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Carnival 2012 at Nacional 27

Rio-style Celebration with Brazilian Beats and Cachaca Drinks   

Tuesday, February 21
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Free to Attend

Can’t make it to Rio de Janeiro this year?  Nacional 27 in River North will offer the next best thing at their “Carnival 2012″ cocktail party on Fat Tuesday, February 21. The Nuevo Latino restaurant and lounge, inspired by the flavors and ingredients from the 27 countries comprising Central and South America, will feature live Brazilian music by the Bossa Tres Trio from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and custom cocktails made with Brazilian-based ingredients.

In-house mixologist and general manager Liz Samples will offer three different types of Caipirinhas, a classic Brazilian drink made with cachaca (a Brazilian liquor made from distilled and fermented sugarcane juice).  Guests may select the Classic Caipirinha, the Smooth & Spicy Caipirinha made with coconut, mango, ginger and lime or the Lux Caipirinha, made with yuzu sour juice ($8 each).  The restaurant will also feature a Veev Acai Berry-blended Mojito for $10.  Acai is a “superfood” berry found in the Brazilian Amazon.

Executive Chef Francisco Vilchez’s full tapas and dinner menus will be available.

Nacional 27
325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610
312.664.2727
n27chicago.com


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New Dinner Menu at Nacional 27

Menu Now Available

Monday through Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Nacional 27 and Chef Chico Vilchez have unveiled a sizzling new menu for dinner service. The modern Latin restaurant and lounge begins with soups (chicken tortilla; gazpacho) and salads (ensalada verde; Costa Rican heart of palm), then leads into Latin favorites (pumpkin and goat cheese croqueta; shrimp adobado skewers; chorizo empanada; BBQ’d lamb tiny tacos; and a selection of ceviche). The dinner menu continues with entrees, such as Latin comfort foods (farm raised, chicken mole verde; suckling pig Cubano; short rib enchiladas), gaucho skewers, paella, seafood (Pacific Blue Nose Grouper Huachinago; center cut Ahi tuna) and steak (grilled, marinated skirt steak; chimichurri-crusted filet).

Group dining at Nacional 27 is easily achieved with a variety of menu choices. Along with the weekly entertainment and night-on-the-town atmosphere, Chef Vilchez’s large-party platters include the “Latin Dinner Party” for four or more (36.95 per guest includes tapas, three entrees and side dishes), “For The Table” appetizers, “Gaucho Skewers” (skewers of selected meats and seafood with rice and beans for two or more), ceviche and paella (plus pitchers of creative, house-made cocktails).

Dinner will end on a sweet note, as the Postres (desserts) section of the menu offers Pastel de Tres Leches, Cinnamon Churros, Grand Marnier Chocolate Cake, Pineapple Shortcake and Chico’s Flan.

Nacional 27′s new menu is outlined below. Images are available. Reservations may be made by calling the restaurant or visiting the website, N27Chicago.com.

The current, lively line-up has live bands performing on Tuesdays; free salsa lessons on Thursdays; Miami Nights with DJ Koncept on Fridays and Vida27! dance night on Saturdays. The tapas and ceviche menu is half-price Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m.; select wine pours are $5 per glass on Wednesdays.

Dinner Menu, Nacional 27
Chef Chico Vilchez

For the Table

Guacamole – tortilla & taro chips – 8.95

Shrimp & Guacamole – lime marinated Mexican gulf shrimp – 10.95

Fundido – roasted corn, queso, lime & cilantro – 6.95

Ceviche Sampling Platter – per person – 10.95

N27 Combination Platter – smoked chicken, empanada, boniato & plantain croqueta, bbq’d lamb taco, shrimp skewer – 9.95

Tapas

Soups & Salads

Chicken Tortilla Soup – shredded chicken, broth, jalapeno – 4.95

Gazpacho – chilled tomato, carrots, celery, jicama, cucumber & roasted corn – 5.95

Ensalada Verde – romaine, pickled onions, cilantro, pepitas & chipotle-papaya vinaigrette – 6.95

Costa Rican Hearts of Palm – avocado, olives, papaya – 8.95

Latin Favorites

Papas Bravas – paprika, garlic & Tabasco – 4.95

Boniato & Sweet Plantain Croqueta – roasted garlic aioli – 4.95

Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Croqueta – pepitas, orange aioli – 5.95

Steak Arepa Quesadilla – cremini mushrooms – 7.95

Crispy Steak Nacho – spicy jack, salsa, grilled jalapeños – 7.95

Skewers

Marinated Chicken – cilantro sofrito – 4.95

Grilled Beef Tenderloin – adobo three-chile salsa – 5.95

Shrimp Adobado – pineapple-vanilla salsa – 5.95

Empanada

Choose three – 9.95

Queso – pepper jack, cream cheese, roasted peppers & tomatillo salsa – 5.95

Smoked Chicken – roasted corn salsa, ancho crema – 6.95

Chorizo – queso fresco, pickled jalapeno crema – 6.95

Grilled Vegetable – squash, chayote, chili crema – 5.95

Beef – caramelized onions, black bean salsa, garlic aioli & tomatillo salsa – 7.95

Carnitas – shredded suckling pig, tomatillo, black beans, jalapeno-chipotle cream – 6.95

Tiny Tacos

Choose three – 9.95

Shrimp & Scallops – avocado, lime, romaine lettuce – 4.95

BBQ’d Lamb – guava, organic agave, avocado salsa – 4.95

Grilled Beef Tenderloin – spicy tomatillo salsa – 4.95

Black Bean – pepper jack, jalapeno, tomatillo, adobado salsa – 4.95

Ceviches

All Four – 10.95 per person

Shrimp & Scallops – citrus, sweet peppers, avocado – 9.95

Smoked Salmon – pequillo pepper, jicama, roasted corn – 9.95

Rainbow Coctel – salmon, shrimp, tuna, avocado, tomato – 9.95

Ahi Tuna & Watermelon – spicy rice wine vinaigrette – 9.95

N27 Oyster Shooters – spicy bloody maria – each 2.95; spike with vodka for 1.00

Latin Comfort Foods

Vegetables & Rice – grilled latin vegetables, spicy green rice -14.95

Farm Raised Chicken Mole Verde – squash, cilantro, caramelized onions – 15.95

Shredded Chicken Enchiladas – mole negro, pepper jack, rice & beans – 16.95

Short Rib Enchiladas – shredded chipotle-beef short ribs, roasted corn, pepper jack, mole verde, cabbage slaw – 17.95

Smoked Pork Tenderloin Adobado – caramelized onions, mashed Cuban sweet potatoes – 19.95

N27 Roast Suckling Pig “Cubano” – caramelized onion mashed Cuban sweet potatoes, eggplant, spicy tomatoes, coconut rice, black beans, chicharrónes, ancho pork jus – 21.95

Gaucho Skewers
With coco rice, black beans, trio of salsa
Priced per person; minimum two guests

Marinated Barbecue Skirt Steak – 16.95

Shrimp & Scallop – 17.95

Beef Tenderloin – 19.95

Paella
Priced per person; minimum two guests

Seafood Paella – shrimp, scallops, mussels, calamari, piquillo peppers – 17.95

Pork Paella – pulled pork, roast chicken, Spanish chorizo, tomato-cilantro-jicama – 16.95

Seafood & Steak

Grilled Salmon – coconut rice, orange mojo, cilantro – 18.95

Pacific Blue Nose Grouper “Huachinago” – tomatillo salsa, spicy green rice – 22.95

Center Cut Ahi Tuna – fire roasted corn, avocado, cilantro salsa – 24.95

Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak – crispy costa rican potatoes, salsa criolla – 17.95

Chimichurri Crusted Filet – three potato-chorizo hash, malbec reduction – 25.95

Beef Tenderloin “Medallions” – Spanish cheese-potato gratin, red wine just – 26.95; add chimichurri, blue cheese and truffle crust 3.00

Latin Dinner Party
A sharing menu available for tables of four or more guests
36.95 per person

For the Table – tortilla, taro chips & guacamole

Tapas – shrimp adobado, boniato & plantain croquetas, smoked chicken empanadas

Platters – choose three – seafood paella, grilled salmon, chicken mole verde, pacific blue nose grouper huachinago, grilled marinated skirt steak

Add $5 per person – guaco shrimp and scallop bbq, suckling pig cubano, chimichurri crusted beef tenderloin medallions

Sides – mashed boniato & grilled latin vegetables

Sides 4.95

Mashed Boniato

Roasted Plantains

Coconut Rice & Beans

Spinach & Chayote

Spicy Green Rice

Grilled Latin Vegetables

Postres – 5.95 

Cinnamon Churros – dulce de leche ice cream, house candied brazil nuts

Chico’s Flan – vanilla bean custard, caramel, fresh berries

Grand Marnier Chocolate Cake – callebaut south American chocolate, burnt caramel crema

Pineapple Shortcake – vanilla marinated pineapples, shortcake, banana ice cream

Pastel de Tres Leches – vanilla whipped cream, mango caramel

Ice Cream & Sorbet – chocolate, banana, coconut and raspberry

Nacional27
325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 664-2727
n27Chicago.com

 

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Thanksgiving Eve at Nacional 27

Spiced Sangria and Turkey Taquitos on Black Wednesday

Wednesday, November 23
Dinner and Lounge service, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The night before the Thanksgiving holiday will be festive and fun at Nacional 27. In addition to the full dinner and cocktail menus, three spicy and seasonal specials will be offered in the lounge at a discounted price. Nacional 27′s house-made Spiced Red and White Sangria will be offered at $5 per glass (regularly $9) and $15 by the pitcher (regularly $27, serves 6). Chef Chico Vilchez will prepare an appropriately themed special, Turkey Taquitos, served with a spicy cranberry salsa for $15.

Nacional 27′s sangria, available on tap, is made with house-infused wine, fruit, liqueurs, brandy and a secret blend of seven spices.

Dinner and table reservations are available by calling Nacional 27 or visiting OpenTable.

Nacional27
325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 664-2727
N27Chicago.com


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