Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

Location: 225 N Michigan Ave.
Cost: About $18 per person

A few weeks ago there was a concert in Millennium Park that Schneider really wanted to go to. Accordingly, he rounded up Ryan, Yoni, Truck Stick, Bacalar, and myself to join him. We figured we'd grab dinner beforehand. Ryan works in that part of town and suggested we all hit up Sweetwater.

Logistics
I'm a fan of the setup at Sweetwater. They have a pretty large sized patio in prime people watching location. The bar has a lot of TVs and a bunch of large booths that were ideal for a group like ours. One issue was that there weren't any good games on, and we were subjected to watching women's softball. One of our guys got there early to put our name down. If that hadn't been the case, we probably would have waited 20 minutes or so. The place gets busy on nice days during the week, which makes sense based on the high traffic "businessy" area.

Service was fine although it took a little longer than expected to get our food (especially since it was mainly an order of burgers and wraps). The price is alright, and a little high if anything. Wraps and burgers float around $11, and the portions are medium. Considering the location though, this is a pretty decent deal. Still, if the portions were larger then maybe Bacalar would've been full enough to share his chips with this homeless guy who asked for them at the concert.

The Food
We got things rolling with an appetizer of Spinach and Artichoke Dip. It was way too creamy and peppery for my liking. The herb pita it came with was soft and flavorful though.

The Spinach and Artichoke Dip

For our entrees we got the Trevi, the Burger, the Santa Fe Wrap, the Ahi Tuna Wrap, and the Waldorf Wrap. The Waldorf wrap had a nice balance between the sweetness of the cranberries, the crunchiness of the walnuts, and the succulent chicken. The Ahi Tuna was served at a nice rare with a sear, but there was way too much dressing in mine. Our party had two of these wraps, and they were pretty inconsistent as far as the amount of tuna and dressing was concerned. Most everyone got the tater tots with their sandwich, and I thought they were a bit too greasy (still crispy and delicious though). I went with the grilled veggies for my side, which was a mistake. The pieces were cut too small, and the peppers were soggy.

The Trevi

The Burger

The Santa Fe Wrap

 The Waldorf Wrap

Overall
There's a decent amount to be said for the space at Sweetwater. It's a cool looking bar with a nice patio and good seating options for groups. The food on the other hand is just average and fell victim to common bar food pitfalls such as inconsistency and sloppiness. I'm giving them 2.5 out of 5 Pearls.


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