The world is your oyster, especially when it comes to dining in Chicago. While the Windy City is known for many things, one of which is its food scene. This food mecca is home to various ethnic eats, modern food courts, award-winning chefs, Chicago classics – like deep-dish pizza and the Chicago dog, and now oysters. Over the years, more and more Chicago restaurants have shouted loud and proud about their fresh oyster programs. You might wonder how Chicago became a popular place to enjoy these coastal favorites, as Illinois is far from either coastline. But with constant care and attention, delicious fresh oysters can be found beyond the coast. One of the best ways to eat bivalves is pairing them with a glass of rose. Read here for ideas on where to enjoy oysters and rose in Chicago.
The Hampton Social
Feel like you are vacationing in the Hamptons at The Hampton Social. This nautical, yet modern, style restaurant evokes East Coast living in every detail. Serving oysters for lunch, brunch, and dinner they are easily paired with their “Rose all day” menu with 11 different rose choices including their Rose of the Day. And if you just want to chill out, try their “Frose” – a mix of Tito’s handmade vodka, rose wine, and peach puree.
For Valentine’s Day, The Publican will be offering a chef’s special tasting menu in addition to their classic menu. They have put together a bit of what they love including roasted oysters, duck confit, and for dessert a choice of an ice cream float or a Valentine cookie. Choose from their extensive wine and rose list for a perfect dinner pairing. The pre-fixe menu costs $65 per person. Advanced reservations are required.
Start your evening off right with oysters and rose at River Roast. Every Tuesday, they offer 12 oysters and a bottle of rose for only $35. This pairing is perfect for a weeknight happy hour or a great start to dinner, prepared from their executive chef.
RM Champagne Salon
Serving up both East Coast and West Coast oysters, this swanky restaurant offers an excellent dinner menu and weekend brunch menu. If dining with them during the week, be sure to take advantage of their $1 oysters – Monday through Thursday between 5 and 7 PM. Pair your oysters from their list of either still rose or sparkling rose.
For a pre-Valentine’s Day meal, head out to the Frontier for their Oysters & Rose Special. You and your date will enjoy $1 raw oysters, $2 char-grilled oysters, $12 bacon-wrapped oysters, and $5 glasses of rose. Special is available from 4 PM to 7 PM on Valentine’s Day.
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