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Acadia Restaurant

1639 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago  Illinois  60616
United States
(312) 360-9500
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Midwest Living Review

Kit Bernardi
Acadia Restaurant in Chicago's South Loop serves pricy, pretty haute cuisine blending global flavors and artistic presentations.

On teh menu, chef-proprietor Ryan McCaskey states “Acadia is an elegant, passionate affair with the culinary arts, genealogy and hospitality at its finest.” According to the chef, this heaping plate of promises is best experienced through an eight-course tasting menu at $150 a person (tack on another $75 for wine pairings), but you don’t have to fork out that much to sample some of McCaskey’s creativity. Menu items fall into two course categories of seasonal dishes, so patrons can still pick their passions and watch their budget.

In the fall when we visited, first-course appetizer choices included risotto, heirloom beets, charcuterie and pork belly ($12 to $16). Second-course entrees ($26 to $36) covered salmon, lobster, a vegetable platter, duck and venison. The combinations of unusual, globally inspired ingredients are what make dining here an enlightening experience. Who’d have guessed that smoked banana, apple celery root slaw and a lobster-uni froth would go so well with pork belly? Other surprises included slices of perfectly grilled venison loin paired with two blue cheese corn bread bites. We were left wanting more, but that’s how the game is played here at Acadia. The food is beautiful and delicious, but portions are minimal and bite-size. Be prepared for a lot of plate space surrounding pretty creations delivered by an army of attentive, food-educated staff. (The tiny complimentary vanilla fluffernut-filled whoopie pies were a sweet touch at the end of the meal.)

Acadia’s intimate front lounge accommodates passersby with bites of sushi and a satisfying burger topped with bacon-onion jam.

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