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Zealous Restaurant Chicago

   
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Zealous Restaurant

Location:

419 W Superior, Chicago, Il

Website: http://www.zealousrestaurant.com/
Tel: 312-475-9112
   
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Review: 19.5/20

 

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Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
November 21, 2009 -

Atmosphere is trendy cosmopolitan, high ceilings, soft indirect lighting, exposed wood beam ceiling and brick walls adorned with stylish decor all accented by soft uplifting music creates a wonderfully comfortable, delightful atmosphere.  
Atmosphere - 5/5

Food - Menu is contemporary American fare offering imaginative and creative selections - beef, duck, venison, scallops, seabass, vegetarian selections that a carnivore could love. Portions are appropriate. Presentations are creative, picturesque, colorful and imaginative. The food was spectacular! The scallops were the best ever anywhere - prepared perfectly and served with a bacon lentil accent that infused a tasteful essence. The beef tenderloin was prepared perfectly and served with a medley of tasty vegetables that were also prepared perfectly, accented by a succulent puree sauce accent. Duck was also crafted with a delicious vegetable medley and accent sauce. Each serving selection was a symphony of nicely integrated complementary flavors each worthy of a headline solo performance. The fruit sorbet combination in a mint sauce was imaginative and incredible.  
Food - 5/5

Wine - The Winelist is a Wine Spectator  Best of Award of Excellence winner. A well rounded sound selection from all the major regions with well thought out fundamental choices. The broad selection is not deep but represents quality producers from first growths to lesser known and artisan producers. The list features all safe choices that will sataisfy the oenophile and well serve the less knowledgeable. There is a nice selection of half bottles and large format bottles.  The list features 750 selections that touch on all essential and major wines at various price ranges from top to bottom. There are Americans from California and the Northwest, French from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Italians, Germans, Australians, Spanish wines and South Americans. The selection is imaginative and well done. (We were even steered from our first choice to an alternate selection that was $25 cheaper!). The spectacular wine cellar is glass enclosed adjacent the dining room with 18 foot high racks with a rolling ladder.  
Wine - 4.75/5

Service was friendly, attentive, professional and efficient. We had a wonderful experience.
Service - 4.75/5

Overall - 19.5/20

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