-Grubbing in ChicagoFast Casual Italian ft. Polenta
I met my wife for lunch one day a while back and we agreed to meet at The Polenta Bar. I think it opened a year or so ago and there honestly hasn't been much noise about it. This doesn't really mean anything but it was empty on our visit which was a nice Fall day. Not sure what gives.
Polenta Focused Plates in the West Loop
The Polenta Bar calls their food the "flavours of Milan". It's definitely a fast casual type place that uses the Chipotle model to an extent. However not all of the food is pre-cooked so after you order you will wait maybe 5 minutes or so. As the name suggests polenta is the focal point here. You can have it the traditional way in mashed-like form or you can get polenta cakes to pair with your choice of sauce and vegetable. I got the soft and creamy polenta topped with spicy Milanese sausage with a side of mushrooms cooked in red wine. It's a big ass plate of food and filling at that. I liked my lunch and while I haven't rushed to go back I would enjoy this option if I worked in the area. Beats Chipotle.
Polenta with Spicy Milanese Sausage at The Polenta Bar
The Polenta Bar
1002 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607