|Tradition Gastro Pub & Kitchen|
I was surprised to find the space to be a lot larger than it appeared from the outside. The dining room features tall ceilings, exposed brick and huge wooden booths. They even feature art from local artists on the walls. Nice touch.
Tradition recently launched several new offerings including salads, sandwiches, burgers, and appetizers. However, we found the menu to be a little all over the place. For instance, you can walk in and order ceviche, a burger with candied bacon, a Philly cheesesteak, or Brussels sprouts. While variety is the spice of life, sometimes it's better to stick to what you're good at instead of trying to please every palate.
To start we tried the veggie spring rolls with mushrooms, carrots, onions, cucumber, asparagus, and zucchini, served with a sweet and spicy garlic sauce. The sauce was tasty but the rolls fell apart immediately. There also was no asparagus...not sure why. These are definitely something you could make at home.
|Veggie Spring Rolls|
|BBQ Chicken Flatbread|
|Pan Seared Tacos|
We also tried a side of roasted Brussels sprouts with almonds and Parmesan cheese. We asked to have them sans bacon but they arrived with a heaping portion of bacon on top so we waited for a new order. There was also some kind of dressing (balsamic?) that the sprouts were drenched in (this wasn't listed on the menu). We were hoping the Brussels would be crisp and crunchy but they were soggy from swimming in a pool of balsamic(?).
After sampling a random assortment of menu items, we each ordered an entree salad. My colleague tried the spinach salad with salmon. What arrived was a nice salad with a huge portion of salmon, but it definitely didn't match the description on the menu (potatoes, cherry tomatoes, avocado, capers). It did have chopped red onion and tomato, as well as hard boiled egg and a mustard vinaigrette. After ordering multiple food items that didn't match their menu descriptions, I wonder if the kitchen uses whatever is on hand, or if they just really need to update their menus!
|Salmon Spinach Salad|
My salad was grilled romaine with chopped tomato, cucumber, red onion, chicken and goat cheese with a citrus dressing. I requested the dressing on the side but alas, it arrived dripping in dressing. Although I was disappointed by this, I will say the salad was flavorful (albeit soggy from all that dressing).
|Grilled Romaine Salad|
So, we didn't have the most stellar experience at Tradition but I really went in with an open mind and full stomach. Our (I think simple) requests for dressing on the side and no bacon were not met. Several food items arrived either with ingredients missing or entirely different ingredients added. But the one redeeming factor was the BBQ chicken flatbread, which tells me maybe it's best to stick with traditional bar food at Tradition (had to).
Note: my meal at Tradition was complimentary; however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.
160 N. Franklin St.
Chicago, IL 60654