Fig and Olive Chicago

Categories: Food


 Fig and Olive Chicago: I have eaten here three times before writing this post and each time has been a truffle oil infused delicious experience.  It opened two weeks ago.  It started serving lunch two days ago.  “I’m obsessed with the lighting in here!” was the first comment out of my friend Kerry’s mouth when we sat down to lunch.  Fig and Olive Chicago is first and foremost a visually stunning spot on Oak Street in the Gold Coast. Fresh, innovative, and the design is decidedly un-Chicago. Coastal? California? Maybe a combination of both.  Gone is the heavy dark wood and warm atmosphere that makes many Chicago restaurants so darn cozy in the winter months.  An open glass atrium floods both the third and second level dining areas with natural light.  Outdoor terrace seating overlooking Oak Street is also a great Summer option.  “I feel like I’m on vacation!” Kerry speaks the truth again.  Having been to both the Meatpacking location in NYC and their first Fig and Olive on the Upper East Side, I will say Chicago is winning.  You can eat light here or hearty depending on your mood. They are known for their crostini appetizers in sets of three topped with everything from manchego and almonds, to goat cheese with carmelized onions and chive, to prosciutto, ricotta and fig.   We ordered a fresh melon and burrata salad with heirloom tomatoes and then a penne funghi with grilled chicken drizzled with..say it with me….truffle oil. Truffle oil is used liberally here and when the dish arrives to the table the aroma alone is heavenly.  Also Good. Quality. Olive. Oil. in different flavors is presented with foccacia pre-meal.  The food is GREAT but so is the energy, vibe and design of the space. A DJ spinning low-key tunes at dinner near the large square eat-in bar helps to change the energy completely from lunch to dinner.  Love this spot! Unique addition to Chicago food scene!  For complete menu





One comment

  1. Great post! What a yummy lunch and still swooning over that natural light. I will be your “ladies who lunch” partner whenever you need one!

    Comment by Kerry on July 20, 2014 at 12:38 am

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