With all the hype around West Town’s new corner restaurant, you’d think a rock star was moving in.
You’re right … sort of.
The Black Sheep opens today, with chef-cum-musician James Toland (Lockwood) at the helm.
An instrumental player, executive sous chef Phil Rubino (L20) serves mussels with fennel sausage and heirloom beans, chicken thigh with bacon puree and Brussels sprouts, and veal sweetbread with corned beef tongue and rye bread sauce. Two chart-topping, eleven-course menus (one vegetarian) hit every note.
Executive pastry chef Sarah Jordan’s (Blackbird) finale includes smoked brioche beignets. In addition to creating a pitch-perfect cocktail program, general manager/partner Michael Simon (Graham Elliot) ensures harmony throughout.
It’s the hottest ticket in town.
The Black Sheep, 1132 West Grand Avenue, at May Street (312-997-5100 or blacksheepchicago.net).
Photo: Timothy Hiatt