Ms. Cruiser made a dinner reservation at The Bristol before we headed to The Second City for late-night laughs.
The Bristol one of the 10 best new restaurants in the United States in 2010, and the restaurant garnered a Bib Gourmand acknowledgment by Michelin this year.
All cocktails are $11 each.
Apple salad, marinated Manchego, hazelnuts ($12).
Scotch olives, pork sausage, lemon crème fraîche ($7).
Charcuterie board -- beef heart pastrami, ham hock rillettes, lonza, assorted accompaniments ($19).
Duck fat fries, house ketchup, garlic aioli ($7).
Roasted carrots and turnips, honey, basil, chile ($8).
Witbier Romanesco tempura, anchovy aioli ($8).
Raviolo -- ricotta, egg yolk, brown butter ($14).
Nettle garganelli, lamb ragu, ramps, pecorino ($17).
Roasted half chicken, dill spaetzle, crunchy salad ($20).
Our dinner at The Bristol was solid but not extraordinary. We weren't raving about the meal later, but everything was rather appetizing; there were a few standout dishes and no misses. Definitely thumbs up for The Bristol but not way up and jumping for joy.