Hours: Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday
Bar open daily till 2
Tavern and restaurant from Rockit Ranch helmed by chef Kevin Hickey
The Duck Inn is easily the most likable, comfortable, douche-free restaurant ever from Rockit Ranch. That’s partly because impresario Billy Dec kept his hands off. And that’s also because it’s safely located miles away from the orgies of River North. The turf is also home to chef Kevin Hickey, who grew up in Bridgeport and has imbued the space with the spirit of a neighborhood corner tavern. There’s a supersized version of the Chicago dog he did during his days at Allium, this one stuffed with emulsified beef and duck meat. There are light, crispy cheese curds and a tamal stuffed with duck confit and foie gras. The soft french fries almost collapse under their chili-cheese blanket. Boned-out and chorizo-stuffed chicken thighs bathe in a piquillo pepper sauce and are draped with blue cheese fondue. The Duck Inn offers a short $55 tasting menu, but the real object of desire is the rotisserie duck. The breasts of the duck I had were phenomenal, their fatty skin seared and crackling. But the legs and thighs were dried, stringy, and desiccated. Things improved at dessert, where offerings included a mini baked Alaska with a frozen core of beet-and-blood-orange sorbet, a bourbon-drenched apple brown betty with cider granita and parsnip ice cream, and a dark, sticky toffee pudding with rum-spiked cream—all wintry finishes that would send anyone out the door equipped to survive the elements. Read the full review >>
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The Duck Inn is an inviting place to drink. The interesting cocktails include the Drunk a l'Orange, a light, Dreamsicle-like bubbler with bourbon and cream soda; the Anton Chigurh, a heavily bodied scotch and cherry liqueur potion with a savory note from the addition of saline solution; and the Don, a manhattan sub with bourbon and fortified wine rounded out with walnut liqueur and chocolate bitters. A wide-ranging wine list starting with a fruity, juicy Lebanese pinot noir at $38 tops out with a California Syrah for $195, which just might be the priciest wine ever sold in Bridgeport. There's also a selection of beers specifically chosen to drink with food, including Moody Tongue's Truffle Pilsner—which just might be the priciest beer ever sold in Bridgeport at $175.