Because secret gardens are way too awesome to be limited to Frances Hodgson Burnett novels and Springsteen soundtracks to Cruise-Zellweger sex, the dudes from Roots built their own for Homestead. The rooftop resto (enter through Roots) shortens the distance from farm to table with a 1000sqft organic garden, then continues the verdant vibe indoors with birch walls, hanging plants, and bespoke terrariums that put your work in 4th grade science class to shame.
The garden gets put to work in dishes like housemade mozz roulade stuffed w/ arugula, basil, and pickled tomato, and a tower of crispy potato filled w/ goat cheese mashed taters on a bed of greens dubbed the Two-Way Potato, which apparently has eyes for everyone. It also finds its way into meatier fare like octopus confit w/ spiced tomato chutney and black garlic (previously only used to repel Count Chocula), or the greens/ duck prosciutto/ squash puree bed for slices of breaded 'n fried Hudson Valley foie gras.
Sauce up with cocktails like one served in a teapot filled with English breakfast-infused rum w/ jasmine syrup and Bittercube Jamaican #1 bitters, or opt for suds from their all-Midwest craft selection featuring a sextet of drafts and 15 shareable 22oz bombers, though drink too many and you'll forget the garden, and just focus on the ho's.
Published: July 6, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
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