Situated in a bustling area of River North, Enolo Wine Bar is the perfect spot for for an impromptu, casual date night with your significant other. An intimate two-top awaits, but start with a drink at the bar, just to prolong the experience. Spanning one side of the dining room, it’s a stunner, with a wrap-around wine rack of distressed white wood showcasing the many varietals on offer. With such a deep selection, you’ll be glad to know that Enolo offers every wine by the glass, as well as flights of three for those who want to sample a few different selections within a category. Choose from such options as “sparkling,” “deep and dark,” and “spicy and fiery” and don’t be shy about writing down your favorites for next time.
At Enolo, the food more than matches the wine, so once you take a table in the cozy dining room, let your server make a few recommendations for the best bites to pair and share. This being date night, keep it romantic with marinated Mediterranean olives, oysters drizzled in a champagne and tomato mignonette, or a twist on Caprese salad with fresh basil and romesco sauce. The bruschettas are especially delightful, topped with farm-fresh ingredients and served on crusty bread from local bakers Red Hen. One bruschetta topped with salmon cured in pesto and red beets and another with bacon jam and torched burrata should end the night on a high note. After all, bacon makes everything better.
Photo: João André O. Dias