Cold spring transitional dinner at hipster Nightwood

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.
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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.
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I liked the feel of it. Although, it’s rather dimly lit, so food picture quality might be lower.

Nightwood does that traditional restaurant bread thing.
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The bread is warm, which makes it seem as if it’s fresh out of the oven!

Crispy pig ears in butter and maple syrup are almost like candy.
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There’s supposedly habanero in it, but I didn’t really taste it.

They also had sweetbreads on the menu. The chicken-fried sweetbread was pretty tasty.
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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.

The cocktails aren’t bad either.
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Although, mine was a bit strong for my tastes.

Garlic braised oyster mushrooms.
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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.

Spit-roasted Michigan duck
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This duck was delightfully fatty, moist, and succulent. What else do I need to say?

And for dessert, a chocolate bombe with cherry mousse.
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Nice and light dessert.

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