A couple years ago I made a resolution to try more restaurants. Since opening about a year ago, Sketchbook Brewery and Taproom has made that goal a lot easier by bringing other restaurants to me.
Sketchbook has featured many area restaurants through pop-up kitchens or food trucks. It’s a great way to sample house specialties of other local eateries while enjoying the large selection of home-brewed beers.
In recent weeks I tried La Cocinita Food Truck‘s Venezuelan-inspired arepas, bowls and tacos; Libertad‘s tostadas, ceviche and tacos and Soul & Smoke‘s sandwiches and skewers. Previously, Chicago Lunchbox, Kneads and Wants Artisan Bakery, NaKorn and Mustard’s Last Stand brought their specialties to Sketchbook.
Yesterday, Comida Cantina brought two kinds of tacos. The smoked turkey included green mole, shaved red onion, grape tomatoes and creamy romaine slaw. The other taco had wood-grilled summer vegetables, cauliflower queso, arugula, salsa fresca and pickled bell peppers. I tried one of each. Since I was undecided on which one was better, I had to go back and try each again. I’m still undecided . . . but not complaining.
Sketchbook regularly introduces new beers into their beverage lineup. A recent favorite of mine is Apfel Ale, a beer/cider hybrid based on Stephen King’s fictional Graf brew. Twelve apple varieties make it light and refreshing. Freedomish is another excellent new beer. A hibiscus saison with orange peel, it was brewed to commemorate Juneteenth, with 100 percent of the profits going to Skokie United and Evanston Present and Future.
I am trying all these new foods and restaurants, and the best part is I can enjoy all the food and refreshing beverages two blocks from my place on Sketchbook’s beautiful new patio. It’s a great way to spend a summer night.
— John Wroblewski, writer
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Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.