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Table Fifty-Two

  • 52 W. Elm St. Map It
  • Near North
  • American

Published 08/31/2015

Fodor's Review

If it feels like everyone is a regular at chef Art Smith's Gold Coast restaurant, they very well might be. Oprah's former personal chef is not short on friends and admirers, yet newcomers who score a reservation feel just as welcome in the cozy, country-home environs, particularly when the complimentary cheese biscuits arrive. At its core is a formidable Southern lineup of dishes such as Lowcountry shrimp with white corn grits, fried catfish with maitake mushrooms, and a fried chicken worshipped by Lady Gaga (a Sunday- and Monday-only special). Save room for Smith's hummingbird cake, a homey banana-and-pineapple concoction topped with cream-cheese frosting. If you're in the neighborhood without a reservation, walk in and see whether the chef's counter is available: the restaurant keeps five seats open in front of the pizza oven.

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52 W. Elm St., Chicago, Illinois, 60610, USA

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Restaurant Details:

  • No lunch
  • Reservations essential

Published 08/31/2015


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