If you live in Chicago or are visiting from out of town, there is a good chance that The Bristol restaurant is not on your radar. One of the reasons for this maybe that The Bristol is tucked away in the Bucktown neighborhood ten minutes north of down town Chicago – you have to know about it to find it. This small, quite restaurant is where I like to go when I want good food, good service in a chilled out easy going atmosphere. Full of mostly locals the decor is bare brick walls and a blackboard at the back with the days menu written in chalk. This laid back, easy going vibe is reflected in the food. The restaurant adheres to the philosophy of farm to table dining – so the menu is short and simple. The ingredients are seasonal and dishes are meant to be shared.
When I dine here I start with the parker house rolls and home made butter. I always order the sprouted-grain salad, broccoli vinaigrette, puffed wild rice. The texture of this dish reminds of one of my favorite Indian dishes called bhel-puri, new on the menu is the incredibly delicious mushroom tart and the hand made pasta dish of celery root agnolotti is unusual and delicious. The Spanish basque cake with cherry jam is the perfect sugar fueled way to end your meal.
The Bristol,2152 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 www.thebristolchicago.com