Taus Authentic

Modern American

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  • 2015 Best European
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Overview

Helmed by celebrated chef Michael Taus, this Wicker Park eatery serves up elevated New American fare inspired by chef Taus’ travels (and some family recipes). The stylish setting is comfortable and homey – down to the family mementos on the fireplace mantles.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“Charlie Trotter protégé and longtime Zealous owner Michael Taus forgoes fine dining for a globally inspired concept in the former Prasino space. The decidedly neighborhood-y spot offers everything from raw seafood, charcuterie, and cheese, to a seared foie gras club sandwich and veal cheek pot-au-feu, plus a swath of creative desserts like the Bohemian Rhapsody (lemon and goat cheese-filled kolachky, a fruit dumpling, and poppy seed ice cream).” – Thrillist

[On Must-Try Dishes] “Taus’ menu is inspired by his travels. After a recent trip to Barcelona, he came up with a dish of thinly sliced raw diver scallops, truffle vinaigrette, Granny Smith apple straws and a poached quail egg — a symphony of salinity, sourness and richness that looks and tastes wonderful. The lobster with oxtail ravioli (the chef’s take on surf n’ turf) presents a textural range of elements that works together beautifully.” – Chicago Sun Times Splash

“For entrees, the veal cheek “pot-au-feu” is a solid update on the classic French beef stew, with a tender cut of veal, artichokes, olives and other vegetables... The [fried chicken] dish includes four pieces of chicken, a corn muffin, smoked bacon green beans and chilled lemon honey butter that melts when applied to the crispy chicken skin. Made from a family recipe, the chicken’s coating has hints of cinnamon and the bright citrus in the butter helps balance the sweetness.” – Time Out

Ambience

Comfortable and stylish, the space has the relaxed feel of a dinner party at (a really tasteful) friend’s home. The 50-seat lounge – replete with couches, armchairs, fireplaces and chandeliers – evokes a posh study. The dining room (110 seats) is stylishly adorned with suede banquettes and curtains, and also features rustic elements like salvaged barnwood wall dividers and blocky communal tables.

Accolades

  • Number 43: Phil Vettel's Top 50 Restaurants 2016 - Chicago Tribune
  • Three stars from Time Out 2015
  • Michael Taus: Comeback Kid 2016 - Chicago Tribune
  • Ten Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now 2015 – Chicago Magazine
  • Ten Hottest New Restaurants in Chicago – Zagat
  • 7 New Fried Chicken Dishes to Try – Zagat

Menu for Taus Authentic

Dinner

Raw

  • Oyster Yuzu / Pickled Shallot / Mignonette
    3 Pc $10.00
  • Tuna Crudo Watermelon / Breakfast Radish Kimchi
    $14.00
  • Beef Tartare XO Sauce / Pickled Daikon / Sesame-Scallion Brioche
    $15.00

Fish

  • Diver Scallop Pork Belly / Shrimp Pancake / Cauliflower / Sweet Chili Vinaigrette
    $16.00
    $28.00
  • Striped Bass Mussels / Bok Choy / Red Coconut Curry Broth
    $17.00
    $29.00
  • Sea Trout Spring Pea Risotto / Honey-Thyme Carrot Puree / Baby Carrots
    $14.00
    $25.00

Charcuterie

  • Capicola Neapolitan Dry - Cured Pork Shoulder
  • Soppressata Friuli Dried Pork Salami Slightly Spicy
  • Prosciutto Creminelli Italian Ham Salted and Hung Dry
  • Silky Liver Mousse (House-Made) Potted Chicken Liver
  • Salume Beddu Calabrese Salame Spicy & Bold Pork Salami

Cheese

  • Brillat Savarin / Triple Creme / Cow / France
  • Cypress Grove 'Humboldt Fog' / Goat / Arcata, CA
  • Aged Manchego / Sheep / Spain
  • Point Reyes Bay Blue / Cow / CA

Start

  • Avocado & Feta Snap Peas / Spiced Sunflower Seeds/ Green Goddess Dressing
    $10.00
  • Little Gem Lettuce Buffalo Burrata / House Giardiniera / Parma Ham / Grilled Bread
    $13.00
  • Panzanella Kale Salad Cherry Tomatoes / Japanese Cucumbers / Dill Croutons / Blue Cheese / Lemon-Caper Dressing
    $11.00
  • Braised Octopus Cannellini Beans / Piquillo Pepper Relish / Spanish Chorizo
    $14.00
  • Ricotta Ravioli Artichokes / Trumpet Mushrooms / Truffle Brown Butter Vinaigrette
    $13.00
  • Kennebec Potato Gnocchi Braised Goat / Dried Apricots / Toasted Hazelnuts / Aged Goat Cheese
    $12.00
  • Seared Foie Gras Brioche Club Sandwich / Apple Smoked Bacon / Japanese Pickles
    $19.00
  • Flatbread Rock Shrimp / Ricotta Cheese / Lemon Zest / Tallegio Cheese
    $15.00

Meat & Veg

  • Flat Iron Beef Chimichurri Spice / Radish-Fennel Slaw / Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
    $28.00
  • Braised Shortrib Thai Style Long Beans / Red Skin Peanuts / Crispy Turnip Cake
    $24.00
  • Grilled Pork Rib Chop Cheese Grits / Espresso Red-Eye Gravy / Sweet Corn Relish
    $25.00
  • Lamb T-Bones Eggplant Gateau / Mint Gremolata / Quick Fried Brussels Sprouts
    $32.00
  • Aunt Reba's Fried Chicken Lemon Honey Butter / Smoked Bacon Stewed Green Beans / Corn Bread
    $25.00
  • Burger Havarti Cheese / Tomato Remoulade / House Made Dill Roll / Pomme Frites / Truffle Aioli
    $15.00
  • Sunchoke Dosa Red Curry / Golden Raisins / Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
    $15.00

Sides

  • Pomme Frites / Truffle Aioli
    $7.00
  • Roasted Royal Trumpet Mushrooms
    $7.00
  • Carrot-Cheese Pierogis / Fennel / Carrots
    $7.00

Dessert

  • Green City Market Fruit Tart Bourbon Caramel / Lemon Thyme Syrup / Buttermilk Ice Cream
    $8.00
  • Bohemian Rhapsody Farmer Cheese Kolacky / Fruit Dumpling / Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream
    $8.00
  • To Be Named Chocolate Cake Devils Foods Cake / Coconut Saltine Caramel / Turkish Coffee Ice Cream
    $9.00
  • Neopolitan Pot De Creme Strawberry, Luxardo Cherry & Pistachio / Madagascar Vanilla, Bruleed Banana / Valrhona Chocolate Cookie Sandwich
    $8.00

Drinks

Cocktails

  • Old & Peppered Bulleit Rye, Black Pepper Simple Syrup, Regan's Orange, Angostura
    $10.00
  • Make Americano Great Again Cocchi Americano, Gancia Appertivo, Club Soda, Espresso Ice Cubes
    $10.00
  • Pickled Pink Death's Door Vodka, Carpano Bianco, Lime, Peychaud's, Japanese Pickle Shrub, Togarashi
    $10.00
  • The Verona Principe de los Apostoles GIn, Lillet Rouge, Cherry Heering, Grapefruit Bitters
    $10.00
  • Sunburnt & Hungover Vida Mezcal, Sage Syrup, Chareau, Fennel Bitters
    $10.00
  • DDLS Tromba Blanco, Bigallet China China, Regan's Orange, Lagunitas IPA Syrup
    $10.00
  • Power Broker Earl Grey Infused Vida Mescal, Luxardo Maraschino / Honey, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
    $10.00
  • The Depardieu #2 Broker's Gin, Prince Pastis de Marsaille, Green Chartreuse, Noilly Prat Dry, Lime
    $10.00
  • La Base Luxardo Maraschino, Lime, Grapefruit, Sparkling Cava Rose
    $10.00
  • The Little Corn Incident Flor De Cana 4-Year Rum, Velvet Falernum, Coconut Milk, Pineapple, Fernet-Branca
    $10.00

Bubbles

  • Mercat Brut NV Cava, Penedes, Spain
    $9.00
  • Duval Leroy Brut NV, Champagne, France
    $17.00
  • Moncontour Cremant de Loire Brut NV Rose, France
    $12.00

Whites

  • Maisan L'Aiglon Chardonnay, France 2014
    $9.00
  • Stadt Krems Gruner Veltliner, Kremstal, Austria 2014
    $11.00
  • Colterenzio, Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, Italy 2014
    $10.00
  • Foucher-Lebrun, Le Mont Sancerre, Loire Valley, France 2014
    $13.00

Rose

  • Domaine d' Astros "Cuvee Prestige" Rhone Provence, France 2014
    $11.00

Reds

  • Decero, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2013
    $10.00
  • Famille Perrin Cotes Du Rhone, 'Reserve' France 2012
    $10.00
  • Brooks Runaway Red, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2014
    $12.00
  • Obsidian Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino, California, 2013
    $14.00
  • Locations - E2 Espana Blend by David Phinney, Spain NV
    $12.00
  • La Morandina Barbera D'Asti 5 Vignes Piedmont, Italy 2013
    $9.00

Dessert

  • Oremus, Tokaji Late Harvest, Hungary 2012
    $9.00
  • M. Chapoutier Banyuls, Languedoc-Roussillon, France 2013
    $12.00

Bar

Main

  • Spiced Almonds & Olives
    $6.00
  • Oysters Yuzu, Pickled Shallot Mignonette
    3 Pc For $10.00
  • Triple Spread Smoked Whitefish mousse, Whipped Plugra Butter, Capers, Mediterranean Olive Tapenade, Whipped Ricotta, Bacon Jam, Harvest Bread Crostini
    $14.00
  • Deviled Eggs House Made Giardiniera, Crispy Pork Belly
    $9.00
  • Pomme Frites Romano, Garlic Oil, Truffle Aioli
    $7.00
  • Crab Cakes Hong Kong Style, Mango-Basil Beurre Blanc
    $12.00
  • Mussels Fennel, Lemon, Belgian Ale, Falernum, Grilled Rustic Bread
    $12.00
  • Reba's Sliders Miller Farm Fried Chicken Breast, Sriracha Mayo, Slaw, Pomme Frites
    $12.00
  • Burger Havarti Cheese, Tomato Remoulade, House Made Dill Roll, Pomme Frites
    $15.00
  • Lamb & Beef Meatballs Sheep Feta, Mint, Pistachio, Greek Yogurt
    $10.00
  • MTGC Melted Havarti & Gruyere Cheese, Tick Cut Nueske's Bacon, Poblano Jam, Rustic Bread
    $12.00

Brunch

Fresh Baked

  • Apricot Walnut Scone, Honey Lemon Butter
    $6.00
  • Pecan Cinnamon Sticky Bun
    $6.00
  • Czech Fruit Dumpling
    $6.00

Mains

  • Market Green Salad Shaved Fennel, Radish, Hard Boiled Eggs, Fresh Baked Dill Croutons, Lemon Vinaigrette
    $9.00
  • Avocado Toast Harvest Baguette, Turkey Bacon, Vegenaise
    $11.00
  • Maple Nut Granola Fresh Fruit, Lavender Honey, Greek Yogurt
    $9.00
  • Roasted Apple Pancake Bourbon-Maple Syrup
    $11.00
  • Houska Fresh Toast Nutella & Lemon Mascarpone
    $12.00
  • Omelette Spinach, Tomato, Feta, Fresh Basil
    $12.00
  • Ricotta Tart Heirloom Tomatoes, Olives, Arugula Pesto, Lavender Honey
    $11.00
  • Smoked Fish Platter Salmon, White Fish Mousse, Whipped Goat Cheese, Toasted, Wheat Bread
    $19.00
  • Creamed Eggs Hard Boiled Eggs, Truffle Mornay Sauce, House made Brioche
    $12.00
  • Steak & Eggs Flat Iron Steak, Lardon, Roasted Shallot Sauce, Choice of Eggs, Served with Double Fried New Potatoes
    $21.00
  • Braised Pork Tamale Cotija Cheese, Salsa Verde, Scrambled Poblano Eggs
    $16.00
  • Croque Madame Gruyere Cheese, Grain Mustard, Texas Toast, Served with Petit Market Green Salad
    $13.00
  • Burger Havarti Cheese, Tomato Remoulade, House Made Dill Roll, Served with Double Fried New Potatoes
    $16.00
    Egg $17.50

Sides

  • Double Fried New Potatoes
    $6.00
  • Maple Glazed Nueske's Bacon or Smoked Turkey Sausage
    $4.00
  • Wheat Toast or English Muffin with House Made Fruit Jam
    $2.00

Drinks

  • Sparrow Custom Blend Coffee
    $3.50
  • Latte
    $4.00
  • Cappuccino
    $4.00
  • Assorted Tea Selection
    $5.00
  • Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
    $6.00

Cocktails

  • Gazpacho-Esque Bloody Mary
    $10.00
  • Mimosa / Cava + Fresh OJ
    $10.00
  • Beermosa / Allagash White + Fresh OJ
    $8.00
  • French Bellini / Apricot / St. Germain
    $10.00

1846 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Charming, Refined, Romantic, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Meet For A Drink, Outdoor Dining
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (312) 561-4500
  • Private Dining Room: No