Best Excuse to be a Localvore | Eat Out Awards 2011

WaterShed It’s easy to eat locally in the spring, summer and fall, but what do localvores do during the four-month winter? They drink. And thanks...
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Photograph: Martha Williams Best Excuse To Be A Localvore: Watershed
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It’s easy to eat locally in the spring, summer and fall, but what do localvores do during the four-month winter? They drink. And thanks to WaterShed, they drink very well. The basement bar hidden under Pops for Champagne has given itself over to Midwestern spirits, curating a list that includes Illinois gins, Wisconsin vodkas, Michigan rums and (though not exactly in the Midwest) Kentucky bourbons. Drink these spirits in one of WaterShed’s serious cocktails, or simply shaken and served up. Either way, they’re a more original choice than one of the many Midwestern beers on offer here—and a tastier choice than those, yikes, Midwestern wines. 601 N State St, lower level (312-266-4932).

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