Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Feast (Revisited)

Since I've started the blog, I've really tried not to go back to any restaurants even if I loved them because there are so many places to try. Also, if I went back to places I'd run out of material pretty quickly. While I was at the River North October Feast I met a fellow food writer named Kate who actually makes a living writing, eating, and drinking with big wig chefs in town (sweet gig right?). She suggested we try out dinner at Feast, and how am I supposed to argue with a professional opinion like that? You may all remember my writing about going to Feast for brunch on a regular basis with Lisa and the Professor. This time we went to the Gold Coast location which I would've protested for repeat purposes, but I'd heard that the dinners are pretty good.

The Gold Coast location is just south of the Viagra Triangle, and you get a totally different experience from the hipster central Wicker Park spot. It was a Wednesday night, and we had a reservation, which wasn't necessary. I could imagine the brunch lines getting pretty long as well as the weekend dinner lines, but during the week you're probably good for a walk in.

Our service was prompt, and the waiter was helpful in picking dishes. The deal was what really made the dinner. For $25 on Wednesday nights you get any appetizer, any entree, and a glass of wine. It was nice that there weren't any limitations or restrictions on the items you could pick from except that the wine had to be less than $10 a glass. All of the food choices were available though.

The Food
For our appetizers we split the Won Ton Napoleon and the Apple and Walnut Salad. The Won Ton Napoleon was a tuna sashimi layered between won ton crackers with a wasabi dressing. It was delicious and the wasabi dressing came through strongly while the tuna was balanced in texture well with the cracker. The salad was pretty standard except for the manchego cheese.

The Won Ton Napoleon

The Apple and Walnut Salad

The Grilled Skirt Steak

 The Butternut Squash Ravioli

For the entree Kate got the Butternut Squash Ravioli and I got the Grilled Skirt Steak. The ravioli was on the undercooked side, but it added to the texture of the dish with the sweet creamy filling. The steak was cooked just right (I got medium rare and not well done... sorry Steve). It was served over a hefty portion of mashed potatoes and topped with a practically endless amount of onion strings. The green beans also made me feel a little better for eating a meal where everything else was loaded with cholesterol. Mom would have been proud.

The dinner lived up to the quality of the brunch. Everything seemed prepared well, the portions were large, and the service was good. I think I'd be a little wary of paying the full price for the meal ($23 for the steak, $17 for the ravioli, $12 for the napoleon, and $8.50 for the salad), but the deal made it really worth it. I didn't have the pearl rating system when I wrote the brunch post, but I think overall Feast gets 4 out of 5 Pearls.

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