Blackbird was sensational.

Next door to the more casual Avec, we opted for a leisurely (and slightly less pricey) lunch at this modern gem. The prix fixe option made our gastronomic deliberations swift and easy.

I started with the foie gras, which was delicious. Chilled, buttery, divine. The short rib entrée was equally delicious, and refreshingly light. (The chef forwent the more traditional heavy glaze for a clear broth.) The chocolate pavé dessert wasn’t too shabby either.

Also worth noting: the bartender makes a mean martini. Something I’ve previously said is difficult to find.

While my taste leans more towards Avec, with its rustic, hearty fare, I certainly wouldn’t think twice about returning to Blackbird on my next trip to Chicago.


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