My time has been pretty occupied lately with work and apartment hunting, so I was desperate for some time with my girls. Lauren, Tara, and I decided Farmhouse Tavern was the best place for our meet up!
Right when you walk in, you are greeted with friendly hostesses, but also an incredibly warm décor. Think: wire light fixtures, recycled tin tiles, saturated stained wood, tea lights in small mason jars, chalkboards with barn scenes…should I keep going? The farm feel brought me right back to Knoxville, where Nate is from. My home away from home.
It’s important to note that Farmhouse features local (from the Midwest) and seasonal fare, which is something I really appreciate. As I get older (okay, grandma…), I try to know what I’m eating and where my food is coming from. There’s nothing like eating beef from a butcher you know and eggs from the chickens outside.
We sat upstairs in a cozy corner near the bar. Our servers—Emma and Sam—were attentive and kind. I always love servers who offers suggestions, and when Emma recommended The Swing (Deaths Door Gin, Lime Juice, Simple, Cucumber, and Parsley), I gladly took her up on it. (They have a very extensive drink list.) I didn’t know if I’m a gin fan or not, but this drink was tart, yet refreshing. Good pick!
We started with a flatbread of red onion jam, goat cheese, arugula, and currants on a thin, whole-wheat crust. Melted in my mouth.
I then moved on to the fish and chips, another hit. The presentation of the fries and fish together in a paper cone was playful and fun. I was a little hesitant about the malted mustard seed, but it was such an unexpected delicious addition to the dish. The girls had burgers, grass-fed beef and veggie, with smoked gouda and blue cheese, respectively. Is your mouth watering yet? Just wait.
We finished up with lavender angel food cake, honey vanilla bean yogurt, macerated strawberries, raspberry powder, and heirloom oat crumble. Because the ingredients were mostly dry, the strawberries really brought everything together. The added crunch factor was a bonus, for sure.
My meal was about $35 (with tip), which I think is a great deal in Chicago for a cocktail, appetizer, main course, and dessert. I left Farmhouse full both in my stomach and my heart. Just what I needed!
228 West Chicago Avenue
River North/Near North Side