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    Post #1 - October 6th, 2014, 12:40 pm
    Post #1 - October 6th, 2014, 12:40 pm Post #1 - October 6th, 2014, 12:40 pm
    I was surprised to see no thread dedicated to Gather in Lincoln Square (and if I missed, please feel free to fold this in with it). My wife and I have Gather in our rotation as a place that is slightly nice, while still being walkable from our house. We have gone probably a half a dozen times or so over the past year, opting most times to sit at the six seat kitchen counter, as we enjoy watching the different dishes being made and interacting with the chefs.

    This weekend we had another lovely meal. We started with a whipped ricotta with balsamic and clover honey, which is a go to each time we visit as a nice start to the meal. The brussel sprouts (crispy, with pistachios, miso vinaigrette, and parmagiano) are one of my favorite brussel sprout preparations in the city. We also shared the pumpkin soup, which was rich and creamy and had the interesting addition of candied pepitas which provided both a pleasant texture and some nice sweetness.

    The biggest thing I wanted to highlight was the two entrees. I am vegetarian and my wife is not. I asked what they could do for me and instead of simply taking the meat out of one of the menu entrees, they asked about some preferences and exactly what my vegetarianism included (I eat dairy and eggs, just no meat or seafood). Using components from a variety of the dishes on the menu, they pulled together a very cohesive, complete and delicious dish. (Apologies for the cell phone quality pictures).

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    This dish was an oat risotto with a kohlrabi puree, roasted maitake mushrooms, diced kohlrabi, both sauteed and crispy kale and a truffled egg yolk. It was just an earthy delight, perfect for the cool evening on Saturday. The mushrooms were perfect and the flavors and textures really worked together. As a vegetarian, I am really appreciative of any restaurant that goes out of their way to make a dish (whether on the menu or not) that is a complete dish, not just a collection of sides or an entree with the meat removed.

    Not to be outdone, my wife ordered the sirloin.

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    While I did not taste it, she was a big fan. The dish also had the same mushrooms as mine, and she is a sucker for grilled greens and the "tom yum" puree lent an interesting Asian flavor to the dish. At $23, this was quite a good value (we actually took almost half home because of filling up on the previous courses).

    The restaurant has always been very inviting to us, remembering us fairly early in our times going there. We are not huge spenders when we go (the bill for this week, was right around $100 with a bottle of wine), but they do a good job of making this feel like both a neighborhood place and something slightly special.

    Gather
    4539 N Lincoln Ave
    773-506-9300
    gatherchicago.com
  • Post #2 - October 7th, 2014, 10:22 am
    Post #2 - October 7th, 2014, 10:22 am Post #2 - October 7th, 2014, 10:22 am
    I've been there once on a weekday, and got a seat overlooking the kitchen. A fun time.

    The food was indeed good and a great neighborhood spot. I'm not sure if it's super crowded on weekends, but if it were, I probably wouldn't want to fight the crowds to eat here. But as a upscale weekday fancy dinner place, it was great.
  • Post #3 - October 27th, 2017, 1:40 pm
    Post #3 - October 27th, 2017, 1:40 pm Post #3 - October 27th, 2017, 1:40 pm
    We had an enjoyable meal at Gather yesterday for a friend's birthday. Their back patio was lovely as it is covered and has plenty of heaters. Quick highlight was my entrée, the arctic char (grilled‎ cucumber kimchi, cilantro + cashew purée, jasmine rice, black garlic, peanut). It was perfectly prepared. Each bite was an adventure as there was so much going on. Although we passed on ordering dessert, the restaurant nicely comped a round of ice cream (cinnamon topped with maple bourbon caramel sauce) for the birthday celebrant. Service was mostly excellent, although there were a couple of times where we waited longer than expected (ordering the first round of drinks and getting the check.) The only negative was that it was loud back there. That was exacerbated by the group of 12. Overall though, a lovely meal.
    -Mary
  • Post #4 - September 27th, 2018, 11:16 pm
    Post #4 - September 27th, 2018, 11:16 pm Post #4 - September 27th, 2018, 11:16 pm
    Anybody been to the Warbler, supposedly next door, and run by the same team? My daughter just started working there....so I may have to try it.
    --Carey
  • Post #5 - September 28th, 2018, 12:25 am
    Post #5 - September 28th, 2018, 12:25 am Post #5 - September 28th, 2018, 12:25 am
    diversedancer wrote:Anybody been to the Warbler, supposedly next door, and run by the same team? My daughter just started working there....so I may have to try it.

    I've been there a couple of times and honestly, it hasn't really wowed me. Once, my friend had to go there, so we accompanied him. A second time, we were seeing a show across the street at the Old Town School of Folk Music with a friend who was 7 months pregnant, so it was a convenient choice. I see enough shows there that I'm guessing I'll probably go back to The Warbler again at some point, but I won't be in any hurry to do so. I'd much rather pre-game at any number of other spots in the neighborhood than either Gather or The Warbler.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #6 - September 28th, 2018, 11:02 am
    Post #6 - September 28th, 2018, 11:02 am Post #6 - September 28th, 2018, 11:02 am
    I have had a couple of meals here as well and have enjoyed them. I don't think I like the Warbler as much as I like Gather, but it is nice to have a place that a) is a little more casual (Gather isn't that fancy, but Warbler is somewhat cheaper) and b) has a significant amount of vegetarian choices. I have enjoyed the pastas I have had there.

    One other thing that I noted the times I have been there, and it may have been the time of the evening or it may have changed, but I thought it was much brighter than many restaurants. This isn't a bad thing; it's nice to be able to easily see your menu, but it just was noticeable, especially in comparison with Gather.
  • Post #7 - October 4th, 2018, 12:40 pm
    Post #7 - October 4th, 2018, 12:40 pm Post #7 - October 4th, 2018, 12:40 pm
    I've been to Warbler a handful of times recently, as they're quite good at accommodating a new family with a newborn.

    I must report that they have a fantastic burger. They're one of two places I've been to this year (the other being Black Birch in Kittery, Maine) that appear to be trying to replicate the Big Mac with much better ingredients. Two thin patties, American cheese (I think... and which normally I would turn my nose up at), flawless bun to burger ratio, and a perfect replication of McDonalds style fries. I swear I mean this as a compliment!

    I also really like their cauliflower dish.

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