Join me for a special holiday season Follow Me on Friday as I welcome an amazing new restaurant to Rogers Park: Twisted Tapas. The fun takes place this Friday, December 6th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1146 W. Pratt (just east of Sheridan), in the location formerly occupied by Aqua Bar.
I am going to make a bold prediction. Twisted Tapas will succeed where previous establishments at that location have struggled for the simple reason that owner Bob Parilla (photo below courtesy of DNAinfo) is an experienced restaurateur who gets it. He understands the keys to success in his chosen profession are consistently good food and consistently good service.
I had the pleasure of dining there a few weeks ago and food is absolutely superb and the service was very friendly and attentive. But don’t just take my word for it. The 28 reviewers on Yelp gave Twisted Tapas an average of four and a half stars. In fact, all but one reviewer gave it either four or five stars.
Though the food is served tapas style (small portions), you can definitely make a meal of it if you order five or six dishes.
Tapas are normally Spanish dishes, but in Bob’s establishment, he serves the tapas version of Macaroni and Cheese, along with other dishes, to make his menu in the words of one Yelp reviewer, “a melting pot of delicious.”
For this Friday’s event, Bob will be serving up a tasting of jalapeño gnocchi (my favorite), stuffed mushrooms and bacon-wrapped dates. He’s also offering a complimentary sangria, beer or soft drink.
“Follow Me on Friday” is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward’s finest restaurants, pubs and businesses. Each week on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or business where I’ll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It’s a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.
Previous Follow Me on Friday locations includeMullen’s Bar and Grill, 7301 N. Western; Act One Cafe, 1330 W. Morse; Ethiopian Diamond II, 7537 N. Clark;Waterfront Cafe, 6219 N. Sheridan; Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine & Fruit Bar, 1947 W. Howard; theMorseland, 1218 W. Morse; the Caribbean American Bakery, 1539 W. Howard; Chuckie’s, 1412 W. Morse; Gruppo di Amici, 1508 W. Jarvis; the Red Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood; Fabi’s, 7124 N. Clark; The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood; the Buffalo Bar at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood; Bruno and Tim’s Lounge, 6562 N. Sheridan; the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse; The Fish Keg, 2233 W. Howard; La Cazuela, 6922 N. Clark; Sweet Attila’s and The Growling Rabbit, 6981 N. Sheridan; the Grill Inn, 1422 W. Morse; El Famous Burrito, 7047 N. Clark; the New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan; the Sidecar Bar, 6920 N. Glenwood; Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, 6733 N. Clark; thePoitin Stil, 1502 W. Jarvis; Northside Community Resources, 1530 W. Morse; Felice’s Roman Style Pizza,6441 N. Sheridan; The Coffee Shop, 1135 W. Sheridan; the Lighthouse Tavern, 1236 W. Chase; Heartland on the Lake, 1200 W. Greenleaf; Royal Coffee Chicago, 6764 N. Sheridan; the Clark Street Market, 7007 N. Clark; Cafe Descartes, 6451 N. Sheridan; the Greenleaf Arts Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf; the Mezz Gallery at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; Taste Wine and Food, 1506 W. Jarvis; Badou Senegalese Cuisine, 2055 W. Howard; Morse Gyros and Chicken, 1335 W. Morse; Den Den Restaurant, 6635 N. Clark; Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis; and Bop ‘N’ Grill, 6604 N. Sheridan,El Pulpo Loco, 6619 N. Clark; R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis; and the Glenwood Dance Studio, 7017 N. Glenwood.
Start the holidays right by joining me this Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in welcoming Twisted Tapas, a restaurant that will be in Rogers Park a long, long time.