Chicago foodie parents rejoice. A new restaurant
has arrived, and it's done what few others in the area have
achieved: It's a kid-friendly fine dining restaurant.
It's not Alinea-level fine dining, but in the world of
kid-friendly restaurants, Crosby's Kitchen is about
as close to Alinea as we'll ever get. And that's fine with us.
Crosby's, which is owned by the same company that brought
us D.O.C. Wine Bar and The Smoke Daddy, took over the spot on
Southport that was formerly Leo's Coney Island.
And on a street plastered with stores for the young
stroller-pushing mom-Lululemon, Anthropologie and
Athletica-Crosby's hit home with the perfect niche idea. They
appeal to that mom and to her kids.
The menu consists of upscale contemporary food, such as
the lobster deviled egg appetizer ($9), the seared ahi tuna ($23)
and the NY strip ($26). But the Pièce de résistance is the
rotisserie menu. Crosby's has its own custom rotisserie, where they
fire up half of a wood-roasted chicken seasoned with a signature
spice blend daily ($15), pork chop ($19 on Thursdays), prime rib
($28 on Fridays and Saturdays) and leg of lamb ($18 on
While the full bar, chic interior, sports-ready TVs and
fancy food may appeal to the parents, kids aren't left out
Even the kids can get in on part of the fancy food action
since the rotisserie chicken makes its appearance on their menu. By
the way, kids eat free every night from 4-6 p.m.
If they don't feel like eating, they can wander over to
the kid-sized communal sink to wash their hands (my 3-year-old
spent the majority of her evening fascinated by the sink that
remarkably came in her size), they can color with crayons, or they
can manage the ticket for their stroller valet (no joke-they
actually valet your stroller and give you a ticket for
And while my Ukrainian husband snidely remarked, "Only in
America would they have a stroller valet," I totally see the need
now that I've used it.
I'm hoping that trend catches on quickly.
Danielle Braff lives with her two daughters and husband in downtown Chicago.
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