The charming Ukrainian Village spot has a rooftop garden bursting with veggies, spices, and fruits. Executive chef Chris Curren, new to Homestead this year, plucks fresh ingredients to use in his rustic-but-high-end dishes. Try the Duck Egg ($10), a delish blend of wild mushrooms, asparagus, pickled ramps, and gooey poached egg. Other standout eats include the Squid Ink Corzetti ($14), which has pasta stamped with cute flower shapes, and the mind-numbingly good Seared Walleye ($21), made with pickled jalapenos and ramp pesto. And though we wouldn’t normally rhapsodize about a breadbasket ($7), you’ve got to sink your teeth into Homestead’s. The starter comes with perfect carb accoutrements like whipped honey-butter and house pickles.
The spot is open for dinner and late-night drinks Tuesday through Sunday, and we’d definitely recommend testing out some expert cocktails from new beverage director Benjamin Schiller. The “Ghost Sign,” ($10), made with tequila, grapefruit, kumquats, and Pimm’s, is a particularly summery sip. If you can, score a seat on the patio so you can get the whole garden-side experience. But the interior, decked with birch walls and vintage farm fixtures, is also a chill, homey place to sup on some duck eggs.
Homestead, 1924 West Chicago Avenue (between North Damen and North Wolcott avenues); 773-904-1145.
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