A Bright Bistro with a Gourmet Market – Thrillist 1/16/2012

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Certain the one they cook you will be better than your Last Supper, Bread & Wine wants to make you an apostate from other restaurants by serving up its namesakes and then some, which they’re doing in a snug, 60-seat bistro space sporting a counter view of the open kitchen, and rough-cut communal tables made from felled elm (hopefully none of your fellow diners turn out to be a nightmare).

ThrillistStart with small plates like chorizo tacos (pickled cactus slaw, queso fresco, salsa verde), duck confit pierogies w/ caraway and Champagne vinegar, and charcuterie from crispy beef shank rillettes to pastrami-style duck breast that’s house-cured, probably with a mix of sarcasm and painkillers. Bigger bites include pan-roasted chicken breast w/ confit thigh, root veggies & Parm dumplings, lamb & mustard seed meatloaf with harissa-spiced lentils, and brick oven wild salmon w/ Yukon golds, mustard jus, and ham hock, though shamelessly selling your hog may make people think you’re a pawn star.

Sauce-wise, look for about a dozen wines avail by the glass, or pick a bottle for home at their market, where additional highlights include goodies from area purveyors (Pasta Puttana, Chicago Honey Co-Op, Potter’s Crackers…) as well as private label items from coconut curry cashews to spiced bacon walnut brittle, so you don’t have to be in the restaurant just to get what you’re Craven’.

1. BREAD & WINE
Certain the one they cook you will be better than your Last Supper, Bread & Wine wants to make you an apostate from other restaurants by serving up its namesakes and then some, which they’re doing in a snug, 60-seat bistro space sporting a counter view of the open kitchen, and rough-cut communal tables made from felled elm (hopefully none of your fellow diners turn out to be a nightmare).

3732 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

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