As the days slowly grow longer and the weather begins to warm up once again (okay ... after this weekend), we'll all want to be sitting on a patio, possibly with a glass of wine and some light bites. Alternatively, you may want to safely pick up some food and libations and bring them to your home patio setup. Either way, it's a sun-splashed win.
In case you want some wine-and-dine action, we came up with a list of our favorite spots to have a glass of vino and a nosh or two. Each of these places offers to-go options, at least for booze, so now you have no excuse.
Avondale Food & Wine
On some nights at this casual Montrose wine shop and restaurant, it'll be chef Olivier Ciesielski's show from the jump. He'll pour you wine, take your order, and, minutes later, return with a modernized version of a classic European dish. For instance, during a recent visit I paired a full Bordeaux with chicken liver pate and allium-packed, yet curiously light French onion soup. It was definitely decadent, but very necessary. Avondale offers its menu for online orders, plus you can pick up a cook-at-home kit and have your order (including wine from the spot's well-curated store) delivered to you. No matter how you do it, Avondale is here for you.
Better Luck Tomorrow
Always a hit for a late-night cocktail, a happy-hour soirée, or even just a beer and a shot (they can do that, you know), the Heights favorite can also be the place to sit, sip, and dig in. The wine list goes to places you may not traditionally visit (Austria, Chile) while also ensuring favorites from both the Old World and California are represented. The food? Always good ... especially the party melt, charred quail, and BLT (the sandwich, not the bar name). BLT (the bar name, not the sandwich) has an awesome outdoor seating setup (with heaters and tents), and you can curbside pickup as well.
Camerata at Paulie's
The always popular Montrose hang matches up its large wine list with a selection of finely picked meat and cheese. For those wanting to dine at home, Camerata offers same-day delivery of wine and food inside the Loop, if you spend more than $50 and order before 5 p.m. This won't be hard to do: Get yourself a $25 meat and cheese board (which includes four meats and cheeses) and a bottle of chianti for about $30. Boom—that's a beautiful Friday evening.
Montrose Cheese & Wine
There are few luxuries that compare to sitting out on a patio table—perhaps with a friend or partner—and sipping a refreshingly fruity rosé or Mourvedre while slowly picking apart a charcuterie board. Montrose Cheese and Wine, part of the Goodnight Hospitality complex, along with Rosie Cannonball, March, and The Chalet, doesn't have a large menu (food includes meats and cheeses, bread and butter, and a few snacks ... okay, and caviar), but the curation is top-notch, the service is snappy, the vibes are good, and you can always take some wine home afterward.
The always-bustling, wine-focused restaurant with two locations (Heights, Montrose) offers pickup and delivery via DoorDash. Get Old World bottles, including curated two- and four-packs, and pair with antipasto and cheese boards or regular menu fare, like meatballs and goat cheese, paninis, and all kinds of bruschetta. Both locations have outdoor seating available, too.
If you're looking to take wine to-go from the Midtown favorite, it's easy and 20-percent off. Your best bet is to stop by and order, or if you can order far out in advance, email [email protected] But if you're comfortable hanging out inside the wine bar (or outside where there is some seating), there's a fantastic and always-changing selection of wine, including plenty of naturals to go with a wealth of charcuterie and cheese choices, paninis, and snacks.