St. Paddy’s Day tends to bring out the amateurs.
Revelers who, like besotted leprechauns, seek the end of the rainbow and its pot of beer-pong gold.
This year, say goodbye to all that at Grand Tour, a gastropub plating elevated Irish eats, now open in Ravenswood.
Grand Tour’s your new neighborhood haunt: a global hub of food and drink with a central roundabout bar, exposed brick walls and flatscreens dedicated to international and stateside sports.
Their menu features grub from a new region every month, and this month, fittingly, the specialties come from the land of Micks and Bridgets.
On order: corned beef sausage with cabbage and a smoked rainbow trout with champ potato cake dish that would make even Maimeo happy.
You’ll want to explore the regular menu, too, which flavor-trips everywhere from China to Iceland to Spain to Mexico. Our favored destination: the Jamaica-inspired marinated jerk octopus and crispy plantains drizzled with habanero citrus vinaigrette.
It’s reason to book a return trip.
Ed. note: As of publishing date, Grand Tour awaits a liquor license. With luck of the Irish they’ll have it by the weekend. Till then, they’re BYO. Stay updated and you can plan accordingly.