Set in a storefront in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, "Hearty" boasts a menu and design evocative of the warmth and comfort of mid century America. A hand crafted mahogany bar is paired with seaglass subway tiles and exposed brick. Walls of burnt orange and lime set off a wallmounted fireplace and bespoke stained glass art.
The vision for "Hearty’’ is to honor the foods that have become a part of our American culture while contemporizing them for the modern palate. Dan hopes to fill not just the belly but the soul by offering twists on items aimed at provoking memories of meals past. Tuna Noodle Casserole is updated with Saffron Cream Egg Noodles and Seared Ahi while the Corn Dog meets Rabbit Sausage and a rich Ale Syrup. Desserts are exactly what you would hope for, thick slabs of moist Banana Cake with Caramelized Pecans, a Bread Pudding of Wonder Bread, Peanut Butter and housemade Jam.
Steve has long held cocktail culture in high regard and has crafted a classic American cocktail menu. Vintage favorites such as The Brown Derby and The Aviation are featured while the standard Bloody Mary is tweaked with the addition of Aquavit, muddled Grape Tomatoes and Dr Browns Celray Soda. Not to be outdone, the wine list has a singular focus as well. 'Hearty' is proud to offer a wine list comprised solely from domestic vineyards. With wines from states as varied as Georgia and Texas; a few of these can not be found outside of their home states and are poured exclusively here.
"Hearty" is that rare restaurant that appeals to both the gourmand and the kid in each of us. "Comfort...revisted"