Local Root | Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville | Breakfast, American, Wine Bar | Restaurant
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Eco-friendly quick-service spot featuring local products; at night it's a bar featuring small plates, wine, beer, and small-batch spirits.

Our Review

I'm all for the local, sustainable, farm-to-table movement, but its proponents do have a tendency to take themselves a little too seriously. Case in point: the mission statement of Streeterville sandwich shop Local Root, which begins "we believe [we] need to change our food system to save the world" and gets progressively bossier: "We must eat sustainably, live with the Earth, and embrace the seasons." For better or worse, that doesn't appear to mean forgoing tomatoes in December. The thin wedges on a duck confit sandwich were tasteless, pale pink ghosts of what a tomato should be—which was especially unfortunate because the rich sandwich, topped with Gruyere and aioli, desperately needed some acidity. We did enjoy a crispy-edged crepe with mild blue cheese and blueberries, and fries (sorry, frites) with three dipping sauces—burgundy chevre, deviled egg mustard, and garlic aioli—were also appropriately crispy. Overall, the food was on the good side of average, but with sandwiches and salads mostly in the $11-$12 range, prices are decidedly on the high side of average, even for downtown. The restaurant has sit-down service for brunch and lunch during the day as well as a carry-out counter, and in the evening the dinner menu includes mussels, flatbreads, and poutines (yes, that's plural—there are five).

Julia Thiel

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