Eating through Chicago
Wow! Stephanie Izard has done it again! This diner is about a year old & it is getting rave reviews. It is always packed & people are willing to wait 1+ hour... In the cold! The nice thing is that you can go somewhere else while you wait. They will text you when your table is ready or you can wait at her bakery next door. That is great service!
When you enter the diner, you are immediately transformed into a different era. There's a photobooth at the entrance & many get a kick out of it.
We ordered the apple strussel pancakes, tempura potatoes & my favorite, the bulls-eye French toast. When you read the description for the French toast, you will think, "this does not sound appetizing." oh boy! You are so wrong. The BBQ maple syrup that is poured onto the fried chicken & brioche bread & eggs makes this dish a winner!
If I lived in Chicago, I will likely visit this diner every week!
I want to try the pork belly pancakes next time.
Wow we are so lucky! Got a reservation through Opentable 2 days before our visit! Whenever we visit Chicago, this restaurant is always on the top of our list. I have been here at least 5 times.... And I live in California. I go here more than some restaurants in SF.
The signature dishes that are a must: braised pork shank, Roasted cauliflower, & Wood oven roasted pig face!
(You can read more in my previous review.)
They are always good & You will never be disappointed... Ever!
Service is top notch.
Will I ever come back? Heck Yeah!!!!
Thank you Stephanie!There's only good things to say about this place.
I'm pretty sure you have a reservation for this… En savoir plus
I really wish San Francisco had a place like this. Wine and Pigs! What a great combo!
You can't really go wrong with the food here. That's what our waiter said. Actually that's what my friends have told me. So I went with the following...
1. Fried Pig's ear with crispy kale, pickled cherry peppers & fried egg. I adored the pig bowl! How to eat this? You mix everything together and enjoy with a glass of wine.
2. Asparagus and Hazelnuts with Arugula and treviso salad. Delicious. The hazelnuts give a good crunch to the salad. Very refreshing on a warm day.
3. Jamon Serrano with oyster mushrooms and Fried Duck Egg over a grilled bread. Just like an open face sandwich. Love this dish.
4. Milk Braised pork shoulder with mash potatoes. This was my favorite dish! Pork was tender and tasty.
All the dishes are considered small plates and meant to be shared. Of course having a few glasses of wine to compliment the dishes is a must.
They have an extensive wine list. They have pigs. What more can you ask for.
I highly recommend this place!
If Oprah says it's good, then it must be true.
Must try the Chicago mix. It's a blend of the caramel crisp and the cheese popcorn. Combine the sweetness of the caramel and the saltiness of the cheese and you have magic. Be careful with the cheese popcorn as it can get really messy.
My favorite is the caramel crisp popcorn. It just has enough caramel and crunch to them. I think they last a bit longer than the other popcorn flavors. It doesn't stale as fast.
A small bag is pretty big and plenty for 2.
Lines can get insane. A wait can be around 45 minutes. Get there early.
Worth a trip or two or three...
Not so impressed.
The ambiance was casual yet sophisticated. They had outdoor seating and large communal tables and some individual tables inside. We had reservations for 2 and was a little disappointed that there was no individual table for the two of us inside. They seated us at the corner of a communal table. We asked to be seated outside since there was only table available outside. It was either that or an hour wait for an indoor seating... Ridiculous for someone with reservations. I suppose I need to call ahead and request an individual table.
We were greeted by a really nice server. She was very patient & explained the menu thoroughly. Most of the food is served as small plates. So order plenty to share!
Here are the highlights:
Spicy pork rinds- great way to start a meal. Spicy, crispy, & cheesy.
Pork belly- the best dish of the night
Yellowtail-good but not mind blowing
Leeks- you can pass
Asparagus vinaigrette- excellent flavor
Strawberry shortcake- good but I've had better
Overall, pleasant dining experience but not very memorable. I guess I expected more from this popular establishment.
One good thing about this place is the beer selection. If you love beer, this is the place.
This place rocks!
I was lucky to be seated at the chef's counter. I have to say this is probably THE best seat in the house. You get to see the chefs in action and even chat with Chef Grieveson.
We started with the focaccia with taleggio cheese, ricotta, truffle oil and fresh herbs. It was amazing! This is a must order. Great to share with a group of friends.
Then we had the chorizo-stuffed medjool dates with smoked bacon and picuillo-pepper tomato sauce. It came with a warm ciabatta-like bread. Warning...this dish has a kick to it and I LOVE it. The dish comes with 4 dates. They are pretty filling. Just writing about this makes me want to return to Chicago.
Our last dish was the wood-oven roasted pork shoulder with roasted carrots and black rice. The pork was super tender and packed with flavor. Another must order.
During this entire dining experience, we had the best service. Everyone was friendly and attentive, even the chef. She asked us a few times how things were while we watched her cook like a mad woman. She was very pleasant. Chef Grieveson took the time to tell us a little about her dishes and a little about my hometown, San Francisco. She worked under Michael Mina! That is incredible. We complemented her, not just on her food and service but her amazing selection of rock music!