My colleague Amy Pales is jumping on the blog to tell about her dinner at the new eatery Gather in Lincoln Square. Take it away Amy...
One of my favorite activities during winter in Chicago is eating out. My husband and I usually spend the summer months outside as much as possible, so when the snow starts to fall, we head indoors and feast.
My husband and I were recently invited by the folks at Gather, a wine bar / American eatery in Lincoln Square, to enjoy their new space and a complimentary meal. I loved it so much that I decided to throw some words up on the Chicago Like a Local blog.
This cozy, modern establishment is quite lively and has an open kitchen where you can see food prep in action. Plus, like many restaurants in Chicago, Gather serves local, seasonal ingredients, which ensures better-tasting meals, supports small businesses and makes Mom Nature happy. They also offer family-style dining on Sundays that is perfect for, well, the whole family.
The menu varies from small, shareable plates to larger entrée portions, and I was quite happy when I saw the Gathering Board, a charcuterie / cheese plate with almonds, jam and more. I love, LOVE, cheese / charcuterie combos. In fact, many a time I have chosen - or not chosen - a restaurant based on whether they offer something like this. Gather's version did not disappoint, and I would have ordered another one if I weren't saving room for other items on the menu.
For entrees, my husband went with beef, and I went with chicken. Both were quite good, but the fried chicken was definitely my favorite. As for dessert, we had the apple fritter and actually ended up arguing over who got the last bite, so that should tell you all you need to know about that.
In a city, filled with literally thousands of restaurants, it's got to be quite daunting to try and make a name for yourself, and I think Gather is on a great path. The Yelpers of the world have embraced it with open arms, which is always a good sign.
I would say this place is better for small groups or an energetic night out than for those seeking a quiet, romantic dinner for two. However, I did see a couple of folks snuggled up to the bar that seemed pretty content and absolutely oblivious to the world around them.
So, the next time you are in Lincoln Square or are just looking for that new place you haven't tried yet, pay the folks at Gather a visit. They will be happy to see you and will make it worth the trip.
*Thanks to the folks at Gather for treating my husband to a great night and meal. You'll see the Pales duo again soon! -Amy
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