I'm a HUGE Top Chef fan and living in Chicago, I luckily get an opportunity to visit many restaurants that have past winners and contestants as their head chef. This season of Top Chef there were 6 chefs from very well-known Chicago restaurants and of course now that this season is coming to an end, getting a seat in these places are much more difficult than before Bravo made them famous.
I've had brunch and apps at Sable Kitchen & Bar, but since head chef Heather Terhune was on this season of Top Chef I was dying to go back to try out more of her food. My girlfriends and I went for dinner during the week and I was so excited to find that we were seated in a booth right next to the kitchen. It's an open concept kitchen so you can see everything that they're doing and even better was that chef Heather was there flower in hair and all. However, she wasn't cooking. She was running all the orders and there were a few times that even she herself was delivering the dishes to our table. Beyond our polite "pleases" and "thank yous", I didn't have the balls to say anything about Top Chef because honestly I was scared of her in the show...and in person I was just as scared.
We didn't skimp on calories and indulged as much as we could starting out with Cheese Curds, Deviled Eggs and Veggie Burger sliders. The cheese curds were absolutely delicious and came with a spicy ketchup that almost resembled a hot and spicy asian sweet n sour dipping sauce that complimented it really well. My friends were kind enough to let the pregnant lady eat the last of the greasy gooey fried cheese, but I think my friends would agree when I say we each probably could have eaten another order or two of the deviled eggs. Mixed with truffle oil the eggs are the perfect savory starter to the meal. The sliders were equally as delicious, maybe one of my favorite things we ate and was really hearty with a mixture of mushrooms and rice, then topped with caramelized onions and goat cheese.
Even though we would have been perfectly content with just those items, we of course ordered more. Since my daily craving is any form of fried potato, I wasn't going to leave the restaurant without ordering the Duck Fat Fries topped with peccorino cheese. I expected fries to be skinny and crispier, but to my surprise they were fat steak fries. Regardless, it was insanely good - I mean let's be honest anything smothered in cheese is bound to be a winner.
We also ordered the Beet Salad, Shrimp & Grits and Cream of Corn Creme Brulee. Both the beets and shrimp were good, but definitely not the best thing I ate that night. That award would have to go to the Cream of Corn Creme Brulee. Now I'm a huge fan of creamed corn, so I knew going into this that I would love it, but the creme brulee texture and concept took it to a whole other level of amazingness. The dish had great texture and the corn was so fresh - I could have eaten the whole thing myself if I could have.
We ended the meal with the Brown Sugar Cheesecake and Michigan Apple Pie. I'm usually more of a savory person, but I will say that the apple pie was a dessert that could have easily converted me to a sweet tooth person. The crust was pure goodness with lots of butter and the filling was the perfect compliment.
Overall our experience was excellent with exceptional service, great ambiance and a nice selection of food. There of course were some lows, but definitely more highs. I would absolutely go back to try out more items on the huge menu and maybe next time I'll have the guts to say hi to Heather. :)
|Have you been to any restaurants that have featured a Top Chef winner or contestant? Or are there any places you're dying to try?|