I have noticed that, as our culinary skills improve, eating out can be a little disappointing. Especially when you get a nice fat bill and you could have prepared something better at home. So, as foodies with a limited diet, it is very exciting to discover really good Paleo-friendly restaurants here in Chicago. I am going to start a running list of the places we like, but, for now, I’d like to focus on Grass Fed in Bucktown. Grass Fed serves 100% pasture raised, grass fed beef from Wisconsin. The interior of the restaurant has a clean, upscale, slightly rustic farmhouse feel to it. The dinner menu has some good Paleo choices, and the chef will make substitutions depending on dish. Rene ordered the Grilled Grass Fed NY Strip Steak with spring onion, peas, trumpet royal mushrooms and chimichurri. She substituted the brown-butter gnocchi, as tempting as it was, for extra veg. It was a great combo for $23. I went with the Roasted Half Chicken that was comfortably napping on a bed of beer braised bratwurst, broccoli rabe, spring onions, whole grain mustard. Well crap, I didn’t notice the “beer braised” part of the order last night, but it was really delicious, only $20 and just a slight Paleo cheat.
Grass Fed is known for their handcrafted, house infused cocktails. I tried the Smoldering Rose – Jalapeno Infused Tequila, House-made Blood Orange Simple, Lime Juice. They serve the drink in an unassuming little soda bottle with a cube-filled glass on the side. The pink color looks like it would play nice, but it packs a spicy punch to the face that kept me coming back for more. Little details set their bar apart from others in the area and give me respect for the mixologist that takes the time to make a really good drink.
It was nice to get away from our kitchen and the nightly mountain of dishes. I’m glad Rene found Grass Fed and we will be adding it to the list!