Hallalejuh: Seasonal, Sustainable Restaurant Close to Home

June 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm

On my way to Thor’s tball game at Welles Park last weekend, I spotted a new restaurant, The Brown Trout, which looked promising, upscale, stylish yet comfortable. This week’s interview with the owner in Dish, led us to try it.

With Tallgrass beef on the menu, seasonal produce and sustainably-sourced fish, this is a really great addition to the North Center neighborhood. I was a little concerned about the eclectic nature of the menu – most is seasonal new American, but there are some oddballs like hummus and gyros. No concern necessary.

Even with a slightly overcooked burger, the meal was excellent. I really loved the fish trio, highlighting two types of trout and the waffle chips. I was also very impressed by the inclusion of a salad on the bottom of the dessert menu (I really do love that crisp refresher post dinner). But the best part was the kid’s menu, which included a Tallgrass burger and a fruit salad (tossed tableside) as the standard side dish. Service was excellent, friendly and relaxed without being too familiar. Given the nature of the ingredients (such as a three pea green salad), I imagine that many of the ingredients were local, but I do look forward to learning more about their sources, which I intend to do with a wonderful restaurant like this within walking distance.

Brown Trout
4111 N Lincoln Ave