Just recently, a new bistro opened up in Old Town. It isn’t your typical restaurant , it combines a nostalgic feel with good food and comfortable settings. Pomp and Circumstance is the kind of place that Don Draper and Co would have felt quite at home at. Whether you want to join friends for a drink or enjoy a dinner that reminds you of an era gone be, Pomp and Circumstance caters to the discriminating gourmet or someone who just wants a filling meal.
Cozy couches beckon patrons to sit and chat and enjoy nibbling on some great appetizers. We began our night by partaking in some of the cocktails that they feature. Drinks conjure up an era gone by when men gulped scotch and women sipped pink ladies. The pink lady was sweet and fruity with its froth . It was even served in a classic cocktail glass. Beers and wines can also be served as well. The highlight of the cocktail menu was a delightful apertiv called “the Shakedown” It is served in something that you would find in a kitchen from the fifties or sixties. The mixture is brought to the table in a copper pineapple with a removable lid. What made it special was that the liquor was mixed with freshly squeezed grapefruit , pineapple , and lime juices. Coconut water adds to the drink ‘s sweetness. As we sipped our drinks, we nibbled on some yummy starters. My particular favorites were were the cheese board and the crab ragoon. Four different types of cheese and preserves made a delightful prelude to the meal. Loved the glacial bleu with its pungent taste that reminded me how much I love bleu cheese. Such a clever idea to make it spreadable. What set the crab ragoon apart from others was the sauce for dipping. It was sweet and had a small kick to it.
Going on to the next course, we moved the party to the patio . The best thing about the patio was the furniture took me back to my childhood with its wrought iron charm. Heaters keep diners warm and the awning allows dining year round even during the famous Chitown winters. What really made the evening special was watching history being made as the Cubs made their way in game four toward the World Series. We dug into the next delight which was the yummy lobster roll. It was nestled in a fresh NE roll stuffed to the brim with knuckle and claw meat mixed with a tangy herb aoili. Combined with the homemade potato chips , it was a perfect meal. The potato chips were seasoned with a spice that added flavor to the chip. Not too spicy, but just right. Jen always opts to try the burger and the Pomp burger didn’t disappoint. The meat was nice and pink and tender. The cheese didn’t overpower the burger and the special sauce was delicious. I indulged in a fall themed entree that was very enjoyable and highly recommended from the chef and servers. The bone in pork chop was paired with a spiced apple compote and pumpkin puree that emoted the perfect autumnal feel. Adding to the homestyle cuisine was mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts that were crisp and not limp. All of the vegetables and meats used at Pomp and Circumstance come from local farms and definitely give that feel of Americana.
It is always a pleasure to finish such a great meal with an even greater dessert and tonight was no exception. Seeing the hot fudge brownie sundae we two girls had to order it. Sitting on the plate was a large fudgy brownie with nuts that was surrounded with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. The concoction was sprinkled with fudge sauce. It made for a chocolatey delight that was pure heaven. The other dessert we tried was the cheese cake which was served in an unusual way. Cheese cake with a graham cracker crust was layered in a glass jar and served with homemade graham crackers made from a special toffee. We couldn’t stop ourselves once we got started.
With a chef who is influenced by his rural roots and an owner with a vision, Pomp and Circumstance promises to be a welcome addition to the dining mecca of Old Town. I can’t think of a better place to take a client or do an interview than on the comfy couches in the upper room or enjoy al fresco in the throes of winter. Pomp and Circumstance is located at 1400 N Wells and they also have a great brunch menu as well. Stop in soon.
Pumpkin and apple mix with the pork chop to give that savory fall flavor.
Further adding healthy to the fall harvest are these yummy brussel sprouts
From a bygone era, is an elegant drink for ladies, the pink lady
Its ambrosia in a pineapple and a delicious drink to share, the Shakedown