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StarChefs

    Graham Elliot

    EAT

    217 West Huron Street
    Chicago, IL 60654
    (312) 624-9975
    www.grahamwich.com
    Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-10pm

    2005 Chicago Rising Star Graham Elliot Bowles’ namesake restaurant in River North is a casual, cool house for playful, even cheeky American cuisine. All fine dining pretense is gone, but the character is the same—deconstructed Caesar salad still graces the menu (albeit in less composed form), and reconstructed buffalo wings and beef stroganoff are hits as well. And with Bowles’ restaurant empire expanding, Chef de Cuisine Merlin Verrier has taken a greater part in shaping the fun. The sleek, dark wood restaurant is an excellent spot for a chic dinner before a night downtown. But food is entertainment enough here. And like a good drama, the menu comes with thoughtful twists—curried marshmallows and powdered foie, anyone? Presentations have an Alice in Wonderland-like quality, and beverage pairings might include a classic Burgundy, an obscure Slovenian vintage, or a beer cocktail served in a laboratory beaker.

    Recommended Dishes:
  • Bruléed Fig, Homemade Ricotta and Fried Prosciutto
  • Butternut Bisque, Curry Marshmallow, Toasted Pepita and Coconut Milk

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