Comfort food garbs your tongue in luxurious velveteen knickerbockers of flavor, as opposed to discomfort food, which clings to the face like damp, discarded speedos. Avoid the embarrassment of culinary tighty-whiteys with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of comfort cuisine at The Red Canary in River West.
The Red Canary is a 1920s-themed gastro lounge serving upscale comfort cuisine in a jazzy, speakeasy setting. Bite-size portions of Vienna Beef pigs in a blanket ($3) or house-cut fries with truffle oil ($5) are superbly suitable for the mildly peckish. Feed ostrich-sized hungers with a canary burger, a half-pound sirloin topped with smoked gouda and pickled onions on ciabatta ($11). Cap off your meal with a Goose Island root-beer float ($5) or sumptuous scoops of ice cream with a warm flourless chocolate brownie ($6).
Sip a bubbly G&T under the approving eyes of the fabulously framed flappers lining the exposed brick walls. A grandiose chandelier illuminates cushy red booths in this two-tiered eatery, and the stunning, ivy-covered patio is a favorite hangout for dapper daddy-os and dolled-up dames. Proving that charity is indeed the bee’s knees, The Red Canary has generously contributed to the Restaurant Week G-Team Campaign to benefit the Inspiration Corporation’s planned food-service training program and social enterprise restaurant in Garfield Park.
The Red Canary was reviewed by Centerstage, and nearly 120 Yelpers give it an average of three-stars. OpenTable reviewers bestow a 3.6-star average rating. Though some reviewers have mixed opinions about the service, they praise the décor, outdoor patio, and menu selections.
- The whole place is easy on the eyes, and no room in the massive, two-level establishment is more attractive than the cavernous front bar area, which boasts a crystal chandelier, framed photographs of flappers and comely, friendly servers clad in ruby red dresses. – Alexander Hough, Centerstage
- The menu had a little of everything. From deviled eggs to pb&j to fish tacos to ribs to scallops. We tried a little of everything. We got fish tacos (yummmy tuna), a buffalo chicken flatbread, truffle oil fries, and stuffed chilis. Everything was delish! – Christy M., Yelp, 12/5/2010
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