Last night we met some friends at Leopold, a brand new Belgian-style restaurant on Chicago Avenue, in the space that used to house the Relax Lounge (the neon green "+" sign is still out front, and no, it's not a pharmacy). The restaurant has only been open a couple of days - they're still waiting for the liquor license - so I brought over a 750 ml bottle of Chimay and went searching for some mussels.
Those moules + frites actually come one of two ways: either steamed with white wine, madras curry and a touch of cream, or steamed with a tripel karmeliet beer, bits of bacon and shredded leeks. Both versions arrive with a small pot of onion aioli for dipping the wonderful frites into. At $12, this heaping bowl was more than enough for two of us; the mussels plump and the shells intact, with the broth beneath a pool of earthy, hoppy aroma.