Finally made it to Lovitt on Friday night. It's small without being cramped, and has a very casual friendly atmosphere.
What we ate:
I had a pan-fried softshell crab appetizer, served with salad, dill pickle, and garlic toast. Delicious. I also tasted the artisan cheese plate with apple butter, and the rich garlic-potato soup.
Half our table ordered the gnocchi with shrimp in a diablo sauce, and they raved about it. I don't love gnocchi but these were light and easy to enjoy. I asked about them and was told they were made without potato. They made simply from essentially boiled pate a choux. If you enjoy gnocchi, give these a try. I didn't get a good sense of the diablo sauce, but I only had a small taste.
I had the crispy fried cod with summer squash and mustard puree with green beans. The flavors were right on, and everything was cooked just right.
Finally Ms. EatChicago enjoyed the mushroom ravioli in an heirloom tomato sauce. Not your typical mushroom ravioli, these had a rich, earthy flavor. You knew you were eating good mushrooms.
If you can get there soon, and they've still got em, get the soft shells. They were offered as an appetizer (one crab) or entree (two crabs).
All in all, an excellent evening. The BYO status makes it a real bargain, and the atmosphere really rounds out the dining experience.
(I liked it so much I wrote about it twice)