Layla Grill in Salt Lake City

I have a severe weakness for lamb.  Whenever there’s a lamb dish on a menu, it’s a pretty sure bet that that’s my order.  So when several people gushed to me about how amazing the lamb is at Layla Grill, I was a little more than intrigued.  Last week I finally got around to trying it and, well, Layla’s lamb is to die for.

[Image via facebook.]

[Image via facebook.]

Located in the southern end of Salt Lake City, Layla Grill serves Mediterranean food in a cute restaurant with a neighborhood feel to it.  My friends and I went after a long Saturday of errands and forgot to make reservations.  Bad idea; the wait was over an hour.  We opted to sit at the bar to cut down our wait time and ended up having a great experience with excellent service while sitting stool side.

The combination appetizer plate at Layla Mediterranean Grill in Salt Lake City.

The combination appetizer plate was a great start to our meal.

Layla’s menu has a lot of Mediterranean favorites on it, like beef or chicken shwarma (similar to gyro meat, served in a sandwich-like wrap), kabobs, Moussaka (a rich, layered eggplant dish), a swarm of salad options (including Fattoush, a pita bread salad) and more.  Anxious to get a taste of Layla’s flavor, we started with a combination appetizer platter (available in combos of three/$13, and four/$16) of Muhammara Walnut Spread, a rich and savory dip made with walnuts, red peppers and pomegranate molasses; Grape Leaves stuffed with a blend of rice, onions, tomatoes, parsley, mint and heavy hit of lemon juice; and Mediterranean Crab Cakes, a spicy, dense version of the classic.

Braised lamb at Layla in Salt Lake City.

Layla’s famous lamb was spectacular.

Without hesitation, my friend and I ordered the Moroccan Lamb Shank ($21), a massive chunk of lamb slowly braised in a burgundy demi-glaze sauce with dried apricots and savory spices.  It was fall-off-the-bone tender, juicy and rich; a simply magnificent lamb dish.  Oh and it was served with Lebanese vermicelli rice and brussel sprouts, but to be honest, I didn’t even notice them on my plate until about halfway through my lamb.

The Musakhen at Layla Grill in Salt Lake City.

The Musakhen is one of Layla’s signature dishes.

My other friend ordered the Musakhen ($14.50), a sandwich-like wrap filled with chicken, caramelized onions, sumac and pine nuts.  The thin flatbread was browned on the outside in more spices, giving it even more flavor.  It may look like a typical wrap, but the intense flavors made it far more spectacular.

Chocolate pie at Layla Grill in Salt Lake City.

Ending the meal with a bit of sweetness.

We finished our meal by splitting the Chocolate Pie, the special of the evening.  It was nice to end on a sweet note, but I wasn’t impressed by it.  Next time I’ll opt for more appetizers and skip the dessert.

Layla Grill is my new go-to place when I’m south of Salt Lake City with its amazing food, welcoming atmosphere and outstanding service.  We felt like the only diners in the restaurant, even though it was packed!  Now I just have to convince myself to try something else before giving in and getting that lamb dish again!

Go to Layla Grill for :: a delicious dinner packed with flavor in a relaxing setting.  Notes :: Open Monday through Friday for lunch, 11:30 a.m-2:00p.m; Monday through Thursday for dinner 5:00 p.m-9:30 p.m and Friday and Saturday for dinner 5:00 p.m-10:00 p.m.  Reservations are available (and recommended) by calling 801-272-9111.  Friend Layla on facebook or follow them on twitter for updates.

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First Look :: Whiskey Street in Salt Lake City

Main Street in Salt Lake City just got a lot better.  A new bar opened its doors last week, Whiskey Street, and as its name suggests, they put a heavy emphasis on whiskey.  In addition to their specialty, they offer an extensive list of international beers and high end spirits, plus a full menu of food.

The Whiskey Street sign on Main Street in Salt Lake City.

Tucked back into the buildings on Main Street, Whiskey Street is easy to miss.

Whiskey Street is located at 323 South Main Street, where the short-lived CO2 used to be (in between Eva and The Bodega).  The narrow space features a bold bar on one side, displaying bottles and bottles of spirits behind it, and booths with tables on the opposite side.  In between the two is a tall standing bar and hidden in the back are couches.  It’s laid back enough to have a relaxing drink with friends and/or enjoy a good meal.

Behind the bar, bottles of whiskey are displayed at Whiskey Street in Salt Lake City.

American, Canadian, Irish, Japanese, Scottish… whiskeys from around the world are available.

So first things first :: the whiskey.  The drink menu has several pages dedicated to whiskey alone, categorized by region.  I was surprised to see Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon ($8) listed, something I’ve never seen in Utah before.  I’m happy to report that the prices are decent, too; with most bourbons around $10/each.

The interior of Whiskey Street in Salt Lake City.

The interior of Whiskey Street.

Scotch is priced more expensive, as it is in general, but the list of those available is impressive.  Keep an eye on the price when you order, though, because while most are $9-16, a few will set you back $40/shot (like Glenlivet 25 year and Macallan 21 year) or as much as $68 (Macallan 25 year).  I’ll note that Whiskey Street also has Japanese single malts :: Yamazaki ($13 for 12 year/$22 for 18 year), Hibiki ($13) and one I’d never heard of (but loved instantly) Suntory Hakushu 12 ($13).

Parmesan truffle fries at Whiskey Street in Salt Lake City.

Parmesan truffle fries are amazing.

Now, the food.  Whiskey Street is a bar so you don’t have to order food.  But you might want to.  The appetizers and snacks are priced under $9 and are great to share between a few people to pick at while you drink.  Get the Parmesan Truffle Fries ($6), served with a house-made smoked ketchup.  They are amazingly addicting.

The roasted Shishito Peppers at Whiskey Street in Salt Lake City.

A spicy kick of peppers pairs well with whiskey.

The Roasted Shishito Pepper Poppers ($7) are served with an orange habanero whipped mascarpone sauce that balances the spiciness of the peppers and goes well with whiskey.  The Fried Pickles ($5) aren’t anything out of the ordinary, but (disclaimer) pickles aren’t really my thing.

Corned Beef Sandwich at Whiskey Street in Salt Lake City.

The corned beef sandwich tasted better than it looked.

I tried the Corned Beef Sandwich ($10), served hot on a roasted garlic baguette and more truffle fries (yay!).  (Other side options include soup, mixed green salad or caesar.)  It was surprisingly one of the best corned beef sandwiches I’ve had in Utah.  Next time I’d like to try their entrees, specifically the Pork Chop with spiced bourbon maple glaze ($17) or the Butternut Squash Risotto with prawns, pancetta and arugula ($14).

Whiskey at The Whiskey Street in Salt Lake City.

Whiskey is available “on the rock” — a giant ball of ice.

Whiskey Street is a mix between Bar X and Bourbon House, with great drinks, relaxing atmosphere and good food.  (Bourbon House and Whiskey Street share the same owners.)  The service was excellent the first night I went and shady the second, but it was also packed.  Hopefully that will improve with time and they’re able to get drinks out faster.  There isn’t a cocktail list, but I’d love to see if their bartenders can mix up anything decent, even though their focus is whiskey (and I have no problem with that).

Go to Whiskey Street :: to sip on whiskey with your friends or for a casual dinner or lunch of American food.  Notes :: Open for lunch and dinner, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week.  Reservations are no accepted.  Friend them on facebook here.

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Pallet in Salt Lake City

Pallet is unlike anywhere else in Salt Lake City.  The downtown restaurant is known for its unparalleled atmosphere, the focus of which varies depending on the time of day from a cozy neighborhood bistro when it opens to a hip, cocktail-focused joint later in the evening.  Regardless of the time or vibe, as soon as you settle into the west side restaurant, it’s apparent you’re in for something special.

The menu and a Manhattan at Pallet in Salt Lake City.

Perusing the menu with a Manhattan.

Pallet has been a part of the downtown dining scene for awhile now, causing a stir with its unique decor (done by the folks at City Home Collective) and swanky cocktails (created by Matt Pfohl, one of SLC’s best mixologists).  I wrote about it when it first opened more than a year ago but was recently lured back into the cozy, candlelit restaurant and thought I’d take a closer look at where Chef Willey has taken the place.

The Mint Julep at Pallet in Salt Lake City.

It’s never too late in the year for a Mint Julep.

The ever-changing menu is heavily focused on appetizers, ranging around $8-12, and several salads (including asparagus- and beet-based) making a small plates/tapas-style dinner an easy option.  Main dishes steep upwards of $27 for a lamb T-bone or an array of vegetables for $15.  The descriptions are incredibly vague but the server will tell you that’s done intentionally to strike up a conversation with him or her about what to order.  I’m a big fan of talking with the staff but I’m more in favor of detailed menus.

Hamachi with avocado balls, ice, cilantro and lemon at Pallet in Salt Lake City.

Chef Willey’s take on Hamachi.

After starting with the bartender’s choice of a cocktail (he brought a perfect-for-my-mood Mint Julep), my friend and I decided to create a dinner of small plates.  Our server grouped them in courses for us, bringing out the Hamachi ($12) first.  It was served sashimi-style with shishito peppers, avocado balls and bacon sorbet topped with lemon, cilantro and chunks of ice.  Yes, ice.  I liked the combination of flavors but felt that the ice was somewhat distracting.

Figs and speck at Pallet in Salt Lake City.

Figs + Speck = crunchy, savory goodness.

With our fish dish came the Figs and Speck ($11); figs wrapped in Caputo’s house made Speck, drizzled with balsamic, ricotta chunks and almonds.  I was surprised how much I liked the texture and flavor contrasts of this dish, but really, when you put speck on something (especially from Caputo’s), can you ever go wrong?  I think not.

Clams and spicy pillows at Pallet in Salt Lake City.

The clams and spicy pillows (my favorite dish of the night).

Next up were the Clams ($13), served with fries, onions and sausage.  The classic dish was enjoyably spruced up with sausage, but otherwise predictable.  Alongside them we had the Spicy Pillows ($11), addicting puff-like pillows with a gnocchi-ish texture with chard, lemon, thyme and onion.  I could eat these all night, especially after a cocktail or two.

Warm oatmeal shortbread topped with ice cream at Pallet in Salt Lake City.

Ending the night with warm shortbread and ice cream.

And even though I was more than full, we finished the meal with Warm Oatmeal Walnut Shortbread ($8) with chocolate and salted caramel, berry and ice cream.  Every time I’ve been to Pallet, the dessert has been the highlight of the meal and this was no different.  It was warm and comforting and simply delicious.

Pallet’s strengths are easily its atmosphere and innovative cocktails.   Some items on the menu can be hit or miss, but trust your server to be honest and take their advice.  In the meantime, sit back, relax and sip on something sultry while you enjoy the fact that you’re in a truly one-of-a-kind restaurant in Salt Lake City.

Go to Pallet for :: the awesome atmosphere, amazing cocktails and great desserts for a date night or casual dinner with friends.  Notes :: Open Monday through Saturday, 5-10 pm.  Some tables are communal-style seating but singles are available.  Reservations can be made online here.

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Silver in Park City

Park City is the perfect escape from Salt Lake City.  I always find the 25-minute drive up Parley’s Canyon therapeutic.  Utah’s impressive mountains set the stage for the foliage to show off whatever season it is, whether it be the bursts of fall colors, the monochromatic winter, the subdued spring or the lush greenery of summer.  I missed the display of fall trees last month on my recent drive up the canyon, but what colors remained were still charming, even in their forewarning that winter was well on its way.

The interior of Silver, with its fireplace and blue wine wrack, in Park City, Utah.

Silver’s wine rack casts a blue glow through the restaurant.

My favorite part about Park City is the way being there feels like being out of town.  Maybe that’s thanks to its residents, many of them Utah transplants, or the numerous tourists, or the way it’s the only place to find certain things in Utah, like a whiskey distillery.  And a restaurant that feels like it’s straight out of New York City :: Silver.

The interior of Silver in Park City, Utah.

The decor at Silver is spectacular.

My first taste of Silver was at last year’s Savor the Summit event and I’ve been aching to return ever since.  I was finally able to do that a few weeks ago.  The moment I stepped inside I realized this restaurant is like no other one in Utah.  The decor is striking; silver chains hang from the walls reflecting blue lights that dangle from the ceiling in between large chandeliers.  Glass panels glow, a fireplace burns and the wine rack at the back of the restaurant emits a blue, futuristic light.

A cocktail and drink menu and the pretzel bread at Silver in Park City, Utah.

The pre-dinner cocktail and pretzel bread.

Silver serves modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean flare, meaning with lots of seafood mixed in.  The menu is modest in size but ambitious in selection.  The wine list is monstrous, with bottles reaching towards the $300+ range, but there are also a handful in the $20-$40 range and several affordable by-the-glass options.  The creative cocktail list caught our eye so I started with The Clean Shave ($10), a mix of bourbon, rum and benedictine bitters.  Satisfyingly not too sweet, just like I like it.

The Baby Octopus appetizer at Silver in Park City, Utah.

Baby octopus are cute and tasty!

Our server suggested we start with the Baby Octopus ($12).  The combination of salty olives, savory black potatoes, crispy fennel and meaty octopus was wonderful. The octopus wasn’t too chewy (always a fear of mine when ordering the critters), and everything played together nicely.

Roasted squab and foie gras at Silver in Park City, Utah.

The squab was like heaven.

As soon as I saw The Roasted Squab ($36) on the menu, I knew I had to order it.  One of my favorite types of meat, squab is better known as pigeon.  The dark red meat is tender, juicy and richly flavorful.  Silver’s dish, served with a variety of vegetables, sausage and foie gras, was outstanding.  It was intensely rich in the most rewarding way.

The Hanger Steak at Silver in Park City, Utah.

The steak was classic but satisfying.

My friend ordered the Hanger Steak ($34), another suggestion of the server.  It was a little predictable, but still delicious.  It was served with brussel sprouts, wild mushrooms and fingerling potatoes in a gin mustard sauce.  The steak was cooked with a perfect sear and the mushrooms added a great kick of flavor.

The upstairs of Silver in Park City, Utah.

The upstairs of Silver is cozy and intimate.

There were so many other things on Silver’s menu I wanted to try, like the Crispy Whole Sardines ($12), the Herbed Vegetable Crepe ($19) and the Fig-Wrapped Kurabuta Pork Chop ($29).  The menu changes all the time (it’s even changed since I was there), so when you spot something you want, get there quickly.

The atmosphere, the food and the service were all more-than-memorable at Silver.  It’s well worth the drive up Parley’s Canyon for dinner.  Not only will it feel like you’re out of Utah thanks to the decor, the food will transport you far, far away, too.

Go to Silver for :: a spectacular dinner with deep flavors, paired with wine or creative cocktails, in a dramatically beautiful restaurant.  Notes :: Open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner, although days and times vary depending on the season.  Reservations are available online here.  They also host private parties.

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Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City

Downtown Salt Lake City feels more and more like a big city to me every day.  Like a real big city, not just our excuse for a big city.  The most recent installment of my regularly-occurring I heart my city thoughts was visiting Bistro 222.  There was something about parking along Main Street, walking past people rushing to their own after-work destinations and meeting a group of girlfriends for dinner at the new restaurant that felt very big city to me, even though I eat at downtown restaurants all the time.

Bistro 222 is in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Bistro 222 is in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Bistro 222 anchors the bottom floor of the 222 Main building, one of the newest additions to Salt Lake City’s skyline.  The restaurant’s large windows show off the bustling traffic outside, both foot- and car-based, and neighboring buildings, reminding me of Luce in San Francisco.  The decor is modern but cozy, classy yet casual, with an open kitchen at the back of the space.

The interior of Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

The interior of Bistro 222.

The menu offers a sporadic range of options, from seafood-based pastas and creative pizzas to prime sirloin steaks and pork belly burgers, hinting that the focus of their cuisine is a bit Italian-American.  Whatever it is, everyone in your party will find something they like.  The wine list covers a wide variety of choices at reasonable prices, although by-the-glass options are limited.

Calamari and bruschetta at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

Calamari and bruschetta.

We started with Calamari ($9) with avocado and wasabi-yuzu aioli, with breading so light it barely added in texture, allowing the flavor of the calamari to stand out.  We also had the Mushroom Bruschetta ($8), country bread topped with crimini and oyster mushrooms, house ricotta and tomato-herb jam, all of which came together to create a really flavorful symphony of tastes.  Both were really enjoyable.

Chicken liver pate with bread at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

It may look questionable, but the pate was delicious.

Then came the Chicken Liver Pâté ($8), served with toasted country bread and pickled raisins, a nice balance of sweet and saltiness that was sensationally addicting.  Even the anti-pâté fans at the table liked it.

Scallops and succotash at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

Scallops and succotash.

I ordered the Pan Seared Scallops ($23) with fall vegetable succotash, popcorn grits and a bacon dressing.  The scallops were beautifully carmellized with an ever-so-slightly sugary edge and juicy centers while the corn was fresh and bright.  I liked the addition of brussel sprout leaves and fennel for added hits of texture.  It was well-balanced, flavorful but not trying too hard.

Gnocchi, lasagna and pappardelle at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

Gnocchi, lasagna and pappardelle.

Others at the table ordered the Roasted Beet Gnocchi ($17) with brown butter, brussel sprouts, feta, mushrooms and pecans, a delicious balance of richness and sweetness; the Short Rib Lasagna ($19) with pomodoro and house-made ricotta and mozzarella, a savory and heavy take on the classic; and the Saffron Pappardelle ($19) with scallops, clams, sea bass, spicy tomato broth, a deliciously spicy medley of seafood flavors.

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Ice Cream and Toffee Popcorn at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

Rich and intense.

The desserts change nightly and thanks to the manager, Miles, we were able to try all three.  The Chocolate Cake with Caramel Ice Cream and Toffee Popcorn ($8) was deeply rich, bursting with intense caramel flavors offset with crunchy popcorn.  I was glad the table shared it because it only took a few bites to be satisfied with this one!

Lemon mascarapone cheesecake and chocolate pot de creme at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

Lemon mascarpone cheesecake and chocolate pot de creme.

The Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake with Berry Gelée was also rich, but with more subtly on the sweetness and slightly lighter, with a hint of berry—just like I like it!  Somehow it was refreshing, but maybe only in comparison with the chocolate.  This was my favorite.  And lastly, we had the Chocolate Pot de Creme, the obviously lightest and simplest option of the three.  This is the one to order if you are in dire need of dessert but don’t really have room for it.  Just enough for a flavor of chocolate.

Bistro 222 won me over with its cuisine, urban atmosphere and incredible service.  I’m anxious to see how the seasonally-changing menu will evolve throughout the year.  They also cater to the downtown working crowd with an express lunch (sandwiches and salads under $10) and a sit-down lunch; both will be fun to try during the workweek.

Go to Bistro 222 for :: a casual, cozy dinner after work or a quick lunch during the day.  Notes :: Open seven days a week; Monday-Thursday 11 am-9 pm, Friday-Saturday 11 am-10 pm and Sunday 11 am- 9 pm, including Sunday brunch.  Reservations are available online via OpenTable.  Friend Bistro 222 on Facebook here.

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Longman & Eagle in Chicago

Everyone finds their weak spot at some point.  It happens to the best of us.  Even the heel of Achilles was eventually discovered, leading to his downfall.  My weak spot has long been whiskey.  Then, while in Chicago, I discovered Longman & Eagle, the one-starred Michelin-rated restaurant offering more than 148 whiskeys.  With a tagline like “Eat, sleep, whiskey,” I knew I had found my Achilles’ Heel.

The "It's All About The Barrel" whiskey flight at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

The “It’s All About The Barrel” whiskey flight.

Longman & Eagle is part bar, part restaurant and part hotel.  Among the 148 varieties of whiskey is everything from familiar to exotic (including a Willett bourbon bottled exclusively for the restaurant), with 38 available for only $3/shot.  Whiskey flights and pairings grace the drink menu, along with an extensive list of cocktails, beers and wine.  The food side takes a farm-to-table, nose-to-tail approach on regional American cuisine with a seasonally evolving menu.

Longman & Eagle's tagline is Eat, Sleep, Whiskey.

The window displays Longman & Eagle’s tagline.

The problem with Longman & Eagle is that it’s not one of those “hidden gem” places.  Everyone has heard of it.  In fact, a handful of people in Salt Lake City recommended it, knowing my whiskey weakness.  (Thanks guys!)  But they don’t take reservations so wait times are notoriously long.

Meagan and I planned to go on Monday night, hoping it would be less crowded, still knowing we’d have to wait awhile for a table.  But as the gods would have it, we walked in, requested a table and were seated immediately.  That has to be some sort of miracle.

A sign on the wall and L&E's extensive list of whiskey.

A sign on the wall and L&E’s extensive list of whiskey.

The restaurant is dark and seating is semi communal, leaning more toward a bar-like atmosphere than that of a restaurant.  It didn’t bother me but the “dark, gloomy and noisy” mood prompted L&E’s most famous Yelp review, which they proudly turned into a postcard.

The flight of whiskey at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

Non-aged whiskey progressing to 10-year bourbon.

Being overwhelmed by the endless whiskey list inspired me to order the “It’s All About the Barrel” whiskey flight ($14), one of several available.  The flight follows a bourbon’s journey through the different stages of aging, starting with a non-aged Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash, a 4-year Benchmark and an Eagle Rare 10-year.  (The 10-year was the best.)  We also dabbled in the cocktail list, trying the Old Fashioned (amazing) and the Campari-based Pony Truss, an ode to my recent cocktail judging event, and Four Roses on the rocks since it’s not sold in Utah.

The amouse bouche at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

The amouse bouche was a sweet introduction to fall.

The amouse bouche was a warm apple soup with compressed apple chunks, a lightly sweet and cinnamony shot with crunchy bits mixed in.  It was refreshing, but better when paired with a smokey whiskey.

The menu is categorized by bar snacks, which are bites like olives ($4), pretzel ($5), cheese gougeres ($7) and paté ($9); small plates of bone marrow and bacon shallot jam ($11), fôie grás with bacon crumble and cheddar ($21) and confit of octopus and beef tendon ($14); and large entrees like monkfish osso buco with whiskey bearnaise ($29) and wild boar sloppy joe with pickled jalapeño ($14).

Scallop with pork cheeks and vegetables at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

Scallop with pork cheeks and vegetables.

We took the small plates/share everything approach, starting with Seared Scallop & Truffled Braised Pork Cheek ($16) with lentils, corn and squash in a pan jus.  It was a party of my favorite things on one plate and everything played together nicely.  The flavors all spoke for themselves, without being overpowered by anything else.

Blue crab ravioli with lobster mushrooms at Longman & Eagle.

Blue crab ravioli with lobster mushrooms.

Alongside the scallops we had Blue Crab Ravioli ($16) topped with black truffles, soy beans, lobster mushrooms and tomato consommé.  Light but flavorful, this was the better of our two small plates.

Salmon with brandade ravioli at Longman & Eagle.

Salmon with brandade ravioli.

From the entree side we picked the Skuna Bay Salmon ($27) with Brandade ravioli, milk poached salsify, porcini ragout and a red wine veal reduction.  While this was delicious, nothing about it stood out as spectacular, especially after liking the blue crab ravioli so much.  It wasn’t a disappointment, just anticlimactic.

Pistachio Waffle and Pralined Pecan Terrine at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

Pistachio Waffle and Pralined Pecan Terrine were the highlights of the meal.

We ordered two desserts to share because all of them looked amazing.  The Pistachio Waffle ($9) was served with peach pie ice cream, praline pistachio, compressed plum and a blob of honey marshmallow.  It was mind blowing; I will dream about it forever.  The waffle was subtly sweet with intense pistachio flavors.

Alongside it we had the Pralined Pecan Terrine ($9) with caramel and bourbon, espresso, honey foam, chocolate, malted ice cream and bourbon panna cotta.  Yeah, that was amazing too, with some fun contrasts of textures.

Longman & Eagle hit my weak spot with whiskey, then further drove the dagger with its amazing food, especially the desserts.  Rumor has it that brunch is fantastic, too, so I’m putting that on my list for my next trip to Chicago.

Go to Longman & Eagle for :: a casual meal with creative ingredients allowed to speak for themselves, all centered around whiskey.  Whatever you do, don’t skip dessert. Notes :: They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait.  If you want to emphasize whiskey rather than food, head to the OSB (offsite bar) behind the restaurant that only serves quick bites.  Follow L&E on twitter and instagram or friend them on facebook.

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