I admit it. I'm a big fan of Top Chef. Although I've never been a reality television supporter, something about [variably] delicious food prepared in the pressure cooker of competition and ingredient sabotage keeps me glued to the television. During my visit to Chicago the spring before last, I stopped by Top Chef Miami finalist Dale Levitski's Frog N Snail on the morning of my friend's wedding for a delicious start to the day. While I was waiting for my breakfast to arrive, I sipped silently on a velvety milk chocolate violet steamer and contemplated what unique finds I might discover at Foursided, one of my favorite shops in Lakeview that offers framing, unique cards, and little bits of this and that (all of which you need).
Post-steamer, I enjoyed the rabbit dumpling hash with salty truffle dumplings, tender braised rabbit, garden fresh asparagus and peas, smooth "broccoli n cauliflower" purée, and preserved lemon jus. Gorgeous!
Just when I thought my meal was complete, Dale himself stopped by to see how I liked it. What?! This is what my Top Chef obsession has turned me into: one of those guys who asks for a photograph.
It was glorious. Sadly, Frog N Snail, along with Levitski's other Chicago venture, Sprout, are both closed now. You can still enjoy Dale's haute cuisine if you're willing to drive for seven hours down I-65 from Chicago to Nashville to arrive at his newest venture, Sinema, located at 2600 Franklin Pike, Suite 102. I'm pretty sure you should.