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June 25, 2006
From journal Chicago Dining
April 10, 2002
I knew it was my boss' favorite place, but it took me years of living down the street to finally try it. I went with 2 friends on a Saturday night. We were able to get a reservation at 7:15 even though calling that afternoon. The place was busy though they never rushed us to turn the table. In fact I thought the service was a pretty slow. We were not in a hurry nor tremendously starved so that was fine.
The atmosphere was cozy, but fairly noisy because of the hardwood floors and bare walls. It was decorated with birdhouses and remineded me in style and menu of Cornelia's Roosterant up the road.
My friends ordered a smoked trout appetizer in some sort of a wrap that was not so great. The fish was dry. I had a pork chop on the bone with basil sausage served with sweet corn polenta with a chipotle BBQ sauce. It was great. The pork-based sausage is made in-house. The deserts were AMAZING. We had a butterscotch pot de crem and a rice pudding. WOW! Apparently the menu changes seasonally. I like the unique and thoughful combinations of flavors. We saw Chef Erwin that night too, talking to the people behind us.
The waitress was very knowledgeable and my friends like to order several courses and share. She was gracious about that and split the entree for them.
It was a bit pricey. Entree's were between $17 and $22 and desert was $7.
From journal The non-trite Chicago Guide