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  • Post #61 - May 10th, 2019, 3:14 pm
    Post #61 - May 10th, 2019, 3:14 pm Post #61 - May 10th, 2019, 3:14 pm
    I don't understand why anyone would be surprised or upset that cocktails (or wine) would be rather expensive at a restaurant whose standard dinner menu is $185 per person.
  • Post #62 - May 10th, 2019, 3:24 pm
    Post #62 - May 10th, 2019, 3:24 pm Post #62 - May 10th, 2019, 3:24 pm
    nsxtasy wrote:I don't understand why anyone would be surprised or upset that cocktails (or wine) would be rather expensive at a restaurant whose standard dinner menu is $185 per person.

    These were cocktails with dinner at the bar, where it's reasonable to assume that prices and average tickets are not as high as they are in the dining room.

    The GP wrote:We hit the bar at Acadia last night for dinner.

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  • Post #63 - May 10th, 2019, 3:57 pm
    Post #63 - May 10th, 2019, 3:57 pm Post #63 - May 10th, 2019, 3:57 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:These were cocktails with dinner at the bar, where it's reasonable to assume that prices and average tickets are not as high as they are in the dining room.

    Average tickets, certainly, assuming you're not getting the full tasting menu. But is it customary for restaurants to charge different prices for the same drinks (cocktails, wine, etc) at the bar vs in the dining room? I wouldn't expect the prices to be any different, but I honestly don't know what the prevalent practice in the industry is (or whether it's any different for fine dining restaurants vs the more affordable places). What's typically done?
  • Post #64 - May 11th, 2019, 8:13 am
    Post #64 - May 11th, 2019, 8:13 am Post #64 - May 11th, 2019, 8:13 am
    Or perhaps the cocktail-bar-attached-or-adjacent-to-a-Michelin-star-restaurant is officially a thing. Kumiko's drinks are between $18-28; Aviary is roughly $20-31. I agree that there's still a bit of sticker shock seeing a $20+ cocktail, but the precedent is there.
  • Post #65 - May 11th, 2019, 10:29 am
    Post #65 - May 11th, 2019, 10:29 am Post #65 - May 11th, 2019, 10:29 am
    Went on an impromptu west loop bar crawl early Friday night and here are some data points.

    Moneygun - 11.75 for all their cocktails. I love this place and would consider it a hidden gem.

    Kumiko - 16 to 21 and worth every penny for the quality of service

    Lone wolf - 14 to 16. The place is what it is but the drinks were good

    Cocktail prices are like beers at entertainment venues. Sticker shock and annoyance at first. But I'm a sucker and still not high enough for me to abstain
  • Post #66 - January 29th, 2020, 1:55 pm
    Post #66 - January 29th, 2020, 1:55 pm Post #66 - January 29th, 2020, 1:55 pm
    Going on 5 years since Darren72 noted service issues and the restaurant switched to Tock (and back out again?). Any recent dining room (not bar) experiences here?
    Gypsy Boy

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  • Post #67 - April 5th, 2020, 7:31 am
    Post #67 - April 5th, 2020, 7:31 am Post #67 - April 5th, 2020, 7:31 am
    Enjoyed a luxurious stay-at-home dinner thanks to curbside pickup from Acadia. We ordered the lobster wedge salad, lobster pot pie, a Malaysian lime martini cocktail kit, and banana cake. The cocktail kit gave my martini-loving husband an opportunity to try a new style and upgrade our home bar. It included a bottle of Russell Henry Malaysian Lime Gin, Ferdinand's Saar Dry Vermouth, Lemon & Lime Dashfire bitters, and a dozen black limes for grating. The salad came with a sunny-side up egg that was a tad undercooked so perfect once briefly reheated, in addition to iceberg, bacon, guacamole, blue cheese, and a side of ranch. The pot pie was deconstructed, with two broken-down, butter-poached lobsters, mashed potatoes, roasted fingerlings, pearl onions, baby carrots, lobster bisque, and a puff pastry crown. We paired this with a 2009 Bouchard Père & Fils Puligny-Montrachet we purchased pre-shelter-in-place from The Wine Cellar, a gem of a wine store in Palatine. For those desiring fine-dining at home during the COVID-19 crisis, I highly recommend Acadia
  • Post #68 - April 13th, 2020, 12:42 pm
    Post #68 - April 13th, 2020, 12:42 pm Post #68 - April 13th, 2020, 12:42 pm
    We did their meal last week.

    Lobster roll - delicious.

    Noodles - also delicious.

    Fries - deep into “why bother” territory. Pasty white and limp with no crispness at all. I known it’s hard, but after our five minute drive home they were stone cold. Right in the trash.

    Timing - we arrived spot on our 6:15 time. Got in a huge line of cars. Our order emerged at 6:45. Clearly they can’t keep up so maybe cut orders off??
  • Post #69 - May 13th, 2020, 6:19 pm
    Post #69 - May 13th, 2020, 6:19 pm Post #69 - May 13th, 2020, 6:19 pm
    We tried Acadia for the first time last week; unfortunately it was pretty disappointing, and it seems like their transition from dine-in to take-out has been tough. They forgot to pack part of our order (one of our two entrees, which they comped when we called to mention it) and the dishes we got were fine, but pretty unmemorable.

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    John
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  • Post #70 - July 22nd, 2020, 5:46 pm
    Post #70 - July 22nd, 2020, 5:46 pm Post #70 - July 22nd, 2020, 5:46 pm
    Accusations regarding chef/owner Ryan McCaskey
  • Post #71 - July 22nd, 2020, 9:34 pm
    Post #71 - July 22nd, 2020, 9:34 pm Post #71 - July 22nd, 2020, 9:34 pm
    js03618 wrote:Accusations regarding chef/owner Ryan McCaskey


    Hmmm. The website says that they’re closed today and tomorrow due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
  • Post #72 - August 7th, 2020, 4:55 pm
    Post #72 - August 7th, 2020, 4:55 pm Post #72 - August 7th, 2020, 4:55 pm
    email from Acadia wrote:Subject: An announcement from Acadia
    Date: Aug 7, 2020 5:45 PM


    Thank you Chicago. We’ll be back very soon, but for now, due to the pandemic’s impact, we have had to make the difficult decision to close Acadia for the next month. We are going to take the opportunity to regroup and concentrate on the future when the picture is hopefully clearer. We eagerly anticipate being able to open our patio and inside dining again and are excited to unveil Acadia as we move into the future!

    Acadia has had an amazing twenty-one week run through the pandemic and we are proud that we have been able to serve our community during these uncertain times by cooking for hospitals, the police force, the national guard, and also providing free markets for the less fortunate. We look forward to the next phase for Acadia. We have adapted to a number of adversities over the years and we look forward to returning better and stronger.

    Thank you,
    Acadia Management Team
  • Post #73 - September 16th, 2020, 5:11 pm
    Post #73 - September 16th, 2020, 5:11 pm Post #73 - September 16th, 2020, 5:11 pm
    The chef and owner of Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant Acadia was ordered this week not to contact a former employee who alleges that the chef created a website, multiple email addresses and fake online reviews to “harass and stalk” him, court documents show.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
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  • Post #74 - November 21st, 2020, 3:06 pm
    Post #74 - November 21st, 2020, 3:06 pm Post #74 - November 21st, 2020, 3:06 pm
    Acadia chef Ryan McCaskey sues former employee and lawyer who alleged cyber harassment.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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