The Loop is the business center of Chicago, the booming marketplace in the heart of the city. Serving the many businesspeople, tourists, and other denizens of the city are multitudes of restaurants and bars. With so much choice, it can be easy to just pick the shiniest sign on the street, but sometimes it is worth holding out for those hidden gems.
Adamus is one of those tucked-away establishments worth a second look. Located in the Silversmith Hotel, it is a lounge that transitions into a restaurant, although the distinction between the two is a little confusing. Find your way to a table, however, and you’re sure to find something worthwhile on chef Nelson Erazo’s menu.
There are definite standouts in each section of the menu. The oysters, broiled and topped with creamed spinach and smoked bacon, arrived on a bed of salt and cloves, adding a fragrant element that really enhanced the dish. Among the entrees, the tellicherry peppercorn crusted duck was a winner. It was well-cooked and full of flavor, with pearled farro, morel mushrooms, and mascarpone.
Do not skip dessert! You’ll want to save room for the sweet end to your meal at Adamus. The lemon semifreddo was particularly delicious, covered in a berry compote and sprinkles with fragments of meringue, adding a perfect crunch.
Don’t forget to indulge in one of their inventive and tasty cocktails to round out the experience. The drink menu changes often, so there’s always something new to try.
Adamus offers a number of specials, from a set menu option to their incredible 3-3 deal on Thursdays: $3 craft beers and $3 pork belly sliders. Skip the Loop standards next time and see what Adamus has in store.