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With a lot of people lunching at their desks after squeezing in a health-club exercise these days, it’s simple to forget other midday choices. Here’s a great one: a delicious meal and a game or 2 of darts.

Fun! Bear in mind that? In Might, individuals behind AceBounce, a below ground pingpong palace at 230 N. Clark St., released Flight Club, committed to darts, in the space above it. The cushy, 80-seat restaurant is complete of natural light, greenery and comfortable furnishings, making it appealing for its food and publike environment alone, never mind the video games. As at the two original Flight Clubs in the U.K., the mood 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 culinary director of both AceBounce and Flight Club, though they do not share a cooking area. His Flight Club lunch menu consists of well-wrought snacks, appetisers, raw bar options and flatbreads; soups, salads and sandwiches are offered for table service but not for eating in the dart-playing areas, or oches (rhymes with jockeys ). There are 3 of those on the ground flooring; 11 more, upstairs, aren’t open at lunchtime. 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 Area: Loop Food: Elevated bar food Vibe: Relaxed Sound level: Conversation-friendly Entree cost range(lunch):$13-$19 Appointments: Accepted Private space: No Wheelchair accessible: Yes All dining establishmentmeals are spent for by Crain’s customers, who visit dining establishments anonymously. They often follow up with telephone call to management after they check out to clarify info. See more Business Lunch examines ON-TARGET BITES: Fresh from the grill, agreed curried yogurt and mango chutney, juicy tandoori chicken skewers ($8 for four )are outstanding. Mini poke tacos( $15 for 3)are great however quiet; more chili in

the chili vinaigrette, please. Lobster and shrimp chowder with corn, potatoes and tasso ham($11) is creamy, tasty 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 sensibly used and its spicy pickles supplying rewarding crunch together with the kraut.LESS EXCITING: A lunch combo sets a cup of soup with a half portion of any salad ($14). Of the 3 salads we tried, one including chopped vegetables($11)works best; it features a great crouton smeared with blue cheese.

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

you when you win. Set games are ideal for all levels of competence, consisting of absolute beginners. Picture by Flight Club Chicago Mini poke tacos Picture by Flight Club Chicago Kale and quinoa salad Photo by Flight Club Chicago The dart-playing areas are referred to as oches. Image by Leigh Loftus Antipasti Photo by Leigh Loftus Combined tower