The best of Al fresco dining: Lunch on the patio at ENO

The best of Al fresco dining: Lunch on the patio at ENO
LaClare Farms Fresh Goat, Widmer 8yr Cheddar, La Quericia Prosciutto, West Loop Spicy Nduja, Nueske Summer Sausage . Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Lunch on the Patio at ENO is the perfect mid-day escape--just steps from the bustle of the Mag Mile, the patio serves lunch weekdays 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

The new lunch menu, developed by executive chef Craig Couper, is a delectable mix of  both light and hearty bites along with an outstanding selection of cheeses and charcuterie.

ENO'S also offers a ‘liquid lunch,’ featuring craft wine coolers and Sangria.

enopatioThe vibe is intimate, sophisticated and surprisingly peaceful. Seating is available at small, round, glass-topped tables, and on cozy couches. Flower boxes overflowing with blooms provide a garden-like atmosphere.

The day we visited, we shared the the Chef's' Selection of Cheese & Charcuterie for $30 (pictured at the top of the post). ENO also offers a Cheese Flight of 3 for $15 or a Charcuterie Flight of 3--priced at $24.

Since ENO'S is a wine bar, it seemed only fitting to order a glass. I wanted a light summertime wine--but not a rosé or white. Our waiter suggested a Frappato ($13). The Italian red grown primarily in Sicily offered subtle tastes of dried fruits and flowers.

The wine had the thirst-quenching summer lightness that I was looking for while still maintaining a serious complexity--something that is often lacking in rosés.

For fans of rosés (of which there are many) ENO'S offers a Rosé AllDay Flight for $15.

Next up we shared a Grilled Romaine & Sirloin main dish ($19) topped with shaved Parmesan and crunchy French Bread Croutons. The meat was perfectly cooked to order and melt-in-your mouth tender. The romaine was cool and crisp and the presentation was...

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Picture perfect. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

We also ordered the Nicoise Tartine--a Seared Ahi Tuna ($23) with caper berries, hard boiled eggs and Mighty Vine Tomatoes--refreshing, cool and delicious. I highly recommend either--or better yet, both!enospatio3-1

A Fight of Chocolate provided the picture-perfect finale to our lunch.

ENO's is known for their extensive menu of truffles and chocolate bars hand-crafted by local chocolatiers--enospatio5-1available by piece, flight or even a selection to take home from the counter inside the restaurant (which also features an amazing selection of wines).

A favorite with our party was the Salted Caramel Gail Ambrosius--70% Colombian chocolate with Madagascan vanilla and grey fleur de sel from the Normandy coast.

ENO'S Patio is located just steps east of Michigan Avenue on Illinois. Lunch is served weekdays only from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the patio, weather permitting. Reservations are not taken. For more information, call (312) 321-8738 or visit ENO’s website.

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