Not only did we get to try out some of the summer menu items, but they were also paired with wines, which is always a magnificent bonus. :)
First, we tried Baby Carrot Frites. Wow. Carrots have never tasted so good. The light tempura-like batter gave a nice buttery crunch and the green goddess dipping sauce added a cool and refreshing finish. It was paired with a crisp, slightly sweet and fruity Can Fixes Blanc Seleccio, 2014. I could have eaten nothing but these and went home happy. But, there was more to come.
Up next was a roasted half chicken with confit fingerling potatoes grilled asparagus and citrus jus paired with Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc, 2015. I loved this white wine accompanying this rich dish that could not have been more perfect - juicy, succulent and very moist meat inside a crunchy crust served with melt-in-your-mouth potatoes and grilled asparagus. The meal just keep getting better and better.
Next up was another entree - beef tenderloin medallions with herbed fondue, picked ramps, french bread, lyonnaise potatoes. Yes, it was as good as it sounds and it looks. Served with this dish was a red wine - Palama Arcangelo Negramaro, 2013 from Puglia Italy.
We simply couldn't leave without trying a dessert off the regular menu, which currently has four options, including a cheese & cookie flight, which sounded intriguing. I am all about flights where I get to sample a variety.
Other desserts were apple cake, blood orange tart and the snickers bar, which I gravitated toward because, well - I'm a chocoholic. I made a fantastic choice. The brandy cherry syrup was amazing.
We didn't have time to peruse the market items, but I did snap a couple pics. You'll find a number of gourmet items on the shelves and a large selection of wines along with a cheese counter.
The summer menu isn't being introduced quite yet, but there's an amazing line-up of upscale dishes on the new everyday menu. The meat sections includes braised beef, Slovakian sausage, short ribs and lamb sliders as well as dry aged and wet aged steaks. Under seafood, you'll find a Rushing Waters Trout with goat cheese, polenta cake, rock shrimp and hazelnut pesto cream. There are also scallops, sea bass, grilled octopus, mussels and whitefish. Pierogi, gnocchi and beet carpaccio are among the vegetarian offerings. Chicken and duck dishes round out the entrees.
My heart went pitter patter when I also noticed that you can select a cheese flight off the menu. A CHEESE FLIGHT! I will absolutely have to get back for that.
This is such a cool place. In the heart of the historic downtown area and close to the train. The vibe is casual but with elevated offerings. A place to hang out on your own for a leisurely bite or to pick up a gift or a place for a nice, relaxing night out with good food and good wine.
Find out more at marionstreetmarket.com.
Oh, and one other thing worth a mention - the restrooms. Totally environmentally friendly in every possible way. They really did it right on the remodel.
Marion Street Market
100 S. Marion Street
Oak Park, IL
***Disclosure: A meal was provided for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own.