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EL Ideas

2419 W. 14th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Critic’s Notes

Phillip Foss’s off-the-beaten-track BYO offers all the curb appeal of a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Fear not. Inside, you will join a dinner party with 24 guests as Foss and his staff prepare the global tasting menu of the night. Think bite-size pearls of oysters wrapped in wagyu beef and a deconstructed pecan pie paired with puréed sweet potatoes roasted under coffee grounds. The room’s energy and the creative cuisine help make up for the set dinner times, blaring soundtrack, and hefty price tag.

Dishes We Liked

(All dishes are part of a multicourse tasting menu.) Hapu’upu’u (similar to Hawaiian grouper) with osetra caviar, lotus root, and Mandarin orange; Chilean sea bass with chanterelle mushrooms and butternut squash; goat with yogurt, charred carrots, and carrot harissa; wagyu beef with a Shigoku oyster, black garlic, and kimchi; brun de noix (cheese) ice cream

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Additional Information:

Price: $100-plus
Cuisine: Progressive
Neighborhood: Douglas Park
Noteworthy: BYO (up to $5 corkage)
High noise level
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D Tue-Sat.
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