Chicago Restaurant Week 2022: Dinner at L. Woods

This is part of a series of posts about Chicago Restaurant Week 2022, held March 25–April 10. To browse past Restaurant Week coverage between 2013 and 2021, click here.

Key lime pie
Key lime pie

Best Bite: L. Woods was purported to be a hidden gem of the Lettuce Restaurant You restaurant group, and it lived up to that reputation. L. Woods serves traditional supper club fare, including classic homestyle desserts. The chilly key lime pie had the right level of tartness with a buttery graham crust and crown of whipped cream.

L. Woods is also known for their barbecue, so I went for a meaty entree that was exclusive to the Restaurant Week menu. The texture of the country pork rib was impressively tender, and corn pudding and sweet potato fries are two of my favorite sides anywhere (usually independently), so it was a nice treat to have them together.

Boneless country pork rib with caramelized barbecue sauce, sweet potato fries, and corn pudding
Boneless country pork rib with caramelized barbecue sauce, sweet potato fries, and corn pudding

Other notes: You can’t go wrong with a molten cheese-topped French onion soup, with the savory soaked crouton underneath. And I had to get an old fashioned in true Wisconsin supper club fashion, this one a springy strawberry.

French onion soup
French onion soup
Strawberry old fashioned with High West bourbon, fresh strawberries, and rhubarb bitters
Strawberry old fashioned with High West bourbon, fresh strawberries, and rhubarb bitters

The details: L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge, 7110 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood.

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