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Homestead

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Photograph: Jason Little

Homestead

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Photograph: Jason Little

Homestead

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Photograph: Jason Little

Homestead

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Photograph: Jason Little

Homestead

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Photograph: Jason Little

Homestead

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Given a gorgeous roof deck above their pizzeria, Roots, Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner opted to open what they’ve called “a literal farm-to-table restaurant.” While the setting (complete with a lush meadow and vertical vegetable garden) is magical, the food (from chef John Wayne Formica) is less the acute, seasonal Lula Café approach and more David Burke-esque playfulness gone haywire—with some edible flowers on it. Truffle-perfumed potato puree shaped like cannoli, lamb formed into falafel-like balls and a toxically boozy chocolate cake topped with a strip of bacon all straddled the line between goofy and weird. Recommended: consultant Revae Schneider’s notably smooth-bodied cocktails; simple salads (like a paltry but lovely plate of heirloom tomatoes); fork-tender beer-braised beef; and a generosity of spirit to channel toward the awkward servers.

Venue name: Homestead
Address: 1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago

Venue phone: 773-645-4949
Website: http://homesteadontheroof.com
Opening hours: Dinner (closed Mon), (from Spring to end of September)
Transport: Bus: 9, 50, 66.
Price: Average main course: $15
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