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The Alcove, under Evanston's Davis St Metra Station

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    Post #1 - April 25th, 2022, 1:13 pm
    Post #1 - April 25th, 2022, 1:13 pm Post #1 - April 25th, 2022, 1:13 pm
    With the re-scheduling of the Small Household Food Exchange last night, Moetchandon and I decided to use a gift certificate we had for The Alcove (formerly Chef’s Station), in the bottom level of the Davis Street Metra Station.

    (Note: The Alcove is not to be confused with The Alcove, posted here)

    Two Starters:
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    Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, with malanga root chips, micro greens, avocado. The combo of raw tuna and avocado is a match, if not made in heaven, then at least made somewhere up there in the clouds.

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    Grilled Spanish Octopus, with radish, avocado, purple cauliflower, micro arugula greens, and sauce gribiche. (I didn’t know what that was, either, so I had to look it up.) So inspiring, I had to get frozen cooked baby octopus today at Valli International Fresh Market (Evanston).

    Two Entrées:
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    Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs, with parmesan baked mashed potatoes, peas, carrot, yuzu?, in a bordelaise sauce.
    It looked like the beef may have made a brief trip under a broiler before plating — one end was slightly on the chewy side, but that’s nitpicking. The rest was fork-tender, and as with the other dishes, the sauce worked perfectly.

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    Maple Leaf Duck Breast, with brussels sprouts, butternut squash, baby carrots, in an apricot Pinot Noir reduction. If I were to nitpick again (which, of course, I would never do), I’d say the brussels sprouts were a bit on the undercooked/crunchy side, but the rest worked well. The duck was superbly medium-rare, and the sauce complimented it well.

    Prices were reasonable for this level of dining, coming in at $166 for the two of us, including a bottle of Cotes du Rhone, before tip.

    I do miss some of the whimsy that Chef’s Station was originally noted for — they’re clearly going for a more contemporary/formal look, but it’s carried off without being overly stuffy. And the chef has an interesting back story.

    The location is walking distance for us, but the place could be worth a drive from the north side of Chicago or the northern ‘burbs, for those who aren’t afraid of street parking. (There a large city parking garage about a block north, though.)
  • Post #2 - April 25th, 2022, 7:41 pm
    Post #2 - April 25th, 2022, 7:41 pm Post #2 - April 25th, 2022, 7:41 pm
    Note: While my company's web filtering still won't let the images show embedded on the page, all I have to do is right-click and say "View image in new tab" and everything's visible.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
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  • Post #3 - April 25th, 2022, 7:53 pm
    Post #3 - April 25th, 2022, 7:53 pm Post #3 - April 25th, 2022, 7:53 pm
    JoelF wrote:Note: While my company's web filtering still won't let the images show embedded on the page, all I have to do is right-click and say "View image in new tab" and everything's visible.

    And lovely images they are. Tom's nitpicks considered, it still looks like a very nice, seasonal Spring meal. Thanks for posting, Tom. :)

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #4 - May 2nd, 2022, 9:48 pm
    Post #4 - May 2nd, 2022, 9:48 pm Post #4 - May 2nd, 2022, 9:48 pm
    If you still cannot view the images being referred into here,
    here they are: I use semi-anonymous image hosts with decidedly different URLs, but OPs file host seems set on not displaying on most persons browser(s). :(
    Valuable links for survival, without the monetization attempt: https://pqrs-ltd.xyz/bookmark4.html

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