Graze Chicago Bites Podcast #44

Graze is closed!

A Trio of Seasonal Soups from Graze.

A Trio of Seasonal Soups from Graze.

Update: Unfortunately, Graze closed its doors in June 2007. Word is the owners didn’t feel the small plate concept was working in Chicago. If that’s really true, it’s Chicago’s loss. We liked the small plates and were shocked that they pulled the plug. After all, tapas are huge around here. Anyway, we will miss Graze.

Want a slider and cracker jack along with a side of seared sea scallop and seasonal soups? You can get it at Graze, the new small plate effort from Chef Bob Zrenner. While dining in an atmosphere of attentive service, enjoying playful sunflowers and munching on dishes that ranged from the pedestrian to the sublime, we asked ourselves if it was worth the hype. Was it? Listen in and find out!

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Show Notes:
00:00 – 00:53 Intro
00:54 – 01:42 Chef Bob’s Pedigree
01:43 – 03:17 B’s Fish Tips
03:18 – 12:54 Graze Review
12:55 – 15:17 Ratings and Sign-Off

35 West Ontario
Chicago, IL

Bridget rates Graze 9/10
Tammy rates Graze 7/10

We sipped Shooting Star Zinfandel 2004 while Grazing, and we liked it so much that we decided to get some more! Want some too? We bought a case at Schaefer’s for roughly $12 a bottle.

Podcast Update:
Since recording this podcast, we have learned how to say Zrenner. It’s pronounced like “Wren” (the bird) only with a Z. “Zren- ER.” Zrenner used to be the chef at X/O but not anymore. These days he keeps busy as executive chef at Graze. Thanks for the info Sherri!

The Cheesecake Ravioli were a table favorite.

The Cheesecake Ravioli were a table favorite.

  1. Lingo left a comment on March 2, 2007 at 8:51 am

    You two are great. You keep getting better all the time, like fine wine. Love the shows, and can’t wait for the next one.

  2. Tammy left a comment on March 6, 2007 at 6:47 am

    Aw shucks, Lingo, you’re sweet to say!

  3. Angie left a comment on March 8, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    B–I’m glad to hear that you think this is someplace you’d take guest, because after hearing about the cheesecake ravioli (as well as everything else), it is definitely on my list of restaurants to try on an upcoming visit. I was extra pleased when Tammy revealed that the cheesecake ravioli is served with blueberry sauce–from the picture I thought it might be chocolate and I thought that could be overwhelming.

  4. Amelia left a comment on March 27, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Bridget and Tammy,
    After your podcast, I had to try out this restaurant. I ordered the Ahi Tuna Tartare and Flatbread with roasted red pepper along with the Cheesecake Ravioli. All three lived up to and beyond your recommendations. I also tried the Beef Ribs and the Cookie and Ice Cream Tower which were also worth a trip back. Instead of wine, my friend and I went with mixed drinks. I have forgetten their names (and unfortunately the drink menu is not posted on the website) but the one I had contained Plymouth Gin and Pear Liquor. It was AMAZING! And the friendly bartender gave us a comp drink made with cucumber infused vodka that was also very good. Thanks for the great recommendation! Keep ’em coming!

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