Dusek's

1227 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
312-526-3851
Rating:

Description

Longman & Eagle’s chef and co-owner make rapidly gentrifying Pilsen’s dreams come true with this spacious and delightful reimagining of the old Thalia Hall space. Jared Wentworth’s smart menu covers a lot of ground, from the American South to the Farthest East of Asia. His hearty dishes showcase nuanced flavors, as in a magical matsutake mushroom risotto with perfectly caramelized chestnuts and a sweet Asian pear relish. Impeccable oysters and top-notch choucroute give way to clever desserts such as the doughnut-hole-like fried stout with bavarois (Bavarian custard), coffee jelly, and toffee. Relatively inexpensive cocktails and an impressive ever-changing beer program add to the allure; warm, prompt service multiplies it exponentially. The result? An irresistible restaurant that’s equal parts throwback charmer and of-the-moment star.

Reviewed

Dishes We Liked

Broccolini with toasted pine nuts, pickled radish, and golden raisin ($6; choucroute with duck confit, garlic sausage, confit of red potatoes, sauerkraut, and caraway pickled apple; ($22); matsutake mushroom risotto with pumpkin, soy caramel chestnuts, and Asian pear relish ($12); omemade pickles with green beans and summer squash ($8); barbecue fresh gulf prawns ($15); fried stout with bavarois, coffee jelly, toffee ($8)

Additional Information

Rating:
Price: $20-$29
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Pilsen
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Free dinner parking
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: D nightly, Br Sat, Sun.