If you're familiar with Bar Pastoral, their other cheese-centric restaurant in Lakeview, Appellation is WAY larger than that location, and they boast a full kitchen helmed by chef Jesse Williams (Birchwood Kitchen). I stopped in with a friend for dinner on a Friday evening to find Appellation packed. The large bar, main dining room, and front dining room were buzzing with couples, families, and groups of friends.
To start, we enjoyed some cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as these caramelized onion, thyme, and Hittisau (raw cow) gougeres (aka cheese puffs). The menu is ideal for sharing and includes a selection of snacks, cheese and charcuterie plates, appetizers, main courses, and desserts. The menu is much more extensive than Bar Pastoral's, and reflects the larger kitchen at Appellation.
|Sparkling Wine and Gougeres|
|Cheese and Charcuterie Plates|
|House Pickled Vegetables|
|Apple, Sweet Potato & Onion Tarte Tatin|
|Seared Cauliflower with Grated Podda Classico and Bagna Cauda|
|Chickpea Pancake with Roasted Fennel, Crispy Salami, Bianco Sardo, and Honey|
|Chicken Thighs with Mustard-Vinegar Sauce, Cornichons, Cippolini Onions and Raclette Mashed Potatoes|
|Grilled Leg of Lamb with Savory Yogurt, Delicata Squash and Seared Brussels Sprouts|
|Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Pistachios, Poached Apricots and Honeycomb Brittle|
Note: my meal at Appellation was complimentary; however, all opinions are my own.
5212 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640