A great Chicago mystery: why is Frog n Snail not more popular?

A great Chicago mystery: why is Frog n Snail not more popular?
Truffle Dumplings

The truffle dumplings are transformative. If you remember nothing else from this post (and why would you?), remember this: dumplings = amazing. If they served pasta in heaven, this is what it would be. Small, satisfyingly chewy dumplings with a cheesy-like filling tossed with perfectly cooked cauliflower and aromatic leeks. The hubby and I had it as an appetizer. I would have been happy to have it for our dinner and dessert, too.

Of course, then I would have missed out on some of the other fabulous food at Frog n Snail. To start, anyplace that has a whole menu section devoted to foods that come topped with an egg is my kind of place. There are salads topped with an egg, a hamburger topped with an egg, and the aptly named and quite hearty kitchen sink cassoulet, which the hubby and I split and is, yup, topped with an egg. We also split the Scottish salmon, beautifully paired with white beans, lightly browned Brussels sprouts, and artichoke hummus. In fact, the accompaniments on all the dishes were impressively thoughtful and seasonal: leeks, onions, and fennels; beans; cauliflower and artichoke; and kale and cabbage. It all felt very cozy and comfortable on a cold winter night.

Scottish Salmon

Scottish Salmon

We wrapped up our meal with the dense chocolate cake that, with its mix of chocolate cake and rich chocolate mousse with salty pretzels and potato chips, was an homage to childhood treats. Yeah, the hubby insisted on that one (but it was an excellent choice).

Dense Chocolate Cake

Dense Chocolate Cake

After such an incredible dinner (and, by the way, service was great, too, thanks Matt!), I am left with a lingering question: why is Frog n Snail not more popular? If this place was in River North (and I am in no way complaining that it is not), you wouldn't be able to get in. Yet we were able to make a reservation just hours before going on a Friday night. What gives? The hubby thinks it has something to do with the lighting, that if the lights were a tad lower the atmosphere would be better. But that, to me, seems like a minor thing, although I do agree that there’s something about the atmosphere that didn’t quite keep up with the food. All I can say is take advantage of this quizzical neglect, because Frog n Snail, and particularly those dumplings, was one of the best meals I've had thus far this year.

Try Frog n Snail at 3124 N. Broadway

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