I think I might have found one of the best restaurants in Chicago – And I’ve had some great food! Founded by mother-son duo Paula and David Byers along with Executive Chef Tim Cottini, KNIFE is a newly opened steak and seafood spot featuring a range of good, honest, wholesome menu items all prepared with fresh, high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients.
Related Article: A Simple Guide to Eating SensiblyJust prior to KNIFE’s grand opening, I was invited to attend a private reception during which I explored the ins and outs of this cozy restaurant and sampled some of Chef Tim’s many delectable preparations. Tim is a gifted and experienced chef whose out-of-the-box creations combine an assortment of natural flavors from both traditional and modern food sources.
As a healthy lifestyle blogger, I’m constantly trying new and innovative foods that’ll suit a variety of eating styles. I can honestly say that the wide selection of appetizers, chilled plates, salads and soups, steaks, and sides featured on KNIFE’S menu can win over even the pickiest eaters.
I personally follow the Mediterranean style of eating so I was quite impressed with KNIFE’s extensive collection of grass-fed meats, pasture-raised poultry, and superior seafood. Whether you’re a dedicated carnivore or pescatarian, KNIFE can truly satisfy your taste buds in an exceptionally healthy way.
Their menu starts with an impressive selection of hot and cold appetizers and salads.
For a sensible indulgence, I recommend the ‘Oxtail Doughnut Holes’, the ‘Shrimp De Jonghe’ with puff pastry, garlic and fine herbs or the ‘Ahi Tuna Tartare’ with avocado, fresno chili and endive. You’ll also love their eccentric ‘Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad’, Grilled Wedge preparation, and classic Caesar, which is served tableside for parties of three or more.
KNIFE’s unique entrees are both tasty and plentiful, each presented with mouthwatering vegetable-based garnishes. Meat-lovers will thoroughly enjoy the ’28 Day Dry-Aged Bone in Strip Steak’ and tender, flavorful Lamb Chops. If you’re a chicken or seafood-lover like myself, you can’t go wrong with KNIFE’s ‘Green Circle Farm’s Chicken’, Wild Salmon or Halibut.
For great pairings with their savory dishes, KNIFE offers a creative mix of sides ranging from ‘River Valley Ranch Mushroom en Pappiotte’ and Caramelized Cauliflower to Stuffed Zucchini and Green Beans. Such veggies can substantially boost the overall nutritional value of your meal.
To preface, complement or conclude your meal, KNIFE has a clever list of sensibly-portioned spirits crafted by seasoned Mixologist, Anthony Munger.
Thanks to Anthony’s originality, there’s not a single trendy mixed drink on their menu, which makes this restaurant that much more unique. To reap the health benefits of ethanol, his signature ‘Exulansis’ and ‘Enoument’ blends are absolute must-tries. The former is a perfect blend of snap-pea-infused gin, chamomile and aloe, while the latter is comprised of lavender-infused rye whiskey and sauvignon blanc along with seasonal fruits and herbs.
And, finally, KNIFE showcases numerous desserts in which Chef Tim puts his own modern spin on traditional steakhouse classics. These include the ‘Blossoming Apple Tart’ and ‘Gluten-Free Profiteroles’ (cream puffs). The ‘Flaming Gran Torino’ is what I call ‘heaven on earth’, and I’m not even a big dessert eater. But, given my status as a health and wellness expert, I’ll just leave it there.J
All and all, everyone knows Chicago is a real foodie town. But, KNIFE isn’t your standard, overly priced steak and seafood spot. This restaurant is a posh but reasonably priced diamond in the ruff that’s conveniently situated right in the heart of ChiTown’s Lincoln Square community.
For a fine dining experience or even casual socializing with friends or colleagues over good food and cocktails, I highly recommend including KNIFE on your go-to list. For additional information or to make a reservation, visit their website at www.knifechicago.net.
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