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Brussels Sprouts and Osteria Via Stato

Let me paint a picture. A big bowl of seafood and a side of Brussels sprouts. That’s it. Picture complete. If that’s not your thing, Osteria via Stato has many other offerings. My friend loved the All-Natural Parmesan Crusted Chicken, for example.

Seafood Stew

Seafood Stew

Osteria via Stato, a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, is downtown Chicago. Though usually busy, the restaurant has a quiet atmosphere, ideal for conversation (a date perhaps?).

The food sets this place apart. They serve roasted garlic in their olive oil as dipping sauce for the homemade bread. It hooked me from the moment I sat down! Yes, I ate more bread than I should have. As I assume you gathered, I had the Seafood Stew with a side of Brussels Sprouts. As a seafood fanatic, I devoured, well, all of it, while also enjoying my sprouts. My friend also enjoyed the Faroe Islands Salmon.

Another note about Osteria Via Stato: they source in-season produce. Brussels sprouts are one of the current picks. A salad, entree and shared dessert costs about $30, not including drinks.

Hand-spun gelato for dessert

Hand-spun gelato for dessert

In other words, I highly recommend Osteria via Stato. I promise it’s not because they have Brussels sprouts, although that always helps.

http://www.osteriaviastato.com/

Osteria Via Stato

620 North State Street

Chicago, IL 60610

Hub 51 is a Hub of Activity

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Hub 51 peaked my interest during ChicagoNow’s restaurant week, January 24 to February 6. Creators R.J. and Jerrod Melman created a menu with “food we like to eat,” including classics like burgers and tacos, then added a creative twist with sushi, salads and steak.

Weekday and weekend alike, Hub 51 brims with activity. The restaurant has a large bar area, but reserving a table in the dining room is wise. When looking for a high-energy spot to grab a couple drinks and a bite, head just one block west of State Street in Chicago.

We enjoyed the Asian Chicken Chopped Salad, Dry-Rubbed Ribs and, surprisingly, the Loaded Baked Potato Debris. I overcame my potato animosity and tried the last dish, and to my surprise, Hub 51 pulled it off. A relatively cheap option for the location, Hub 51 is perfect for friends or coworkers to engage in a bustling environment.

Another option is to visit Sub 51, the nightclub downstairs.

Hub 51 is a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, as you may have pieced together with the Melman family name. LEYE is a national restaurant group with a frequent dining program, so sign up to accumulate points!

http://www.hub51chicago.com/

Hub 51

51 W Hubbard

Chicago, IL 60654