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Speakeasy Supper Club

AndreaOK | Jun 17, 2003 04:07 PM

My husband and I stopped into Speakeasy on Friday night just for a peek, since they just opened (finally!) 2 weeks ago. The space is very nice - brick walls, jazz, breeziness, comfortable enough bar area (where we sat and smoking is allowed).

We had 2 appetizers, the crabcake and the "duet". The crabcake was nice, not outstanding, lots of fresh crabmeat and a hint of spiciness, served with a yellow pepper cream sauce. Very pretty. The "duet" was salmon tartare (delicious) and perfectly grilled strips of yellow fin tuna, though what it was served with seemed to be a backyard bbq coleslaw (that's what it tasted like). I don't remember what they called it on the menu. I just scraped it off.

Before the appetizers came they sent out a "ham and cheese fritter" from the kitchen for each of us "compliments of the chef". You pretty much can't go wrong when you deep fry cheese and they were in fact tasty, but mostly it was just nice. We had told them that we were only getting appetizers, so it was a welcoming gesture even though we obviously weren't there to spend a lot of money.

Service was attentive. We were sitting at the bar and we felt like we were waited on by at least five different people, which was maybe a little bit of overkill but they were surprisingly unobtrusive.

Price-wise, this is a special occasion place. For two appetizers, a bottle of wine (that we brought ourselves - they have a BYOB license) and tip we spent $30. Yikes. I would very much like to go back for dinner sometime when I'm feeling a little more flush, but I don't think we could swing it even once a month. Their entrees ("Ostrich Wellington" looked particularly appealing) are in the $25 range but they also offer half courses for $15 or so. There are vegetarian selections in all of the categories.

Even though they do not have a liquor license, Hahn Liquors is directly across the street and she has a very decent wine selection. Plus she's knowledgable and nice to boot. We've actually been patronizing her shop for years.

Speakeasy Supper Club
1401 W. Devon
Chicago, IL

P.S.
A while ago I mentioned that the Morseland space was being reincarnated as a restaurant and that they were planning to open May 1. They have had some hold ups with the liquor license - the public notice actually isn't being posted until July 9 so they can't open until mid-August (they need to wait 30 days from the posting). We've been invited to a tasting dinner next month so I know they're on track, but sometimes I guess these things take time...

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