When my mom was in town for a visit, we headed to Sable Kitchen & Bar for dinner. As a big Top Chef fan, I loved having the opportunity to try restaurants from former Top Chef contestants while in Chicago this summer. Sable’s executive chef, Heather Terhune, was on Top Chef Texas and my mom and I thought it was cool to see her at work in the restaurant. She even said goodnight to us as we left so, you know, we’re pretty much besties now.
Anyway, I had heard good things about Sable and it did not disappoint – I thought our meal was excellent. The restaurant serves “social plates,” which are basically tapas-sized portions to share. I loved this as it allowed us to try a large variety of super tasty dishes. Here’s what we had:
Soft pretzels with smoked cheddar cheese dip: These were good, but they were the least inspired dish we had that night. It was basically like, “Yep, I’m eating a soft pretzel” and nothing more.
Watermelon salad with feta, basil, and arugula: I have been seeing watermelon and feta salads all over Pinterest lately, so when I saw this on the menu I knew it was a “must order.” My mom thought it was a bit too minty, but I loved it. Definitely a dish I will be attempting to recreate soon.
Sweet corn creme brulee: This was possibly my favorite dish of the meal which, I know, sounds weird since corn doesn’t seem that exciting. But the corn was delicious and quite tasty when paired with the creme brulee topping. Another dish I want to recreate on my own.
Buttermilk fried chicken and waffles with bourbon maple syrup: I have always wanted to try chicken and waffles, so this was another menu item I knew I wanted to order right away. These were crazy good, though I thought the bourbon flavor of the syrup was a bit too pronounced.
Lamb and tzatziki crostini: These were a special that night; my mom and I ordered them because, ever since we went to Greece a few years back, we have been all about tzatziki and Greek-inspired dishes in general. These were plenty tasty but not as special as the other dishes we tried.
Wild mushroom flatbread with goat cheese and white truffle oil: I wish Sable would just be honest and call this what it really was: a pizza. To me, the word “flatbread” conjures up a different looking dish in my mind. That quibble aside, this was really delicious. Cheese and truffle oil? Can’t go wrong.
S’Mores (fudge brownies, toasted mashmallow, and graham cracker ice cream): This dessert was amazing; I would seriously go back just to eat this. I thought the graham cracker ice cream was particularly tasty. This was the perfect way to end a great meal.
The Details: Sable Kitchen & Bar | 505 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.755.9704