Erie and Lasalle

Last night I attended the Friends and Family dinner at Tavernita. I was blown away by the decor, food and cocktails.

I may be a bit biased, since I’ve been close to this project from the start- but that also means I know exactly what to order and which dishes are Chef Ryan Poli’s favorites.

Here’s what you should try:

CRUDO BAR-

I loved the fluke with artichokes, tomatoes and pine nuts. Also try the oysters of the day.

EN PAN-

Escalivada- it’s like bruschetta but with marinated and grilled veggies. It’s topped with the best goat cheese you’ve ever tasted.

Pan Con Tomate-

Similar to the escalivada, but with a sweet tomato taste and burrata cheese.

Coco de Pato-

Flatbread with duck. I haven’t tried it since I don’t eat duck- but from the beginning Chef and the tasters have loved it.

PLATOS-

Croquetas- think of a jalapeno popper but with ham. Another dish I haven’t tried this variety of (meat), but I’ve had a potato version and it’s amazing.

Brussels Sprouts-They don’t taste like the disgusting veggie you remember…I promise.

Patatas- These have been my favorite for a while, and I tasted many varieties in Spain. Chef’s are topped with an egg and can be served with or without the chorizo.

Corn Pudding- OMG. This is 100 percent my favorite dish. It tastes like cornbread pudding. I can’t even do it justice.

Scallops- When I first tried this dish, I was a bit hesitant because I’d never had scallops with grapes. But over the past few months Chef has perfected the sauce- we literally fought over who finished the dish.

Greg’s Meatballs- Greg is the sous chef and I know that the guys spent weeks fine tuning their meatball recipe until everyone was happy. The guys I talked to last night all loved this dish.

COCKTAILS:

My favorite was The Turista- which is tequila based and has a bite to it…and almost a ginger undertone.

Pictured- Patatas awesomeness

2 Comments

  1. Jenny says:

    I went to Tavernita last night after I read this post and it was one of the best dining experiences that I have ever had in Chicago. My client and I ordered most of the menu and not one thing was just okay. EVERYTHING was absolutely amazing. Chef Poli , whom I have been a fan of since Butter, really hit a homerun and I cannot wait to go back….maybe even tonight.

    Oh, and I also had a Kelli Zink sighting which was super cool too 🙂

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