something else in mind.

A T station on the harborwalk.

You could take the water taxi from the harborfront to the airport or Faneuil Hall.

I had dinner at Yankee Lobster, a place I’d tried a few years earlier and liked. I also sent Dallas here when he was staying at the waterfront a few months ago.

One other night I walked down the Boston Fish Pier to go to a place called No Name. I still remembered the delicious broiled scallops I had there a few years ago and wanted to get more!

Back by work, this was a T stop by South Station. Very modern. It contrasted a lot to the classic architecture of the train station (behind).

A lunch spot I like – Hot Tomatoes.

One of my coworkers who also was traveling from Chicago has a friend in Boston who told him Charcarero has the best sandwich he ever ate in his life. I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it was a really great sandwich!

My office is on Summer Street. I guess this area used to be the center of wool trade.

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