Hasta la vista, hoity-toity.
There's a brand-new restaurant in super-luxe Highland Park Village and they're serving up potato chips, onion dip, and corn dogs. Sure, the fried on-a-stick treats are filled with shrimp, but everything from the menu to the dining room itself at Village Kitchen is more approachable and playful than Marquee Grill before it.
You can thank Chef Andre Natera, who's serving elevated but not elitist cuisine for date night that ends at the movie theater next door.
Start with a flatbread topped with Pecan Lodge smoked brisket, barbecue sauce, onions, pickles, cheese, and spicy peppers. It's the best way to get your hands on that famous BBQ without having to wait the requisite hour in line.
Many of the servers will tell you that the Filet O' Fish sandwich is the greatest thing on the menu, but we prefer the lobster roll that's loaded with claw meat and a fresh tarragon aioli. Ask the chef himself, though, and he's happiest with the simple roasted chicken and quinoa pilaf.
But it's the daily specials that have us most excited, whether it's Chicken and Waffle Thursdays, Lobster Thermidor Fridays, or Smoked Chicken Enchilada Sundays.
As for "My Pet Pig, Rosie" Wednesdays, well, you'll just have to trust us on that one.
Photo Credi: Steve Klekamp
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Best bets: Pecan Lodge flatbread; lobster roll; crispy brussels sprouts; just-shucked oysters
Nearby: Mi Cocina; Bistro 33; Highland Park Village Theater