Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wine bar in the 'burbs -- Flight 112, Elmhurst

So I turn 28 today. And since it's Sunday, the celebration was last night. I wanted something chill, someplace to gather friends new and old, and Flight 112 Wine Bar fit the bill.

Located at 112 W. Park Ave. in downtown Elmhurst -- across the street from the Metra station -- the space is interesting; the wine bar is deep and not too wide, but it's attached to an art gallery with a salon and I think a chiropractor also sharing the space. So you can wander in and look at the art, and there is also a lot of neat art hanging on the walls.

We spent the evening in the back room of Flight 112, a comfortable loungey area with couches and pillows and small tables to set your drinks/food down on.

There were 7 of us and everyone had a great time. The waitress (?) who helped us all evening kept our water glasses refilled, kept track of our constant orders without a notepad, and even kept our bills all separate without a problem. The wines I tried were delicious and she was helpful with recommendations and advice.

The wines vary hugely from bold, dry reds to sweet whites, plus sparkling and dessert wines. A lot of the wines are organic or "biodynamic" (google it if you are bored); wine flights are also available. They also have an extensive beer list.

They also have a smallish selection of food mostly of the sharing variety, including cheese platters, cold meats, flatbreads, panini and a few desserts. I ordered one of the planks (3 cheeses, 3 meats plus bread and fruit) and everything was delicious. People in our group also ordered panini and flatbread, and they looked and smelled great.

I already loved downtown Elmhurst, and this was a fantastic spot to have a celebratory night out. The prices are reasonable, there's a huge variety of wines and beer, and it's overall just a great space and concept. I had a great time, and I can highly recommend Flight 112 for a great night out.

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