Usually I’m a patient person. I can wait out the rush of new, exciting, must-try spots to enjoy the latest dining experience at my own pace.
Often this is made easier by a daily commute that features a dull, familiar routine up and down Western. The one exception was the tease of brown paper and bold lettering for the new Goosefoot Food & Wine shop.
I twitter-stalked the Goosefoot account and craned my neck every time the bus passed the storefront. I. Could. Not. Wait!
Though I managed to miss opening day, I popped in over the weekend to see if my (im)patience would be rewarded.
It was, to be quite honest, a mixed bag.
Lincoln Square already has an abundance of fine food & wine opportunities including Provenance Food & Wine, Gene’s Sausage Shop, and Fine Wine Brokers, not to mention bakeries and restaurants galore. If you want to compare super-close options, then Harvest Time Foods up the street is also a worthy stop.
What does Goosefoot Food & Wine offer?
Well, for those of us who have been unable to score a reservation or to repeat an experience at Goosefoot, the store has select to-go offerings from the menu. I speak, of course, about the to-die for Chestnut Soup. It’s been two years since I last tried it, and I still remember every bite.
Want to savor the memory? A little carton can be yours for $9.
Or if your fond meal-time recollections include the hand-painted chocolates, a box of four can be had for $12. Even though the candies are on display under glass, the selection of available chocolate for sale is random.
Other items for sale include an almost expected range of fancy packaged goods like pastas, crackers, syrups, and granola. For those with fortunate reservations for dinner but the inability to recollect that Goosefoot is a BYOB, the shop is open late enough to pop-in for a compatible bottle or two or three with dinner.
I spied a beer-making kit on the shelves, but found the craft beer selection limiting. I understand that it takes a while to build relationships with breweries, but a hyper-local choice shouldn’t have been too hard to procure — hello, Half-Acre, Begyle, Finch? I hope to see the choices move beyond Goose Island.
I quizzed the staff a bit about the selections, chocolates, and saved my most important question for last: How do I get a reservation at Goosefoot?
I would tell you, but I need to try it first. Hopefully patience will be rewarded again!
Goosefoot Food & Wine is located next to the restaurant at 2656 W Lawrence Avenue. The store is open 1 to 10 p.m. daily.