A couple of summers ago Kevin and I visited The Peasantry for brunch. The Peasantry first came on the food scene with a focus on street food. We were able to enjoy dishes like a Brunch Dog and Roasted Beet Hash which were both delicious and left us wanting to go back to try their dinner menu.
Last fall the restaurant went through some remodeling and a change in focus of their menu. The Peasantry moved away from street food and revamped their menu to comfort food dishes. Several months ago Kevin and I decided to go back for dinner to check out their new menu.
We walked in around 8 PM on a Friday night without a reservation and were able to snag a seat at the street-facing counter. Per the recommendation of our waitress, we started our meal with their famous Triple Truffle Fries which are made with Truffle Butter, Truffle Salt, and Truffle Oil. To be honest, these fries were pretty disappointing. For a dish that is advertised as “triple truffle”, the fries hardly had any truffle flavor at all. For regular french fries they were great, but to be called Triple Truffle Fries they really missed the mark.
Kevin ordered the Shrimp and Grits for his entree which looked really pretty as it was served, but again this dish was just ok and lacked flavor.
I chose the Pan-Seared Duck Breast for my main course. The duck is served over a Butternut Squash Puree with Duck Fat Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Lacinto Kale, and drizzled with a Compressed Apple and Duck Demi Glace. My meal was actually very good. The duck was cooked perfectly and paired nicely with the sweetness of the butternut squash. The only thing that was disappointing about this dish was the lack of Brussels sprouts and kale which I was looking forward to.
I will also make note that the service during our dinner was extremely slow. Our waitress hardly made an appearance at our table and the food took about 35 minutes to be served from the time we ordered. Our appetizer of fries were brought out at the same time as our entrees which is a major faux pas.
While I absolutely loved the original street food concept at The Peasantry, sadly their new comfort food menu really fell short.
The Peasantry is located at 2723 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood