Friday, February 1, 2008

What the critics are saying . . .

. . . about:

Juicy Wine Co. (694 N. Milwaukee Ave., 312-492-6620). "Hop off the Blue Line at the Chicago Avenue stop for a glass (or bottle) from Juicy's extensive and eclectic wine menu. Half pours are available, as well as a welcome new feature: the anonymous '$5 glass.' The staff won't divulge names of what goes in the glass, just varietals, but coming from this place, it's a good bet. (Listed by-the-glass options range from $7 to $14.)"—Alison Neumer Lara (Crain's Chicago Business) Read more here.

(215 N. Clinton St., 312-928-0800). "From its handsome, noise-baffling d├ęcor to the careful cooking and artistic plating of executive chef John Peters, this West-Loop American restaurant consistently exceeds expectations. The dining room is comfortable despite its long and narrow configuration, spot-on service is eager to please and the addition of Sarah Steele as pastry chef is a real coup. Recommended: Scallops with Serrano ham, Romaine-heart salad, venison, banana Bavarian plate."—Phil Vettel (Chicago Tribune) Read more here.

Sixteen (401 N. Wabash Ave., 312-588-8001). "Daytime meals seem aimed at businessmen (you know somebody else who’s willing to pay $15 for eggs, bacon and potatoes?), so it’s likely that you’ll be lured in by chef Frank Brunacci’s nighttime offerings. The menu boasts of slow-poached red snapper with 'bacon drizzle,' Niman Ranch pork with calvados zabaglione, Colorado lamb with fresh harissa—in other words, dishes so interesting that you might just forget about the view."—David Tamarkin (Time Out Chicago) Read more here.

Uncommon Ground (1401 W. Devon Ave., 773-465-9801). "The scallops I tasted were succulent and, well, appetizing. To wash it down I was drinking Lakefront organic ESB—an excellent choice as the beer is light and smooth."—Marla Seidell (Drive Thru) Read more here.

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