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“Chic comfort food in a fabulous location”
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Ranked #781 of 9,660 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Wilson
Transit: CTA bus (11 Lincoln, 49B Western, 49 Western, 145 Wilson), Brown Line train (Western), Cabs plentiful
Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Chic comfort food in a fabulous location”
Reviewed 13 December 2010

I was with a group of friends going to see a show at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and we were going to a 7pm show. When browsing the restaurants nearby, we were hard-pressed to find a restaurant that was open for dinner before 6pm. But lo and behold, we discovered the Fiddlehead cafe, which was open for dinner quite early. So, we set up our reservation on Opentable (Fiddlehead has a fabulous website, by the way). What was nice was that the restaurant was very close to the venue AND to the pay lot across the street.
The restaurant was warm and cozy, in dark, rich colors. When we arrived at 5, the place was VERY quiet, but when we left at 6:30, it was almost filled. The staff were friendly and very attentive. What struck us most about the staff was that each person who took care of us seemed to genuinely enjoy the food: when we asked their opinion, they'd offer it and say why they felt that way.
Fiddlehead is unique in that they offer several flight options for both wine AND beer. THe wine list was very well done: it even had a "key" which identified what notes were ascribed to each wine (Which would make a flight a far less intimidating venture for those not terribly wine-savvy). I'm not a beer-drinker myself, but my husband was very impressed with the list. The rest of our party enjoyed a wide variety of flights, and I ordered their sangria, which was the most interesting sangria I've had in a long time-it almost had a mulled wine taste to it that was lovely in the winter weather. The staff were very knowledgeable about the wine and beer list, and came through for us when we asked for suggestions.
The food was impressive. We enjoyed a cheese plate and some onion straws with homemade ketchup to start, and for our entrees we were delighted with a variety from "fancy" mac 'n' cheese, to a lamb shank with a root veggie puree, to a smoked duck club sandwich with pecans, goat cheese and a cherry jam. For dessert, there was a range from banana cream pie to chocolate ganache cake. A particular favorite of ours was the vanilla creme brulee' which was made perfectly.
The prices were fair for a place of this caliber. We never felt rushed, and we would come back here in a heartbeat.

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English first
Boston, MA
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Cheese flights - enough said.”
Reviewed 15 November 2009

I knew these was going to be a good experience when we were seated and handed a cheese menu along with the dinner menu and wine list. We ordered a "flight" of three cheeses which inlcuded Bucherolle (goat's milk) and two others recommended by the very helpful waiter. The board also inlcuded bread, candied pecans and sliced pears. It was wonderful with a wine flight - I had South American wine which included a wonderful Chilean blend. The entree menu is small, bistro-like. The food was very good, as were the prices. The salmon was nicely grilled, and the steak frites had delicious sweet potato fries as a side, along with parmesan-polenta fries which were kind of tasteless. We spilt a sticky toffee pudding cake for dessert - wonderful. The service was good through most of the meal, but as so often happens, fell apart at the end. As the room got busier our server seemed to forget all about us. We we weren't in a big rush, but one you're done, you're done. Sitting around waiting for someone to pick up your credit card & the check can reall break the spell. Overall, worth the trip.

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“not the cheapest, though...”
Reviewed 22 February 2009

not the cheapest, though i've encountered far less dining pleasure in exchange for equal or greater cost. FINE quality fare. Small menu, well prepared. Tons of cheeses and wines (flights available). dessert. the chef knows what (s)he's doing. also, it's nice that i can walk there. The ambiance was a little stark.

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“It's ok...maybe a little...”
Reviewed 14 July 2008

It's ok...maybe a little overpriced.

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“We like it for brunch on...”
Reviewed 14 July 2008

We like it for brunch on Sundays.... nice atmosphere... spicy bloodymarries....

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