Prairie Fire Opens Its Doors
by Jennifer Olvera Chef-owners Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris earned a loyal following at their North Shore restaurant, Prairie Grass Café. (One bite of that sirloin burger, and you know why.) Fortunately, city dwellers no longer have to make the haul since Prairie Fire opened in the West Loop. Located in a historic railroad generator station (most recently the site of Powerhouse), its menu includes its predecessor’s greatest hits—moussaka and ancho-marinated skirt steak on a bed of local beans, for example—as well as dishes that are sure to become favorites, such as spicy goat sausage with leeks, Tallgrass brisket with root vegetable mirepoix and purple potato mash and duck ballotine with cognac-marinated prunes. Have a love affair with Prairie Grass’ pies? They’re served at this location, too, but be forewarned choices like sticky toffee date cake may lead you down another path. The roomy space allowed for an expanded, if largely American, wine program. Meanwhile, cocktails take a market-fresh approach (bank on that cosmo being prepared with house-made cranberry juice). When brunch gets underway on February 13, chilaquiles with roasted tomato salsa and eggs as well as house-made corned beef hash also will be served. Proving that it’s a neighborhood joint at heart, the restaurant hosts guest bartending nights, which take place every Tuesday and allow patrons to customize a libation and appetizer. Keep coming back to GAYOT.com for the latest on Prairie Fire, as well as more Chicago restaurant news, Chicago restaurant reviews and events.