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Smyth

177 N. Ada St.
Chicago, IL 60607
773-913-3773
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Critic’s Notes

John and Karen Shields, veterans of Charlie Trotter’s, Alinea, and Tru, aren’t afraid to get weird (and luxe) in their new standout. From their two prix fixe menus (eight courses, $135; 12 courses, $195), wonderful gonzo creations—such as a beef-fat brioche doughnut paired with sheets of braised cabbage atop caviar, caramelized onions, and sauerkraut—provoke wonder and admiration. The room is gorgeous but relaxed, service pitch-perfect yet casual. Fascinating drink pairings elevate the experience to Chicago’s upper echelon.

Dishes We Liked

(All dishes are part of a prix fixe menu.) Duck and herb salad; Dungeness crab and foie gras with scrambled kani miso and braised cabbage with beef and brioche; squab with buttered peas and farro; saddle of lamb with kelp Marmite; egg yolk with licorice and yogurt 

Additional Information:

Rating:
Price: $100-plus
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: West Loop/West Town
Noteworthy: Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D Tue-Sat.
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