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4471 Lawn Ave. (Burlington Ave.) Send to Phone
708-246-2082 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Chef-owner Paul Virant's take on modern American cuisine is thoroughly enjoyed in austere environs.

Dinner Tues.-Sat.

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Vie, Western Springs, IL

Vie Restaurant Review

: Chef-owner Paul Virant (Ambria, Blackbird, Everest) has a gem of a restaurant in a town that had hardly known fine dining before, despite its affluent status. The winding floor plan and neutral dining room with black and white photography offer a low-key (and stylish) backdrop for innovative and artful but not over-the-top cuisine. Virant comes up with some interesting and creative combinations; he's particularly touted for his innovative pickling, canning and aigre-doux techniques, which are seamlessly (and often surprisingly) incorporated into dishes that, at their root, are familiar. A great supporter of local and sustainable produce, Virant fashions fleeting delights on his ever-changing menu. You may encounter ravioli of roasted rutabaga paired with sweet-and-sour turnips, apple butter and crème fraîche. Virant has a formula that keeps diners coming back, be it for wood-grilled sturgeon or a beef strip loin complemented by ramps, napa cabbage, Yukon Gold potato homefries and beef jus. Anticipate such finales as donut holes with cocoa-sugar, mascarpone cream and Sparrow Coffee gelato. The wine list is a nice one: it's flush with atypical selections, many of which have a story to tell. Among cocktails is the seasonal Spring Bringer blending North Shore Vodka, St-Germain, Lillet Blanc, egg white and lemon.
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