Eating in Wrigleyville can be a much grander experience than inhaling a hot dog or two while sitting in the bleachers during the seventh-inning stretch. At Vines on Clark, diners will find sophisticated ballpark cuisine. The owners of the Cubby Bear
offer this grown-up alternative for those who like things a little more refined.
Inside, the rich taupe, brown and green earth tones set the vineyard-like ambiance, with a fireplace to complete a more intimate setting than your typical bar and grill. The walls are adorned with classic Chicago scenes, but most likely visitors will be paying more attention to whatever game is playing on the television screens throughout the restaurant.If weather permits, guests should opt for the beautiful outdoor patio.
Imagine the "cheftestants" of a reality cooking competition were assigned the challenge of giving the traditional Chili's fare an upscale spin; Vines' selections might very well be the result. To get your dose of greens, instead of a bland grilled chicken salad, opt for a goat cheese and grape variety. Sandwiches include crispy paninis or the divine pairing of tomato and mozzarella on toasted herbed foccacia bread. Guests that come for dinner may want something heartier, such as the wild mushroom ravioli. Menu choices range between $8 and $13.
With the large atrium and ample seating, Vines provides a great spot for a group get-together, but its intimate lighting makes it an ideal date destination as well.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Paige Gray