Blackbird | West Loop/Fulton Market | Contemporary/Regional | Restaurant
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Paul Kahan's fine-dining destination.

Our Review

Today the principles seems obvious if not ubiquitous, but when Blackbird opened in 1997, few restaurants were preparing seasonal farm-to-table menus. But all these years later, dinner at Blackbird still seems fresh. Though the menu changes often, it has some consistent features—like interesting produce paired with meats beyond pig, cow, chicken. And then some dishes don't change at all. The saffron-scented seafood soup has been on the menu since day one and is just right, especially when it's brimming with juicy Blue Hill Bay mussels. Another classic, the endive salad with pancetta and poached egg served in a crispy potato nest, is still crushed tableside—in a crowded dining room, the effect approaches parody when several nests are being smashed to bits at once. A second constant is the four-star service, which is at the same time attentive and invisible. Hallmarks of high-end dining punctuate the meal, beginning with an amuse bouche and a good two hours later ending with petits fours; informed wine consultations and a proper bread service add to the overall experience. Read the full review >>

Kristina Meyer

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