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A PhD Student at University of Chicago who loves discovering the world and trying new eats! Hope you enjoy!

Snack EOS

Snack EOS

Kumquat Martini
Kumquat Martini

Snack Eos is a relatively new contemporary Mediterranean restaurant that is definitely worth a try.  Although they don't provide "mom and pop" Greek food, they certainly put a bit of a twist on their dishes to make them stand out from the standard Greek restaurant.

Sitting down at a spotlit table, I ordered a citrusy kumquat martini to start off the dinner.  It tasted just like I expected - a spiked kumquat!

Amuse Bouche: vegetable soup shooter with scallops
Amuse Bouche: vegetable soup shooter with scallops

We were then served an amuse bouche of vegetable based liquid that suspended scallop chunks.  The vegetable "soup" was a bit flavorless, but at least I was given a spoon to pick out the yummy scallop pieces!

Saganaki, green tomato and pistachio
Saganaki, green tomato and pistachio

The dips and meze here are perfect for sharing!  We devoured the saganaki, which forms beautiful threads of cheesy goodness when pulled apart.  It was definitely a starter that made me think that the dishes coming later would be a letdown... But the roasted red pepper and smoked mackerel dip was just as delicious in a "healthier" way.  It has the consistency of hummus with a syngergistic combination of multiple flavors.  However, it would have been even better if they removed the seeds from the pomegranate...

Roasted eggplant, red pepper, onion, capers and smoked mackerel dip with pita
Roasted eggplant, red pepper, onion, capers and smoked mackerel dip with pita

One thing we noticed while eating was that the wait staff often came over to check on us, fill the water and take any empty dishes.  It was nice that they were so on top of things.

Crispy octopus, fennel and pancetta
Crispy octopus, fennel and pancetta

Mediterranean isn't Mediterranean unless you have a juicy octopus arm!  We started at the proximal end and worked out way to the tip.  It didn't really get crispy until 1/3 down the arm, at which point it was the perfect texture.  But then we couldn't even eat the tip of the arm because it was literally at a burnt crisp!  A bit disappointed because the tip is one of my favorite parts, but I was more than satisfied with the rest of the octopus with bites of the fennel salad (which is only spectacular when eaten with the meat).

Artichoke, portobello, halloumi, balsamic crema, pometranate kalamaki
Artichoke, portobello, halloumi, balsamic crema, pometranate kalamaki

So it seems unseeded pomegranate is the theme of the night! These vegetarian kalamaki (or skewers) really surprised me because I've never had artichoke flavored or textured like this before.  It almost felt like it had been braised for a really long time.  But it worked perfectly with the semi-softened halloumi cheese and portobello mushrooms.  Definitely recommend this to all vegetarians!

Pan roasted lamb loin, crispy sweetbreads, artichoke, pomegranate, arugula, truffle vinaigrette
Pan roasted lamb loin, crispy sweetbreads, artichoke, pomegranate, arugula, truffle vinaigrette

By the time we got here, I was so full I didn't really even want to look at food anymore... but who can turn down succulent slices of fatty lamb?  Well, I certainly couldn't.  The meat itself was so juicy, tender and luscious, but I couldn't bring myself to eat the giant layer of fat that gave the lamb its flavor (guess I'm not at Anthony Bourdain's level yet).  As for the salad, it was alright, but by this point, I was used to the theme of artichoke and unseeded pomegranate, which were amongst the arugula.

Tips: 

  1. Even if you eat a lot, one dish from each section of their menu will be more than enough for two people!
  2. Try their cocktails - there's one for every palate.
  3. Book on opentable - Snack EOS is worth 1,000 points!
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