Necessity, the mother of invention, grew up on meal after meal of boring orphanage gruel. Savor the delicious fruits of invention's labors with today's deal: for $25, you get $55 worth of inventive, upscale American cuisine at Eve, a Gold Coast bistro on Wabash. Today's Groupon is not valid for Saturday or Sunday brunch.
Eve is a villa of victuals equally suited to business lunches and romantic dinners, stocked to the rafters with fresh, organic foodstuffs. Executive chef Troy Graves frequently updates the menus for extra edible intrigue. Saunter in for lunch and snuff burgeoning grumbles with an appetizer of deviled eggs with spicy Maine lobster ($8) or pea puree with pickled-ginger-whipped ricotta ($4 per cup, $7 per bowl). To keep lunch light, nosh on a grilled-shrimp salad ($13) populated by orange, avocado, and harissa vinaigrette, or treat yourself to something heartier with the Eve burger ($12), a beef patty crowned with brie, port onions, and stone-ground mustard. Evening meals feature a variety of tempting, ingenuity-glazed entrees, such as Alaskan halibut ($27) with fava beans, strawberries, pancetta, and balsamic gastrique, or grilled pork ($25) with sides of crème fraîche spätzle, Brussels sprouts, crispy kale, and guanciale. Comestibles are frequently crafted from local and organic ingredients.
The bright, modern, and effervescent interior adds to the charm of this Gold Coast eatery. Off-white walls are complemented by warm brown drapes, and overhead chandeliers resemble crystalline spring blossoms hovering in midair. Save room for a dessert of lemon-basil cake ($8) with basil anglaise and vanilla ice cream, or chocolate peanut-butter pots de crème ($10), and leave feeling content as a pearl-bearing clam. After partaking in Eve's fresh gustatory delights, you'll be nutritionally satisfied and better prepared to handle the stresses of workaday life, from your aunt's passive-aggressive criticisms of your acting career to the hoard of foul-mouthed magician's assistants living in your crawlspace.
Eve received three stars from Chicago Tribune's Phil Vettel. Gayot gives it a 13/20 rating and named it a Top 10 Special Occasion Restaurant in Chicago and a Top 10 Romantic Restaurant in Chicago. Nearly 100 Yelpers give Eve 3.5 stars. More than 200 OpenTable reviewers award it four stars:
- I really love the food at this place, and would recommend it to anyone. – J C., Yelp
- Wonderful chic atmosphere accompanied by amazing dishes and a very polite and extremly [sic] pleasant staff! Every course was fun, innovative and very tasty! – An OpenTable reviewer who dined on 04/04/2010
- The food was delightful, the flavors and preparation were terrific and our plates were very attractive. The maitre'd and wait staff were attentive, friendly, genuine, no pretentiousness. – An OpenTable reviewer who dined on 03/11/2010