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To Eat

 
Daily Oyster*

 on the half shell, with lemon $3.50

Grilled

with seasonal farmer's pesto $4.00

castelvetrano olives

pitted in brine $7

Marcona Almonds

Chef Matthew's herb/spice blend  $6

WEBSTER'S FRITES

herbed salt, garlic aïoli*  $7

Nichols Farm Kale

smoked shoyu beurre blanc $10

Flash Fried BRUSSELS

leek fondue, Parmigiano Reggiano  $11

smashed baby potatoes

brown butter, garlic, thyme  $10

DirtY Rice

ground pork, jasmine rice, trinity and cajun seasoning $10

DELACATA Squash

arugula walnut-pesto, fresh dill, pomegranate $14

WERP FARMS SALAD

organic vegetables, croutons, citrus-tahini vinaigrette $12

Escargot

mushroom medley, smokey/savory butter, smoked trout roe, crostini $16

crawfish monica
spiral pasta, creole spiced cream sauce $22
 
Croque Monsier Tartine
 Dijon Ham, Le Gruyère AOP custard, swiss $14
--add an egg from a Croque Madame $15
 
WEBSTER'S BURGER*
Slagel Farms grass-fed beef, sharp cheddar, bacon jam, shoestring potatoes, charred-scallion aioli $16
Faroe Island Salmon*

kale, sun-dried tomato/caper pesto, sultanas $27

BRAISED SHORT RIBS
Slagel Farms grass-fed beef, Adluh stone gound grits, salsa verde $26

Cheese Board

rotating selection of 3 cheeses, preserves,

fresh fruit, baguette, $24

ala carte $8

CHARCUTERIE BOARD

all 3 meats listed below, accoutrements, bread and crackers $34 

 Pork Rillette

dijon mustard, pickles, preserves, baguette $11

San Daniele prosciutto
dijon mustard, pickles and crackers $14
SOPPRESSATA DOLCE
Pork and sea salt salami with dijon mustard, pickles and crackers $12

Bread & Crackers

warmed baguette + crackers

for enjoying with multiple plates $3

Extra Baguette

from La Boulangerie $1.5

Macarons

assorted flavors from La Boulangerie $5 each

chocolate mousse

brûléed banana $9

Executive Chef MATTHEW MASHON

January 2022

 

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

 

OYSTERS

WINE BY THE GLASS

Sparkling

JO LANDRON 'ATMOSPHERES,' FOLLE BLANCHE/PINOT NOIR, Muscadet, Loire Valley, France, NV
Glass 13 Bottle 52

Gaining massive popularity in a short time, Jo Landron's sparkling does not utilize the chief grape from the Muscadet region (Melon de Bourgogne). Lifted acidity, floral, and blend of white berries and honeydew. 

Imported by Candid Wines, Chicago

Viotti, albarossa, langhe, piemonte, italy, nv (Rosé)
Glass 12 Bottle 48

Albarossa, a unique and obscure varietal, was born out of the genetic intersection from "mother," Barbera and "father," Nebbiolo. The Viotti family has championed this varietal for the last 20 years. Produced in the classical "Champagne Method," Albarossa exhibits a satisfying dry cherry/raspberry profile, with racy acidity that's delightful with fatty meats and cheeses. I'm always searching for the obscure and was blown away by the this particular elaboration!

Imported by Back Roads Imports

la collina 'quaresimo,' lambrusco dell'Emilia, emilia-romagna, italy (fizzy red)
Glass 12 Bottle 48

After many years of industrially produced medicrity, Emilia is now home to a small, but growing cell of artisinal producers. A zippy, plumy expression blended from Salamino, Maestri, Malbo Gentile, and the venerable Gasparosa.

Imported by Cream Wine Co., Chicago

White

Weszeli 'langenlois,' grüner veltliner, kamptal, austria, 2020
Glass 12 Bottle 48
Weszeli vineyards sits in one of the most dynamic wine growing regions in the world. Why? Not only geologically diverse, the Kamptal is located at an intersection where warm summer winds give way to cool, breezy nights, perfect for ripeness and expressive notes that are hallmarks for Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. The Langenlois Grüner comes from vines on loess soils, sees a brief amount of skin contact during the fermentation process. Peppery and precise, mineral driven with lengthy acidity. Oyster wine. 
Imported by Savio Soares Selections (Original Wine Co, Chicago)
Big Salt 'old Love,' by ovum, White blend, oregon, 2019

Glass 12 Bottle 48

Ksenija and John House, created Ovum wines over 10 years ago with the mission to bring terroir driven whites wines that reflect Oregon's array of soils and microclimates. "Old Love" is an homage to Austrian white blends where they incorporate multiple grapes, some in different fermentation vessels like Austrian cask, amphora, cement egg, and neutral barrel. Each vessel adds a unique touch to the juice and the end result. An incredibly versatile wine that is reminiscent of Chablis, Chenin, or a classic Viennese Gemischter sats. 

Distributed by Maverick Wines, Chicago

Flavia, Carricante (Care-ih-con-tay), Mount Etna, Sicily, 2020
Glass 13 Bottle 65 (1 liter bottle)

From brother and sister, Giacomo, and Flavia Rallo, and their vineyards that sit on some of the best terroirs on the north slope of Mount Etna. A brilliant expression of Carricante, in that the hallmark smokey lemon, key lime, and bruleéd plantain work harmoniously. Add a nutty to mineral driven palate, with acid held in check due to the aging in Slavonian oak, and you have a ludicrously versatile wine that pairs with light and rich dishes. So much discover in this wine, it's no wonder they bottled it in liters!

Imported by Fruit of the Vines (Minum Selections, Chicago)

Orange


(Quick explanation: White wine grapes where the skins were not separated from the pressed juice and left on during the fermentation process, resulting in it’s color and texture.)
Vartsikhe, Tsolikouri (So-la-cory), Imereti, Georgia, 2019

Glass 13 Bottle 52

Utilizing the ancient winemaking process of naturally fermenting the grape juice with stems and skins included, for about six months, in clay, earthenware vessels called "qvevri." This process produces a tannin forward structure more closely associated with red wines. Tsolikouri maintains a delightful balance of floral, Asian fruits, and white tea characteristics.

Imported by Terraneo Merchants, Chicago

sherry 

NV Bodegas Yuste, Palomino Fino, Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Andalusia, Spain

Glass 12

Yuste adopted a 19th century solera with his own to produce a complex and beguiling Manzanilla, between 8 and 10 years of age. This comes from keg and not bottle, so the Sherry “purest” can’t complain that it’s not “fresh.”

Imported by Classical Wines (Connoisseur Wines, Chicago)

 

Rosé 

Red tail ridge, cabernet franc, seneca lakes, finger lakes, new york, 2019

Glass 11 Bottle 44

The right rosé can transcend any weather and any season! Candied cherries, peach, wet stone dominate the aromas, yet has enough body to stand up to cheeses and meats. Another bottle of brilliance from our friend, Nancy Irelan.

Distributed by Simple Farmer Wines

Red

benjamin taillandier 'laguzelle, Cinsault/Carignan/syrah, minervois, France, 2020

Glass 13 Bottle 52

Benjamin adopted techniques he learned from a fellow champion of natural, minimal intervention farming/winemaking, Jean-Baptiste Senat (whose wines are available on our reserve list!) Taillandier rejects the typical high alcohol, over-concentrated style common in Minervois, for more "vin de soif" (wines of thirst). Savory, with loads of herb, mineral, and garrigue packed with a lively punch. 

Imported by Zev Rovine Selections (Cream Wines, Chicago)

Nicolas reau 'ange,' cabernet franc, anjou, france, 2020

Glass 13 Bottle 52

Nicolas' love of wine started at a young age, but never thought a career in making wine was possible if you didn't grow up in a vigneron family. He chose the piano as his craft, until the decision to beat the odds and do what he loved, make music. A seminal figure of the natural wine movement. In fact, his wife started the wine expo, Le Dive Bouteille. His minimalistic style is represented in clean, bright, fresh, and crunchy wines, indicative of the fliny clay of Anjou.

Imported by Bobo Selections (Lagniappe Wines, Chicago)

Les Croisille 'CocoriCôt,' Malbec/Merlot, Cahors, France, 2020

Glass 11 Bottle 44

The Croisille's set out on a journey over 40 years ago that I would bet could never imagine the heights of success they have attained. In previous wines we've offered, the overwhelming reaction by guests was just how pure the flavor of the juice is. Cocoricot is even more indicative, as you will see!. Fermented by carbonic maceration, which, in my opinion, accentuates broader floral aromatics, hints of oolong tea, and dark rose Cahors Malbec rarely exudes. Six months in concrete tank adds a hint of stoney texture without taking away from the fruit. This is a wine for wine lovers. It transports me to every neighborhood brasserie, in Paris, and frankly any small village throughout France! 

Imported by Candid Wines, Chicago

Mibal, Tempranillo, ribera del Duero, Spain, 2016

Glass 13 Bottle 52

Partners Miguel Plates and Javier Ballesteros are true garagistes, they literally make their wine in a garage, not a big fancy facility. Labled "Crianza" the wine spends 14 months in French and American oak, then rests for 16 months in bottle before release. What the wine possess that many in this region have difficulty achieving is balance. Plums, cassis, with spice and smoke. Care and craftsmanship at its finest.

Imported by T. Edward's Wines (Lagniappe Wines, Chicago)

terradora di Paolo, aglianico (Awl-lee-on-nico), Campania, italy, 2018

Glass 12 Bottle 48

Owned by arguably Campania's most famous wine families, the Mastroberadino's, and masters of producing the noble Aglianico. The vineyards sit in a microclimate developed due to effects from volcanic activity, as well as proximity to the Tyrrhenian Sea. The wine spends a brief moment in barrique which assists in developing a profile of plums, bing cherry, and baking spices. Brooding, yet balanced. 

Imported by Vias Selections (Maverick Wines, Chicago)

Sleight of Hand 'the conjurer,' Bordeaux blend, walla walla, washington, 2018 

Glass 13 Bottle 52

Jerry Solomon and Trey Busch formed a "magical" partnership when they started Sleight of Hand, in 2007. They are fortunate to source grapes from the top vineyards from Red Mountain and Columbia Valley. "The Conjurer" is your quintessential Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a hint of Petit Verdot, that sees 11 months of in oak, 20% new. Looking for that dark, brooding, yet balanced winter wine, look no further. "Walla Walla for wine, Napa for auto parts."

Distributed by Simple Farmer Wines

BEER & Cider ON DRAFT

Maplewood 'pulaski pils,' Pilsner, Chicago

[5.1% 12 oz] 7

Viennese style Pilsner from Logan Square? You bet! Maplewood's incorporates Pilsner and Vienna malt with dry-hopped Santiam hops creating a sneeky rich body, with enticing floral notes. Crisp and refreshing.

BEGYLE 'HOPHAZARDLY,' AMERICAN IPA, Chicago

[7% 12 oz] 7

Blended with loads of Simcoe and Citra hops, creating a juicy, citrus bomb with just enough malt for balance. 

overgrown orchard 'jou jou Heritage-style,' Chicago

[6.9% 12 oz] 7

A blend of heirloom apples from orchards in Gary, Indiana, wild fermented with indigenous yeast and barreled 12 months in Calvados and Pinot Noir barrels. Fermented to dry, unfiltered, and unpasteurized. 

SAKE IN a CAN

bushido ‘way of the warrior,’ Junmai Ginjo Sake, Kyoto, Japan

[18%, 180mL] 12

This clean, refreshing sake is a great representation of traditional Junmai Ginjo style; watermelon rind, pear, tart berries.