Two – New American Cuisine

Alright self-proclaimed foodies, it’s time for another episode of TREAT YO’SELF. You know, where my friend Tiffany and I check out the greatest restaurants in the city of Chicago! (Hint: Remember Girl and the Goat and Tanta?)

We finally decided to keep track of the places we try in a shared google sheet, so we can be organized and check them off the list as we go. Currently, we have 17 restaurants to visit. I’m sure we’ll add more as we continue to learn about new places that pop up all over the city. Here’s our ‘Treat Yo’self with ALLCAPSABBY + TiffyFresh‘ (don’t ask) restaurants to visit list:

Restaurant Menu Location
The Publican http://thepublicanrestaurant.com/ West Loop
Mad Social http://www.madsocialchicago.com/#!menu/c1t7k West Loop-ish
Mott St http://www.mottstreetchicago.com/menus/ Uki Village
Kai Zan http://www.eatatkaizan.com/our-menu.html Humboldt Park
The Cotton Duck http://www.thecottonduck.com/#!menu-/m4535 Uki Village
Bar Marta http://barmarta.com/ Humboldt Park
TWO http://113two.com/the-food West Town
Tanoshiii http://www.tanoshiisushi.com/menu West Loop
Wood http://woodchicago.com/dinner/ Lakeview
The Windsor http://www.thewindsorchicago.com/menu.html Streeterville
Monteverde http://monteverdechicago.com/menu/ West Loop-ish
Bohemian House http://www.bohochicago.com/ River North
Momotaro http://www.momotarochicago.com/ Fulton Market
ARAMI http://www.aramichicago.com/menu/ Uki Village
Juno http://www.junosushichicago.com/#menu Lincoln Park
The Betty http://www.thebettychicago.com/menu/ Fulton Market
Duck Duck Goat http://duckduckgoatchicago.com/food West Loop

 

They all sound so amazing! It’s definitely hard to choose which one to dine at for the occasion once a month. Typically, we narrow it down to three and see which ones have the best available days and times. I believe we had it narrowed down to Momotaro and TWO this month. Momotaro had no availability for Thursday we wanted to go, so TWO was the winner this month! TWO has a New America cuisine-type menu and is influenced by ‘the quality and tradition of family run butcher shops.

TWO is located in the near West Side neighborhood on Grand and May St. I don’t spend much time in this particular neighborhood, so it was nice to explore a new area. There’s other little bars and restaurants close by, but TWO seemed to be most popular. We grabbed cocktails at The Dawson before our 7:30 reservation. The Dawson has awesome drinks and a sprawling patio. I’ll definitely be out there when the weather warms up to sip on my new favorite cocktail ‘The Warehouse, The Department Store and The Skyscraper.’ Yes, that’s all one name. It was comprised of Reyka Vodka, Carpano Bianco, White Grapefruit, Coriande, Lime and Suze. I honestly don’t know what half of those ingredients are, but it was tasty.

The walk from The Dawson to TWO was a brisk, ten minute walk. We got there just after 7:30 but had to wait until about 7:45 to be seated. We were starving by this point, so it seemed like much longer than ten minutes. We pretty much ordered immediately after we sat down because we had both studied the menu online before we went. We got a bottle of the North Coast Pinot Nior. Mainly because it was the cheapest full bottle of Pinot Nior on the menu at $40 and we’re not that picky. You can definitely share plates at TWO, which is what we did. We ordered four plates and two desserts. They were the following:

Homemade Bacon Jam, herb ricotta, grilled bread. A must-have!
Homemade Bacon Jam, herb ricotta, grilled bread. A must-have!
Asparagus, mushroom, egg
Asparagus, mushroom, egg
Saffron Spaghetti, butter poached crab, garlic crumb
Saffron Spaghetti, butter poached crab, garlic crumb
Sea Scallops, shrimp bisque, spice roasted turnips, ginger vinaigrette
Sea Scallops, shrimp bisque, spice roasted turnips, ginger vinaigrette
Another shot of the Sea Scallops
Another shot of the Sea Scallops
White Chocolate, vanilla icecream
White Chocolate, vanilla icecream
Beignets with the most fantastic chocolate sauce ever!
Beignets with the most fantastic chocolate sauce ever!

So what were my favorites? I’d definitely have to go with the Homemade Bacon Jam and the beignets. The bacon jam itself was phenomenal, but when you pear it with the herb ricotta, it’s THAT much more amazing. The beignets took me back to New Orleans and the dipping sauces were what made this dessert. I loved the chocolate sauce, but the whipped cream and caramel were fantastic, too.

TWO must have got a new menu recently, because it doesn’t quite match the one that’s posted online. I was eager to try the brussels sprouts, which are no longer offered. The scallops were also very delicious, but I had amazing scallops the night before with chili sauce on them so that was tough to beat. I didn’t care for the sauce that came with these particular scallops. The asparagus was very neatly presented (sorry I didn’t get a better picture) with an egg poured into a circle cut out of the bread underneath. Asparagus dipped in egg yolk with seasoned mushrooms is very creative. The spaghetti was also good, but nothing extraordinary. I wish now we would have tried the elk dish, because I’ve never had elk before! The two desserts we got also aren’t on the menu that’s online, so I apologize for not remembering what all that was in the other dessert. Although, it was very bland if you ask me, so don’t worry about it too much πŸ™‚

The atmosphere at TWO was very relaxing and our service was definitely worthy of a 20% tip. The menu isn’t very big, so I’d be open to go back to try out a few more items. It was apparent we had a great time at TWO after spending almost three hours there eating, catching up, and spending about $80 each!

Have you TREATED Yo’SELF to some fine and fun dining lately? I’d love to hear about it! Comment away!

I'm Abby - a weekend getawayer, lover of beach volleyball, grilled cheese enthusiast and puppy dog admirer.

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