A few weeks ago, I shared my take on the top Midwestern tiki bars, with the disclaimer that I'd personally only visited two of the three. Well, I'm happy to share that as of last week, I crossed the third off my bucket list -- and it's just as good, if not better, than expected.
On the outskirts of Chicago's Logan Square, Lost Lake is a landlocked tropical oasis. It was a chilly weeknight when we walked into its sticky-sweet haze of balmy air, bamboo and banana-soaked rum -- seriously, if a bar can take on a persona, this place is Ricky Ricardo crossed with a dash of Sean Connery.
Get there are soon as you can! I hear the line forms even before its 4 p.m. Saturday opening -- but I promise, it's totally worth it. When you make it in, you have to try the Mystery Gardenia -- and I dare you to limit it to just one.