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Curtis Duffy’s Ever pivots to takeout as indoor dining shutters

Priced at $55 per person, the menu looks decadent.

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen

Curtis Duffy and Michael Muser's fine-dining mecca Ever was open for just three months before Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that he was pulling the plug on indoor dining in Chicago. Following in the footsteps of Alinea, the exclusive West Loop restaurant will start offering takeout on Tuesday, November 3.

In an email sent to subscribers, Duffy promises a "seasonal and evolving menu" alongside vinos selected by Muser, who doubles as the restaurant's wine director. The debut meal includes a chilled barley salad with dried cherries and fennel, braised short ribs, caramelized maitake mushrooms, roasted baby potatoes, a pretzel baguette with house butter and a triple chocolate trifle. The email also teases a "surprise for two," and if we've learned anything over the years, this can only mean something delicious. Toss in a bottle of red ($65) or white ($45) wine or Ever-branded merch, like a hoodie ($60), T-shirt ($35) or beanie ($20).

Orders are live now on Tock, with the to-go menu priced at $55 per person. Though it's like comparing apples and oranges, the meal is a steal compared to Duffy's multi-course dine-in menu, which typically rings up at $285 per person. If sticker shock has kept you from dining at Ever, now's a great time to sample Duffy's award-winning cooking at a more approachable price point. Like dine-in reservations at Ever, these takeout orders are sure to sell out fast.

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