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Your Friday Food Buffet

By Chuck Sudo in Food on May 4, 2007 4:00PM

2007_05_cisco_kid.jpgThis week's theme: Cinco de Mayo. More specifically, the Anglicized version of Cinco de Mayo. Let's get on with it.

Everyone Has An Opinion: In conjunction with National Hamburger Month, the folks at Yelp! have released a thoroughly underwhelming list of their top five places to get a burger in town. The site that brings together user reviews of all the "hidden gems, hot spots, and amazing small businesses you've never heard of or fanatically love yourself" gives us a list that includes Moody's Pub, R.J. Grunt's, erwin, Boston Blackie's, and Choppers. Last we checked, none of these qualified as hidden gems.

Oh, Cisco! Oh, Pancho!: Adobo Grill will get into the swing of all things Cinco de Mayo, starting at 2:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. at their Old Town location, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at their Wicker Park outpost. Each location will feature a different menu, and mariachi bands will blow out your eardrums from 6-9 p.m.

Why Wasn't There Ever a "Bill the Cat" Beer?: The Handlebar is hosting its second annual "Gumballhead" release party on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. The folks from Three Floyd's will be on hand to tap the first keg of Gumballhead beer, of which we know a little something about. Over at the Reader's Food Chain blog, Martha Bayne noted that last year's inaugural event was "mobbed." Coming on the heels of DarkLord Day, Three Floyd's is the local brewery of the moment. Show up early.

Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back: In Fine Spirits and the Andersonville Development Corporation launch the inaugural Andersonville Wine Walk this Sunday. For $20 ($25 on the day of the walk) participants can walk the neighborhood and visit local businesses, sipping wine along the way. Twenty bucks seems like a steal to walk down the street flagrantly ignoring open container laws.

Que Syrah Syrah: Que Syrah Fine Wines, located across from the Music Box, is hosting a free tasting Saturday of four new wines new to the market from Tesori Wines. The tasting runs from 3-7 p.m.

The Cop-Out: Intimidated by having to select a wine? You have two options. You can go to a liquor store and learn by asking questions, or you can drop sixty dollars at The Chopping Block and pick the brain of Wine Discount Center general manager Mike Baker. The class will be held at The Chopping Block's Merchandise Mart location from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9.