Chicago Eats || Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoChicago is a city of great restaurants and great innovation.

We truly have a food scene to be envious of!

And every now and then a new spot quietly slides into the scene and has us Chicago foodies entranced, enchanted, and enthralled.

And when I think of the restaurants that have most enchanted me the most this summer, the very first place that comes to mind is Blue Door Kitchen & Garden.Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoLocated in the heart of the Gold Coast in a beautiful white & blue house nestled between the skyscrapers, you’ll find this culinary gem.Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoOpened in May by restaurateur Art Smith, Blue Door Kitchen is a fascinating juxtaposition of old and new.Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoAs evidenced by the shabby-chic decor…Blue Door Kitchen Chicagowhich feels more reminiscent of a farmhouse than a city eatery.Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoBut take a moment to peruse the menu and you’ll instantly understand what’s “new” about this spot too.Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoMy sister Emily and I have made quite the adventure of checking out exciting new restaurants this summer but we really had no idea what deliciousness was in store for us at Blue Door.
Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoFirst we were brought a starter of hummus and crisps to nibble on — the hummus was particularly rich and creamy!Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoThen we tried the Peruvian Ceviche with scallops, sweet potatoes, and leche de tigre.Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoAnd “Little Farm on the Prairie” Deviled Eggs topped with seasonal ingredients (in our case it was roasted zucchini!).Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoWhich were positively divine and definitely a must-order!Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoBut our favorite platter ended up being this sexy dish of… Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoCaramelized Cheese of halloumi, dried fruit mistarda and seeded crackers.Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoWhich — being the self-proclaimed halloumi-lovers we are — was demolished in mere minutes.Blue Door Kitchen Chicago(But not before being documented… Think I’m rubbing off on her a bit?)Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoWe finished our delicious meal off with a simple salad topped with shrimp.Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoAnd naturally couldn’t resist ordering dessert too.Blue Door Kitchen ChicagoAll of Blue Door’s options sound incredible but ultimately we opted to try this Black Walnut and Chocolate Pie of roasted cherries, crème fraiche, short bread crust.

Sinful and rich without being heavy and the black walnuts really added an interesting twist to the flavors.

It’s not often that the Gold Coast is graced with a new restaurant actually WORTH a visit but Blue Door has managed to bring an exciting, new space to a corner of Chicago that could really use some delicious, farm-to-table inspired fare.

I strongly suspect Blue Door will be one of my go-to spots for years now to come!

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