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Acadia

1639 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-360-9500
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Critic’s Notes

In his sleek, modern dining room, Ryan McCaskey revels in subtle flavors gorgeously arrayed on the plate. Aided by pipette and tweezers, the Saigon-born chef creates sophisticated magic with sumptuous touches, such as caviar, truffles, and marrow, that harmonize with fine seafood and meats in delicate saucings. Supporting vegetables appear in unexpected ways: celery-onion cream on Montauk oysters, caramelized rutabagas with flank steak. Some surprising lapses in hospitality offset all the wonderfulness, however, ranging from slow service to skimpy wine pours and a resistance to substitutions. Five- and 10-course tasting menus vary seasonally. Inventive cocktails and serious wine program.

Dishes We Liked

(From the tasting menu) Peekytoe crab with corn, maitake mushrooms, and black truffle; potato gnocchi with lobster, matsutake mushrooms, and truffles in miso sauce; salmon with cucumber yogurt, grilled spring onions, and rye crumble; panna cotta with caramelized fennel and hibiscus sorbet

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Dish: see "Jones for Acadia" September 2011

Additional Information:

Rating:
Price: $50-plus
Cuisine: Contemporary
Neighborhood: South Loop
Noteworthy: Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: D Wed.-Sun. Br Sun.
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