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28 E. Center Ave.
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Critic’s Notes

Chef-owner John des Rosiers injects originality and a touch of class into his lighthearted small plates, often served with an amusing backstory. His very first cooking gig provided the inspiration for his sublime Cognac-infused chicken liver pâté, and the homey, mushroomy shepherd’s pie is a nod to des Rosiers’s mother, who had it waiting for him every day after school. A sharp, energetic staff and convivial atmosphere add to the enjoyment.

Dishes We Liked

Brooklyn crust pizza with béchamel sauce and goat cheese ($13); braised pork with soy sauce, yuzu juice, and crispy potatoes ($15); cast-iron-skillet chocolate cookie with housemade toffee and brown butter walnut ice cream ($9)

Additional Information:

Price: $20-$39
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Neighborhood: Suburban North
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat.
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