Wheaton Restaurant (new) in a Bank
I can't remember the name it was going to be but this restaurant was to open by Patrick Cassata. Has it opened? Anyone been? Sorry for the vaguerie (sp?) but we're coming to the area next week and thought we'd try it. Thanks!
It is open. I've been there. It is a cool space for a restauarant. It was still going through some opening type growing pains. As we put our name on the list for a table and were told there would be a 45 minute wait. After about 45 minutes we were still a few back on the list and we spotted a table in the bar. The meal was good as I had lamb which was nice. During this time about 2 hours after we heard our name being called for an open table. That was sort of frustrating. It is something that probably will be remedied.
The food was good, but hardly spectacular. We've been to other Cassatta restaurants in the past and have enjoyed his cooking, but I'm not sure exactly where he is going with the menu as it is all accrose the board. It is good and worth checking out, but in my opinion it sort of blends in with American casual dinning restaurants.
My first piece of advice would be to make reservations. We went a couple of weekends ago, and they said "45 min." After an hour and a half at the bar, we inquired about an empty 4 top at the end of the bar, and found out the bar tables were all first come first served. An hour later, (2.5 hrs. following arrival), the hostess was seeking us out.
The menu has various apps, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees. Some of them were the creative types of dishes I associate with Cassata's cuisine. Others, sadly, seemed to be dumbed down for the suburbs, since apparently we're all TGI McFunsters regulars in the 'burbs. Wheaton's smoke-free, so that's a plus. Our food was ok - I had a chili crusted tilapia (a bit overdone, but good flavor) with roasted acorn squash, and my husband had lamb that was so rare in the middle it was cold. It tasted fine, though, but still a bit disconcerting.
I don't feel the need to get back to this place for quite a while.
Thanks for the posts! I will definitely make reservations based on your tips. We have as we said, always liked his food and he's a nice guy too! I looked at the site provided by RMA and navigated my way through the varied menu. Looking forward to most likely lunch there during our stay in Naperville. Aloha and a hui hou!