Some restaurant groups are one-trick ponies, churning out different versions of the same venue. But others manage to create restaurants and bars wildly different from one another that still, somehow, aspire to the same excellence. Such is the case with Chicago's Sunda and Rockit, two of many excellent venues from the group Rockit Ranch Productions.
Rockit Bar & Grill is the upbeat, high-energy home to Executive Chef Mike Sheerin’s contemporary bar fare -- think burgers and wings, "Nashville Hot" Chicharones and steak-and-onion "Rockit Pockits" -- along with a killer late-night menu and nightly specials (50-cent wings? $3 tacos? Sign us up). Sophisticated cocktails (the "Scentless Apprentice" daiquiri, with brown-butter washed Bacardi Superior) are one way to get the night going; the bottle service list is another. Both the bar and restaurant and the weekend lounge regularly bring the party. And with many bookable rooms and talented event planners at your disposal, Rockit is unparalleled for events, whether a seated dinner for 22 or a full-on buyout for 400.
On the other side of the culinary spectrum, Sunda has been hailed as one of the best modern Asian restaurants in Chicago -- celebrating the distinct cuisines of Eastern Asian and Southeast Asian nations. Their utterly unique menu encompasses dim sum, tempura, and creative signature nigiri; drunken noodles and pho, adobo-braised pork belly and Panang chicken. And, like Rockit, Sunda is perfectly suited for all types of events, from an elaborate roasted pig buffet to a hands-on mixology class to a corporate dinner, customized for exactly your needs.