DOC Wine Bar
Platters of plenty — plus premium wines — in Lombard
Mini Beef Filet Sliders
A leather-bound book sits on the table. Cracking open the spine, the story it tells is of global adventure, part travelogue, part mystery.
Some restaurants have wine lists. D.O.C. Wine Bar in Lombard offers a veritable wine book, a thick tome that begins with wines by the glass, moves into a host of reds, whites and sparkling wines by the bottle and seasonal or international wine flights, and ends with cocktails, spirits and craft beer. Aficionados may test their knowledge and expand their palates, while others can rely on the book to describe flavor notes and suggest food pairings.
Set in the newer open-air area of Yorktown Center called The Shops on Butterfield, D.O.C. Wine Bar resembles an upscale home dining room or living room rather than a traditional bar. Elegant curtains on the windows, plush leather seats, a caramel-hued hardwood floor and rich stonework and wood trim provide a sophisticated ambiance. Of course, wine bottles are part of the décor, too, embedded in various displays and arranged neatly and artistically in the large but not overbearing wood-lined bar.
The menu is diverse, designed to pair well with the restaurant’s array of wines and adult beverages. As they imbibe, guests can nosh on a number of starters, salads, butcher boards, flatbreads, and paninis, as well as seven signature entrées ranging from Baja-style fish tacos and Maryland-style crabcakes, to cedar-plank salmon and a 12-oz. ribeye.
The restaurant aims to put the happy in Happy Hour with its appetizers and shared plates, offering half-price starters from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays with the purchase of wine. Among them is a satisfying plate of polenta “fries” — parmesan-dusted, crispy polenta sticks served with garlic aioli and marinara dipping sauces. There are also veg-centric choices, like the roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, tossed with crispy bacon, capers, parmigiana reggiano and lemon, or the edamame cilantro hummus, artfully arranged with warm pita slices, radish and green onion.
While charcuterie plates have become the rage across the dining industry, Lombard’s D.O.C. Wine Bar does well by the concept. Patrons can build their own butcher’s plate, choosing a small ($16) or large ($28) board piled with their choice of bruschetta, cheese and cured meats, spanning traditional charcuterie choices like porcini salami and spicy soppressata, as well as a house-cured salmon and a smoked duck breast.
The cheese selection includes interesting options like a tasty “barely buzzed” combination of espresso- and-lavender rubbed cow’s-milk, and a luscious marinated feta. The menu provides suggestions for complementary wine selections, and so do the solicitous servers, who enjoy sharing their expertise.
For lighter fare, the signature sliders provide just enough sustenance, available in Carolina pork, beef filet and sushi grade ahi tuna varieties, each served with custom toppings. The pork, in particular, is a standout, enrobed in a sweet-savory sauce and crowned with cilantro slaw.
The dessert menu features comfort-food items like banana beignets and pineapple upside-down cake.
326 Yorktown Shopping Center,
Lombard, 630 627-6666
Carolina pork sliders;
Charcuterie and cheese boards
Appetizers: $7 - $10
Entrées: $15 - $32
Platters: $16 - $28
Mon - Thur: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m
Fri: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sat: noon – 11 p.m.
Sun: noon – 9 p.m.
Happy Hour with half-priced starters
Extensive wine menu