There are so many choices to enjoy a great meal in the city that a lot of restaurants simply get looked over or don’t make the cut. Some places that are decent, but won’t blow your socks off, still have a place for foodies. Dine, located in the West Loop, is such a place that could be added to your dining options.
Executive Chef Chris Turano uses unpretentious ingredients and escalates them. His menu consists of American cuisine that has a lot of options. Some of the more memorable items were from the starter side of the menu, which included “Braised Veal Cheek, Caramelized Cauliflower Puree, and Mustard Seed Consomme”. The “Cast Iron Seared Wild Alaskan Scallops, Soft Porcini Polenta, Parmesan, and Baby Arugula” also received high marks. Although I sampled their “Bone in Ribeye” and “Braised Domestic Lamb Shank” entrees, I preferred the “Block Island Monkfish, Wild Mushroom Broth, Beluga Lentils and Shellfish Mushrooms”. The best dish of the evening came via the “Finishing Touches” dessert menu. I indulged in the “Red Velvet Cake” that had me licking the cream cheese frosting from my fingers.
Dine is a 1940′s – style eatery and design essentials include vintage elements such as antiqued glass, terrazzo flooring, and over-sized printed art. It doesn’t have that contemporary feel of other popular West Loop restaurants, but could be a good alternative to the contrary.
Dine is located at 733 W. Madison St. and is connected to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For more information check out www.dinerestaurant.com. Also watch Fete Select TV on www.efete.net to get an inside look to the newest and hottest restaurants in Chicago.