North Pond/Sable/Purple Pig dish recommendations for this week would be so appreciated
We will be dining at North Pond (romantic), Purple Pig and Sable (with children) later this week and would appreciate any "must do/must not miss" ordering recommendations. We have 1 meat eater and 1 fish eater.... no dislikes except for one with not a particular fondness for squab. I will post feed-back when we return home. Thank you in advance.
2610 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
At Sable, do not miss the sweet corn creme brulee. This is a savory dish, not a dessert, although it sort of bridges the gap between the two; it has the caramelized sugar typical of the traditional dessert, but that is topped with cracked sea salt (in addition to the corn itself in the custard, of course). I also enjoyed the bison short rib sliders. One thing about Sable, though - many of the dishes are available in half portions, and ordering those lets you try a whole lot more dishes than you would otherwise be ordering. Don't let the low prices mislead you, either - you can easily stuff yourself on $30 of food there!
The one dish I still remember loving from the last time I ate at North Pond was a dessert, an almond cream (a mousse-like dish). But what I also remember from North Pond is that many of Chef Sherman's dishes had multiple items. What I mean by that is, instead of an entree consisting of a single composition - for example, a piece of fish served over something and topped with something - it would consist of multiple items plated together, so there will be 2-4 items alongside the fish. So the chances are that you may decide that you absolutely love one or more of the accompaniments - as well as the main item on the plate. And the main item may not be as critical as in most other restaurants. Hope that makes sense.
Sable-pork BLTs (amazing!!!!), veggie burgers (heaven inbetween a bun), deviled eggs (the best I have ever had), tuna tartar tostadas (the perfect little bites of seafood), cheese curds (every piece of fried cheese from Wisco tasted very sinful). Drinks-War of Roses, Speaking in Tongues. Desserts-chocolate cake and peanut butter ice cream thing....HEAVEN
Purple Pig-tuna prosciutto, fried BLT, pork shoulder, and shrimp and mussels. We had dessert here-nutella, marshmallow thing...not that exciting...I would skip it here.
At Purple Pig, the Beef Marrow is awesome, unique, rich and flavorful (but not for kids). Sliced raw asparagus with pecorino cheese is simple but excellent, you will want to try at home. Pork shoulder is a hit and more family friendly. Beets are outstanding. PIg ears and chicken kabobs, for me, not so much. Enjoy.
Consider doing the tasting menu at North Pond... with the wine pairings...you might even get an extra course not on the 'list' depending on what the chef has on hand or feels like if he feels like it...