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Coppervine Report

chicgail | Jan 12, 201506:09 PM

Posting per Masha's request:

We have season's tix to Steppenwolf and we almost always wind up at Boka or Balenia or Vinci. We wanted to try something different. And I'm glad we did.

Coppervine is about a block and half north of the theater. It was a cold walk, but I had Mr. CG get the car after the theater and come by to pick me up.

This place was a find. They do something interesting with wine, beer and cocktail pairings for every course. I loved having a teeny weenie little cocktail with my hors d'oeurve course and then wine with the rest.

Their menu follows what has become pretty standard around town: small plates, medium plates and large plates. I had had a late lunch (and this was an early dinner) so we shared one item from each category.

For our small plate, we ordered a "root to stalk" beet salad. Both red and golden beets, but also beet greens, smoked beet stalks (called beet bacon), and blue cheese. We enjoyed it. They recommended it with a sauvignon blanc, a sidekkick pale ale or gin drink with St. Germain, lemon and egg white, which I had. Very good.

Our medium plate was the star of the meal. It was a salmon sashimi with a ridiculously soft and sexy coconut rice pudding, shaved pineapple curls and a Thai basil oil. Perfect.
By now we had moved on to a pinot noir which was also one of the recommended pairings.

Our last course was a little disappointing. It was a duck breast with duck pate served with (and here's the disappointing part) a cranberry marshmallow fluff (way too sweet for either of us) Even the tart cranberries barely cut through it.

They brought us the "wrong" dessert (although delicious) and comped us because we didn't have time to get what we wanted.

It was early Sunday night and the place was relatively empty. I hope they're doing better later or other nights because they're doing a lot of things right.

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