A coast is not one of them.
Starting tonight, Ryan McCaskey (Tizi Melloul) aims to change that. His South Loop restaurant, Acadia, pays homage to childhood summers spent in New England.
A crab shack this is not: The sleek, minimalist dining room has fourteen-foot ceilings, a wine room, and skyline views. The beautifully composed menu pleases seafood and nonseafood eaters alike.
McCaskey’s catch comes straight from the source: Penobscot Bay scallops are coupled with butternut squash and coconut; Deer Isle shrimp cozy up to cuttlefish noodles; Stonington lobster hides in sour cream pastry; black cod gets chowdered.
Meatheads, try pork belly and Wagyu tri-tip.
From where we’re sitting, the coast is clear.
Acadia, 1639 South Wabash Avenue, between 16th and 18th Streets (312-360-9500 or acadiachicago.com). Call for reservations to the New Year’s Eve five-course dinner with wine pairings, $125 for 6 p.m. seatings and $150 for all seatings afterward.
Photo: Anthony Tahlier / Courtesy of Acadia