Ida Claire may or may not be the coziest place in town to eat avocado toast.
Back in the heyday of childhood there was no sanctuary like a blanket fort. If the sheer mention of such fortress of youth was enough to trigger a nostalgic revery, you’ll be happy to know that you can enliven your whimsical childhood memories at Ida Claire bistro in Addison, where the indoor and outdoor eatery is fixed with a trailer adorned top to bottom in warm and fuzzy fabrics. [Featured image: @idasouthofordinary]
Weighted blankets are all the rage right now, and for good reason: they’re soft, warm, and comfort you from the chaos of the world. Ida Claire is something like that. The Addison bistro at 5001 Belt Line Rd offers a cozy oasis for top-shelf drinks, yummy eats, and much-needed vinyl hours.
Culinary-wise, customers can drop by Ida’s for brunch, lunch, or supper. Their menu is comprised of shared plates, sandwiches, salads, sides, and desserts. Notable dishes include their Duck Nachos, Crawfish Corn Beignets, Chicken & Waffles, and Red Velvet Pancakes. As for the libations, Ida Claire servers drinks that will both cause and cure hangovers. Favorites include the Ida’s G&T made with Drumshanbo Irish Gunpowder Gin, Fever Tree Tonic, Fever Tree Soda, and Lavender Bitters; The Demagorgon, made with mezcal, pineapple, lime, bergamot bitters, agave, and sparkling water; and the Fire in the Sky Margarita with Monte Alban blanco tequila, paprika simple syrup, Combier orange, red bell pepper, and lemon juice. Frozen and shareable cocktails, draft beer, white and red wines, and tall boys are also available.
Vinyl Hour is held from 3 – 6 pm, and 9 – 11 pm Monday through Friday features select $5 cocktails, wines, bar bites, and $3 draft beers.
In addition to their retro trailer draped in patch quilts, Ida Claire has an enchanting patio fit with enchanting lights, precious flourishing, colorful seating, and Marie Antoinette-like sun umbrellas. For customers that don’t want to hang out, curbside service and takeout meals are also available.