I have to admit it, one of my favorite dining rooms in Chicago is the Atwood Café at 1 W. Washington. It is located at the corner of Washington and State Street.
The venue is so appealing, that it’s like walking into the pages of Architectural Digest. I always admire the cozy fireplace, drapes, artwork and furniture. My favorite image is the fresco!
When I get to the restaurant, everything is always perfect. I adore the contrast of the colors in the dining room. The lavish Art Deco motif in the Dining Room is highlighted by a beautiful rasberry color on the soaring pillars of the Atwood Cafe. I wonder why I still haven’t used that gorgeous color on the walls in my house?
The cuisine at the Atwood Cafe owes its success to Executive Chef Derek Simcik. He is a world traveler who has lived in Tunisia, Japan and Germany. He graduated from the Art Institute of Washington and trained at Der Haussen in Vienna. He worked as a “Sous Chef and Pastry Chef at Washington DC’s noted dining hotspots Café Milano and The Grille at Morrison House.” His innovative farm-to-table menu at the Atwood Cafe is a reflection of his worldly experiences.
Executive Chef Derek Simcik prepared an outstanding $44 three-course Dinner Menu for Chicago Restaurant Week 2012 because he basically lets you pick whatever you want from the regular menu. I love this concept. Chef Simcik is dedicated to supporting local farmers and using organic and sustainable ingredients.
I haven’t seen this “whatever you want” option at the other resturants this year (although there are over 200 participating restaurants and I haven’t seen all the menus).
Follow this link to see your Atwood Cafe Restaurant Week Menu Options: http://www.atwoodcafe.com//files/menu/menu_45.pdf
Nice job Chef!!!
For more information visit: www.atwoodcafe.com; call (312-368-1900) for reservations.
Send my regards to the friendly, courteous staff at the Hotel Burnham. You will love staying at this elegant and historic Kimpton Hotel Property in the Chicago Loop!
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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