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With a lot of individuals lunching at their desks after squeezing in a health-club exercise nowadays, it’s easy to forget other midday alternatives. Here’s an excellent one: a delicious meal and a game or 2 of darts.

Fun! Keep in mind that? In Might, the people behind AceBounce, a below ground pingpong palace at 230 N. Clark St., released Flight Club, devoted to darts, in the area above it. The cushy, 80-seat dining establishment has lots of natural light, plant and comfy furnishings, making it appealing for its food and publike atmosphere alone, never ever mind the video games. As at the 2 initial Flight Clubs in the U.K., the state of mind at this one, the first in the U.S., is more social than hard-core competitive.Chef Rick Gresh(David Burke’s Primehouse, Virgin Hotels)is cooking director of both AceBounce and Flight Club, though they do not share a kitchen. His Flight Club lunch menu includes well-wrought treats, appetisers, raw bar options and flatbreads; soups, salads and sandwiches are available for table service however not for consuming in the dart-playing locations, or oches (rhymes with jockeys ). There are 3 of those on the ground floor; 11 more, upstairs, aren’t open at lunchtime. Servers react to computerized 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 Area: Loop Cuisine: Elevated bar food Ambiance: Easygoing Sound level: Conversation-friendly Entree cost variety(lunch):$13-$19 Appointments: Accepted Private space: No Wheelchair available: Yes All restaurantmeals are spent for by Crain’s reviewers, who visit restaurants anonymously. They often follow up with telephone call to management after they check out to clarify info. See more Organisation Lunch evaluates ON-TARGET BITES: Fresh from the grill, agreed curried yogurt and mango chutney, juicy tandoori chicken skewers ($8 for 4 )are superb. Mini poke tacos( $15 for three)are great but quiet; more chili in

the chili vinaigrette, please. Lobster and shrimp chowder with corn, potatoes and tasso ham($11) is velvety, delicious and not overthickened. A Reuben ($13, with fries) is lighter than others we’ve had, its smoked corned beef lean, its Swiss cheese carefully applied and its hot pickles offering satisfying crunch alongside the kraut.LESS EXCITING: A lunch combo pairs a cup of soup with a half portion of any salad ($14). Of the three salads we tried, one involving sliced vegetables($11)works best; it features a nice crouton smeared with blue cheese.

Our kale and quinoa version ($ 12)was beat by huge, difficult leaves of kale and ultrasparingly sprinkled with quinoa as if that grain were a fascinating dressing, which it isn’t. Caesar($10 )is ho-hum; on ours, adding 2 dry, thin beef filet chops ($8) didn’t help.SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES! Playing darts is complimentary till 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, making a casually sportive organisation lunch meeting pretty alluring. The boards are not the sad little cork among your childhood however technological marvels that keep rating for you, tell you when it’s your turn and congratulate

you when you win. Programmed video games appropriate for all levels of competence, consisting of outright beginners. Picture by Flight Club Chicago Mini poke tacos Image by Flight Club Chicago Kale and quinoa salad Picture by Flight Club Chicago The dart-playing locations are known as oches. Image by Leigh Loftus Antipasti Image by Leigh Loftus Blended tower