Earth + Ocean

Photo: Anna Knott

Food writers salivate when they hear precious restaurant names like Earth + Ocean, especially if the place has a well-known chef behind it, such as one like Rodelio Aglibot (Koi in Los Angeles, BLT in Manhattan, Sunda in Chicago). A cuisine called New American that covers the whole planet? It’s an easy target.

Turns out that Aglibot’s sleek urbanesque restaurant in Mount Prospect deserves the audacious moniker. The Hawaii native skims over his homeland for melted Maui onions, touches down in Argentina for a tender gaucho rib eye, and swims upstream for superfresh Skuna Bay salmon. It’s hard to figure where he came up with his sweet-and-spicy lollipop-style chicken wings sprinkled with Buddha dust, but then again, Aglibot calls himself the Food Buddha. Bull’s-eye.

Price symbols indicate the typical cost of a meal (without tax, tip, or alcohol) per person. ¢ … under $20 | $ … $20 to $29 | $$ … $30 to $39 | $$$ … $40 to $49 | $$$$ … $50-plus

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1 year ago
Posted by Pommard66

not surprised. been there twice already. blown away. the bone marrow appetizer w/ sea salt is amazing--presentation & flavor. and don't forget their cool bar w/ their even cooler "mixologists", great signature cocktails, and a small but very well thought-out wine list. definitely something for everyone here. nothing that has hit my table has disappointed yet, and i don't expect that it ever will. look forward to my next visit.

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