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Meat the new restaurant: Now it's El Che Steakhouse & Bar - Chicago Tribune

The change, Manion said, acknowledges what the restaurant has become. El Che Bar opened as a Argentine-focused restaurant offering a wide range of fire-grilled proteins, but it became obvious that, for the majority of its guests, meat was what was for dinner.

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Eight of Chicago’s Most Delightful Chef’s Tables - Eater Chicago

At El Che Bar, Mesa Cincuenta y Quatro (Table 54) is dubbed the best seat in the house. Credit that to its location (it’s as close to the restaurant’s 12-foot hearth as diners can get) or to the fact that it has its very own menu, cooked especially for the table’s residents that night. Available for parties of two, consider it the perfect reservation for impressing that special someone — or for celebrating that epic promotion.

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REVIEWS: EL CHE STEAKHOUSE & BAR - THE INFATUATION

El Che Bar isn’t strictly a traditional Argentinian restaurant or steakhouse, but it’s clearly rooted in Argentinean cuisine. Lean heavy on anything cooked on the easily visible grill with the huge flames, and be prepared to feel the literal heat if you sit close it. Everything from roasted oysters to morcilla (blood sausage) to steaks are excellent and should play a large role in your meal. But feel free to mix in salads, pastas, and sides so you don’t totally overdose on meat. It’s all delicious and it’s all meant to be shared, which means anywhere from 4-8 people is the sweet spot for trying a lot of food.

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BEST CHICAGO HAPPY HOUR DEALS - Chicago Tribune REDEYE

El Che Bar (845 W. Washington Blvd., 312-265-1130) offers half-price bar snacks and $7 martinis and punch from 5 to 6 p.m.

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COZY UP IN FRONT OF EL CHE BAR’S ONE-OF-A-KIND FIREPLACE - URBAN MATTER

Chef John Manion has brought an Argentinian-inspired menu to Chicago at El Che Bar. Wanting to share the Buenos Aires tradition of live-flame cooking with the Windy City, Manion sought out a collaboration with local artisan Bobby Middleton. Middleton is best known for his work on Harley Davidson bikes, but Manion commissioned him for an even hotter project.

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