Dinner and a Movie: The Grey

By Vanessa Butler

Going to see <i>The Grey</i> this weekend? Here's where you should go beforehand.

Dinner and a movie may not seem like the best thing to do on a night out with the guys (whatever will your local strip joint haunt do without you) but The Grey, an action packed thriller about six men battling a pack of wolves in the turbulent Alaskan climate, may change your mind. Make a night of it and indulge in meaty meals drowned in pint after pint of beer.

So where do you go to get in the mood for a film like this? Here is where we’re sending you.

Animal Restaurant 435 N. Fairfax Ave.Los Angeles

Ran by famed chefs Jon Schook, and Vinny Dotolo, Animal Restaurant is everything a man looks for in an eatery. The chefs pride themselves on unusual cuts and animal parts like pig tails, veal brains, sweetbreads and lamb neck. Paired with a bottle from their seasonal wine list, or one you bring from home, you and your friends will feast like kings before you watch Liam Neeson kick wolf ass.

 Our favorite dishes: foie gras loco moco, quail egg, spam, and hamburger ($35) and the bacon chocolate crunch bar with S&P ice cream ($7)

 Revolution Brewing 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago

We can’t think of anything that goes better with a great burger than a pint of ice cold beer. One of our favorite spots for just this thing is Revolution Brewing in Chicago. Jim Cibak, a professional brewer has been concocting some of the best batches of beer over the past 15 years, brews about 35 different styles of beer throughout the year.

Our favorite dishes: Bacon Fat Popcorn ($4) & Hombre Burger ($13)

The Salt Lick 18300 FM 1826 Driftwood, TX

It doesn’t get any manlier than The Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas. Serving up their famous ribs, brisket and sausages marinated and smoked on an open pit, the only thing we can think of that’s  is the fact that it is a BYOB joint.  Buy a bottle of their homemade sauce and dry rub, you’ll be craving the taste of Salt Lick BBQ for weeks!

Our favorite dish: Four meat combination plate with moist brisket, pork ribs and beef ribs. ($15)

Pies ‘n’ Thighs 166 S.4th Street Brooklyn NY

Imagine the best fried chicken you’ve ever had  and double it by thirty: that is what the food tastes like at this little restaurant. The girls who run Pies 'n’ Thighs will have you cursing the calorie gods after devouring their meals and washing the southern comfort food down with a pint of beer. How can something that tastes so good be so bad? (photo source)

Our Favorite dishes: Fried Chicken Box ($13) & the Chicken Biscuit (6)


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