'One Star Dining Chicago-Style: Frog Legs and a Sloppy Joe' by Kyleigh Beach
Over the weekend I had my first Michelin star dining experience in Chicago at Logan Square’s Longman & Eagle. We arrived around 7pm, expecting a decent wait since reservations are not accepted. The 45 minute wait passed quickly, thanks to some deliciously crafted Manhattans. (L&E’s whiskey selection is staggering.) We ordered one bar snack, two small plates, and a sandwich to share between two people. There is also an entrée section on the menu. The bar snack was a playful interpretation of Buffalo wings – frog legs bathed in Buffalo sauce, perfectly cooked carrot and celery strips, and a light and fluffy aerated blue cheese for dipping. The two small plates, scallops and a pork and poached egg combo, were very simply prepared, perfectly seasoned, and featured a wonderful combination of flavors. Rarely have I ordered a Sloppy Joe out to dinner on a Friday night, but the wild boar Sloppy Joe with pickled jalapeno, fried sage, and beef fat fries seemed entirely too good to pass up and I have no regrets.
I really like how Longman & Eagle structures their menu because you can have a more traditional appetizer – entrée dining experience or order a bunch of small plates and share with your friends. The beverage menu is equally as accommodating. Wine is sold by the glass, carafe (a little more than 2 glasses), or the bottle. Beer choices range from Old Style to premium microbrews and imports. And then there’s the whiskey, offered in cocktails, for $3 a shot, or in flights.
This is my kind of Michelin star dining – fun, casual, creative, and affordable.