There are only two Chicago restaurants with the impressive and enviable Michelin three stars: Alinea and Grace. I haven’t visited Alinea yet, but Grace is hands down my favorite fancy restaurant in Chicago.
Located at 652 W. Randolph St., Grace Restaurant is near all my favorite West Loop restaurants. The outside of the building is so inconspicuous that I walked past dozens of times before noticing the simple glass door engraved with “Grace.”
They offer two options for the nine-course tasting menu: Flora and Fauna. The menu has changed since I visited, but I tried the Fauna menu and loved these dishes:
- Alaskan King Crab, kalamansi, cucumber, lemon mint: Not only is this visually impressive, the combination of flavors with the crab is to die for.
- Sweatbreads, ten grains, caperberry, sage: This dish was so warm and comforting, I wanted to order a gallon to take home with me.
- Miyazaki Beef, romaine, peanut, Vietnamese herbs: I loved the different textures in this dish, and the beef was so tender.