You really really really wanna try EL Ideas

Chef Phillip Foss of EL Ideas, making ice cream

Chef Phillip Foss of EL Ideas, making ice cream

Our dinner started with bandana-wearing Chef Phillip Foss interrupting the song “Wannabe” to introduce himself and EL Ideas. Clearly, this Chicago restaurant was different. So in the spirit of our delicious and entertaining experience, here is my review:

Ode to EL Ideas… and the Spice Girls

Yo, I’ll tell you where to eat, where you really need to eat,
So tell me where to eat, where I really need to eat.

If you want pretentious, forget this post.
If you want delightful, better make it Chef Foss.
Now don’t go wasting your precious dough,
Get your act together, and you’ll have fun, just go.

If you wanna see chefs cooking, you gotta go with your friends.
A dozen courses last forever, they never end.
If you wanna eat grilled cheese and soup bites, give EL a whirl.
French fries with ice cream are inspired by his girl.

So here’s the story from A to Z:
You wanna try EL Ideas? You gotta listen carefully.
It starts with a dish you must lick (try not to get it on your face).
And OMG it’s BYOB.
Walk around in the kitchen and take pictures for free.
And as for dessert? Ha, you’ll see.
Damn my stomach’s full, but I’d eat it all again.
Damn my stomach’s full, but I’d eat it all again.

If you wanna try EL Ideas, you gotta, you gotta, you gotta, you gotta,
You gotta eat, eat, eat, eat!

Be prepared to lick your first dish of Roe!

Be prepared to lick your first dish of Roe!

In all seriousness, EL Ideas was one of my favorite restaurant experiences in Chicago. Chef Phillip Foss is able to integrate everything from foie gras to m&m’s, from King Salmon to tomato soup in his menu. Most Michelin starred restaurants are formal and fancy, but EL Ideas offers the same quality of food without the dress code. It feels more like a dinner party, since everyone gets the same course at the same time.

  • Restaurant: EL Ideas
  • Address: 2419 W. 14th Street, Chicago, IL, 60608 (Even though it’s named EL Ideas, don’t take the El. It’s pretty far off the beaten path, so I’d recommend Uber.)
  • Price: $155/person + tax and service charge
  • Favorite Dishes: 1) French fries & ice cream with potato, leek and vanilla. 2) King Salmon with eggplant, sesame and nasturtium. 3) Foie gras with huckleberry, granola and yogurt.
  • Rating (Fancy Scale): 5 out of 5 stars

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