From $75 to $150
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2419 W. 14th St., Chicago 60618 Driving directions
MICHELIN Guide 2019
  • One MICHELIN Star : High quality cooking, worth a stop! Using top quality ingredients, dishes with distinct flavours are carefully prepared to a consistently high standard.
  • Good standard.

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  • QBring your own

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Dining here feels like attending an underground dinner party prepared by a merry band of misfit cooks in Chef Phillip Foss’ home (he lives right upstairs). There is one seating, everyone is served at the same time and meals are prepaid so guests can linger or leave at their leisure. The fact that the restaurant resembles a test kitchen is heightened when guests are told to manage their BYO beverages themselves and cooks deliver dishes to your table. Don’t worry—they turn the music down so you can hear each description. Yet this is all part of the show; it’s a fun, friendly, totally unique experience. The cuisine follows suit and works wonders by pushing—if not completely disregarding—the traditional boundaries of cooking. Breaking barriers is par for the course: a croquette filled with Caesar dressing set on strips of romaine is to be eaten by licking the plate. Outlandish surprises include a hibiscus-cured salmon with aquachile sorbet, avocado crema and hibiscus gel with a dense chip. And then there is the brilliantly fun French fries and ice cream course, which is designed to look like a milkshake and made in part with a hot potato-leek soup. Once you've had it, you won't forget it.   - MICHELIN guide inspectors


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