Monday, November 12, 2007
Dinner with Anthony
Avec is an amazing Mediterranean restaurant in Chicago. Avec is basically the wine bar/more casual version of Blackbird, which is next door (Anthony said Blackbird is great too).
So Avec is small place, great simple architecture. There is one row of tables, and we squeezed in between a group of four and two on the end.
The menu has small plates, large plates and cheese. YUM. We started with three cheeses and "cheese accompaniments" -- quince paste, date cake. One of their signature dishes is a chorizo stuffed medjool dates with bacon. I mean really. Amazing. Then we had a light prosciutto dish with watercress and pears, really great. Last dish was another small plate, veal breast with potatoes. Finished off with a crispy chocolate (like Crunch bars).
The wine was fabulous. Menu has selections from Spain, Portugal, Italy and France, and we got a great one from Duoro, Portugal.
Avec doesn't take reservations, but if you can go with a small group, I didn't see many waiting. Totally worth it!
615 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60606