4343 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
The Chalkboard, a wonderful American bistro in Lincoln Square,
proves details matter. It would be simple to say we ate a dinner of
tomato soup, mac 'n' cheese, steak and whitefish, but that would
mean leaving out the critical elements. Chalkboard's "best in the
world" mac 'n' cheese is made with the best quality gouda. The
tomato soup is actually a tangy bisque served with grilled blue
cheese points. (Never in a million years did I think my 11-year-old
would love blue cheese, but he kept repeating how it was "peppery
Family owned and operated, The Chalkboard prides itself on a
seasonally inspired menu, so diners never know exactly what to
expect. In fact, instead of paper menus, an enormous chalkboard
lists the evening's entrees and prices. The server provides the
details, such as scallops served over vanilla bean aioli or duck
cassoulet made with chorizo.
With such sophisticated offerings, the upscale décor and no
children's menu in sight, I was initially concerned about finding
something for my youngest son, but our server assured me they could
make a children's plate with crispy fried chicken, mac n' cheese
and fresh fruit. He also recommended a side of the mac 'n' cheese
for the table, which was a great call since we all wanted more of
By the time dinner was over, we were all stuffed, but couldn't
resist sharing the cookie dough "egg roll" with ice cream. What a
wonderful way to finish our evening.
Not inexpensive, but worth the price for meticulously detailed
and delicious food, The Chalkboard is a great way to introduce
children to fine dining. For an even better deal, take advantage of
their family-friendly, "Kids Eat Free," daily from 4 - 7 p.m.
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Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
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