Acadia is a restaurant in Chicago where you can order a tasting menu that is 5, 10, or more courses long. But what’s special about Acadia is you can also sit in the bar area and enjoy one of the best burgers in the city with tasting menu items on the side.

They are currently offering a seasonal Bar Tasting Menu that gives you a sample of what the dining room’s tasting menu might be like. The bar menu itself is concise but I like it that way because that means you usually can’t go wrong. It’s hard not to order the burger and the lobster roll each time.

I’m a Midwestern-Meat-and-Potatoes, (and Pizza and Filipino-Food) girl at heart but I also love fine dining. With Acadia having been awarded two Michelin stars, it’s a treat to have a restaurant in Chicago that can give me the best of both worlds.

Acadia
Acadia
Bar at Acadia
Bar at Acadia
Bar at Acadia
Table in the bar area at Acadia

Canapés

This is a sample of some items that might start a tasting menu experience at Acadia.

1) Iberico Grissini Bread Filled with Boursain Cheese 2) Parmesan Thyme Cookie filled with bavarian truffle cream
1) Iberico Grissini Bread Filled with Boursain Cheese 2) Parmesan Thyme Cookie filled with bavarian truffle cream
1) Lobster Roll  2) Liquid Olive and Fennel in White Chocolate 3) Fried Head Cheese
1) Lobster Roll 2) Liquid Olive and Fennel in White Chocolate 3)Fried Head Cheese
Puffed Beef Tendon with Ramen Packet Seasoning
Puffed Beef Tendon with Ramen Packet Seasoning
Starters at Acadia
Starters at Acadia
Acadia
Acadia

Seasonal Tasting Menu Items

Grilled Cuttlefish, Baby Octopus, Squid Ink Noodle, Chorizo mayo, Fennel
Grilled Cuttlefish, Baby Octopus, Squid Ink Noodle, Chorizo mayo, Fennel
Scallop, Carrot
Scallop, Carrot
Blue Prawn, Quinoa
Blue Prawn, Quinoa

Items from the Bar Menu

Stonigton Lobster Roll, Connecticut Style ($18)
Stonigton Lobster Roll, Connecticut Style ($18)
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Acadia Burger, House Slab Bacon, Special Sauce, Truffle Cheese Mornay and French Fries, Whole Grain Mustard, Roasted Garlic Dijonnaisse. This was split for sharing with sauce on the side by request. ($15)
Mac and Smoked Cheddar ($12)
Mac and Smoked Cheddar ($12)
Jidori Chicken Yakitori, Cilantro Lime Dressing, Green Papaya Salad ($14)
Jidori Chicken Yakitori, Cilantro Lime Dressing, Green Papaya Salad ($14)
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Acadia Mac n Cheddar smiles for the photo
Then this ended up at our table.
Then this ended up at our table.

Desserts

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Inspired by Velvet Underground, this dessert has a cylindrical shell folded with chocolate to look like the over ripe banana on the album cover designed by Andy Warhol. It’s filled with banana ice cream and sits on creme brûlée and is accompanied with banana cake. Banana Brûlée and Ice Cream, Miso, Caramel ($14)
Rye, Black Walnut, Beer ($13)
Rye, Black Walnut, Beer ($13)

Menus

Rye, Black Walnut, Beer ($13)
Bar menu at Acadia
grissini, bousin cheese,, serrano ham. Truffle Bavarian cookie
Seasonal Bar Tasting Menu

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Posted by:Lou Stejskal

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