Comfort food garbs your tongue in luxurious velveteen knickerbockers of flavor, as opposed to discomfort food, which clings to the face like an overtight ascot. Avoid the embarrassment of culinary crampers 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-sized 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). Flatbreads such as the roasted butternut squash with arugula, aged asiago, and olive oil ($11) are easy to share and make for great Yahtzee-throwing surfaces. Cap off your meal with a Goose Island root-beer float ($5) or a sumptuous slice of baked apple pie with homemade caramel ice cream ($7).
Sip a bubbly gin and tonic under the approving eyes of the fabulously framed flappers lining the exposed brick walls, or raise your glass to the 21st Amendment with the eponymous beverage made from Templeton Rye, sweet vermouth, and lavender syrup ($10). A grandiose chandelier illuminates red velvet booths in this two-tiered eatery, making it the perfect hangout for dapper daddy-os and dolled-up dames to gossip about the bee's bad knees and the butterfly's tennis elbow.
The Red Canary was reviewed by Centerstage and nearly 120 Yelpers give it an average of three-stars. OpenTable reviewers give it 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 [sic] tuna), a buffalo chicken flatbread, truffle oil fries, and stuffed chilis. Everything was delish! – Christy M., Yelp, 12/5/10
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