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    - February 10th, 2014, 7:43 am
    - February 10th, 2014, 7:43 am Post #1 - February 10th, 2014, 7:43 am
    Enjoyed an exceptional lunch at Cellar Door Provisions this past Saturday - their first weekend open at their new corner storefront at 3025 W Diversey. Cellar Door is another spot that started as underground dining but transitioned to bricks & mortar, and Chicago's the luckier for it.

    The tartine with house-made kefir, charred onion, and shaved carrots and radish was a thing of beauty (if slightly hard to eat), but it was the smoked beets with sprouted rye and shaved red onion I can't stop thinking about. I also had a lovely, earthy lamb-leg soup with Breslin beans and root vegetables. Stunning artisanal bread with house-made butter is well worth the $2. Tony makes the bread on-site and approaches baking with both brain and palate. He has a scientific understanding of yeast, resting, and rising methods, but his culinary verve results in a stunning crust with a nice chew, soft center, and just the right amount of air to give the slice some topography but still hold the butter.

    Communal tables make for a cheery vibe where you can't help but compare notes with table mates. An open kitchen - about the same the size of the dining area - gives a contagious pulse to the place. Cellar Door joins Fat Rice and Masa Azul along a three-block segment Diversey, making for a lively eats corridor.

    At the moment Cellar Door is open for breakfast and lunch only, Weds - Sat. They'll do one Sunday prix fixe dinner a month, with a vegetarian option available. They're still playing around with their hours, so it's probably worth checking ahead.

    3025 W Diversey Ave
    Chicago, IL 60647
    (773) 697-8337