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Don’t miss Alice’s Midnight Diner pop-up at Ladro Enoteca on June 17th

A dish and petit wine as part of Alice's Diner experience inside Ladro Enoteca. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

Every once in awhile inside Ladro Enoteca, a pop-up restaurant called Alice’s Midnight Diner opens after the Downtown Champaign bottle shop closes. The menu is just one dish and only one wine. That’s it — and the dish is a mystery until they start serving it. I went to the April pop-up of Alice’s Midnight Diner, and the food was absolutely divine.

Alice's Midnight Diner dish of jjajang tteokboki, a Korean dish made for a one-night event. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

Last time, the pop-up served jjajang tteokboki. The delicious dish had fish cakes and rice cakes with onions, Humbleweed Farm young garlic, and grated cheese in an unctuous, glossy black bean sauce.

A glass of pet-nat at Ladro Enoteca for Alice's Midnight Diner pop-up event. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

Alice’s Midnight Diner only pours one wine, just like there’s only one dish on the menu. The evening’s pet-nat (short for pétillant naturel, a French term that means naturally sparkling) wine was crisp, cold, and paired wonderfully with the warm meal.

Just like Ladro Enoteca, there are no reservations for the pop-up; just show up.

Alice’s Midnight Diner
inside Ladro Enoteca
1 E Main St
Sa June 17th
10:30 p.m. to midnight

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