It’s now been a little less than two weeks that I’ve been in Chicago. That’s crazy! Honestly, last week we barely had time to do anything except for go to work, cook a basic dinner, and pass out every night. So last Friday, we were finally able to have some time for ourselves and go on a date night.
The only thing that put a bit of a damper on the night was the fact that I was supposed to drop my car off at the shop and apparently since I drive a manual car, I can only go to specialty transmission shops for anything clutch related. Of course, we get to the place and it’s closed. So our hour long detour caused us to be a bit late to dinner and I was starving by the time we got to Farmhouse. The ambiance of Farmhouse is beautiful with all rustic, reclaimed wood and an antique beer fridge at the bar. They even had an “Animal House” mural on the outside patio. Next to us on the patio fence, their flowers were actually herbs and wild flowers.
We sat at the bar and grabbed a couple cocktails before we were seated. I picked a spin off on a Negroni that featured pineapple-infused rum and Andy had a New Cuban. I actually love the Negroni because I find them a bit overpowering a lot of times, and this one was a bit smoother and sweeter.
When we were seated, they put us on their outdoor patio which was perfect for the cool, breezy summer evening except for the fact that our menus kept trying to fly away. Since we were already starving we decided to start with an appetizer. All though it was a close call between the beer bread, we decided to go with the cheese curds (You should have guessed). Like a lot of restaurants in this niche of “upscale casual, farm-to-table” dining, they made their own ketchup and another dipping sauce that we couldn’t quite put our guess what it was. We’d best describe it as a spicy ranch or mayo. Even though, I couldn’t figure out what it truly was, it was perfect with the cheese curds and we found ourselves polishing off that sauce entirely.
Up until this point, I was pretty pleased with Farmhouse. However it took an extremely long time to get our entrees and a second round of drinks. I was also not so pleased that their only glass of chardonnay was $19 per glass! I went with a glass of rose instead.
For our entrees I chose the elk and Andy went with the pork chop. I’ve never had elk before but it seemed pretty similar to most venison that I’ve had before. They cooked it perfectly medium-rare and it was very tender and juicy. They advertised their entrees without any sides and you could choose your sides a la carte or for the table. I picked to have asparagus with my meal and Andy chose the smashed potatoes. So I was a bit surprised when my meal came with potatoes already and Andy had asparagus with his entree! We had enough food for days.
The pork chop was cooked very well and had a nice marbling to the meat. The dried strawberries and the balsamic glaze on top was a great idea however the different textures didn’t mesh well together. The side of asparagus was a bit under cooked and covered in melted cheese. I ended up only taking a couple bites and then packing it up to go.
After we were sufficiently full with our meals, we made the predictable decision to keep going and order dessert. They had a peanut butter ice box pie that was calling my name. Overall, it was really rich and tasty. The filling was a bit on the salty side but it’ll hit the spot if you are a big fan of the salty-sweet combo.
Overall my final impression of Farmhouse is that I would probably come back for drinks and appetizers however considering the time it took us for our food (and for other diners around us) and the price, it wasn’t worth it for dinner. We’re off to go visit more places in the area.
Farmhouse. 703 Church Street, Evanston, Il, 847.492.9700.
Any suggestions that where we should go eat? Have you ever eaten Elk?