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4111 N. Lincoln Ave. (between W. Belle Plaine Ave. and W. Warner Ave.), Chicago (North Center), IL 60618; 773-472-4111

The Delicious Deal
$49 5-course exclusive BBE prix fixe*
*BBE price: $49 per person; available for dinner (Wed.–Sun.); closed Mon. & Tues.; please see menu below review; optional $19 wine pairings are available per person; max party: 4; dine-in only; not valid with any other discounts or promotions; closed Nov. 24, Dec. 24, 25 & Jan. 1

Must use your passcode by: Jan. 3, 2012
Time left to get your passcode: Expired on Nov. 3, 2011

Sean Sanders’ sustainable New American checks pretension at the door with simple, punchy small and large plates, drawing from a secret rooftop garden that brings local about as close as it gets. Look for menu standouts as pleasantly chewy wheat berry and corn risotto with hunks of lardons and pickled garlic scapes; and smoky Canadian walleye on top of sweet fennel-apple puree, wild mushrooms, and corn, with apple-fennel slaw. The casual, come-however setting exudes neighborhood charm with wood seating at bare wood tables and a warm glow from fern-embossed pendant lighting. Browntrout is worth the trip, local or not.

full menu

menu musts

Wheatberry and corn risotto
Canadian walleye
Butterscotch crème brûlée topped with Pig’s Nose blended scotch view full menu here

sweet seats

A long, central communal table runs the length of the dining room, while tucked away seats up front allow views of passersby on
Lincoln Avenue.

chew on this

Sanders’ small rooftop garden—though not open to the public—grows all manner of herbs, peppers, and tomatoes when weather allows. That’s supplemented by atypical eats from local farms, such as these recent gems: so-juicy-they-pop cherry tomatoes, revived from Darwin-era Galapagos seeds.


dinner: Sun., Wed.–Thu. 5 PM–10 PM; Fri.–Sat. 5 PM–11 PM
brunch: Sun. 11 AM–3 PM
closed Monday and Tuesday

price range for dinner entrées

$15 (Q7 Ranch bacon burger) to $25 (Gunthorp pork porterhouse)

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