Earlier this week my wife and I went to Tweet, which has gotten some discussion on the board recently.
We had a great meal and are excited to go back.
I had the *Pissaladière of morel mushrooms and queso de oveja with Prairie Grove smoked bacon* to start. This was basically a little pizza with morels, goat cheese, and some bacon crisps. It came with some asparagus and peas (I think) with a slight balsamic drizzle. It was delicious. Strong flavors, but definitely to my liking. A nice bright goat cheese, earthy morels and small amounts of crispy bacon. The asparagus was simply steamed, drizzled with a little (on the sweeter side) balsamic.
My wife had their soup of the day, which was Spanish garlic soup. Garlic soup with artichokes, some bits of cheese (I forget the name of it but it tasted relatively mild) and some chorizo. She loved it. I liked it very much, but not as much as her. Neither of us could taste the artichokes though, which I assume were blended into the soup.
For entrees I had the *Braised veal cheeks in a ragout of charred tomato, wild mushrooms and petite spring vegetables with pommes puree* This was basically a veal stew with a side of mashed potatoes, and some small brussel sprouts (I think) and other veggies sprinkled in. The veal was incredibly tender. This dish was almost like an osso buco but with a different cut of veal. The flavors blended nicely.
My wife had the *Mid west co-op farms "porchetta" over creamy white polenta and ratatouille of spring vegetables* This was a pork shoulder served over a bed of vegetables and some incredibly creamy, buttery polenta. The pork was great. My wife, and she intended this as high praise, described it as the pork version of corned beef (corned beef being one of her favorite dishes). With regards to the pleasantly chewy-soft texture of the pork, I think her description was spot on.
For dessert we split the *Strawberry-rhubarb streusel tart with strawberry-ginger ice cream* The tart was very good, with a wonderful texture. The ice cream nice, but we couldn't taste any ginger really and a stronger ginger flavor would have served as a nice contrast.
On our way out we got a complimentary lemon bar, which we ate last night and loved. Nicely lemony, very tasty.
Tweet is BYO with no corkage fee. They seem to have just one basic goblet for reds or whites (we brought just a red, but glancing at other tables with whites they seemed to have the same glass as ours), but had flutes for those with sparkling. They also had buckets to chill wine.
Service was friendly and efficient, though our waiter lost track of us for 15 minutes after we finished our entrees (we were in no hurry and welcomed the time to finish our wine, but this seemed just like an oversight on his part and not a calculated, intentional absence).
Tweet is cash-only, by the way. Our total before tip was around $65. For the quality of the food we thought this was an excellent deal.
We went on a Wednesday night and it was very crowded. Also, we ended up with a relatively set back table for two (relative to the others at least), but it got loud and many of the tables in the main seating area seemed rather cramped. I definitely recommend making a reservation, and you may want to ask for a one of the window tables (which are set off in a different area and afford a little more privacy).
For the price point, I think Tweet is an excellent restaurant. It's got a definite neighborhood feel, it is a "cute", inviting space, but it is beyond just a neighborhood spot in terms of quality. And the BYO is a very nice bonus (we are always on the look out for nice BYO or BYO-friendly spots).
Here's the url for Tweet's website.
Mr.Barolo: Thank you for your write up! It inspired us to go.
5020 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640