Blue Door Kitchen and Garden
52 W. Elm 312.573.4000
Let’s be honest, we all love the concept of fresh farm to table cuisine, BUT we also know that usually involves a hefty bill. That is NOT the case with Art Smith’s new Blue Door Kitchen & Garden @ Elm & Dearborn (across the street from our 1133 N. Dearborn)! We stopped in for lunch this week and we were blown away by the decor, the service, the food BUT MOSTLY by the value! We are now able to have fresh seasonal food from sustainable sources at an affordable price right in our neighborhood!
We were devastated when we heard Mr. Smith (Oprah’s former chef) was closing the iconic Table Fifty-Two and we were cautiously optimistic when we heard they were re-opening with the same chef to a lighter, more casual and more affordable restaurant. The good news is MISSION ACCOMPLISHED on all fronts – we absolutely loved the Blue Door – here’s why!
Hummus and Sweet Potato Chips
We started with the complimentary hummus and sweet potato chips – crunchy fresh chips with creamy flavorful fresh hummus
Three Cheese Mac and Cheese
Three cheese blend, pasta was cooked perfectly, super extra cheesy
Fried Chicken Sandwich
Well deserved reputation for the best fried chicken in the city Huge sandwich with super flavorful chicken, great bread and fresh trimmings
PERFECT burger, fresh tender flavorful beef patty with crisp fresh lettuce and tomato! LOVE the garlic aioli!
Great Lakes Fish & Chips
Tender chunky fish with perfectly seasoned crunchy yet light batter – outstanding hand cut fries!
Blueberry Mousse with white chocolate and pistachio was supreme – light and refreshing! We also loved the popcorn ice cream on Loulou’s Chocolate Tart!
Awesome service, farm to table ingredients in a beautiful setting (and what we believe to be the most beautiful outdoor dining in the Gold Coast) all at an affordable price – run don’t walk to Blue Door! Make sure to also checkout our latest blog on Food Delivery Services in Chicago.