Birthday Archive

Wednesday

21

August 2013

7

COMMENTS

Blackbird

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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

 

Friday

17

August 2012

4

COMMENTS

GT Fish & Oyster

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So this past Wednesday I turned the big 2-9.  For the first night of my last year in my twenties I chose to {finally} dine at GT Fish & Oyster in Chicago‘s River North neighborhood.  Weekend reservations are hard to come by so I figured that a Wednesday night outing would be perfect!

From the moment we walked in the door I knew I was going to love this place.  The decor is modern and stylish but it has a little east coast fish market flare.

As we approached our table I was excited to see a birthday card waiting there for me-last year we ate at Capital Grille and they did the same, I just think it is such a great personal touch when restaurants go even that extra little bit to make you feel special.  I was even MORE excited when I opened the card to find a $20 gift card inside to use on my next trip to the restaurant-as if I would need an excuse to return!

We ordered a couple fancy cocktails (which were excellent!) and started trying to decide what we wanted to order from a menu where everything sounded amazing.

Mike’s bourbon cocktail-the Old Money

Obviously with a name like GT Fish & Oyster, oysters are going to be a big part of the menu.  I’ve only had oysters once when we were in Scotland and I’m just not quite sure about them yet-I think I just need a little more oyster exposure!  I wanted to try them here, but there were so many other exciting things on the menu I decided I would save the oysters for my next trip.  After 10pm oysters are 1/2 off…so maybe I’ll make it a late dinner next time 🙂

All of the dishes on the menu are meant to be shared-some are smaller than others but our waiter recommended that we order 2-3 dishes per person and he let us know which items would be larger.  We ended up ordering 5 dishes-Baja Shrimp Bruschetta, Oyster Po’boy Sliders, Clam Chowder, Lobster Roll, and the GT “Mac and Cheese”.  We were also surprised with an order of Fish Tacos, courtesy of the chef for my birthday, and their Key Lime Pie for dessert.

Baja Shrimp Bruschetta-avocado, toasted pistachio, grapefruit, cilantro

Oyster Po’boy Sliders-kimchi,peanuts

Clam Chowder-Neuske’s bacon, house made oyster crackers

Fish Tacos-garlic marinade, chipotle aioli, chicharron

Lobster Roll-lobster salad, pickled vegetables, fried onions

GT “Mac and Cheese”-lobster, english peas

Key Lime Pie-deconstructed

Is your mouth watering yet??  Mine is just thinking about our delicious meal!  Everything was fantastic and both Mike and I agreed-everything just had such a great depth of flavor!  Both mine and Mike’s favorites were the Baja Shrimp Bruschetta, Clam Chowder, and the Oyster Po’boy Sliders (in order of favorites).

I don’t think I could have asked for a better birthday this year.  Mike and GT Fish & Oyster really know how to make a girl feel special 🙂  I’m already looking forward to our return visit!

 


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