My starter was the Graham Elliot take on a Caesar salad, which apparently is a menu regular. This was the dish that was the biggest disappointment of the evening for me. It is served with what was basically a long rectangular crouton. There was Romaine lettuce sort of neatly stacked on top, and in other rectangular portions on the plate. Across each portion of lettuce, there was a mild white anchovy. The entire dish was served on top of the dressing. This was one that was lovely to look at, but flavor-wise was a letdown. Really, the dressing had little flavor and there was not enough of it to go around.
I also have to tell you (at his insistence) about hubby’s favorite course. He had the salted cod dish as his second course. It was also a very interesting and delicious take on a traditional salt cod brandade. It was served in a glass and had a bottom layer of what was the closest to a traditional salt cod, with a layer of fingerling potato mousse that was topped with ribbons of gelée made of potato and topped with caviar. It almost looked like a sundae, but with cod. It was really really good as well (I snuck a few bites).
All in all though, while we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our time with our friends, we weren’t as impressed with the food or the service as we were the first time. The service was a highlight last time and this time had several problems (don’t take my napkin when I go to the bathroom if you aren’t going to replace it immediately). If we do another revisit to a Chicago place, it will likely be somewhere else next time. And it is really hard to go to a place more than once when there are so many other wonderful choices.
Lunch at Emilio’s
But hey, I don’t think I have every asked you guys for your recommendations for places in Chicago. What restaurants have you eaten in there that were truly memorable? Any “best things I ever ate” moments? Let me know!
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