Acadia | South Loop | Contemporary/Regional | Restaurant
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Chic restaurant featuring Ryan McCaskey's modernist cuisine.

Our Review

The forlorn near-south-side landscape on which Acadia sits is about as far from the idyllic New England of chef Ryan McCaskey's childhood vacations as you can imagine. Inside, it's a spacious, comfortable dining room, colored in cool silvers, grays, and off-whites. McCaskey's a la carte menu is arranged simply, in first and second courses, and his foams and emulsions, powders, and smears of puree coalesce and harmonize with the whole. Moreover, these dishes have referents to familiar American classics: Chicken presse, a terrine of compressed thigh meat sandwiching an herbed mousseline of breast with truffled bread pudding is chicken and stuffing, highly refined, but unironic and satisfying. A seared black cod fillet with tempura-fried clams nestled in brussels-sprout cups anchored by bacon-vinaigrette gel is somewhat less recognizably "chowder." Fat shrimp leaning against roasted cauliflower sections and bundles of cuttlefish noodles come from Maine, and their sweetness summons the nostalgia McCaskey is trying to get across. He also offers a 12-course seasonal tasting menu, and the front bar features a smaller, more affordable list of items—a house burger, a lobster roll, snacks, mussels. Read the full review >>

Mike Sula

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