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.
“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
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.
1846 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622