Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Grid

Location: 351 W Hubbard
Cost: Probably around $25 per person

Noam's still in town for business, and he's really had the opportunity to rake in some free food with me. This time we were invited to check out the menu at The Grid. So, last Friday night we braved the sleet and the cold to the border of River North to give this new spot a try.

The Grid is in the basement of its sister restaurant Baume and Brix. It's got a dark, trendy feel with a collection of gorgeous waitresses. When I told my buddy Marc we'd gone there, his response was, "The place with the fire pits?" What he meant was that one side of the bar was setup as couches surrounding these little indoor chimneys while the other half was filled with raised communal tables. We could've gotten away without a reservation, but if we'd gone any later that might have been different. The cost is very reasonable with the priciest entree on the menu coming in at $18 and the majority closer to $12.

The Food
Our first bites included the Tuna Poke Jar, the Warm Crab Jar, and the Arancini. The jars are actually these miniature mason jars filled with a spread and a bunch of crackers of sort on the side. The tuna poke was fresh and heavy on the ginger, the way I like it. The crab was in the creamy dip ballpark. The Arancini were these little deep fried, cheesy risotto balls on top of an eggplant marinara. This was my favorite appetizer.

The Tuna Poke Jar

 The Arancini

 The Warm Crab Jar

From there we split the Foie Dog and the Big Kahuna Burger. The dog came on a french bun of sorts with creamy goat cheese, truffle mayo, caramelized onions, and candied apricots. The burger was actually a combo pork and bacon patty that came on a really soft bun and was topped with some pineapple-jalapeno chutney.

The Big Kahuna Burger

 The Foie Dog

For dessert they brought out a plate of their Milk and Cookies. Not like we could do any damage to the 6 jumbo cookies they'd brought out after all of the food we'd had, but they were sugary, chocolatey, and warm with a gooey center.

The Chocolate Chip Cookies

The menu at The Grid was creative, fun, and inexpensive. They've got a good cocktail selection to go along with the food too. For Noam and I, it was the perfect spot before a night out in River North. I suggest you give it a go yourself.

The Grid on Urbanspoon


  1. Nice! I love the Baume & Brix/Grid combo. They're doing amazing things with food there.

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