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Cindy’s- Chicago

Cindys

12 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

MONDAY – FRIDAY
Lunch 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 2:00 am

SATURDAY
Brunch 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 3:00 am

SUNDAY
Brunch 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 12:00 am

Undoubtedly on the list of top summer rooftops, stepping out onto Cindy’s terrace and overlooking the endless turquoise lake Michigan, you there is not better panoramic view of the city. Perfectly placed in the Chicago Athletic Club Hotel, Cindy’s airy “beach house” feel flawlessly contrasts the dark smoky feel of the historic men’s club.

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Not only is Cindy’s a place to sip a cocktail, or as they call them “potion,” while enjoying one of Chicago’s best views, but their seasonal menu is not one to overlook. Executive Chef Christian Ragano, the former Chef de Cuisine at NoMi, joins forces with renowned Spirit Guide, Nandini Khaund.  This one of a kind team brings forth fresh unique flavor combinations. When “shareable” is mentioned on a menu, most guests automatically assume lots of small portions, but Cindy’s shareable “platters” over sized family-style dishes with big prices to match.

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Recently open for lunch during the week, naturally I was one of the first in the restaurant.  For an appetizer my table inhaled the Spring Asparagus (Green and White Asparagus, Braised Morels, Country Ham, Poached Egg, Pickled Garlic, Parmesan- $15). Deliciously in season crisp asparagus was effortlessly balanced with the saltiness of the ham and creaminess of the egg.

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Two of us at the table enjoyed the Lamb Burger (Piquillo Pepper Jam, Goat’s Cheese, Charred Eggplant, Mizuna, Nine Grain Bun, House Cut Fries-18). As most of you know, anything with goat’s cheese is my weakness, but each chosen ingredient noticeably played a role in the overall exceptionality of the burger. Our table also chose the prime steak tartine or also known as an open faced sandwich. (Caramelized Onions, Pickled Poblano Mayonnaise, Arugula, House Cut Fries-18). Although on the more difficult side to eat, the prime steak was just delicious all around!

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With a few friends in town to visit, our table probably had one to many of the deceptively sinful potions. I must say, Nandini Khaund has one effortlessly unique mind! One of our favorites was actually under the list of mocktails, but of course we added rum! It was the Rabbit vs. Mule, which is featured in the first picture. (Carrot, lemon, ginger beer, sailor jerry rum- $15).

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Overall, I highly recommend checking out Cindy’s Rooftop. Yes, the long wait will test your patience and it will be filled with tons of pretty people, but I will tell you that the talent of the Cindy’s team and overall atmosphere make this restaurants one of my favorite spots in Chicago!

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