Chef Curtis Duffy and partner Michael Muser have returned to the Windy City's culinary scene and local foodies are all the more ecstatic for it. Taking up residence in a black brick building, housed off the beaten path in West Fulton Market, this is a bespoke dining room fitted out with velvet-smooth leather seating, plush grey carpeting, and plaster walls. A display kitchen shielded by opaque windows and slats of warmly lit white ash lend an inviting sense of intimacy to each and every table.
Those familiar with the work of this master will revel in his vision of fine dining that enchants palates with luxurious flavors, stirring textures, and visual fireworks. A meticulous study of the tomato uncovers fried brioche with whipped burrata, shaved radish, and—no prizes for guessing—the eponymous fruit itself. Such classic summer flavors may then be tailed by meaty maitakes served in a mushroom broth with toasted rice and Idiazabel-stuffed potato pavé; or lamb tenderloin with crisped belly, a creamy treatment of sunflower seeds, and coffee gastrique.
A dessert combination of chocolate, finger lime, and banana may complete your meal, which is ingenious indeed, all the way to the sweet finis.