Saturday, May 14, 2011

Longman and Eagle

Last night, we finally dipped into our a la cards. This is our third year in a row to buy a deck, which we find easily pays for itself.  The deck of cards contains $10 coupons for 52 restaurants around the Chicagoland area. Each year, we try to prioritize the ones we want to hit, and our target is always around 20 or so, but we are lucky if we make it to half of them. Last year was a little difficult with the wedding planning and all our traveling, but now that we live together in the city, I am hopeful that we will come close to hitting our target. 

We like going out for dinner on weeknights because the crowds are a little thinner, and sometimes, we're just too tired to prepare dinner after work. With this in mind, I suggested Longman & Eagle, which has been known to have 2+ hour waits. Longman & Eagle is located in the heart of Logan Square. They have an outdoor dining area and a back patio just for those ordering from the bar. It was quite humid out, so we opted for the first available table hoping to be seated soon given all the unoccupied two-tops. 

A enjoyed a Half Acre Daisy Cutter at the bar while we waited to be seated and later a Three Floyds Robert the Bruce. 

The menu is broken up into appetizers, small plates, sandwiches, and entrees. The small plates were calling my name. After placing our order, we received an amuse bouche of a crostini with olive tapenade.

Pretzel, Welsh Rarebit

Roasted Marrow Bones, Red Onion Jam, Sea Salt, Sourdough Crostinis - Aaron's favorite: salty and rich 

Slagel Family Farm Pork Belly Confit, Sunchoke Veloute, Pickled Ramps, Redwood Clover, Fiddlehead Ferns, Ale Foam - this was a spring party in my mouth!

Pastrami Cured Sweetbreads, Gruyere, Pumpernickel, Saurkraut, Thousand Island Dressing - tasted like a deconstructed pastrami sandwich, but so much better

Tete du Cochon, Sunny Side Up Duck Egg, Pickled Shallot, Parsley Salad, 5 Spice Mustard Sauce - another rich dish, perfectly complimented with the duck egg on top and delicious mustard sauce

Terrine of Madagascan Chocolate, Espresso Cream, Salted Peanut Custard, Translucent Caramel Glacage, Baton of Genois, Honey Foam, Coffee Jelly - the newest dessert item on the menu and sooooo good. As an avid baker, I'm pretty picky about the desserts I order and will never order something that I could easily make at home. This dessert was no exception. The terrine was a wonderful combination of different textures and flavors. The server said that some other dinners complained that there was too much going on, but I didn't find that to be true at all. I loved it. 

When our bill arrived, we were given salted mango bites.

We really enjoyed our dinner at Longman & Eagle and certainly concur that they deserve their Michelin Star. We look forward to returning in the near future.

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