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Mediocre American fare, priced at a premium.

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Like many restaurants forged in the current era by people with more money than taste, the Bentley serves "American" fare, and seems devoted to proving just what a punishing concept "American" can really be: bland and unimaginative, on the one hand, and badly made, on the other. If you prefer steak, there will be steak, though it will be chewy and, even cooked rare, strangely bloodless. If you like duck, that's available too, and also chewy. Both come with a brown sauce that tastes like a can of Campbell's broth thickened with roux, or maybe cornstarch. Soup sauce also complements a confoundingly awful starter of duck confit "angelotti" in a weird, hard wonton wrapper. An appetizer of scallops came to the table lukewarm. (So did a martini.) A half chicken was essentially flavorless, but on the plus side it was juicy and well cooked, which in this context felt a little menacing: somebody here knows how to cook a chicken and this is their menu? This place doesn't need a review, the person I was dining with suggested, it needs a parent-teacher conference. Read the full review >>

Sam Worley

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Price: $$$
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Despite the name, the Bentley Tavern is not a bar but a restaurant that seems devoted to proving just what a punishing (and costly!) concept "American" fare can really be. Here you'll pay about three times the Illinois hourly minimum wage for a flamingly mediocre main course, and close to that for a few cocktails. Smaller plates offer no respite—an appetizer of scallops, for example, came to the table lukewarm. So, for that matter, did a martini. —Sam Worley

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