Uninterrupted conversation? Who knew that existed? Family time is swell, but sometimes it’s nice to line up a sitter to spend time in a kid-free zone. Whether you swap stories over a meal or bond while touring some of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings, we’ve rounded up low-key, sitter-worthy ideas for adult fun. Enjoy the sound of silence!
The ‘burbs are cool, too! We promise!
Though it can seem so sometimes, crave-worthy food isn't exclusive to city establishments. Make your way west to The Craftsman by Two Brothers and you'll see what we're yapping about. It's broken up into three very different floors: the first is an uber cool spot to grab a cup of Joe, fresh juice or a bit of breakfast, the second is a more formal option where you can break bread over brunch, lunch or dinner and the third is a cozy hideaway with its own semi-hidden entrance for drinks and gab.
Let's focus in on floor 2 for a bit, as it's pretty special. First of all, making a reservation for the chef's table is never a bad idea. You need to be okay with sitting side-by-side with your mate at bar-height, chatting with the personable chefs, manager and staff, but it's a great time. The only downside to this seat is you have to watch every bit of food being served to diners pass under your nose . . . you'll want all of it. The menu rotates regularly and is driven by the seasons and the whim of the chefs. Some favorites on the current menu are the Butcher's Steak with the most amazing brussels sprouts, the Tuna Poke (do not even think about not ordering this app), the Strawberry Bacon Salad, Beet Salad and the Pork Belly appetizer . . . oh, and absolutely anything on the short, but sweet, dessert menu. You really can't go wrong here.
After you feed your hunger, climb to the third floor, which has outside seating when weather cooperates, for a dimly lit night cap. Need a drink recommendation? Give the Green Chile Gimlet a whirl.
Good to know: Take things back to the olden days of no TVs, cell phones or distractions at meal time and enjoy great food and even better company at the Community Dinners held one Sunday every month at 6 p.m. Reservations for these three-course, family-style dinners can be made and paid for on Open Table.
The Craftsman by Two Brothers, 16 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. Online: twobrothersbrewing.com
photo: Craftsman by Two Brothers
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— Maria Chambers