Restaurant Review


“Imagine if you plucked a chef out of Italy and made him cook usingthe bounty of the US Midwest.” That’s how Joe Frillman, chef-owner of Daisies in Chicago’s Logan Square, describes his menu, focused on tender, house-made pastas with local flavors, like beets and smoked trout roe, or tajarin with chicken cracklins. It’s as exciting and unexpected as GM Keith Whitten’s all-US wine list, an array of wines that go well beyond the expected varietals to include bottles like Wind Gap Trousseau Gris or McPherson Cellars’ Les Copains, a Rhône blend out of Texas. For a surprising, hyperlocal pairing, try Frillman’s elegant take on fried mushrooms and cheese curds with a glass of the Illinois Sparkling Wine Co. Ombre Rosé.

    photo by Neil Burger

Restaurant Review Info

2523 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois



This review appears in the print edtion of the October 2017 issue.
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