Table Fifty-Two

52 W Elm
Chicago, IL 60610
312-573-4000
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Description

Serving up healthy portions of straight-ahead Southern cooking in a charming setting, Table Fifty-Two is a study in contrasts. It’s tempting to stick with the classics, including shrimp and outstanding grits, fried catfish that is almost fluffy under its cornmeal crust, and meaty fried chicken and mashed potatoes. But chef Art Smith is more than a regionalist, and he shows his touch with a tender duck leg complemented by beluga lentils, braised cabbage, green curry, and cherry wine. You won’t need it, but a heaping side of cauliflower with cheddar, pepperoncini, and bacon is super, as is the pear and apple tart with intense caramel ice cream. Ask to sit in the even more charming dining room upstairs.

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Dishes We Liked

Shrimp and grits ($16); fried catfish with grits, collard greens, bacon, and hushpuppies ($26); fried chicken and mashed potatoes ($24); duck leg with beluga lentils, braised cabbage, green curry, and cherry red wine ($29), cauliflower with cheddar, pepperoncini, and bacon ($10); pear and apple tart with caramel ice cream ($9)

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Additional Information

Rating:
Price: $40-$49
Cuisine: American Southern
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D nightly, Br Sun.