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Restaurant Preview: The Peasantry

I am an established subscriber of Tasting Table Chicago. I love the format – I can get a quick little review of a restaurant or new product or food shop and move on. The problem with this is that I very often forget about the new places and get stuck in a rut with the places I know and love. Over the weekend, I went in search of a new brunch place just south where I live (in Lakeview) in Lincoln Park. Now, I know that there are a few good places to eat in Lincoln Park, but they are few and far between. Mostly, you’re gonna get very high end, very good food (a la North Pond) or basic bar food (which is sometimes good, but attracts a certain rowdy crowd in this neck of the woods). Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon the Peasantry. They call it “elevated street food.” I call it delicious.

Seems like the latest trend in this neighborhood (already set by the very excellent 2 Sparrows, just around the corner) is clever, locally-sourced, well-executed food. If this continues into the unforeseeable future, color me happy. As I discussed with friends over dinner last night, the most popular restaurants in the Lakeview/Lincoln Park neighborhoods tend to be low-brow and unintimidating. In other words, they tend to have bad-to-mediocre food, basic service, and uninspired decor. At the end of every meal I have in one of these establishments, I say to myself, “why didn’t I just eat at home?!”

The Peasantry manages to be accessible without compromising innovation or quality. The food feels at once both familiar and fresh. The service was friendly without being too familiar. I’ll reserve any further accolades until I have more meals, but a first impression like this warrants a little praise. I look forward future visits and to any comments readers have about this promising spot in Lincoln Park.

Extraordinary Restaurants: Arrows

Dinner Dress (Summer)

The Bun and I have been in the habit of choosing to indulge in a really good restaurant experience every couple of months.  After we decided to spend a night at the end of our latest trip to Maine in the little town of Ogunquit, I suggested that we try Arrows, which we knew about from our days living in Boston.  According to Phantom Gourmet, a show we used to watch almost every weekend, it is the best restaurant they have ever reviewed in New England.  I called to make a reservation weeks in advance for a Sunday evening and my choices were 6:00 PM or 8:45 PM; we opted for the earlier time slot and anticipated an amazing meal.

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