Week #21 – Little Market Brasserie

Ok, I’m at it again. I’m on a restaurant streak!

This time, Lindsey and I ventured out to Little Market Brasserie, a little spot in the Talbott Hotel (which is really cute, by the way).

I made a reservation for two on Monday evening at 6 pm, and the crowd was definitely light, which is to be expected. I sat down right away (the host asked if I was there to meet my sister—Lindsey is a tall, thin, blond…), and we ordered cocktails. Good thing, because it was one of those days when you just need to leave work and have a cocktail (those of you who know me know that that’s pretty out of the ordinary).

Little Market touts their “charged sodas,” where you choose from one of five sodas and pair it with a suggested spirit. Mix and match, if you will. We asked the waiter for a recommendation, and he brought out two small samples of the cucumber lemon (which Lindsey ordered with vodka) and the orange hibiscus mint (which I ordered with vodka). These were so refreshing and delicious. Had one, probably could have sucked down three.

For food, we decided to go with one of our waiter’s food suggestions, which was the ceviche. Man, did this dish deliver. I wasn’t surprised, seeing as Mercadito Hospitality, which is also behind Mercadito, Tavernita, and so many more top restaurants in the city, also owns Little Market.

Deviled eggs have become a Second City Gal favorite in the past few years, so I wanted to try them, but I wouldn’t really recommend these unless you love horseradish. I could barely eat one it was so strong.

Our goat cheese and beets salad was good, and so was the pork belly share plate, but the pork was probably a little too heavy for late spring/early summer. An ordering error on my part.

We were way too full for dessert, so we sipped our cocktails, caught up, and enjoyed the décor of the restaurant. It actually reminded me a lot of The Smith in New York City—creative lighting, black and white everything, and bistro styling. The smaller bar just beyond the host stand is especially my style with its well-lit shelving, sweet potted green plants, and recycled ceiling tiles (which I have in my apartment). I’d like to ask the interior designer if she does in-home consultations…

For cute atmosphere and tasty cocktails, head over to Little Market Brasserie!

PS—Linds gave me the cutest gold leather bow bracelet (see below). Tres cute!

Little Market Brasserie
10 E. Delaware Place
Gold Coast

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