The clean, sophisticated look of the dining room at Acadia signals a meal that’s going to be luxurious and, accordingly, expensive. But in fact, there are deals to be had at this South Loop restaurant. The lobster roll is chef Ryan McCaskey’s homage to childhood summers in Maine; available in the lounge, it goes for just $14. But whether you’re eating that or the $32 deconstructed lobster pie in the dining room, you’ll find the biggest steals are on sommelier Jason Prah’s wine list, which features oodles of unusual wines from small producers (Erzetic Rebula from Slovenia; Dme. Schreyer Edelswicker; a grenache blanc from Spain’s Vinas del Vero), many of which hover below $40.
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This story appears in the print issue of April 2012.
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