August 2013




Written by , Posted in Chicago, Restaurants

Last Thursday I turned the big 3-0. For dinner that night Mike surprised me with a reservation at Blackbird, a spot that has been on my Chicago restaurant hit list for quite some time now. The food was fantastic, as expected, the service was great, and I loved the clean, modern decor.

Blackbird Chicago

Blackbird Chicago

Blackbird Chicago

After a round of cocktails we ordered 3 appetizers, because we just couldn’t decide on 2! We had crispy suckling pig, fried frog legs, and a salad of endives and crispy potatoes topped with a poached egg. The suckling pig was very tasty and I loved the bright components of the boneless frog legs dish, but my favorite was definitely the salad of endives. The presentation is beautiful (they cut it up for you table side), the flavors are fresh and everything works together perfectly!

Blackbird Chicago

Crispy suckling pig with zucchini, fig molasses, summer truffle, and pistachio

Blackbird Chicago

Fried frog’s legs with sugar snap peas, avocado, lily bulbs, jalapeño, and vanilla

Blackbird Chicago

Salad of endives with crispy potatoes, basil, dijon, pancetta, and poached egg

Blackbird Chicago

For mains Mike ordered the striploin and I ordered the lamb saddle. The striploin was served with a seaweed pesto that made the dish very unique and the lamb was just all-around delicious.

Blackbird Chicago

Dry-aged striploin with roasted chanterelles, pocha beans, apricot, and seaweed pesto

Blackbird Chicago

Roasted lamb saddle with caramelized cabbage, cherries, smoked ricotta, and lovage

At this point we were pretty stuffed but of course there’s always room for dessert! We ordered the dark chocolate brownie that was insanely good and they also brought out a small plate of of birthday cake ice cream with chocolate and caramel and a little candle for my birthday.  It was the perfect sweet ending to a fantastic dinner and a great start to this new decade of life!

Blackbird Chicago

Dark chocolate brownie, cherry pit ice cream, preserved walnut, poached cherries, oats

Blackbird Chicago

Birthday cake ice cream with chocolate and caramel


Mentioned in this post
  1. Blackbird Restaurant
    Restaurant in Chicago

    619 W Randolph St
    (312) 715-0708
  2. Chicago
    City in Illinois

    Chicago Illinois

  • Happy birthday! Blackbird sounds like the perfect place to celebrate the big 3-0. Cheers!

    • Thanks, it really was the perfect spot!

  • Happy belated birthday! Looks like you had a good night and hope to see you soon 🙂

    • Thanks Lenka! I agree that we definitely need another LCrew get together soon 🙂

  • Great photos, Lauren– looks like a fabulous birthday!

  • Kara

    I just read your last Bali and Blackburd posts. Your pictures are glorious…you should make this blogging thing a full time thing.

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