I have a confession to make: I'm not into dressing up for Halloween. It's not that I hate it; it's just that I don't feel inspired to spend lots of time and money on a costume. This year I decided I didn't want to dress up. I had last-minute ideas in mind in case I had to wear a costume, but I was relieved to instead have low-key dinner plans with friends in Wicker Park. We checked out Barley and Brass on Division Street, an area I haven't been able to explore much yet.
I'm a fan of restaurants with unique cocktails, like the Weekend at Bernie's, which is what I ordered. The drink is Jamaican rum, Fernet, honey, pineapple, lime and Nasturtium (whatever that is). I noticed a drink being served at a neighboring table that looked like it had burning sage in it. It was the In the Air Tonight drink that comes with sprigs of rosemary. Bonus points for creativity.
I ordered the beer cheese as an appetizer, but it was delivered along with our entrees. I dined on the corn and black bean salad, while Graham ate spicy wings.
The beer cheese (not pictured), served in a small glass jar, was delicious. I would order it again, along with the Frites D'Fromage: fries, cheese curds and mornay. I would even just order a bunch of the appetizers and bar snacks as a meal. The menu has other vegetarian options as well. I plan to check out more of the menu next time I'm in the area. Also, if you're on Division, go to Caffe Gelato for dessert. Thank me later.
Marette Flora is an editor, writer, fitness fanatic and adoption mom living in Chicago. She has experience in newspaper and research editing as well as freelance writing. Subscribe to the Floradise newsletter for exclusive content and to catch up with her adventures.
I'm an editor, writer, runner, foodie and yogi living in Chicago who loves to write about fitness, food, mom life, favorite products and travel. You'll find me exploring new places and taking too many photographs with husband Graham, our daughter Victoria, and our dog, Capone. Follow along!
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