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Farm Fresh Restaurant Suggestions

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forzagto Jun 22, 2010 11:20 AM

Have friends coming in to town Friday night, he is a sommelier and looking for farm fresh menu maybe with unique menu. Going to Publican Saturday night so any other suggestions, byob or corkage fee not necessary but preferable.

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    rubinow RE: forzagto Jun 22, 2010 12:16 PM

    Mado

    http://madorestaurantchicago.com/

    Lula

    http://www.lulacafe.com/

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    Mado Restaurant
    1647 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

    1. chicgail RE: forzagto Jun 22, 2010 01:59 PM

      Mado and Lula for sure, but add Perennial, Province, North Pond and probably some others.

      Given the criteria, Mada would be my first choice -- it's a mom and pop operation that does its own butchering and uses everything. Be aware that it's BYO.

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      Mado Restaurant
      1647 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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        forzagto RE: chicgail Jun 22, 2010 03:39 PM

        Yeah we actually already had a reservation in place at Mado for Friday but wanted to see if there were other recommendations. Good suggestions- Lula, Perennial and Province would all be great but think it makes sense to stay with Mado.

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        Mado Restaurant
        1647 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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          jamieott RE: chicgail Jun 23, 2010 10:46 AM

          I second the Perennial suggestion, especially for brunch. For very reasonable prices, they deliver well-seasoned, fresh food. If the review helps you decide:

          Perennial and I are a food match; we like fresh ingredients, seasoned perfectly. Strange as it seems, I was blown away by how appropriately the salad greens were seasoned. Thank you! I will be returning to Perennial for dinner as their courses look very creative and the waiter, Josh, boasted of the chef’s ingenuity.

          Brunch:
          Truffle eggs benedict – While the mushrooms and spinach were cooked skillfully, the combination of rich, umami flavor left me craving a little acid. As I mentioned above, I could have eaten the salad greens all day. And, truffle oil does nothing for me.

          Last note: beware of the $4.50 charge for tea. I have never paid so much for tea in my life.

        2. nsxtasy RE: forzagto Jun 22, 2010 02:07 PM

          Also, Inovasi in Lake Bluff, in the northern suburbs. Inovasi specializes in using local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients wherever possible. Of course, a lot of restaurants say that... but how many have a partnership with a local farm, in which the restaurant's own dedicated hens lay the restaurant's own dedicated eggs?

          Inovasi website: www.inovasi.us
          Detailed report: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/687962

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          Inovasi Restaurant
          28 E. Center Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044

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