Bottlefork Bar & Kitchen | River North | Contemporary/Regional, Small Plates, Bar | Restaurant
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Jeffrey Marini

Barstaurant from Billy Dec and Rockit Ranch.

Our Review

The menu at Bottlefork, from carnival barker and Rockit C.E.Bro Billy Dec, has the usual Rockit hoo-ha, with lots of pointless scare quotes ("tots," "kim chee," "churrasco"). But otherwise most everything appears relatively inoffensive descriptively—appealing even. Execution is another story. I had such radically different experiences on my visits that I'm not sure I ate in the same place twice. Deep-fried dishes—and there are a lot of them—were particularly discouraging; among other misses, fries came browned but limp and those "tots" were mushy. The only thing anyone could agree had merit was a surprisingly subtle bacon and beef burger topped with blue cheese and shoestring potatoes. Read the full review >>

Mike Sula

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Price: $$$
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, AmEx, Discover

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On the drinks list at this Billy Dec joint is the ultimate absurdity: a $35 cocktail served in a glass large enough to hold a school of piranhas, containing a giant ice cube, a nudie playing card encapsulated within it, and five different whiskeys that cancel each other out in favor of a dominant dose of rosewater. There's no way to maintain any dignity while drinking the Bill Brasky, named for the mythic macho Saturday Night Live character infamous for a urine stream that can cut through steak and a habit of punching bald eagles. But as far as the cocktail menu goes as a whole, it might be the most legitimate in the Rockit Ranch empire, dominated by fairly faithful classics and a few originals like the Losna, dark rum and amaro spritzed and bittered up with an India pale ale. However, there's no legitimate excuse for charging $14 for a cocktail containing subterranean-shelf bourbon like Cabin Still. —Mike Sula


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