Category Archives: RENOWN RESTAURANTS

THE BANDERA RESTAURANT MULE (REVISITED)

THE BANDERA RESTAURANT MULE (CHICAGO)
THE BANDERA RESTAURANT MULE (CHICAGO)

My first sip of this mule was absolutely refreshing. We have experienced the Bandera’s Mule several times and I swore they originally served this in a copper cup. Either way, for this particular review we take an entire star off for serving these traditions in glass.

THE BANDERA RESTAURANT (CHICAGO)

Ultimately this mule’s flavor was traditional- much like that of Devon’s, and even Lux Bar’s Mule. Bandera’s Mule is served with a touch of sophistication, as you can see by the leaf in the drink. They steer away from the cliche lime, and served the drink with lime already freshly squeezed into to the beverage. I actually like this method. The presentation of their beverage changes as a result, bringing the glass an even classier and exclusive desirability in such a luxurious atmosphere.

THE BANDERA RESTAURANT (CHICAGO)

The atmosphere at Bandera’s is absolutely stunning, relaxing, and if I could sum it up in one word- Jazzy. This is not only because the restaurant offers LIVE JAZZ after 4pm every evening, but because the food, interior decor, and noise levels are robust and intimate. This restaurant is an amazing place to connect with emotions.

THE BANDERA RESTAURANT MULE (CHICAGO)

Speaking of emotions, the food served here is so delicately prepared that every bite induces some pleasurable words of excitement and fulfillment. I mean every bite! If you try something new you will be surprised. If you grab what’s most familiar you will still melt. The chefs deserve awards and have probably collected several over their lifetime.

THE BANDERA RESTAURANT FOOD (CHICAGO)
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Ultimately my experience was as a good as addicts claim drugs are- I must go AGAIN. Have you ever visited a restaurant in a town you’re touring and have an experience you will never forget? Well this restaurant is that experience, even if you visit more than 5 times in a single summer. The cocktail beverage was only a small component to the full experience you hold with you forever after visiting this restaurant.

THE BANDERA RESTAURANT MULE (CHICAGO)
BANDERA RESTAURANT (CHICAGO) ENTRANCE

FOOD: 4.5/5 STARS
SETTING: 4.8/5 STARS
DRINKS: 4.7/5 STARS
BANDERA’S MULE: (3.8 STARS)
{THIS MULE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED}
@BanderaChicago

NEW GRAND LUX CAFÉ STRAWBERRY MULE

(THE NEW, GRAND LUX CAFÉ STRAWBERRY MULE • CHICAGO)
(THE NEW, GRAND LUX CAFÉ STRAWBERRY MULE • CHICAGO)

THE NEW, GRAND LUX CAFÉ STRAWBERRY MULE

The Grand Lux Cafe has a new spin on the Moscow Mule that they will be adding to the menu very soon. The Metropolitan Mule got to try it first!

My first sip of this beauty was one to remember! A new flavor that tastes absolutely splendid. Our co-founder tried a mule topped with an orange the other day and he said that at first sight, he was disturbed. His mule turned out to be too sweet.

The Grand Lux Strawberry Mule is an avant garde cocktail that could easily be imitated and even poorly prepared by imitators, but the mixologists here knew what they are doing. My Grand Lux Strawberry Mule was sweet enough for the ladies, but probably needs more liquor for the men. The Moscow Mule is generally supposed to be a powerful drink. No matter what you believe- a good mule is always prepared with kick! (A good buzz should hit you halfway through). I only noticed a microscopic buzz after finishing my first mule. My second mule tasted just as sweet, but this time it was perfect! I made a comment about the liquor content and the mixologist prepared another. These refinements were perfect. The liquor balanced out the taste to add the real kick to both the flavor and the feeling!

The Grand Lux Strawberry Mule compliments most all of your desired cuisine choices and is prepared with kettle one vodka and strawberry purine. This mule is served with a strawberry instead of a lime and has an original taste like no other Moscow Mule or cocktail that I have ever tasted. The drink is extremely fruity and served with regular ice. The recipe wasn’t disclosed entirely to us, but I can taste that this is a traditional mule in-essence. The mule is is officially available on the Grand Lux Cafe (Chicago) menu November 3rd, 2014.

This mule is a 3.9/5 Stars!

We took one point off entirely for the missing copper cup. If the Grand Lux Cafe wants to be ahead of the game and premiere a super-star Moscow Mule, then they need the copper cups to refine the absolute taste of this alcoholic beverage. We can’t stress it enough how important the copper cups are to serve your Moscow mule! The copper cups add value, luxury, coldness, and purer flavor.


FOOD: 5/5 STARS
SETTING: 5/5 STARS
DRINKS: 4/5 STARS
GRAND LUX CAFÉ STRAWBERRY MULE (3.9 STARS)
{THIS MULE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED}

THE DEVON SEAFOOD MULE

DEVON SEAFOOD GRILL
MOSCOW MULE (AT DEVON SEAFOOD & GRILL)

THE DEVON SEAFOOD GRILL MULE

On a cloudy brisk Chicago evening I ventured to a low key but surprisingly amazing seafood restaurant called Devon Seafood Grill in Chicago’s Gold Coast. As my group and I were first seated, our lovely waitress brought the most delicious Butter Bay Biscuits that I’ve ever had. The pleasant waitress asked me if I wanted a drink so I asked her if she so happened have a house Moscow Mule. She replied, “yes of course let me bring one out to you.”

I was pleasantly surprised to see it arrive in a “Tito’s Handmade Vodka” copper cup! Major kudos to Devon for that additional touch of luxury. We love the copper cup. We believe the copper cup drastically affects the taste of the cocktail. This is one of the best mules I have ever tasted.

My first sip was like a interstellar-space-take-off, and I thought to myself: “what an absolutely amazingly crafted beverage.” The lime, garnish, ginger beer, and vodka was an absolutely enchanting combination. Along with the astonishing array of delicious seafood the Devon Mule felt like more of a fine wine that complemented the food, setting off fireworks for my pallet. I give the (@DevonSeafood) Devon Mule a 4.5 star-rating out of five stars.


FOOD: 5/5 STARS
SETTING: 4/5 STARS
DRINKS 4.5/5 STARS
DEVON MULE @DevonChicago: (4.5 STARS)
{THIS MULE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED}