Just shy of its first birthday, Lush's West Town wineshop has taken a bold 
step where no Lush store has gone before: into food territory. The long 
wooden bar, leather couches and communal table in the store's adjacent room 
are now open, with a menu dreamed up by some of the city's most fanatical 
winos. They're snacks meant to complement--and inspire--drinking: a heaping 
bowl of popcorn popped in duck fat and topped with herb sea salt ($3); 
crisp fried chickpeas with a truffle oil sheen ($3); garlicky hummus with 
fresh chickpeas ($6); and rich pork rillettes ($8). Cheeses hail from 
far-flung places, with an Iowa goat robiola and a Sardinian goat ricotta 
salata, served with buckwheat honey, pear paste and duck-fat-brushed toast, 
as current highlights. Prosciutto, jam?n serrano and salami comprise the 
cured meats list; a prosciutto-style Kentucky county ham from Colonel 
Newsome's is on the way. Owner Mitch Einhorn and director of snacks Kelly 
Cosgrove promise house-made pickles, cured olives, a daily salad, a 
beef-lobster-aioli brioche sandwich and 'something with molten cheese' in 
the near future. It's BYOB for now, with no corkage fee (and ample drinking 
options mere steps away). Once the license comes through, expect six beers 
on tap and a small by-the-glass list--plus anything you fancy from the 
wineshop, of course. Lush West Town Wine Bar, 1412 W. Chicago Ave. (open 
Tues. through Sat., 5 to 10 p.m.); 312-666-6900 or lushwineandspirits.com 
http://lushwineandspirits.com (map/directions 
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Wed. 29 Sep '10
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Be a Lush
West Town's best wineshop becomes a wine bar
 
Snacks at Lush Wine Bar West Town
 
Just shy of its first birthday, Lush's West Town wineshop has taken a bold step where no Lush store has gone before: into food territory.

The long wooden bar, leather couches and communal table in the store's adjacent room are now open, with a menu dreamed up by some of the city's most fanatical winos.

They're snacks meant to complement--and inspire--drinking: a heaping bowl of popcorn popped in duck fat and topped with herb sea salt ($3); crisp fried chickpeas with a truffle oil sheen ($3); garlicky hummus with fresh chickpeas ($6); and rich pork rillettes ($8).

Cheeses hail from far-flung places, with an Iowa goat robiola and a Sardinian goat ricotta salata, served with buckwheat honey, pear paste and duck-fat-brushed toast, as current highlights.

Prosciutto, jamón serrano and salami comprise the cured meats list; a prosciutto-style Kentucky county ham from Colonel Newsome's is on the way.

Owner Mitch Einhorn and director of snacks Kelly Cosgrove promise house-made pickles, cured olives, a daily salad, a beef-lobster-aioli brioche sandwich and "something with molten cheese" in the near future.

It's BYOB for now, with no corkage fee (and ample drinking options mere steps away). Once the license comes through, expect six beers on tap and a small by-the-glass list--plus anything you fancy from the wineshop, of course.

Lush West Town Wine Bar, 1412 W. Chicago Ave. (open Tues. through Sat., 5 to 10 p.m.); 312-666-6900 or lushwineandspirits.com (map/directions)

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