State & Lake | Loop | American | Restaurant
Ground-floor contemporary American restaurant at the Wit, the design-forward hotel in the theater district.

Our Review

In season, the pretty birds may preen on the rooftop lounge enjoying sunshine and balmy breezes, but in the boutique hotel's dark, pubby ground-floor restaurant, State and Lake, it might as well be winter year-round. It's not just the padded leather walls and poor air circulation—it's also the menu, which is dominated by heavy steak-house standards suitable for hibernatory preparation. I can see how an outfit like corporate parent Doubletree might not be as nimble in adapting to the seasons as your average indie farm-to-table partisans, but chili mac and sticky toffee pudding are about as appropriate to summer as Italian ice on Valentine's Day. Still, for a hotel restaurant there are a few decent deals: a heaping plate of house-made "tavern chips" and a ramekin of caramelized onion dip is just $7, and a $13 prime cheeseburger came with a value-added mountain of crispy fries. But State and Lake hasn't managed to transcend a certain institutional quality. Here's hoping that with time the kitchen will catch up to the rotation of the earth.

Mike Sula

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