Scientists have determined that eating non-local food can be detrimental to your health due to diners over-extending the limited flexibility of their tongues. Partake in the fruits of proximity with today's Groupon: $20 gets you $40 worth of local, sustainable fare and drinks at Jacky's on Prairie in Evanston.
Jacky's on Prairie sources its fresh, seasonal ingredients from local family farms to ensure customers are never faced with a plate of summer squash with frostbite or snow peas with suntans. The restaurant's brunch, lunch, and dinner menus feature flavor infusions from around the world, harmoniously accompanied with the nuanced notes of fine wine. This spring's savory starters include ginger beef potstickers served with an orange-shoyu reduction ($10), vanilla-braised pork belly with black vinegar sauce and a citrus micro-green salad ($10), and champagne-soaked oysters with leek fondue, pancetta, and an elegant house-selected wine pairing ($18). For dinner, anchor your mouth bones into a plate of wild Alaskan salmon served with gnocchi and spring vegetables, topped with a chervil-watercress sauce ($26), or get a meatless mouthful of Moroccan vegetable tajine, mixing fresh, seasonal vegetables and almond couscous ($19). For a healthy punch of protein, opt for the grilled organic pork, decadently drizzled with pasilla-orange sauce and aptly attended with pickled red onion, potato terrine, and baby arugula ($26).
Jacky's upscale yet simple elegance extends to the presentation of each dish, the rich hues of fresh provisions popping against the restaurant's white, angular platters. The amber flicker of tabletop candles and the warmth of employee hospitality flood the sophisticated interior, making it a cozy destination for romantic dinner seekers, families, and friends alike. On a breezy summer night, the outdoor patio provides a backdrop as beautiful as a sunset with lipstick.
Jacky's on Prairie has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Centerstage Chicago, and the Chicago Reader. More than 100 OpenTable diners and a group of Citysearchers give Jacky's a four-star average, Yelpers give it 3.5, and 74% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- …perhaps I should mention the trout, which hides sweet sautéed apples and onions between its meaty fillets. Smooth foie gras combines with braised oxtail in a terrine; on its own, it’s nothing special, but spread on a savory, crumbly almond biscotti with a slice of fig, it’s lovely. – Julia Kramer, Time Out Chicago
- I enjoyed my ample, melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi ($21), served with lima beans, sun-dried tomato, grilled oyster mushrooms, Parmigiano Reggiano and truffle oil, oh my! – Marla Seidell, Centerstage
- The skate fish set off by beurre noir was also a winner, thanks to a complementary bed of skinny green beans, braised fennel strips, wild mushrooms, and brussels sprout leaves. – Anne Spiselman, Chicago Reader
- I love this little hidden gem. The food is amazingly delicious, inventive and beautifully presented, all done with a backdrop of environmental and local consciousness. – OpenTable user who dined on 04/24/10