Monday, January 26, 2015

Belly Up

Like a side of bacon, but better at Bentley Tavern


If you thought a place where you could add bacon to any dish was cool, consider this place Miles Davis.
The place is one-time brothel Bentley Tavern. The food is pork belly. Which you can add to anything.

And we mean anything.
The casual Lakeview joint is built into a historic building that used to be a long-standing Italian restaurant after its days in the sex trade. Now it's a forest green tavern with a carved wood bar, sidewalk patio, and serious pork belly fetish.
In a subtle nod to the place's history, the wines are displayed just out of reach behind alluring French doors. Pair a winner with a sensual plate of baked chevre tomato fondue.

Save room for the signature entrée, the Bentley burger with pork belly and aged cheddar on a pretzel roll. If she's looking for (slightly) lighter fare, there's a duck breast with cheddar polenta (also piled high with pork belly).
And for brunch, guess what: pork belly benedict on corn cakes.
Brothels have never been known for their subtletly.

The Bentley Tavern
2834 N. Southport Ave. (at W. Wolfram St.), Lakeview
(773) 477-2283

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Brown Line to Diversey
Scene: The small restaurant saves just enough space to serve locals affordable yet elegant American fare
Best bets: Chicken drumettes with chili glaze; duck breast with cheddar polenta; Bentley's burger
Nearby: Monkey's Paw, Fritz Pastry, 404 Wine Bar

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