Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Peasantry

Location: 2723 N Clark
Cost: About $25 per person

Since I got back in town, I started making the rounds to catch up with my friends that I hadn't seen in a while. So a few weekends back I grabbed dinner with Sophia, Scottie, and Rachel. We originally toned down how adventurous of a restaurant to pick because we thought someone else would be joining us that was a more selective eater. When we picked The Peasantry, I was surprised to find out that we'd picked somewhere that was too out there. Thus, it was just the four of us.

The peasantry is a medium sized restaurant in Lincoln Park. They've got one main room up front and select seating in the back. There's some bar seating along the wall and some larger communal tables in the middle. They only take reservations if you have five or more in your party. There was a decent wait that built up, but we were just fine.

Our server was efficient and helpful with menu selections, but she hurt my feelings. I spilled a little of my beer at one point in the meal, and she offered to get me a bib. It wasn't as bad as the Chef at Public House asking me how I keep my girlish figure, so I let it slide. The cost is totally reasonable. The appetizers were sub $10 while a  large item like a flat bread or gyro runs around $12.

The Food
Per the recommendations of our waitress we started off with the Poutine. It had plenty of duck, bleu cheese, and smoked gravy over a bed of waffle fries. It was a little small for the four of us to share, but the entrees overcompensated for that.

The Poutine

Rachel got the Spicy Romesco Pasta, Scottie got the Tur-doggin, and Sophia and I split the Pickled Lamb Tongue Flat Bread and the Chicken and Corn Pancake Gyro. The pasta was cooked al dente with big chunks of asparagus throughout. Rachel liked it a lot which means that the spice must have been nicely balanced. I've had the tur-doggin over at the partner restaurant to Peasantry, Franks n' Dawgz. It's a great sausage on an even better bun. Our two dishes were pretty enjoyable. The lamb tongue had a smooth texture, and there was plenty of it over the large flat bread. The bread itself wasn't anything special, but the toppings took care of business. My favorite item was the gyro. It was really more of a plate of fried chicken over corn cakes, but either way it was delicious. The chicken was lightly fried and juicy. The cake was sweet with just the right consistency to soak up the chicken juices.

The Pickled Lamb Tongue Flat Bread

 The Spicy Romesco Pasta

 The Tur-Doggin

The Chicken and Corn Pancake Gyro

We also got the Brussel Sprout Salad and the Canellini Bean and Asparagus Salad for the table. The beans and asparagus were way better than the brussel sprouts that gave off a slightly burnt flavor.

The Canellini Bean and Asparagus Salad

 The Brussel Sprout Salad

Finally for dessert we got the Trail Mix Bar Ice Cream Sandwich. It was a pretty awful dish. We basically had to destroy it to get a bite. The ice cream was not smooth, and the trail mix bars were tough to chew.

The Trail Mix Bar Ice Cream Sandwich

Besides the dessert, we loved pretty much everything about our meal at The Peasantry. The poutine and the chicken "gyro" were my favorite dishes. They've got a nice selection of Midwest craft beers too. I'm giving them 4 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. I love this place. Glad to see they changed up their dessert from the summer (Snickers bar 3 ways), although you're clearly not fond of it.

    Go there for brunch too: great corned beef hash and pancetta-chocolate waffles.

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