3404 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
During the NRA show the restaurants that you read about in all of the industry rags are packed to the gills with people trying to impress their associates and chefs from various operations looking to do some research or just get out and have a good time. It's tough to get a reso at one of the prime downtown joints at times.
As I am working at a startup and we're still relatively small we don't generally stay downtown when we go to shows. We tend to do AirBnB's in the 'burbs and this presents me with some excellent opportunities to eat where the locals eat.
Home Bistro was a total win as a local's restaurant with some excellent chops. Michelin thought it was worth stopping in. They were right.
One of my dining companions started out with the Buffalo-style Quail Wings. This was a special for the day and was excellent.
I had the Escargot with Sauteed Garlic and Tomatoes. This was an excellent preparation that was very earthy and seasonal. Bravo on this dish.
The Artichoke and Edam Stuffed Fritters were certainly a step above your usual fried fair. Well thought-out and executed. Creamy and savory.
Anthony had the fresh asparagus with soft egg over romesco.
This was my pick. A pair of gorgeous soft-shell blue crabs dredged in corn meal and fried. The accompaniment was watermelon and goat cheese with some cubed gelee'd fruit. Awesome dish.
This was a smoked-chicken special enjoyed by another of my dining companions. Deep smokiness without hitting the drying/too much smoke barrier.
Last but not least, the cinnamon bun bread pudding. It was an excellent dessert. The bread pudding had a texture somewhere between cinnamon bun and compressed Krispy Kreme donuts. Definitely worth a try.
Overall, a great dining experience. It's BYOB so you can bring your favorite beverage and not sweat the markup. I highly recommend this place if you're looking for something that is a cut above in the Wrigley Field area.
Thanks for reading.