The Smyth and The Loyalist is one name, but two Chicago restaurant concepts under the same roof. Run by John and Karen Shields, a seasonal tasting menu is offered upstairs at Smyth and a la carte dishes are served downstairs at The Loyalist. Even an hour before my dinner at The Loyalist, I kept forgetting which was which.

Let’s review.
Smyth – Tasting menu. Upstairs.
The Loyalist – A la carte menu. Downstairs.

This is what we ordered.

The Loyalist

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Coffee by Sparrow Coffee Roastery
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The Loyalist Menu

Starters

Summer Melon, Lime Leaf, Cashew
Summer Melon, Lime Leaf, Cashew
Roasted Beets , Avocado Pumpkin Seed Butter
Roasted Beets , Avocado Pumpkin Seed Butter
Squid, Charred Eggplant, Fresno Chili
Squid, Charred Eggplant, Fresno Chili
Heirloom Tomatoes + Plum, Fresh Cheese, Garlic Bread
Heirloom Tomatoes + Plum, Fresh Cheese, Garlic Bread
Grilled Carrot, Bearnaise, Salsa Verde
Grilled Carrot, Bearnaise, Salsa Verde
Chicken Liver Mousse, Sourdough Toast, Radish
Chicken Liver Mousse, Sourdough Toast, Radish

Main Dishes

Crispy Chicken Thighs, Carolina Gold Rice Grits, Pickled Tripe
Crispy Chicken Thighs, Carolina Gold Rice Grits, Pickled Tripe
The Loyalist Cheeseburger + Fries
The Loyalist Cheeseburger + Fries

Desserts

Lemongrass Sundae, Blueberries, Molasses
Lemongrass Sundae, Blueberries, Molasses
Chocolate Blackout Cake, Salted Cream, Fernet Branca
Chocolate Blackout Cake, Salted Cream, Fernet Branca
Toasted Pavlova, Sweet Corn, Blackberry Sorbet
Toasted Pavlova, Sweet Corn, Blackberry Sorbet

Info

Smyth and The Loyalist177 N Ada St #101, Chicago IL  | 773 913 3773

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Posted by:Lou Stejskal

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