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Blackbird

Neighborhoods: West Loop
Cuisine: French, American, Contemporary American

Blackbird is a French, American, and Contemporary American restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped more than 18%.

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justin

 Los Angeles, CA
 

Go for the lunch and get the pork belly. At...

Go for the lunch and get the pork belly. At lunch the prices are much more manageable and the food is just as good. I don’t remember the other dishes we tried, but I definitely remember that the pork belly sandwich was awesome.

 

Went here for a fund raiser for my clients...

Went here for a fund raiser for my clients band-Eighth Blackbird and met Mario Batali. Nice place.

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jinkwell

 Los Angeles, CA
 

Perfect Lunch

Okay, for those of you wondering if there are any good lunch spots in the West Loop area, Blackbird is your answer! They’ve been offering their 3-course $22 prix-fixe menu for quite some time now and I’ve always been meaning to go.

A month ago, I decided to meet a friend for a long-overdue visit. We took one look at the menu and our eyes bugged out. The cuttle fish noodles with a side of avocado cream is delicious. A good balance of flavors from the salty cuttle fish to the creamy consistency of the avocado. The salmon arrived with an asparagus broth? It was a pink island in a sea of green…and it was savory goodness. Oh, but the real killer was the dessert. I usually want something tooth-achingly sweet. But instead, I got a sesame sponge cake with a tangy yogurt ice cream. Surprisingly, it was a very satisfying way to end the meal. Note to self: do not underestimate the wisdom of Paul Kahan.

So, today I decided to drop in for round deux. Same lunch menu, a few different items. Okay, fine…I didn’t order anything too radical from my previous lunch. I still had the cuttlefish and sesame sponge cake. They were awesome, which makes blackbird even better. A consistent kitchen is a kickass kitchen. But the pork belly with apple cider jus…drool. The pork belly just melted on my tongue and the sweet acidity of the jus made the dish a real standout.

Because the menu is so wonderfully cheap – yes, for the meal you’re getting, paying a measly $28 (that includes tax and tip) is a steal – I will definitely be dropping by as often as I can.

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French American Contemporary American
Tips
  • Just feel like sipping a glass of wine? Head next door to Avec, Blackbird's equally stylish, wine-centric counterpart.
  • Blackbird now offers a $15, three-course lunch, which includes items like tahini carrot salad and a fish sandwich.
  • Plan to make a reservation, as they're all-but-required.
  • After a brief stint in computer science, Paul Kahan heard the call of the kitchen. He spent time at erwin and Topolobampo before opening Blackbird, and in 1999 was named one of America's best new chefs by Food & Wine Magazine.
  • Upstairs room accomodates private parties of X or more.
  • The chic upstairs room seats parties of up to 56 for dinner (90 for cocktails).
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Mon-Thu 11:30AM - 02:00PM
Mon-Thu 05:30PM - 10:30PM
Fri 11:30AM - 02:00PM
Fri 05:30PM - 11:30PM
Sat 05:30PM - 11:30PM
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