Hours: Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday
A new Lettuce Entertain You restaurant with a lineup of guest chefs in the former L2O space.
This new Lettuce Entertain You concept is rotating in a new notable chef and new menu every three months or so, even if the space itself—formerly home to L2O—doesn't change much. The first guest chef, former Top Cheftestant C.J. Jacobson, brought along plenty of California product, and this is the way the meal is presented at the table: a west-coast chef bringing some desperately needed sunshine to the frozen midwestern wastes—with a bit of help from midwestern farms. This first incarnation of Intro is a full prix fixe experience complete with amuse-bouches (savory sorrel meringues set on a woodland tableau), mignardises (crunchy dark chocolate and salted caramel sticks), and three choices of beverage pairings (two wine and one nonalcoholic juice option) ably matched to each individual course (a late-harvest malbec from Argentina all but redeemed an otherwise confusing chocolate dessert course). But in no way is Intro a ponderous, stomach-bloating ordeal in the way many extravagant-tasting menus can be. Jacobson's clearly a talent we're better off knowing in his short time here (to say nothing of Intro's regular cooks, who'll benefit from his experience, and that of the chefs to come). If LEYE can consistently attract this level of talent and creativity, Intro can be every bit as important as L2O once was.
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