Monday, April 12, 2010

STAGE BITES: The Weekly Dining & Drinking Guide

Collaboraction's "Carnaval" party in 2009. (Photo: Collaboraction)

Every Monday look for the week's top performances paired with the best deals before and after the show:

CARNAVAL: The Dome of Doom at 437 N. Wolcott Ave. Collaboraction's phenomenally wild kickoff bash for the "Sketchbook" series includes live performances, dance battles, offbeat theatrics and more. 9pm April 17. Get tickets here.

Bar DeVille: Keep the high energy up by heading to this nearby corner lounge, which has made a name for itself for the classic cocktails and vintage, yet hipster, setting. Head to the rear for the old-school photobooth and billiards table.

Coalfire: The pizzas at this West Town eatery are created in Chicago's only coal fire. They're crisp, cheesy and highly recommended are the classic Margherita and the four-cheese pie made with mozzarella, ricotta, Parmesan and Romano. Each pizza is made for two and under $20.

Twisted Spoke: Smut & Eggs is still going down at this legendary biker bar, offering diners soft porn with late-night brunch items. A number of egg dishes include steak and eggs, Wisconsin Scramble (with brats), Sloppy Eggs (with Sloppy Joe mix) and a fried-egg sandwich. Midnight-2:30am Saturdays.

Prosciutto Bread Balls at The Purple Pig!

(Photo: Matt Kirouac)

Everyone's squealing over The Purple Pig, the bustling little gastropub just steps from the Mag Mile.

The menu is bursting at the seams with Mediterranean-style pork (cured meats, pig's ear with crispy kale, pork-fried almonds with rosemary and garlic), but there was one particular dish that immediately caught my eye.