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EarlOfSandwich | Apr 29, 200903:03 PM     18

We went to try L'Ecosse the other day. This new place is located at 4810 Chicago Avenue, in between Pepitos and Adrians. The space had previously been a rather uninspiring brakfast/lunch cafe. L'Ecosse is in a "soft opening" mode right now.

CNN did a piece on the chef, David MacFarlane;
http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/wayofl...

David was born in Scotland (thus the "L'Ecosse" name) and moved to the US as a kid (no Scottish accent, alas!). He was a White House chef in the Clinton era.

The space looks much nicer than in its previous incarnations but they have not yet replaced the old signs above the awning. Behind the bar there are some bits of memorabilia from David's stint at the White House.

The menu is inexpensive (I think all under $10) breakfast and sandwich type fare. Talking to the Chef and his wife/co-owner Christine, they said that despite David's inlcination to start with dinner and later expand to other meals, when they asked around the neighborhood most people expressed a desire for a breakfast place, so that is what they are doing first. They say the beer and wine licence will be coming in June.

Being a Brit-o-phile, I was eager to try the fish and chips and meat pies on offer. The Countess tried the meat pie and my tiny sample tasted like "more." i will be trying that next time! I had the fish and chips. Only $8, and seemed like good quality fish, but the batter seemed not as greasy as I would like. For some, that may be a plus. The fries were very obviously cut and made fresh there and were delicious. They were American size fries rather than thicker British "chips."

Service by young waiter was, friendly bur unpolished. I was rather charmed by what seems to be a family effort and hope they do well. We look forward to trying breakfast there.

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