Nothing like a colonoscopy to make me hungry, particularly after the 24-hour fast and liquid cleansing. After my last procedure, we went to Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in the Intercontinental Hotel. Michael makes a mean steak.
Today, we decided to try GreenRiver, a restaurant that is on the 18th floor of one of Northwestern Medical's buildings (259 East Erie, Chicago, Illinois 60611). It had a soft opening last Fall, but is in full swing now. It appears on more than one list of the new hot restaurants in town. It is known for its small bite dishes, but the critics rave about the cocktails. Since I am not able to drink alcohol for 24 hours, I did not partake, but the cocktail list did looking enticing. GreenRiver is not an Irish bar by any stretch of the imagination, but its cocktails do have an Irish theme to them, with lots of whiskeys thrown into the mix.
For lunch, Evelyn had the farro salad, which is really a side dish. She reported that it was excellent. Keeping with tradition, I went with red meat after the cleansing. Steak frites, to be exact. Very tasty, but based on the passage of time, probably over salted. Not exactly a large portion, but it did come from the lunch menu. The bill came to $48 after tax, but before tip.
No doubt the patio is a popular draw in the summer, as the photographs suggest. It, however, is not open for lunch, although you can walk outside. Nice views, but certainly not spectacular given the fact that Streeterville (the neighborhood west of Michigan Avenue and north of the Chicago River) has become hemmed in with newly-constructed mid-rise buildings.
While one of the photographs shows only one person in the restaurant, we arrived at around 11:30AM. When we left, many of the tables were occupied. The noon crowd appears to be comprised of shoppers and members of Northwestern's medical team, although one team member told me that it is too expensive for daily lunching dining.
Overall, we will be back to GreenRiver for dinner check out the full menu and the cocktails.
All photographs: iPhone 6S, with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop adjustments.
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