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The Bristol

View Map2152 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 862-5555
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Editorial Review of The Bristol

The Bristol is the type of restaurant hard to judge by appearances. The big bay windows (swung wide open in nice weather) show off a classy dining room with smart taste, and a crowd to match. Place it in the northern regions of Bucktown, and you start to get an idea of the place already fancy finger food, gourmet specialties, and an exotic cocktail bar with special ingredients galore.

That only gets The Bristol half-right. Amidst its finery, the west wall of the dining area is a massive chalkboard menu full of rotating appetizers and entrees based on the no-scrap-left-behind philosophy of the chef. If a fruit or vegetable is coming out of season, you might find something like the watermelon soup to capitalize on it. For the meat, animals are brought in whole and used in whole (anyone up for sweetbreads?). And chef Chris Pandel pulls it all off leftovers they may be, but they're served with the panache of anything you find on their paper menu.

On the regular menu, the $3 monkey bread is fun to order and to eat. The cheeky "ELT" puts a slice of tasty eel in the place of the traditional bacon. For a more traditional fish, the grilled salmon with garlic almond sauce and grapes costs $16 an excellent medley of flavors, but the serving is about half of what you might hope. The regular meat dishes range from $16-$18, including a grilled skirt steak with blue cheese ravioli. Wash it all down with one of their $9 cocktails the pomegranate and blueberry might sound a bit tart, but it packs a balanced punch. And if you've got room for dessert, the chocolate sabayon "Nutter Butters" are a delicious take on an old favorite.

But since the menu is constantly changing, you'll have to hope the demand keeps them up on the blackboard otherwise, trust the chef to replace it with something equally fun.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Dan Morgridge

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4-10 p.m. Sunday-Monday; 4-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday

Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

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