Reel it in
There are good drinks all around. Reel one in at the Reel Club on Mondays with half-priced bottles of house wines, including Hahn chardonnay from Monterey or Bridlewood Pinot Noir from California. Or stop by the Barracuda Lounge for half-priced appetizers from 3 to 6 p.m. every weekday. Favorites include the Acapulco roll with Ahi tuna, avocado and jalapeņo. Drink faves include the pomegranate-orange martini or a gin rickey with lime.
Reel Club is located at 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. (630) 368-9400 or reel-club.com.
East meets West
Two cultures blend at a wine dinner that pairs Italian wines with Asian-cooked pork starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at PL8 Simply Asian. Italian wine pairings are Winebow/Vintage Wines and include the Zardetto Private Cuvee Prosecco, Tasca D'Almerita Regaleali Bianco, Castello Di Neive Barbera D'Alba, Leone De Castris Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva and the Bera Moscato D'Asti. Eats include pork ribs, braised pork, pork loin skewers and crispy spiced pork belly. $60 per person, not including tax and gratuity.
PL8 Simply Asian is at 736 W. Northwest Hwy., Barrington. (847) 382-1988 or pl8simplyasian.com.
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Get in the flippin' tournament every Friday at Hawthorne's Backyard. Flippy cup tournaments start at 8:30 p.m. It's $5 to enter and $9 per pitcher of domestic beer. Other specials include $3 craft and import drafts. Hungry? Stop in before the tourney for the King James fish fry.
Hawthorne's Backyard is at 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, West Chicago. (630) 293-6700 or hawthornesbackyard.com.