|Hello my pretties|
|Get in my belly|
I stopped by on a busy Saturday night with three girlfriends, Adrianne, Lauren and Sarah, to enjoy some wine, gossip, and fabulous food. The restaurant itself is huge! Upon entering you immediately feel like you're nowhere near snowy, below-zero Chicago. The whole place makes you feel like you're dining in a house on the beach and the entire ceiling in the main dining room is retractable, which will be quite useful in a few short months.
We were seated and immediately ordered a few appetizers after looking over the menu and the specials. First, we tried the burrata which arrived on top of a bed of tomato jam and arugula and was served with homemade bread. The jam had a subtle kick and the bread was perfectly crusty.
|Specials of the night|
|Burrata: tomato jam, arugula|
|Spicy Calamari: tempura batter, spicy mayo, chives, lime|
|Pan-seared Rainbow Trout: walnuts, brown butter, lemon, sage, potato and st. nectaire cheese|
|Roasted 1/2 Chicken: potato-polenta mash, root vegetables|
|Bucatini with Forest Mushrooms: truffle, chicken brown butter brodo|
|Tempting dessert menu|
|Trifecta Fudge Cake: peanut butter fudge, hot fudge, salted bittersweet chocolate|
|Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie with Peanut Butter Curry Ice Cream|
|Lemon & Meringue: meyer lemon curd, almond meringue, brown butter graham crumbs, candied grapefruit, caramelized orange sorbet|
Overall, my experience at Summer House was a very pleasant one. I'm giving Summer House 4.5 ghosts out of 5 for their attentive staff, perfectly prepared dishes, warm and beachy atmosphere, and their fantastic baked goods! The only complaint I have is that it's difficult to hear others at your table because of the noise. However, I'd expect the acoustics to improve once that retractable ceiling opens up!
Summer House Santa Monica
1954 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614