Chicago, IL 60606
Neighborhood: Near West Side
Blackbird is owned by the same owners of Avec, The Publican, Violet Hour and Big Star. It’s located right next to Avec. I heard it’s very difficult to snag a dinner reservation, if not booked a few weeks in advance, so I settled for a lunch reservation instead.
The restaurant is very bright and airy. Be warned, portions are a bit small, even for me!
I can’t say enough about the nice foodies I’ve met in Chicago. While sitting at the counter for lunch, I met fellow foodie Jerome, who suggested that I read Anthony Bourdain’s book, Kitchen Confidential. Great read for any foodie or for anyone who’s curious about the restaurant industry. Thanks for the recommendation Jerome!
Avec has a great prix fixe menu for $22. I wasn’t really sure what to order, so I placed myself in the chef’s care and went with the prix fixe menu.
Appetizer: charred baby sepia with green tomatoes, blueberries, chamomile almonds and cynar. The grilled squid/octopus on top of the blueberries and almonds almost seem like you’re eating breakfast cereal. Interesting combo and really good!
Entree: wood-grilled sturgeon with chanterelles, kohirabi, plums, thai poppy jam and brown butter fish sauce. The fish was perfectly cooked, but I couldn’t really taste the plums or thai poppy jam.
Dessert: bittersweet chocolate cremeux with cashews, butternut squash and bergamot. Dessert was pretty interesting with the butternut squash. The chocolate cremeux was creamy without being overwhelmingly chocolatey. Nice presentation!
And that wraps up my Chicago eats!