"Things are changing around here every day, Bunny, you'd be surprised," Brandy told her friend over the phone, "Why just down in Lincoln Park there's a new restaurant opening every day in the NewCity complex. I just visited Yard House, but there are three or four other spots all ready to open their doors any moment." "Really? Oh, I must stop in the next time I'm in between flights to look into things. It makes me so sad to not be able to see what's going on out there!" replied Bunny.
And it just so happened that soon after that conversation Bunny was able to stop into Chicago for a single evening, and following her friend's advice, she headed to the newly opened NewCity plaza to see what all the fuss was about, her first stop being King's Bowling.
At the front of King's was Max and Leo's, a relaxed pizzeria serving flat breads, wings, and classic cocktails in a swinging bistro-like atmosphere. Bunny simply adored the Brooksy Pizza with grilled chicken, caramelized onions, mushrooms, mozzarella, and mascapone, as well as the delectable Honey Hot Habanero Wings with their sweet and spicy glaze. After a few munchies in the front lounge area, Bunny headed into the main area of Kings, which greeted customers with bright red vinyl booths, black-light lit bowling lanes, and what they claimed to be the world's fourth longest bar with sparkling black and gold surfaces and a bartender every three feet. The whole place had a vibrant, retro feel that put a smile instantly on Bunny's face.
|Photo courtesy of King's Bowl
|Photo courtesy of King's Bowl
Going in for some lighter fair next, Bunny headed into the newest Lyfe Kitchen location across the way. This location not only featured some of Brandy's favorite dishes, like the Art's UnFried Chicken with butternut squash, cranberries, and Brussels sprouts, or the irresistible flat breads in varieties like Wild Mushroom, BBQ Chicken, and Margarita, but also an actual little bar at the front where Lyfe bartenders served up a variety of their often overlooked cocktails. Just as the food is always under 600 calories per plate, the cocktails are never over 200 calories, meaning Bunny could indulge a little without feeling too guilty. The Michigan Mule was her favorite of the cocktails for its refreshing flavor that stayed crisp and not syrupy. There was also seasonal beers on tap with a concentration of local brewers like Two Brothers as well as a selection of carefully curated wines and even happy hour specials (another change that happened while Bunny was away).
"You were right, things certainly have changed!" Bunny exclaimed to Brandy as she wrapped up her journey, "I don't remember ever being able to access so many different restaurants all in one spot! Thank goodness they were that close to each other too, otherwise the three cocktails I had at each stop might have gotten me into some trouble by the end of the night!"
The writers of this blog were granted access to all of the mentioned restaurants and events free of charge in order to facilitate the writing of this post.