Deftly walking the line between chain bar and Chicago staple, the Bar Louie in Hyde Park shares the best features of its brethren while absorbing the University of Chicago campus feel. The menu offers small plates, sandwiches, burgers, salads and large plates. Selections include: turkey Caesar wrap; chicken pesto panini; blue cheese, bacon, spinach and Buffalo sauce topped burger; Thai beef salad; lemon chicken pasta and more. Decadent desserts include mile-high carrot cake and cheesecake with raspberry sauce. The drink menu lists martinis, margaritas, and signature cocktails like the "riptide," a mix of Absolut Ruby Red with blood orange syrup and Red Bull.