Eating Globally: No Passport Required

Wondering where to go when one person wants Thai, another has their palate primed for Southern fried chicken, and a third is thinking foie gras? Grand Tour, a 160-seat restaurant in Ravenswood, has all that and more.

The bar area at Grand Tour

The bar area at Grand Tour

Chef Roger Herring previously ran the show at Socca, a French/Italian restaurant in Lincoln Park. At Grand Tour, his pantry is global, a format that complements the restaurant’s focus on international sports. Herring says the game plan originated with partners Jesse Boyle and Jim Cornelison.

“We were originally going to do an international sports bar with an eclectic menu,” he says. “But in the end, we decided to balance the two.”

Grand Tour’s menu offers a mix of small and large plates, all of them designed to be shared. Many of the dishes offer an interesting twist on a traditional preparation. The Italian ricotta gnocchi, for example, is paired with a Bolognese sauce made with lamb instead of beef, while the mussels are cooked in a Japanese-style broth made with sake and ponzu sauce, in lieu of the typical French or Belgian-style broth made with beer or wine.

the fried chicken at Grand Tour

the fried chicken at Grand Tour

In addition to the regular repertoire, Herring does a three-course menu spotlighting a different cuisine each month. Courses can be ordered either a la carte or as a prix-fixe ($33). This month’s focus is Brazil, the host country for World Cup.

Featured dishes include shrimp and corn empanadas served with a hearts of palm salad; boneless chicken thighs partnered with a yucca puree and a coconut, lime, and coriander sauce; and fried dumplings sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, topped with a passion fruit sauce, and paired with coconut ice cream.

Current plans call for a focus on France in July, followed by Switzerland (August), Germany (September), India
(October), and New Zealand (November).

Grand Tour will be airing World Cup games throughout the competition. The restaurant opens a half hour before the first game begins at 11 am.

Grand Tour, 2434 W. Montrose, Chicago 872.208.7246
Hours: Dinner Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 5pm, Brunch Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 10 am. Open until 2 am most nights and 3 am on Saturdays.

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