The Kitchen – River North, Chicago

 

The Chicago Riverwalk continues to grow with attractions and restaurants.  The Kitchen, a community bistro which is giving back to local schools (more on that later), is one of the latest additions to the dining scene along the Chicago River.  I stopped in  last Friday with my friend, Cindi, for the most delightful lunch.

 

The Kitchen on Chicago Riverwalk

The Kitchen is located along Chicago’s Riverwalk.

 

First things first.  You can reach The Kitchen in a number of ways.  Take the

CTA Red Line to the Grand ‘L’ stop and walk 2 blocks west and 3 blocks south.  The Merchandise Mart ‘L’ stop, along the Brown and Purple Lines is just 2 blocks west.  Alternatively, take the Brown, Orange, Blue or Pink Lines to the Clark/Lake ‘L’ stop and walk 2 blocks north.  The #22 Clark bus will get you there as well.

 

CTA stop near The Kitchen

 

 

Here’s how our lunch went down:

We sat at a high 2-top near the window overlooking the Chicago River and the Riverwalk.  The space at this chic bistro is bright and casual with beautiful light fixtures, a huge bar and communal dining tables.  There is even a seafood bar which I cannot wait to try.  The Kitchen is going to be a “go-to” spot for me.  Although, it is located in a “touristy” part of town, this Chicago resident enjoys great food with a fabulous view, too ;

 

The Kitchen in River North

I love a good seafood bar!

 

Cindi and I decided to kick things off with a some Prosecco and this delicious curried chicken salad which we split.  The chicken was really tender.  The curry had some plump, golden raisins, sliced apples and toasted hazelnuts added to it.  It was a light and earthy start to our lunch.

 

The Kitchen's salads

Curried chicken salad with golden raisins, sliced apples and toasted hazelnuts.

 

Cindi ordered a bright and colorful beet salad with goat cheese for her main entree.  I ordered this olive oil poached salmon with micro greens and cucumbers which were dressed lightly in a sherry vinaigrette and chive aioli.  Both dishes were really fresh and satisfying.

 

The Kitchen's menu

Olive oil poached salmon

 

Since we were going to say we were here anyway, we ordered two desserts.  We are nothing if not thorough!  First up, was this outrageous, foodgasmic Chocolate Nemesis which was described to us as part fudge and part mousse.  Very accurate description, indeed!  You absolutely want to bring all of your chocolate-loving friends and family here to get this delectable creation.

 

The Kitchen's desserts

This Chocolate Nemesis is part fudge and part mousse. So decadent!

 

I love a good bread pudding and this sticky toffee pudding is giving Chicago restaurants some stiff competition.  The nuts were super crunchy and the bread had the most wonderfully soaked texture without being soggy.  It was worth whatever little cavity that may pay my mouth a visit 🙂

 

The Kitchen in Chicago

Sticky toffee pudding

 

While the food and service at The Kitchen is lovely, even more terrific is the non-profit work they are doing.  20% of the receipts from the weekly Community Night family-style dinners goes toward helping local schools plant gardens.  I also love their committment to working with local farmers and other local food purveyors, as well as their efforts towards sustainability and the environment.

The Kitchen is located at 316 N. Clark Street.  It is open 7 days a week from 11am – 10pm.   Click here for more information.   

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Red, Green, Orange, Blue and Brown Lines (or the #22 Clark bus) to The Kitchen.  Save on gas.  Avoid traffic, road rage and parking.  Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!