A week ago I was all the way out by Canalport (it does seem so far away from the West loop). There isn’t much to do there (at least at first glance). A few bars here and there, but otherwise, nothing much.
There is, however, Nightwood.
The place has good eats, and would make a good date night, but I’m still debating whether it’s worth coming all the way out there for it.
Nightwood has this je ne sais pas home-y quality about it that almost feels like someone’s basement that’s been converted into a temporary dining spot.
I liked the feel of it. Although, it’s rather dimly lit, so food picture quality might be lower.
They also had sweetbreads on the menu. The chicken-fried sweetbread was pretty tasty.
I want to say the sweetbreads were on the slightly too cooked side, but just barely. Otherwise, it was this nicely balanced dish with a bright sour flavor coming from the beans which mellowed out nicely with the sweetbreads.
Garlic braised oyster mushrooms.
These were really quite good, but then again, I really like mushrooms. I like how they’re vegetarian but have substance. This dish was a blend of savory from the mushrooms and then sweet from pumpkin seed brittle(?) it was topped with. Although, the topping tasted more like carrots to me.