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500 S. Dearborn St. (Congress Pkwy.) Send to Phone
The tavern concept is redefined at this modern-minded seasonal, sustainable spot.

Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Custom House Tavern, Chicago, IL

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Custom House Tavern Restaurant Review

: There’s a warm vibe to the Printer’s Row dining room, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows hung with gauzy curtains, flagstone details and intimate booths and banquettes. The kitchen has seen its share of changes since opening; now, with chef de cuisine Zach Millican and pastry chef Erin Mooney in the kitchen, though, it’s full steam ahead. Start in the lounge with tasty pastrami beef tongue tartare or smoked pork sausage with green lentils and cranberry mustard. When you’re ready to retire to the dining room --- larger groups should ask for the secluded, semi-circular banquette --- get the smoky escarole greens, a garlicky, modern take on the Caesar with winter radishes and a soft-boiled hen egg in anchovy dressing. Grilled sturgeon isn’t to be missed: it’s ethereal earthy with oyster-oyster mushroom stew, salsify, benne seed and bacon accompaniments. Roasted duck goes all out when foie gras is added into the mix. Meanwhile, a boneless saddle of rabbit with rabbit sausage, bacon and Sea Island peas takes comfort to the extreme. Finales are no less intriguing, so don’t skip dessert.
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