Aug 242010
 

Closed! Enjoy the memories…

Amish Chicken

The amish chicken is prepared two ways and served with green beans.

At Crofton on Wells I get the impression that there are a lot of regulars who dine there, and the staff really does know their names and is glad they came.  With a $35 prix fixe menu available from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday — along with an option to include two glasses of wine for a total of $55 per person — you can see what keeps people coming back. Especially when you taste the food.

Crofton on Wells turns in a solid performance food-wise and is as good, if not better, than I remembered since our last review, which was ages ago.  This time around my friend Chris and I enjoyed both our starters — potato green garlic soup and werp farms baby greens — and our main dishes — amish chicken with spicy herb and chipotle, yukon gold mashed potatoes and smoky molasses jus; and the spring risotto with asparagus, mushrooms, fava beans, ramps, sweet peas, sugar snap peas and chaubier.

Garlic Soup

The garlic soup is light and perfect for summer.

Our only disappointment was the ice cream didn’t come with cookies as advertised. Still, for $35 this three-course is a deal, and I don’t think I’d mind if the servers got to know my name.

Crofton on Wells
535 N Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Oct 062009
 
The fresh tomato salad got our meal started out right.

The fresh tomato salad got our meal started out right.

Keeping up our trend of eating at neighborhood places that specialize in organic, sustainable food, we made our way to Browntrout where the dining room is as pleasing as the plating. The food was great — fresh, bright, original — but was it enough to carry the evening? Listen in to find out.

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Show Notes:
00:00 – 02:07 Empty on a Sunday, nice interior design
02:08 – 05:29 Sloppy service from the start & there’s a corkage fee now
05:30 – 08:43 Waffle fries, honoring the sauce, farmer’s market tomatoes, & fish trio
08:44 – 09:45 A crepe that wanted for nothing
09:46 – 10:44 Pork belly ravioli — Rich & oppressive?
10:45 – 11:59 Arugula salad with peaches & Amish chicken with mashed potatoes
12:00 – 13:25 Standout pan seared white fish on a bed of corn that “won”
13:26 – 14:44 Flavorful walleyed pike & excellent veggies
14:45 – 16:22 What is this crispy mac & cheese? Is it good?
16:23 – 18:00 Gale’s rootbeer float saves dessert
18:01 – 19:32 Ratings & sign-off

The white fish, on a bed of corn, gets two thumbs up!

The white fish, on a bed of corn, gets two thumbs up!

Leena Eats
4111 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618-3027
(773) 472-4111
Metromix

Bridget’s Ratings Tammy’s Ratings
Food Quality 4 4
Value 3 3
Service 2 2
Ambiance 4 3
Overall 6 6

Price per person: $45

Related reviews:
The Bristol
City Provisions Farm Dinner
Mado
Nightwood

Online buzz about Browntrout:
Sky Full of Bacon
Time Out Chicago
Metromix
Sky Full of Bacon
Time Out Chicago

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Sep 292009
 
The smoked trout lettuce wraps brought the heat.

The smoked trout lettuce wraps brought the heat.

Chef Cleetus Friedman aims to enlighten, educate, and entertain guests of his farm tours/dining feasts, so we attended his recent outing to Rushing Waters Trout Farm in Palmyra, Wisconsin to see. Wow! We can’t say enough good things about this experience, but we try our best in the space of this podcast. Give a listen!

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Show Notes:
00:00 – 02:30 The what’s and why’s of a farm dinner
02:31 – 03:40 Golf carts – the key to an accessible farm
03:41 – 06:29 The little details & Three Floyds & bus appetizers
06:30 – 09:00 Trout farm tour
09:01 – 10:40 Picnic!
10:41 – 12:12 Tilapia, heat and beer pools
12:13 – 14:50 Heavy food, heavenly beer
14:51 – 18:04 Bonfire! Ratings & sign-off

The laughing bird shrimp used in this pasta dish is sustainable and delicious!

The laughing bird shrimp used in this pasta dish is sustainable and delicious!

City Provisions
1820 West Wilson
Chicago, IL 60640
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Rushing Waters Trout Farm
N301 County Road H
Palmyra, WI 53156

3 Floyds Brewing Co.
9750 Indiana Pkwy
Munster, IN 46321-4004
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Bridget’s Rates City Provisions 10/10
Tammy Rates City Provisions 9/10
Price per person: $125

Happy trout make good eating!

Happy trout make good eating!

Online buzz about City Provisions:
Chicagoist
Gadling
Gaper’s Block

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