Week #28 – The Bristol

My sister and nieces were recently in town for the past 3.5 weeks, which brought me to the burbs a lot (I miss them!). Needless to say, this Second City Gal majorly compensated this week with three nights-worth of new events (two restaurants and a concert). It’s a marathon, not a sprint, people! So here’s #1: The Bristol.

Nate and I couldn’t make it to our friend Jill’s kayaking party last Saturday (we had my niece Julia’s first birthday at Oberweis Dairy!), so Jill and I made plans to go out for dinner with our hubbies. Jill chose The Bristol, and a good choice it was!

I made a reservation for Wednesday at 7:30 pm, and it was pleasantly mellow when we walked it. The front windows were open to let the fresh, cool air of a beautiful summer night in, and the lights were dimmed to perfection.

I went to the restaurant with an idea of what I wanted to eat (lactose intolerants have to preview before arrival), but the cocktail menu caught me off guard. The drink combinations all sounded interesting to me, so I opted for the Ring the Belle (leblon cachaca, chartreuse, lime juice, honey syrup, fee’s peach), which was refreshing and delicious. Nate had the Lazy Suzanna (a bourbon drink), Jeremy stuck with Moscow Mules (my usual staple in that perfect copper cup), and Jill had a Dark and Stormy (looked pretty and tasted good!).

The Bristol is a shared plates restaurant with an eclectic menu of seasonal foods from Midwest farmers (here’s the menu). When we ordered our food, our waitress—who was very nice and attentive, by the way—suggested we get a bunch of starters, two pastas, and two main dishes. We opted for the apple salad, pork loin, cheese board, chitarra pasta, half chicken, and hanger steak. Oh yeah, and the duck fat fries! I think my favorites were the apple salad, the duck fat fries, the cocoa cardona goat’s milk cheese with this amazing marmalade pairing, and the chicken, which came with this perfectly salty spaetzle.

With this amount of food for four people we were all full, so we opted to skip dessert. When our waitress brought out four mouthwatering homemade Nutter Butter cookies and a candle for Jill, it was the perfect way to end a perfect dinner.

The Bristol
2152 N. Damen
Bucktown

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Week #4 – Ada St.

Last Friday was my friend Sandra’s birthday (who I went to Slurping Turtle with), so we made plans to try a new restaurant that night. Little did I know she would have two new gems for me to try!

First up: Ada St. for dinner. When I told several friends I was going, they said this place is amazing (Sandra and Brad had already been), so my expectations were high. And, man, did it deliver.

Ada St., located very discretely on Ada Street (near North Ave. and Elston) near the Hideout. Everything about this restaurant is cool. The decor is cool. The vibe is cool. Chef Zoe Schor is cool. The glassware is cool. Our waitress was cool. The vinyl record collection is cool. The food is outstanding and so are the cocktails.

I loved this place so much, that I am already thinking of reasons (like I need one!) to go back. I also loved it so much that I don’t want to tell you too much about it. Why? Because I genuinely want you to experience it for yourself. It’s one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in awhile, fit for foodies and picky eaters alike.

Here are photos of some of my favorite dishes we sampled on Friday. The menu changes often, and our specials were phenomenal. Get your a** to Ada St. I promise you won’t be let down.

Ada St.
1664 North Ada
Noble Square

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