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2656 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Critic’s Notes

Sharply conceived dishes that are robust yet light fill the $135 tasting menu at Chris Nugent’s upscale BYO. Meals progress through richer-than-expected seafood to brighter-than-expected meats and finish in complex desserts. The menu changes frequently, but successes such as a scallop in curry and lobster ragoût deserve repeat performances. Cleverly prepared goat or Alpine-style cheeses elevate the cheese course from afterthought to effective transition. At this price level, the BYO policy is especially endearing.

Dishes We Liked

(All dishes are part of a prix fixe menu.) Scallop in curry and lobster ragoût with licorice-coconut foam; preserved-garlic, tomato, and rosemary custard with shrimp and peas; duck breast with ginger-spiced black beluga lentils and salad of apple, fennel, and juniper; fried phyllo-wrapped goat cheese with roasted red pepper purée and lemon balm; Cinderella pumpkin and Turkish coffee mousse in white chocolate with candied ginger, citrus, and mulling spices.

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Dish: see "Seven Questions for Chris Nugent" October 2011

Additional Information:

Price: $100-plus
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square
Noteworthy: BYO (up to $5 corkage)
Free dinner parking
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D Wed-Sat.
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