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Blackbird

619 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661
312-715-0708
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Critic’s Notes

Now under chef Perry Hendrix, One Off Hospitality Group’s long-standing flagship no longer sets the avant-garde pace but still delivers a great high-end meal. A well-executed duck breast with buttermilk spaetzle and fennel, for example, lightens up with an orange sauce, riffing on a classic dish. A foie gras appetizer combines with a broth of pear and caramelized onions, forging the liver-and-onions connection in haute-cuisine land. An Earl Grey and prune sauce enriches barbecued pork collar. The step back from brash artistic statements to more-familiar but inarguably wonderful food takes Blackbird from bucket list restaurant to special night out. Save room for consistently wonderful desserts.

Dishes We Liked

Scallops with roasted chestnuts, pickled persimmons, spiced cocoa nibs, and tarragon ($18); seared foie gras with a pear-onion broth ($26); duck breast with buttermilk spaetzle, fennel, orange, and fermented squash ($40); smoke-brined chicken breast and black truffle and Taleggio sausage with carrots, pecans, and dill ($34); profiterole with avocado sherbet, roasted macadamia, warm milk chocolate, and grapefruit ($12); CioCiaro Flip cocktail ($12)

Additional Information:

Rating:
Price: $50-plus
Cuisine: Contemporary
Neighborhood: West Loop/West Town
Noteworthy: High noise level
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: L Mon-Fri. D nightly.
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