This is the first Friday with the ability to order dinner for take out along with beer or wine. These elegant restaurants and wine bars are now sending out bottles of their finest for curbside pick up. Bottles must be ordered with food, and restaurants are only allowed to sell one bottle per person, with valid proof of age.
Here are a few suggestions for living your best quarantine life.
Bar Brava was the most exciting new natural wine bar opening of the past year. The selection of bottles is incredible, and the ability to order these gorgeous, affordable wines, is a fun new prospect for a Friday night. All bottles are $25. Pick up a whole smoked chicken and something bright for curbside pick up through Tock.
Gavin Kaysen’s gorgeous North Loop restaurant has been making a variety of elegant in home dining. Choose from take and bake, pasta kits, or whole entrees to pair with the daily wine selections. Wine selections are available by the type of wine diners are looking for and prices range from $20 to $180 per bottle. Order for curbside pick up through Tock.
This Linden Hills restaurant has been buzzing since the minute it opened, popular both for the Italian/Argentian food as it is for its beverage program. Order up that classic lobster fra diavolo, or a package of pasta by the pound, along with a bottle from its extensive wine list. Wine prices range from $12 for a grenache rosé to $110 for a special bottle of bubbles. Order online.
Steven Brown’s beloved neighborhood spot is serving its classic brussel sprouts, cheeseburger, fish torta, and more. Tilia’s also selling a fabulous selection of its wines, including a Red Car rose for $21. Prices range from $15 to $35. Online ordering opens at 4 pm.
This beloved restaurant from James Beard Award winning chef Alex Roberts has been many things over the years (including cafe and hotel), but at its heart, it’s one of the most romantic dining destinations in the city. Recreate that experience at home with a few selected dishes from the cafe that travel well, and a bottle of wine. The list available remains ever approachable with prices ranging from a $16 Spanish rosé, up to a special occasion worthy Cabernet/Merlot blend that’s longtime sommelier James’ pick of the week for $150.
This cozy Longfellow restaurant has been churning out tons of Italian meals to go, and the addition of their affordable and delicious wines makes the whole kit even better. Tonight there are pizzas available, along with little pizzas for the smaller folk that are under quarantine. Add a bottle of bubbles or red to celebrate another week of survival. Prices range from $16 to $35 for a bottle of Leah Jorgensen’s Cab Franc/Gamay blend. Order online for pick up. Plus, all prices are suggested - The Bungalow Club is meeting people where they are. So, if you’re feeling generous when ordering, you can add a little something extra for hungry neighbors.
Hyacinth’s preassembled dinners have been incredibly popular and sell out quickly. Tonight’s Friday night special is a fish sandwich - perfect for these days that feel like we’re collectively living the never-ending Lent life. With the new allowance in sales, this gorgeous little Grand Avenue restaurant has made its entire, carefully selected wine list available with bottles to go. A fish sandwich and bottle of funky orange Falanghina sounds like a totally reasonable and balanced meal. Wine prices range from $18 to $53. Pre order meals online, or call the restaurant for orders.
Long the somewhat secret love of discerning wine lovers, Joan’s in the Park is now serving its gorgeous food to go along with perfectly selected bottles to pair with dishes like chilled lobster on toast, cider brined chicken, and filet mignon. Call and ask for a suggestion to pair with a preferred dish. Wine prices range from just $6 to $45.