Dear Margaret (2965 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-360-8213) has a few fall updates.
BEVERAGE MENU + WINE DIRECTOR
The Lakeview restaurant has secured its liquor license and now offers a wine & beer program. No cocktails at this time. (Corkage is now $25.)
Wine Director Terry McNeese has managed operations and curated wine lists at Chicago establishments including Blackbird, The Gage, Bistro 110, Le Lan, and Chicago Firehouse. Many Dear Margaret guests remember McNeese from De Quay in Lincoln Park and Roscoe Village's Le Sud, the latter where he first worked with Chef Ryan Brosseau. Dear Margaret's first wine list includes 15 glass pours and nearly 50 bottles with a focus on French wines (a specialty of McNeese’s), as well as international and domestic selections. The list balances affordability, approachability, and a few opportunities to splurge. The small beer list includes a few Canadian craft beers.
NEW COOL-WEATHER DISHES
The fall menu includes dishes with a focus on comfort, fit for the change in weather—while also showcasing Brosseau's affinity for both offal and vegetable-centric plates—like:
- Bone Marrow with pickled smoked beef tongue, mustard greens, sweet farm onion, toast ($20)
- French Lentils with pickled mushrooms, sunchokes, hen egg, arugula (GF, V; $13)
- Charcuterie like Montreal Smoked Meat with smoked pickled onion, chestnut mustard, parsley ($13) and Duck Liver Mousse with pecan, apple syrup, cherry, chervil ($12), available with housemade 9-grain toast and on weekends only housemade sourdough baguettes
- Spaghetti Squash with carrot saffron sauce, brown butter-hazelnut relish, pickled turnip, za-atar, mint (GF, V; $23)
- Grilled Duck Heart with polenta, roasted radish, collards, smoked onion, red-eye pork jus (GF; $26)