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Tales of the Cocktail Nominees; Sir Charles Buys Lightning Coaches Dinner at Cut; More

Plus, Chop Chop Chinaman case ends and Washington Post critic's take on Chicago.

The Aviary
The Aviary
Barry Brecheisen

AROUND TOWN—In from the Big Easy today: the nominees for the 2015 Tales of the Cocktail awards. Eight Chicago spots made the cut: The Aviary and The Office, Celeste, Sportsman's Club, Three Dots and a Dash, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Lost Lake, and bar mentor Bridget Albert. Finalists will be announced on June 16 and winners on July 18. [Tales of the Cocktail]

RIVER NORTH—NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Sir Charles Barkley picked up the tab for 20 Tampa Bay Lightning coaches and managers at Chicago Cut Steakhouse on Sunday, as well as two ESPN broadcasters, who are all in town for the Blackhawks Stanley Cup finals series with Tampa. There's no word on how much it set the "round mound of rebound" back. [Tribune]

BOYSTOWN—The Chop Chop Chinaman case is over. Lakeview woman Jeannie Harrell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal damage to property today after writing a message in lipstick on the embattled restaurant's window in February and was sentenced to one month court supervision and a $200 fine. The restaurant is closed but ownership is hoping to reopen. [Tribune]

AROUND TOWN—Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema filed a long feature on Chicago's restaurant scene today after his trip to town during the James Beard awards last month. The third in a 10-month series, after which the critic will rank his choices for America's 10 best food cities, hits many spots: Alinea, Fat Rice, XOCO, Dove's Luncheonette, Billy Sunday, Fatso's Last Stand, Parachute, Podhalanka, and The Radler among them. [WaPo]

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

300 North LaSalle Drive, , IL 60654 (312) 329-1800 Visit Website

Fat Rice

2957 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-9170 Visit Website

The Aviary

955 N. Morgan St & W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 Visit Website


111 West Hubbard Street, , IL 60654 (312) 828-9000 Visit Website

Three Dots and a Dash

435 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 610-4220 Visit Website


3500 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60618 (872) 204-7138 Visit Website

Sable Kitchen & Bar

505 North State Street, , IL 60654 (312) 755-9704 Visit Website

Lost Lake

3154 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 293-6048 Visit Website


1471 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (872) 829-3821 Visit Website

Sportsman's Club

948 North Western Avenue, , IL 60622 (872) 206-8054 Visit Website

Billy Sunday

1115 North Brevard Street, , NC 28206 Visit Website

The Radler

2375 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 276-0270 Visit Website


1723 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 Visit Website

Dove's Luncheonette

1545 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 645-4060 Visit Website

Chop Chop Chinaman

3343 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 281-9090