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Table Fifty-Two

While I was in Chicago, my parents and I dined at Table Fifty-Two, an amazing restaurant that serves fancy southern comfort food with southern hospitality.

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The restaurant’s chef is Art Smith, a man who for many years was my dear friend Oprah’s personal chef.

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Sorry, just had to throw that in there!

Anyway, Table Fifty-Two is located in the former carriage house of the Biggs Mansion, a historical building that survived the great Chicago fire. The bottom floor is meant to be cozy, with tables gathered around the hearth.

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The upstairs, where we ate, is an elegant room with high ceilings and chandeliers.

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

If you’re wondering where the people are, I should note that we ate at 4pm (thanks parents!) because we were seeing Second City at 7pm. By the time we left the restaurant it was packed!

As the website promised, the restaurant’s signature goat cheese biscuits were in front of us moments after we sat down.

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

They were piping hot and absolutely delicious!

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We started with the appetizer special of the evening, which was quail stuffed with cornbread, bacon and persimmon.

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Poor little guy!

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Because it was a new recipe, while we were eating the chef came out and asked how the quail was and if we recommended any adjustments. We had no suggestions- it’s delicious as is!

For my entree, I ordered the Southern Fried Catfish, primarily because I wasn’t sure if I had ever had catfish before. It was served with Tasso ham, Maitake mushrooms, white corn grits and crispy okra. It was good, but I ended up liking my parents’ dishes better.

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My dad selected the Loch Etive Ocean Trout with Savannah red rice, red miso and shrimp etoufee. We all liked it a lot!

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My mom won the award for picking the best meal. She ordered the Rohan Duck Breast, which is accompanied by garlic jelly, apples, sweet potato gnocchi, Maitake mushrooms and almonds. Amazing!

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

While we were browsing the menu, I asked my dad if we were going to order a side. His response: “Yes Ashley, you can order the mac and cheese.” He knows me so well!

You can’t go to a southern comfort restaurant and not get mac and cheese! Table Fifty-Two’s Three-Cheese Mac arrived piping hot, with delicious cheese melted along the sides of the pot. Yum.

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was such a great meal!

Table Fifty-Two - Chicago dining and travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

You can make reservations at Table Fifty-Two here.

I highly recommend it. In fact, I’m now tempted to make Art Smith my personal chef!

Think my good friend Oprah would mind?

~A

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