New in Chicago: The Bedford

We had a girls night out last night and visited the new restaurant, the Bedford, for it's soft opening.

They were serving one cocktail (which is often the case on soft openings as to not overwhelm the staff). It was the Bedford Bramble (i.e Blackberry cocktail) and coincidentally very close to my Blackberry Ginger Smash. They used Pisco, lemon juice, muddled blackberries and sugar and ginger beer. Very refreshing. They were also serving Schlitz and Old Style, which I'm guessing was to keep it local and non-corporate.

The space is located at Ashland and Division (entry on Division St.) and is in the basement of a converted bank. They used a lot of original material from the bank such as the marble flooring, but the real treat is the lounge in the old bank vault.

The food is meant to be classic Midwest and is arranged in categories: Soil, Sea, Pasture, etc. I think all the ladies particularly enjoyed the bacon dust on the deviled eggs. But, why is it white?

Photos courtesy of Frances Arnold.

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