This fun-loving Illinois chain with a mall-side location in Greenwood Park Mall hearkens to the good old days of artichoke dip and California chicken clubs, when a person could order a glowing-green Honeydew martini without so much as a sideways glance from the bartender. Though the big American menu makes a lot of family-friendly
concessions—including a basket of tater tots loaded with bacon, queso, and giardiniera, and excellent
jalapeño-and-bacon Pig & Pepper sliders—the emphasis at Bar Louie is on the first word. The young, chatty bartenders are masters of the quick pour—flinging the Sailor Jerry and Jim Beam with lightning precision (and making a surprisingly genteel Templeton Rye Old Fashioned) against a backdrop of flat-screen TVs tuned to sports.