mk (Restaurant, River North)
Location: 868 N. Franklin
Phone: (312) 482-9179
Cuisine: Modern American
This classic Chicago restaurant is good for the fancier occasions. In the large open dining room you will see men in suits and nicely dressed women. With chef and owner Michael Kornick at the helm this place lives up to the hype, but be prepared to spend some dough.
The menu is available a la carte or you can opt for the $55 four dish tasting menu. All dishes are updated seasonally. I had a hard time deciding what I wanted because there were so many great sounding options on the menu! The scallop appetizer was wonderful, and the fries with truffle aioli (similar to those served at Kornick’s DMK Burger Bar) are impossible to stop eating. The wine list is extensive, so come with someone who knows wine, or is really good at pretending. They also have a nice cocktail list — this is not a place for the beer drinker, even in its current popularity.
The dessert menu had some wonderful, whimsical options including “Cake & Shake” and “Two Bananas Walk Into A Bar.” Definitely not your average end to a meal and well worth saving room for.
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