We try to take dinner en route to Navy Pier for the Shakespeare Theater and this time tried Perennial, across from Lincoln Park Zoo (free street perking) and 12 min. from our theater. The food was tasty, regional fare creatively presented. The carrot soup was outstanding, the lamb sausage entree very good - hearty with a variety of vegetables. The gnocchi were just ok; I'm not a fan but wanted to try them as they were recommended. If you fancy gnocchi, I believe these would be good. My scallops were very tasty - the scallops themselves, that is. They were served on a bed of lettuce or chard, slightly cooked, which was bitter and decidedly detracted from the dish. Finally, we shared a gingerbread ice cream ( yes, ice cream) dessert that we enjoyed. In all, the dinner was good but not outstanding, all for a fairly hefty fare. Am glad we went and will go back when convenient.
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