North Shore Hotspot Bobby’s Restaurant Now Open in Lincoln Park

November 27, 2018

Bobby, Augie and Tim Arifi, owners of Bobby’s Restaurant Group (Bobby’s Deerfield and Cafe Lucci in Glenview), have opened their second Bobby’s restaurant location in the new luxury ELEVATE residential building, at 2518 N. Lincoln Ave. The bi-level American bistro boasts a creative and seasonal menu with an emphasis on USDA certified Prime steaks, fresh seafood from around the world, handmade pastas and scratch made desserts. The bar features classic, craft and exclusive barrel-aged cocktails along with an extensive wine list.

The Arifis, who opened Bobby’s Deerfield six years ago, were approached by one of the restaurant’s frequent diners, Dan Slack, principal at Baker Development, to open his favorite North Shore restaurant in his new Lincoln Park building, ELEVATE. “When Dan asked if we’d like to open a Bobby’s in the city it was an instant ‘Yes’. We couldn’t be more excited to fulfill our dream and be a part of the Lincoln Park neighborhood,” comments Bobby.

As guests arrive at Bobby’s Lincoln Park they will come face-to-face with a massive custom mural created by Miami-based artist Gregory Christakis. The 8 by 6 foot masterpiece pays homage to Bobby and Augie’s late father and beloved restaurateur. The first floor of Bobby’s houses an intimate bar, comfortable dining room seating 130 guests and a private room accommodating up to 30 people. The second level showcases another private room with seating up to 40 guests, secured with sleek electric doors for the most remote dining events.

Bobby’s brother, Executive Chef Augie Arifi, and Chef de Cuisine Miguel Solorio stay true to the Deerfield location’s signature dishes along with a selection of items that are exclusive to the Lincoln Park outpost. Menu highlights include:

Duck Wings, smoked, roasted, sweet and spicy Thai sauce

Scallops, sea scallops, cauliflower potato puree, paprika, burnt butter, micro greens, orange zest

Octopus Carpaccio, California extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lemon confit   

The Mark Miller (serves two) cut up half chicken, 12 oz. skirt steak, Italian sausage, olive oil, garlic, white wine, red bell peppers, spicy pepperoncini peppers, basil

Pappardelle Rabbit white wine braised rabbit, rosemary, root vegetables, Parmigiano Reggiano

Bobby’s Burger, chuck, beef brisket and short rib blend burger, Gouda cheese, alfalfa sprout, tomato, red onion, ketchup, mayo, spicy brown mustard, hand cut fries

The Bar at Bobby’s is the perfect place for classic cocktails, boutique spirits and hard to find wines. Highlights include:

150+ selections of wines by the bottle

30 selections of wines by the glass

120+ boutique spirits

Journeyman Manhattan Journeyman Last Feather rye whiskey, Artisanal Rouge Vermouths, Bittermens orange bitters, Angostura Bitters; Aged in a Journeyman rye whiskey barrel, strained or over a large cube, Marasca cherry 

Small Batch Old Fashioned Basil Hayden’s Small Batch Bourbon, Demerara sugar, Angostura Bitters, stirred, strained, flamed orange & lemon peel, large cube, Marasca cherry

Ultimate Margarita Avion Reposado Tequila, Torres Spanish orange liqueur, agave nectar, lime juice, smoked sea salt, Tequila floater         

Bobby’s Lincoln Park is now open. Hours of operation include Monday-Thursday 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4-11 p.m; and Sunday 4-9 p.m. Bobby’s serves dinner only followed by lunch launching in December. Carryout is available as well as delivery to the residents in the ELEVATE building. Free two-hour parking can be found inside the ELEVATE parking structure. For more information, please visit Bobby’s Lincoln Park’s website, Facebook @bobbyslincolnpark and Instagram @bobbysrestaurants.

“Vanderpump Rules” Watch Party at Broken Barrel Bar Every Monday

November 16, 2018

Season 7 of Bravo TV’s highest rated reality show Vanderpump Rules is upon us and Broken Barrel Bar is “SURving” up an epic watch party! From the season premiere through the entirety of the season, Vanderpump groupies can catch last week’s episode and that night’s new episode on the bar’s huge flat screen tvs and dine on food and drink specials related to the show. Broken Barrel Bar’s Executive Chef Bryant Anderson, an avid fan of the show, has recreated SUR specials, like Stassi’s favorite Goat Cheese Balls, plus drink specials sure to please even Tequila Katie.

Vanderpump Rules Watch Party Specials include:
The Pumptini vodka, lime juice, mint, cranberry $10
Vanderpump Rosé $58/bottle*, $15/glass
Tequila Katie chilled tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, served as a shot $6
Fried Goat Cheese Balls with smoked tomato sauce and rosemary-truffle honey $11
“It’s Not About the Pasta” rotating pasta topped with house smoked meats $16
Specials also include *Half Priced Bottles of Wine and Sangria Specials

A portion of the proceeds from the weekly watch parties will benefit Lisa Vanderpump’s rescue and adoption center Vanderpump Dogs, also featured on the show. Grab your Giggy and head to Broken Barrel Bar for all the best VPR drama, catfights and heartbreaks!

Begins Monday, December 3 from 7-9 p.m. and every Monday night following when Vanderpump Rules is aired. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended by calling Broken Barrel Bar.

Broken Barrel Bar
2548 N. Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-327-4900
@brokenbarrelbar on Instagram and Facebook

Broken Barrel Bar Launches Weekend Brunch

October 24, 2018

Chef Bryant Anderson is giving Chicagoans a reason to roll out of bed on a Saturday and Sunday after a night out at Broken Barrel Bar– his NEW weekend brunch menu. Chef Bryant’s in-house smoked meats pile on a hangover sandwich and his homemade pickled vegetables top a bloody Mary that is sure to cure any morning-aftermath.

Broken Barrel Bar will begin its weekend brunch on Saturday, November 3 complete with four homemade brunch selections and Chef’s seasonally rotating specialties. A few of the restaurant’s most popular dinner dishes, like the Roasted Brussels Sprout Nachos, will accompany the brunch menu.

Brunch dishes include:

SMOKED LAMB BENEDICT Fresh baked biscuits, slow-smoked lamb shoulder, creamy hollandaise sauce, two over easy eggs, maple-sriracha drizzle & micro cilantro $14

HANGOVER BREAKFAST SANDWICH Hickory brisket, fried egg, Merkts cheddar, arugula, chipotle mayo, crispy onions, toasted pretzel bun, choice of side $13

CROISSANT FRENCH TOAST Orange-buttermilk batter, homemade triple berry sauce, fresh croissant, whipped cream $12

And what’s brunch without the booze?! Broken Barrel Bar will be pouring:
22 OZ. BLOODY MARY Hank’s Vodka, house blend bloody Mary, pickled vegetables $9

WE’LL TAKE A BOTTLE One bottle of bubbles with fresh orange juice $30

Diners can also opt for Broken Barrel Bar’s well-liked drink troughs that hold 4 Canned Rosés for $36, 5 Canned Cocktails for $30 or 5 Canned Tallboy Beers for $20. Brunch is available  every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

Broken Barrel Bar
2548 N. Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-327-4900
Website:; @brokenbarrelbar on Instagram and Facebook

Annual Family Home-Style Thanksgiving Day Dinner At Bobby’s Deerfield and Café Lucci

October 15, 2018

Sit back, relax and enjoy an all-American feast of turkey and all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day at Bobby’s Deerfield and Cafe Lucci. On November 22, the restaurants will welcome families to enjoy Chef/Owner Augie Arifi’s three-course turkey dinner highlighting the holiday’s most beloved fixings.

The Three-Course Thanksgiving Menu Includes:

Sweet Potato Fennel Soup or House Salad

Roasted Harrison’s Poultry Turkey

Sweet Apple and Sage Corn Bread Stuffing, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Vegetables and choice of Cinnamon Roasted Sweet or Garlic Mashed Potatoes

House made Pumpkin Pie

In addition to the Thanksgiving Menu, Bobby’s regular dining menu and Café Lucci’s regular dining menu will be available. The holiday and dining menus are also offered for carryout. Reservations are recommended.

The annual Thanksgiving Day dinner will be on  Thursday, November 22 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at both locations. The cost is  $26.95 per person; $16.95 for children 12 and under (not including tax and gratuity).

695 Deerfield Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015, 847-607-9104; IG @bobbysrestaurants FB @bobbysdeerfield

Cafe Lucci
609 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL 60025, 847-729-2268; IG and FB @cafelucci