"Top Chef" Season 4 winner, Stephanie Izard is chef / owner of this new restaurant in the west loop. The menu will consist of 30 items, separated in the categories of vegetable, fish, and meat, with all items meant to be shared.
"I've waited years to eat Stephanie Izard's food and it was well worth the wait. Booked a month out, and brought 5 colleagues from all over the world. It's especially great to eat with a group here because the plates are made for sharing and what better way to try even MORE wonderful dishes. We could not make up our minds and just asked the waiter to pick 10 dishes and bring them to us - everything we had was completely awesome. Exceptionally memorable was the octopus salad, the crab meat w/corn, and (surprisingly) the green beans. The total bill, including one wonderful summery cocktail apiece and coffee, worked out to under $50 a person, astonishing value. This restaurant will be on my Chicago must-eat list for a long time."
Dined on 7/27/2014
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, fit for foodies
Restaurateur Stephen Starr and Nuevo Latino superstar Chef Douglas Rodriguez pair up in this bold new venture with a Cuban Vibe. Enjoy delicious dishes infused with the sensuous flavors of Cuban cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of Old Havana.
"I brought two European colleagues with me to dinner at Alma. Neither had ever had Cuban food before. THe cocktails were wonderful, they have the best mojitos anyway. We started the meal with a ceviche tasting that we all shared. Each one of the 5 was better than the last. I could have eaten nothing but ceviche all night and been thoroughly satisfied. The Cuban sandwich-inspired appetizer was phenomenal - a very refined way to introduce the unique flavor profile. Our entrees were delicious and we shared the CUban cigar cake for dessert. My colleagues started thanking me for bringing them about 5 minutes into the first appetizer, and have not quit yet. Chef Garces is amazing and this will be my go-to dinner spot whenever I am in Philly."
Dined on 4/30/2014
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find