Chicago >Townhouse Restaurant & Wine
“The sandwich roll was so dry, I could barely swallow it.”
Terrible Quality and Overpriced. The food quality here is terrible. I've had a salad and sandwich from the restaurant, both of which were horrible. The vegetables in both were wilted and brown. The sandwich roll was so dry, I could barely swallow it. I work in this building and walk past it everyday. The aroma smells like the deep fryer of a fast food joint, and definitely would not draw me in for a meal.
Business dining gets another outpost in the Loop with this contemporary American restaurant and wine bar..
Loopers who lunch file into a lofty, contemporary space anchored by a soaring glass and cable wall and a dramatic wine display. Back on earth, dozens of two- and four-tops fill in the warm dining floor, fitted out in light wood, mustard paint and mosaic tile. Further back an exposed kitchen operates at full steam for most of the day, while a long bar does the bulk of its business after 5pm.
Sister Midtown Kitchen may be cozier, but the menu here--giving play to small plates and seafood--is more inspired. Clumps of warm bread mingle in a zingy arugula salad with shiitake and button mushrooms, goat cheese and shallot vinaigrette. A light favorite: a cheese platter with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette reduction. Bell pepper salsa accents enormous bacon-wrapped shrimp marinated in sweet chili sauce, while tender dijon-flavored short ribs get a breadcrumb coating and sides of polenta and charred asparagus.
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