One that possesses great force or energy, that’s how the dictionary describes a “Powerhouse”. In a crowded dining scene, how does one become such a great force? Start with a personable owner, historic location, and a new chef flexing his culinary muscle. Add that all together and you get Powerhouse.
The former power plant once known for its iconic smokestack, is now home to broad shouldered styling and awe inspiring culinary creations. Owner Jimmy Alexander has created a space that oozes everything Chicago dining is known for. Large booths, deep red curtains, and service that is friendly but never pretentious.
That style carries over wonderfully to the cuisine. Maryland style crab cakes with mango relish and remoulade sauce wet your appetite with the right balance of texture and flavor. Roasted butternut squash soup warms your soul with its velvety texture and sweet undertones.
The big double cut pork chop and its three chili sauce are a treat for the senses. The bone in chops flavor becomes more satisfying with each passing bite. My personal favorite was the melt in your mouth marinated baby rack of lamb with mint yogurt sauce. The yogurt was the perfect alternative to the obligatory mint jelly.
Dessert is where Powerhouse shows its fun side. Warm sweet potato doughnuts glazed in brown butter and resting in a pool of cinnamon sabayon are absolutely heavenly! As if doughnuts weren’t enough, a dose of cognac ice cream accompanies crisp rice pudding spring rolls surrounded by spun sugar!
Dinner for two will run about $200, which is on par with other fine dining establishments. Overall Powerhouse offers elegant yet powerful décor, bold and beautiful meals, and personable service. In Chicago’s crowded culinary scene, this restaurant may prove to be a true “Powerhouse”.
216 N. Clinton