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Birthday Dinner at Sweets & Savories

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Birthday Dinner at Sweets & Savories

Susan | Jan 22, 2006 11:06 PM

Josh, thank you for your recommendation. The meal we had last night at Sweets & Savories was a superlative experience. I loved every aspect of the meal!

The chef's tasting menu is not to be missed. Last night it included:
Mussels in a slightly spicy lobster broth
Salmon with lardons (perfectly cooked and a delcious combination)
Quail breast stuffed with fois gras (yummy even if you swear you don't like liver)
Shaved fennel and blood orange salad
Braised beef ribs with goat cheese grits (out of this world!!!)
citrus-herb sorbet
some sort of heavenly cream-topped fruit dessert in a martini glass
Chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream and even more dark chocolate sauce

This may sound like a series of heavy dishes designed to "sound fancy" because of the expensive ingredients (it strikes me that way when I read it now) but I can assure you everything was succulent and nothing was overpowering. Every course was better than the last. I felt I was at a Top-10 Chicago restaurant, but the inauspicious location next to the oil-change shop and across the street from a fast-food joint, kept everything from seeming too lofty. Sweets & Savories completely lacked pretension, and the service could not have been better. (A nice touch that our server arranged: Chef David stopped by our table on his way out to say happy birthday.)

Trust the excellent servers when they recommend a bottle of wine. Ours was a wonderful Oregon pinot noir, which accompanied all 7 courses perfectly. Without the wine, the meal would have seemed a bargain. With the wine, it was somewhat expensive but totally worth it.

I loved Sweets & Savories and if my experience is "typical" than this restaurant, and its chef, is going to be a huge success. Try it before you can't get a table. I hope everyone can have a meal there are fantastic as mine was.

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