I am a citrus guy! Love lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit not so much but whether it’s cooking or eating citrus is always a great natural flavor. Recently, I went to dinner at The Bristol on a Friday night. I mention it was a Friday because they don’t take reservations so plan on waiting upstairs.
But waiting here isn’t being placed in restaurant purgatory! The upstairs loft is spacious and even has a snack menu so you won’t be tooooooo ravenous. Our wait was over an hour, it’s a popular place. Luckily, we found a spot at the bar and I ordered the Rustic Rose. This rose’s bloom of flavor comes from Domaine de Canton, Gin, Rosemary Honey, and Lemon. The cocktail is refreshing and not overly sweet or tart. Picture the perfect lemonade with something extra, the gin. The flavors were well balanced and not having one over power the other. I appreciated the herbaceousness of the rosemary and the hint of ginger.
I looked at the snack menu but didn’t eat. I was saving room for the delights Chef Chris Pandel! The scotch olives are a MUST. We also got the ravioli, monkey bread, apple fennel salad, bone marrow and some daily entrees. The great part about The Bristol is the menu changes regularly so your favorites will stick around but you’ll find some new items as well. The smaller plates are meant to share and the portions are big enough you’ll get more than one bite and not feel cheated.
This is by far one of my favorite spots in the city to eat. Shockingly, I’d say half the people I talk to have never heard of this place. It has an unassuming façade that delivers an awesome dinner every time. Oh and save room for dessert…I would suggest the home made nutter butters and chocolate sabayon but that’s just me.
2152 N. Damen, Chicago, IL.
773-862-5555 – call if you get lost, they don’t accept reservations
Sun – 5pm – 10pm
Mon – Thurs – 5:30pm – 10pm
Fri – 5:30pm – 12am
Sat – 5pm – 12am
Sun – 10am – 2:30pm
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