The continuation of the ladies’ monthly dinner club…. Next up? Monica.
401 East Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611
Located in my hood, Streeterville, Fox & Obel Market Bistro is a restaurant joined within the Fox & Obel Market. From my knowledge, all food that is prepared there is done so with the very ingredients that Fox & Obel sells.
It’s a smaller space, about 15 tables. It’s intimate with low lighting and candles. Nothing too special about it visually, but a neat space for being connected to the market. People were dressed casual to business casual – could be do to it being a work day.
The service was great. Our server, Spencer, was a bit of an oddball with a hilarious chuckle of a laugh, but he was knowledgeable about the menu and provided great service. When ordering wine, 3 of us wanted Riesling. He recommended to buy a bottle because it was cheaper for the 3 of us. Thoughtful.
For beginners, fresh bread was on the table for us with the usual messings – oil, parmasean, etc. Always a great way to start your meal, that is unless the people you’re meeting for dinner arrive first and eat all of it.
For drink, I had a delicious glass of Riesling. It was a $15 bottle (or $8 glass), so probably not the highest quality but it did the trick! I plan to buy a bottle tonight!
For dinner, I had the linguini pasta – asparagus, fresh wild mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, and parmigiano reggiano. It was very yummy. I ordered mine sans mushrooms. My only issue with it was the lack of asparagus. I had one small bite in mine, whereas others at my table that ordered it had a whole garden. Total cost for the pasta was $8.99
To complete our meal, I shared the dulce de leche cheesecake with Lisa. Oh my goodness it was delicioso!! Total cost $5.99.
I think this is a great place for a nice reasonably priced dinner. The mood was nice with great service – even given our inappropriate behavior (i.e. the words we used, games we played, and a broken stem on a wine glass). Definitely try it out! If you’re at Navy Pier, you’re only 4 blocks away!
Until next time