River North’s French restaurant, LM Bistro, just revamped their cocktail and food menus, and they sure deliver. LM Bistro is a trendy and romantic hot spot in the heart of River North. Their cocktails receive the same attention and artistry that they dedicate to their cuisine. Since this is a French restaurant, their wine list is spectacular as well. Let’s begin with a low-down on the décor. I positively loved the dark and trendy atmosphere. It’s sexy enough for a date night but not too romantic to be discounted for a girls’ night out. The menu was short but very comprehensive; there was plenty of variety that could cater to anyone’s preferences. … Read more
Moto executive chef Richie Farina finds inspiration for his dishes in the aisles of Crate & Barrel. A vase of river rocks inspired his “river course,” where tiny smoked salmon bagels are served atop rocks. Steam wafts over them to resemble a misty riverbank. Farina, who took over as executive chef of the Michelin-starred restaurant this year, also has a different take on a seasonal menu. “I think about the smells and sights of the season rather than the tastes.” So when fall started, he introduced a campfire boar course meant to be reminiscent of warming up by a fire. It also contains the hearty flavors of wild boar jerky, braised … Read more
Dana Hotel & Spa has had three lobby restaurants in five years, but I think it’s finally found a winner with Freestyle Food + Drink, which opened in July. The lounge-like space features rounded booths and black leather chairs around candlelit wooden tables. Heat lamps warm the patio, so you can get your outdoor dining fix even in fall. Trees strung with purple lights provide some fun illumination outside. Upstairs is a second bar with a view of the space below, which hosts private parties and overflow seating on busy nights. For cocktails, we tried the very light Cucumber Summer (cucumber-infused vodka, St. Germain and lime) and the Raspberry Caipirinha, which is … Read more
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