Delicious DIRT. Frog N’ Snail Debuts; Opening May 1: Jackie Shen @ Argent; What’s New @ Troquet? Croque Monsieur + mas

DIRT Inside: Jackie Shen, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Argent, Dana Hotel, Troquet, Brad Phillips, Frog N Snail, Lakeview, Dale Levitski, La Colombe Coffee

Frog N’ Snail

Frog N Snail

Taken it down at Frog N Snail in Lakeview yet? (Check out Eater’s virtual tour.) Feeling that French vibe even more now with Frog N Snail’s debut last week? Dale Levitski’s food is sure to satiate as it’s looking trés magnifique: croque monsieur with two-year-aged white cheddar and rosemary ham; white anchovy crostini; bibb lettuce salad with pickled peaches, grilled NY strip carpaccio salad; open-faced turkey and pastrami sandwich with horseradish, beet slaw, sunny side egg and apple; steak frites; chicken kiev and more. Dale Levitski’s new hotspot bistro / coffee shop in Lakeview will also be launching a bakery inside within the weeks to come filled with housemade baked goods and La Colombe coffee. What did you have for lunch at Frog n Snail on opening day? Dig it? Want more? Check out the full menu –>  frognsnaillunch0330 3124 N. Broadway

Troquet Debuts New Menu Items - Below.

Chef Jackie Shen Heading to Argent in Dana Hotel - Below

Jackie Shen

Earlier we brought you the sad news that the lovely Chef Jackie Shen was out at one of our faves, Chicago Cut Steakhouse.  We’re pleased to announce that Chef Shen was named executive chef at the up and coming Argent restaurant inside the Dana Hotel – which is set to open May 1. Argent is headed by Culinary Director  and hottie we dig, Rodelio Aglibot, Executive Chef Jackie Shen and Toni Motamen. What to watch for: The word ‘Argent’ means silver, and the upcoming restaurant will focus on the industry and construction of Chicago in the 19th century, also playing with the concept of “comfort chic.” BONUS DIRT: Argent is looking to have “the best scrambled egg in Chicago” – must try. [Eater]

Troquet Debuts New Menu Items

Sticky Toffee Pudding at Troquet. Photo via Tasted Menu

Troquet recently opening in the Northside / Lakeview / Ravenswood area, and this neighborhood French bar is introducing more new menu items. With a comfy yet chic French environment, Chef Partner Brad Phillips & Troquet feature simple, traditional bar fare, all $12 or under. Watch out for these French classics: Croque Monsieur (classic hot ham and cheese sandwich with béchamel and Dijon; $8), Confit de Canard (Duck Confit served with fries and green salad; $12), Quiche du jour (quiche of the day, green salad; $7), Le P’tit Salé (Pork Belly served with fries and green salad; $12) among other items. You can also get your hands on more traditional small plates like Les Moules-Frites (mussels with fries; $9), La Charcut’ “charcuterie plate” (mustard, cornichons, baguette; $9), Les Fromages “cheese plate”(apricot jam, baguette; $9). Ooooh-la-la. Want something sweeter? Finish it all off with Mousse “Troquet” (chocolate and Nutella mousse; $3) or Tergoule cinnamon rice pudding ($3). Call Troquet @ 773.334.5664 to get all the details on the new menu items, but the best thing you can do? Go to Troquet. Let us know what you love! 1834 W. Montrose.


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