Because commuting outside of the city doesn't have much upside other than cheap gas and the classy sensuality of Polekatz billboards, the chef who most recently helmed suburban standout Courtright's is taking his fine-dining chops to Acadia. Tucked away in his own South Loop 'hood, it's appointed with a cozy, up-front lounge backed by a high-ceiling, creamy-toned dining room and open kitchen, which is totally cool with your frequent trips to Polekatz.
First-course options feature charcuterie (wild boar terrine, duck ham, chicken liver mousse...), red cabbage-kicked pork belly appointed w/ caraway pudding, pear mostarda, candied mustard seeds & chicharrones, and sunchoke veloute sporting puffed wild rice, pancetta, and chai granola, which, being all crunchy, would way rather smoke its tea. Those're followed by the likes of cuttlefish noodles w/ Deer Isle shrimp, chorizo, Marcona almonds & fried spoon bread; pork tenderloin w/ sea urchin and crab apple kimchi; and sour cream pastry-crusted lobster pies studded with pearl onions and tarragon pommes dauphine, which shockingly aren't paired with Huckleberry.
Rounding it all out's a global wine stash publicly displayed near the dining room, and those still searching for NYE plans can snag a five-course, wine-paired meal that includes smoked Wagyu w/ mushroom conserva and potatoes three-ways, the kind of action you can only find in open kitchens. Or at Polekatz!