Parrot Cage: "South Shore-Culinary school in a historic building" Top 5 Page for this destination Parrot Cage Tip by Dabs
Parrot Cage, Chicago: 1 reviews and 5 photos
Last visit December 26, 2009
We saw this place get rave reviews on Check Please and knew we had to try it, located only about 20 minutes from home inside one of the coolest buildings in Chicago, the restaurant is staffed by students from the Washburne Culinary Institute, one of the best and oldest cooking schools in the country. The service can be a little slow as it is a culinary school but they are very attentive and very pleasant. When my husband mentioned that his drink was a little weak, they promptly brought him another one and didn't charge us for the 1st.
Open Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm-9pm and for Sunday brunch from 11am-3pm, hopefully next time when we go back we will remember to go early enough so that the sun is still out to see the beautiful view of Lake Michigan while dining.
The Parrot Cage's name comes from the original restaurant which was named the Bird Cage and the presence of monk parakeets, a type of wild parrot, that live in the neighborhood.
Favorite Dish: The menu changed on each of our visits, on our visit in November I tried the butternut squash soup, 16oz ribeye and for dessert the Coco cake. The ribeye was very flavorful and came with a lovely merlot-demi reduction sauce, mashed potatoes and green beans. The soup was very rich and delicious, the dessert was also good although I was really disappointed that the chocolate chip cookie served warm in a little square skillet with vanilla ice cream, caramel & chocolate sauces was not on the menu as it was the reason I came here (it was on the online menu). In December I tried the wild mushroom fettucini, it was rich but I didn't like the added flavor of sun dried tomatoes, the butternut squash soup and coco cake were both still delicious.
David had the diver scallop and shrimp appetizer, the chicken and shrimp etouffee and a bananas foster bread pudding and enjoyed them all.
2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and 1 drink each was $98 including tax and tip, a pretty good deal for that kind of meal. Even better on Wednesday and Thursday they have a $30 prix fixe menu for ANY appetizer, entree and dessert. You can bring your own bottle of wine, there is a $5 corkage fee. They automatically add a 10% gratuity, the money goes towards scholarships for the students. We always give our server the difference between what we'd normally tip and the 10% and they always appreciate the gesture.
Address: 7059 S. South Shore Drive
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Going south, Lake Shore Drive turns into South Shore Drive, follow the signs for 41. Located inside the South Shore Cultural Center
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