Boisterous bar and grill meets family-friendly restaurant at this sophisticated Lincoln Park spot..
A wall divides this bustling neighborhood restaurant down the middle into two different spaces: Double-dates and families dine together in the narrow room to the left, while a lively bar crowd buzzes at high tables and watches sports on TV to the right. Warm, buttery walls, eclectic decor and a tin ceiling give the room character to spare, and it seems just as popular a drinking spot as a place for a meal out with the kids.
Starters really score on Gracie's traditional American menu: Grilled asparagus, spinach salad with bacon and crumbled feta, and savory steamed mussels with potent garlic toasts each draw raves. Main courses include prune-stuffed pork chops with cream sauce, and a portobello burger with balsamic vinaigrette. A kids menu boasts angel hair pasta, quesadillas and chicken nuggets; for dessert, there's banana-chocolate-chip bread pudding and white-chocolate crème brûlée.
Cute atmosphere, ok food. No longer a bad Mexican restaurant, the location was converted to a cute-bistro type hang out. The ambience is very low key with dim lights and nice interior design, but the food lacks flair. Everything was merely ok. From the appetizers to the dessert, each course was tolerable, but I would not go back for the food. I think this is a great place to meet friends for drinks, but not a regular dining hangout. Lots of cabs as it is located near Webster/Sheffield. And Charlie's and Local Option are down the street.
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