The Point

Hours: Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday-Saturday
Saturday & Sunday brunch
Closed Monday
Open late: Saturday till 3; Sunday, Tuesday-Friday till 2

Price: $

"Contemporary speakeasy" featuring cocktails and small plates.

Restaurant Details

Located in a flatiron building at the intersection of Milwaukee and Desplaines, the Point boasts an excellent view of the stark intersection—and when the door opens, an occasional whiff of chocolate from the Blommer factory across the street. It’s a desolate area, one of the last places I’d expect to see a bar, but people don’t seem to be having any trouble finding it. There’s a fairly good-sized food menu with whole and half portions of nearly everything, from salads to burgers to desserts. It goes well beyond basic bar fare—spring rolls, heirloom tomato salad, ratatouille, a lobster po’boy—and even the basics have upscale touches, like the truffled fries. The duck confit cake was so rich that I can’t imagine anyone conquering a whole portion, while short-rib nachos led us to conclude that all nachos should involve short ribs. We were intrigued by the “garlic hot bath” the bagna cauda artichokes were supposed to come in, but it turned out to be a broth that, while delicious, was impossible to soak up with the two measly toast points served with it (we were able to order more, but it took several tries to get enough). The drinks menu is just as impressive as the food one, offering a dozen beers on tap (both whole and half pours) and another 20-odd in bottles and cans, plus a dozen wines by the glass, the same number of cocktails, and a good selection of spirits, particularly whiskey and tequila.

Julia Thiel

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Located in a flatiron building at the intersection of Milwaukee and Desplaines, the Point boasts an excellent view of the stark intersection and an occasional whiff of chocolate from the Blommer factory across the street. It’s a desolate area, but people don’t seem to be having any trouble finding it. There’s a good-sized food menu that goes well beyond basic bar fare, with whole and half portions of everything from salads to burgers to desserts. The drinks menu is just as impressive, offering a dozen beers on tap (both whole and half pours) and another 20-odd in bottles and cans, plus a dozen wines by the glass, the same number of cocktails, and a good selection of spirits, particularly whiskey and tequila. —Julia Thiel

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