Fun is the name of the game at Bounce Sporting Club ( 324 W. Chicago Ave.; www.bouncesportingclub.com/ ) which, despite its name, has some really intriguing ( and, yes, fun ) menu items.
Of course, with its name, Bounce has a focus on—what else?—sports. ( The grand-opening party certainly proved that, with appearances by former NBA star and actor Rick Fox, NFL all-star Ryan Mundy and ex-New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards, among others. ) One thing patrons aren’t able to say is that they can’t see what’s on television, as there are large screens here, there and everywhere to catch those sports events ( including the upcoming Super Bowl ).
It should be noted that Bounce is one of those spots that has a DJ as well as a bouncer. Weekends are likely to be a little bit rowdy and clubby—and those who enjoy that atmosphere can certainly partake of it.
Executive Chef Sean Olnowich makes sure that guests can gorge themselves in whimsical ( and delicious ) ways. Start with the bone-in wings, of which my favorite was the maple bacon; the Hot Cheetos wings were a little too spicy for this writer, although my dining companions appreciated the heat.
Among the other appetizers are offerings such as house-smoked wagyu brisket “skins,” blackened mahi tacos, pizza disco fries ( house fries, marinara, mozzarella, sausage and pepperoni ), Cap’n Crunch-crusted chicken nuggets ( really good ) and even fried mac ‘n cheese bars. ( I never said these items were healthful. )
However, that’s just the tip of the culinary iceberg. Sandwiches include the wonderful Works Burger ( custom beef blend, tomato confit, gruyere, applewood bacon, fried egg, arugula and secret sauce ) and the French Onion Soup Burger. There are also various flatbreads ( like the truffle mushroom ) as well as entrees like 28-day dry-aged New York strip, beer-braised shortrib and charred cauliflower “steak.” ( And, yes, there are salads as well, for the rare person who’s focused enough to make health a priority. ) Desserts are gargantuan, including one concoction with Rice Krispies, chocolate-chip cookies and additional items that quickly toppled—but was still a delight to eat.
Drinks are plentiful—and pretty good, although there was a hopefully-now-rectified problem the night I was there regarding cocktail menus. Items include The Smokin’ Kisses ( sombra mezcal, cinnamon, chili tincture, grapefruit juice and lime juice ) and the Windy City ( Bombay Dry Gin, honey butterfly petal, lemon juice and elderflower rose float ) .