In college, you learned about the Dirty South (see: Nelly).
Starting tonight, get schooled on the low country: Carriage House opens at 5.
Mark Steuer’s (Hot Chocolate, The Bedford) Southern spot pays homage to his Charleston childhood: a rocking chair- and lantern-strewn porch with robin’s-egg blue paneling, communal tables, a photograph looking out of his parent’s backyard, and an open kitchen that makes you feel like you’re in his home.
Share small dishes from traditional (a hearty oyster roast, she-crab soup, buttery biscuits) to contemporary (baked grits with truffle vinaigrette, pheasant and black pepper dumplings, skillet cornbread with foie gras butter), then dive into entrees such as rib-eye with grilled chicory or Carolina grouper.
Wash it all down with Charleston punch or stay sober with Rodrick Markus’s (Rare Tea Cellar) custom sweet tea blend. And you best not leave without a plate of pear cobbler.
We’re not just whistlin’ Dixie.
Carriage House, 1700 West Division Street, at Paulina Street (773-384-9700 or carriagehousechicago.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Jamco Creative