I was invited to stop by for dinner on a Thursday evening with my friend Lauren. The layout of Trellis is still the same as Gaslight, one long narrow row of tables and a bar, and a separate seating area towards the back. The restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holidays and it was so warm and cozy on the frigid night we were there.
We started the night by sampling two cocktails our server recommended. The Winter Wonder had gin, mastiha, which is a Greek liquor, lemon, rosemary, egg white and prosecco. It was extremely refreshing from the lemon and prosecco, as well as the mastiha (which we may or may not have taken a shot of with the GM). Gentleman of Leisure was the second cocktail which featured bourbon, apricot, sherry and Chinese bitters. I really enjoyed the Winter Wonder and Lauren enjoyed the Gentleman of Leisure, so that worked out well!
|Winter Wonder & Gentleman of Leisure|
Our server also told us about the "wine bong" they have which apparently is quite popular. We didn't try it but we were told they would be making an appearance at the New Year's Eve celebration at Trellis!
|The wine "bong"|
After sipping on some cocktails (and wine) we ordered the charcuterie board with our choice of meats and cheeses. We tried three cheeses and two meats, some we liked better than others. I thought the cheese portions were a bit small for the price, but the salumi we had was a nice portion.
|Cheese & Charcuterie: Iberico Ham, Gin & Juice Smoking Goose Lamb Salame, April Showers & Van Sormon Cheeses|
|Venison Meatballs & Wild Mushrooms with Homemade Tagliatelle|
|Scallops with Pancetta, Creamy Grits & Sherry Brown Butter|
One of my favorite dishes of the evening was the taleggio arancini. These fried balls of heaven sat atop a butternut squash puree with sage walnut oil. They were cheesy and gooey and amazing with the hearty butternut squash. YUM.
|Fig Jam & Bacon Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Mindoro Blue Cheese|
Another small plate recommendation was to try the pork osso bucco. This was a slow-cooked pork atop a pistachio gremolata. The pork parted from the bone with the simplest poke of a fork. Talk about tender. The only problem I had with this was the meat's lack of flavor. It needed a little more oomph!
|Pork Osso Bucco with Pistachio Gremolata|
|Apple Walnut Crostada with Thyme & Black Pepper Whip Cream|
Check out Trellis when you're in the mood for great wine and cocktails and seasonal eats, all in an inviting atmosphere.
Note: My meal at Trellis was complimentary, however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.
2426 N Racine
Chicago, IL 60614