Friday, November 21, 2014

Eye Candy

Art meets food in the West Loop

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They're both eyeing you: that girl at the bar, and that girl painted onto the wall next to the bar.
 
Check your inhibitions at the door at Fulton Market Kitchen, where local artists have turned a former nightclub into a visually-stunning restaurant complete with flesh-and-blood and decorative stunners alike.

Among the four rooms, the main dining room is the least avant-garde with a graffiti-style mural, exposed brick, and concrete walls. In the vibrant lounge, the aforementioned 10-foot-tall looker oversees the black bar and leather couches, while the rest is reserved for private dining.
 
Since art isn’t usually edible, leave it to the chef to create some masterpieces on the plates. His first work of art is the Goldfish for Two, a whole-fired red snapper for two with three sauces. The real showstopper is Two Tails — crisped pig tail, glazed lobster tail, melted leeks, artichokes, and burgundy sauce.
 
If the seafood display doesn’t do it, there’s more than one way to gather a crowd. The first is to keep it classy with Coming to Americano (Campari, Cocchi Americano Rosa, Jamaican rum, chocolate bitter).

The second is to show off with the Shriners Lodge boilermaker made with Stiegl Grapefruit Radler and Jeppson’s Malort.
 
We hope you’re ready for some face time.

Fulton Market Kitchen fultonmarketkitchen.com
311 N. Sangamon St. (at W. Wayman St.), West Loop
(312) 733-6900
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Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Green or Pink Line to Morgan-Lake
Scene: Scenestery, as in come here to see and be seen
Best bets: Lobster brioche; rye-crusted salmon; crispy hen ballotine
Nearby: La Sirena Clandestina; The Aviary; The Publican

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