Crosby’s Kitchen, Now Open

August 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Crosby’s Kitchen, 3455 N. Southport Ave., Chicago

Crosby’s Kitchen

Crosby’s Kitchen

This was the friends & family preview menu we had at our table. (View full menu here.)

This is the menu that Todd, Kelly, Brian and Sara had. (View full menu here.)

Spinach Dip: Fresh spinach and artichokes in a parmesan cream sauce with fresh tortilla chips.

Todd, Josh, Brian

Crosby’s Kitchen

Barbecue sauce from Smoke Daddy.

Dallas and Andy

Rotisserie Chicken: Half of a wood roasted chicken, lightly seasoned with signature spice blend, served with mashed potatoes.

BBQ’D Babyback Ribs: half or full slab, super tender with Smoke Daddy BBQ sauce. Potato Fritters on the side (mashed potatoes with chives and bacon, breaded and fried).

Chicken Dip: Rotisserie chicken, jack cheese, tomato, onion, arugula, chicken au jus.Cole slaw on the side.

Cheeseburger: Certified angus beef, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion. With french fries on the side.

Damian and Rachelle

Andy and Dallas

The Skillet Cookie: Better than Mom’s! Served with Vanilla Ice Cream in a cast iron skillet.

Crosby’s Kitchen

Our guest evaluation form. Cybele did great!

Crosby’s Kitchen

Crosby’s Kitchen

4 Star Restaurant Group, owners of Dunlays on Clark, Dunlays on the Square, D.O.C. Wine Bar, Frasca and Smoke Daddy, have opened a new restaurant, Crosby’s Kitchen. Their first official day of service is today, Sunday, August 12. They’re open starting at brunch.

Our friend Josh is one of the 4 Star partners and on Friday, Dallas and I and a group of friends were invited to a friends & family preview. This was kind of a practice run to work out any kinks. Each table had a limited menu to order from, and the menus were different from table to table. This helped the kitchen practice making all of the different menu items. (View full menu here.)

I sat with Dallas, Andy and Damian and to make it easy, we just ordered one of everything on the menu and then shared them all so we could taste a variety of things. The food was great. It’s kind of like they have a “best of” menu from the other restaurants. Oh, and they also have a big rotisserie oven. The rotisserie chicken we tried was so good. Moist and tender and flavorful. Our server, Cybele, was very nice and attentive. I thought the service was very good, for being one of the first runs, especially.

Crosby’s is located on Southport and Cornelia (the old space was Leo’s Coney Island), an area with a ton of young families and Crosby’s is really playing up to this. Every day kids eat for FREE from 4-6 p.m. They also have $5 burgers with fries on Mondays and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays they have great wine specials. Also for families, they are introducing a stroller valet! This seems like the best idea ever, given that many families will walk over to the restaurant. They also plan to have to-go service that will sell whole chickens and things, which seems awesome, given that they’re also so close to the Southport train stop.

Josh said they’re still doing work on the exterior awnings and there are a few things to finish up inside, but I loved the dark wood look. Very classic. There are a ton of windows that let a ton of sunlight in. Crosby’s is located on a corner so it’s two full walls of windows and they will open up to let the fresh air inside too. There’s a small bar in the back, but to keep with the family feeling, Crosby’s is more restaurant than bar. The one thing they did leave from the Leo’s spot was the open kitchen in the back. Otherwise, everything is all new. Also, there is space for a large sidewalk patio, to open soon, if you really want to sit outside.

So…. check it out! Crosby’s Kitchen, 3455 N. Southport Ave., Chicago.

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