coffee: STAR LOUNGE COFFEE BAR
lunch: CARRIAGE HOUSE
DINNER: THE BRISTOL
With a chalkboard menu wall, hanging plants & vintage light bulbs accompanied by candlelight,
The Bristol invites you in with rich & rustic ambiance.
Here, the farm-to-table fare they prepare is 'snout to tail',
as they seek to elevate (not complicate) the dining experience.
The cocktails crafted at The Bristol are superb both on the palate & in presentation.
I sampled three from the cocktail menu (noted below), and while I loved each in it's own way,
the one I fell hardest for was the Black Diamond adorned with Rosemary.
LARCENY BOURBON, AVERNA, GRAPEFRUIT JUICE, LEMON JUICE, ANGOSTURA & MINT
POIRE & ELDERFLOWER
GREY GOOSE LA POIRE, ST. GERMAIN, WHITE GRAPE JUICE & LEMON SOUR
SMOKED SICILIAN MANHATTAN
SMOKED BOURBON, AVERNA, REGAN'S ORANGE NO. 6
Five menu options where explored and enjoyed,
as I tasted everything from Smoked Carrot Salad for starters to Basque Cake for dessert.
What I loved about every dish presented was that each individual ingredient was highlighted.
as opposed by hidden or masked by the overuse of one element or another.
Perfectly balanced, each dish had its own singular style.
SMOKED CARROT SALAD
SUMAC SPICED YOGURT, BARLEY, CRISPY KALE & BLACK OLIVES
CARNIVAL SQUASH, CHESTNUTS & BALSAMIC
SAUTEED BAY SCALLOPS
CELERIAC MOUSSE, GRAPEFRUIT & FINGER LIMES
MILLERS FARM ROASTED HALF CHICKEN *
DILL SPAETZLE & CRUNCHY SALAD
CARAMELIZED PEARS & BUTTERNUT SQUASH MOUSSE
* For the record, this is the BEST chicken I've ever had.
I would take the train into Chicago (a four hour trip from where I live) just for The Bristol's chicken.