Want a place to eat that is modern yet vintage, big city feel, yet in the suburbs- has excellent food and outstanding drinks? Then you need to check out The Heritage. It is a seasonal restaurant that opened recently and is a perfect addition to Madison Street in downtown Forest Park. The space was the old House Red and the team at The Heritage did an excellent job renovating it into a beautiful restaurant that seats 46 at tables and 8 at the bar. The décor consists of subway tiles, tin ceiling, and a long marble bar.
The Heritage was recently featured in the Dining Section of the Chicago Tribune. The article refers to the chefs, Sieger Bayer and Michael Spiewak who both cooked at Old Town Social and Nellcote before coming together again at The Heritage. The menu they have created is relatively small and the focus is comfort food. Choices include: Marinated Olive salad, Burrata, Pork Belly, Parisian Gnocchi, Roasted Cauliflower, and Seared Scallops to name a few. Entrees range from $15 to $26. The five listed desserts, are also delightful and reasonable. The bar is managed by Nick Kokonas from Longman and Eagle. He provides five to six crafted cocktails, which include a rotating, "Something and Tonic" along with an impressive wine list and craft beers.
The Heritage received four and half stars on yelp and I can see why. I have visited the restaurant on two occasions and both did not disappoint. The service is wonderful and the food and drinks were outstanding. I tried the Marinated Olive Salad, and Burrata which were delicious to say the least. I also had the Pan Roasted Flat Iron Steak and Roasted Cauliflower, both of which had excellent flavors and left me wanting more. They do not offer bread, but ask for it. Two crafted cocktails that I tried were the Paper Shoes and the Something and Tonic, both of which were delightful. I would highly recommend this restaurant. It has something for everyone- sharable plates, main entrees, excellent vegetarian options, and interesting drinks. I would suggest getting a reservation, especially on the weekend, as it can be up to a two hour wait.
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