Friday, August 1, 2014

Gone Fishing

A coastal escape docks in River North

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The best part of fishing? The drinking.

The worst part of fishing? The fishing.
 
Streamline your next fishing excursion at Kinmont, a posh fishing lodge/cocktail den from the same guys who created local stunners Nellcote and Old Town Social.

This ain't Uncle Denny's fishing shack. Nah, this is where you bring the preacher's daughter.

Prepare for a chic domain of gold chandeliers, copper mirrors and royal blue booths — not to mention oriental rugs hanging from exposed ceiling rafters. You know, like any good lodge.

Check out the chalkboard wall for the catch of the day, plus east and west coast oyster selections. Then reel in your payoff: smoked fish dip with sour crudites to start, followed by a seafood feast complete with whole Maine lobster and steamed littleneck clams, or squid ink spaghetti with red chili and mint.
 
End the evening telling tales from the sea in the adjacent bar with the classic Jack Rose (Laird’s bonded applejack, lime juice and grenadine) slid across the copper bartop to be clinked against glasses of champagne. Or perhaps it’s the Elevation, a salty combination of Encanto Pisco, lemon and Luxardo maraschino, paired with the daily oyster selection.
 
If this is fishing, we're already in the boat.

Kinmont kinmontrestaurant.com
419 W. Superior St. (between N. Sedgwick and N. Hudson Ave.), River North
(312) 915-0011
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Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Brown Line to Chicago
Scene: The trendy type who appreciate a good meal with more than a few cocktails
Best bets: Skuna Bay salmon tartare; pan-roasted mussels; grilled sturgeon
Nearby: Scoozi; Nacional 27; Citizens Bar

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