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With a lot of people lunching at their desks after squeezing in a health-club workout nowadays, it’s easy to forget other midday choices. Here’s a good one: a tasty meal and a video game or 2 of darts.

Fun! Bear in mind that? In Might, the people behind AceBounce, a below ground pingpong palace at 230 N. Clark St., introduced Flight Club, devoted to darts, in the space above it. The cushy, 80-seat dining establishment has plenty of natural light, plant and comfortable home furnishings, making it appealing for its food and publike environment alone, never mind the games. As at the 2 original Flight Clubs in the U.K., the state of mind at this one, the very first in the U.S., is more social than hard-core competitive.Chef Rick Gresh(David Burke’s Primehouse, Virgin Hotels)is culinary director of both AceBounce and Flight Club, though they do not share a kitchen area. His Flight Club lunch menu consists of well-wrought treats, appetizers, raw bar options and flatbreads; soups, salads and sandwiches are readily available for table service however not for eating in the dart-playing areas, or oches (rhymes with jockeys ). There are three of those on the ground floor; 11 more, upstairs, aren’t open at lunch break. Servers react to digital call buttons at each oche and bring your food and drinks while you play.FLIGHT CLUB 111 W. Wacker Drive312-284-2474 FlightClubDarts.com/ Chicago Community: Loop Cuisine: Raised bar food Vibe: Relaxed Sound level: Conversation-friendly Entree cost variety(lunch):$13-$19 Bookings: Accepted Personal space: No Wheelchair accessible: Yes All restaurantmeals are spent for by Crain’s reviewers, who check out restaurants anonymously. They often follow up with call to management after they check out to clarify details. See more Company Lunch reviews ON-TARGET BITES: Fresh from the grill, agreed curried yogurt and mango chutney, juicy tandoori chicken skewers ($8 for 4 )are excellent. Mini poke tacos( $15 for three)are great but peaceful; more chili in

the chili vinaigrette, please. Lobster and shrimp chowder with corn, potatoes and tasso ham($11) is creamy, flavorful and not overthickened. Similarly, a Reuben ($13, with french fries) is lighter than others we have actually had, its smoked corned beef lean, its Swiss cheese judiciously applied and its spicy pickles providing gratifying crunch alongside the kraut.LESS EXCITING: A lunch combination sets a cup of soup with a half portion of any salad ($14). Of the three salads we attempted, one including sliced veggies($11)works finest; it features a great crouton smeared with blue cheese.

Our kale and quinoa version ($ 12)was beat by big, hard leaves of kale and ultrasparingly sprayed with quinoa as if that grain were an interesting dressing, which it isn’t. Caesar($10 )is ho-hum; on ours, including two dry, thin beef filet chops ($8) didn’t help.SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES! Playing darts is free up until 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, making a delicately sportive company lunch conference quite alluring. The boards are not the sad little cork among your childhood but technological marvels that keep rating for you, inform you when it’s your turn and praise

you when you win. Configured games are suitable for all levels of know-how, including absolute novices. Picture by Flight Club Chicago Mini poke tacos Photo by Flight Club Chicago Kale and quinoa salad Photo by Flight Club Chicago The dart-playing locations are called oches. Picture by Leigh Loftus Antipasti Picture by Leigh Loftus Mixed tower