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Grills Gone Wild

Test out Nacional 27's new barbecue and bar menus this holiday weekend



    Grills Gone Wild
    Courtesy of Nacional 27
    Nacional 27's Latin flavors got your backyard barbecue beat.

    Nacional 27 is like a Latin-accented fiesta throughout the year, and summer is especially steamy. The River North hotspot is the perfect addition to your Memorial Day weekend lineup, especially with new gaucho-style barbecue service, communal party meals and a rocking bar menu to show off.

    First, let us explain the gaucho thing, now being offered at this Latin-fusion restaurant. It's Brazilian-style barbecue, with your choice of chimichurri vegetables ($13.95 per person), skirt steak ($16.95), shrimp and scallops ($17.95) or beef tenderloin ($19.95), grilled on 30-inch skewers and served with coco rice, black beans and three salsas. (It's a minimum of two guests, so prepare to share.)

    If you've got a larger group, Nacional 27's new party menu features family-style dining for tables of four or more (surely you can rustle up three friends you like enough). You'll get a four-course sharing menu, including a complimentary passion-ginger sangria toast along with tapas, salads, your choice of three entree platters for the table and side dishes for $36.95 per person.

    And, finally, if your weekend revolves more around the booze than the food, check out Nacional 27's new bar menu, featuring such tasty tidbits as Latin sliders ($3 each or $14.95 for six) including Cuban (slow-roasted pork, pickles, jalapeno jack cheese, chimichurri slaw and spicy mustard), Sloppy Jose (beef tenderloin, ancho-chipotle steak sauce and crispy onions) and fish (pan-seared grouper, tomatillo salsa, lettuce and garlic aioli) variations; steak nachos ($4.95 per person) and Nacional 27's signature ceviche sampler ($10.95 per person). Pair these with master mixologist Adam Seger's top-notch cocktails, and you've got yourself a soiree.

    Oh, and did we mention DJs spin Latin beats all weekend? Let your friend's deck party try to top that.