Going south usually means it’s the end.
But for Lula Cafe owners Jason Hammel and Amalea Tshilds, it’s the beginning: Nightwood, their hotly anticipated bistro, just opened in Pilsen.
Sticking to their locavore roots, the couple brings along Jason Vincent, Lula’s sous chef, to man Nightwood’s kitchen. Together, they’ll source up to 90 percent of their ingredients from farms around the Midwest.
In addition to Slagel Farms burgers and the lightest, tastiest fries ever, the daily-changing menu will include American foodie gems like deep-fried Mississippi farm-raised prawns and Oregon morels.
They tricked out the turn-of-the-century building with floor-to-ceiling windows, a giant birdcage, and a lower-level lounge with communal tables. Sit at the counter overlooking the open kitchen and ogle the monster wood-burning grill and rotisserie Hammel designed himself.
You’ve got yourself a mouth full of south.
Nightwood, 2119 South Halsted Street, at 21st Street (312-526-3385 or nightwoodrestaurant.com).
Photo credit: Anthony Robert La Penna