Branch 27 Coupons and Deals
The physical rehaul of the Eckhart Park public library branch impressed everybody when Branch 27 opened last spring. That was in contrast with chef Bob Zrenner’s opening menu of American bistro standards, which Reader reviewer Martha Bayne found "safely unremarkable in both content and execution." But in early December Zrenner decamped (ending up at Jerry Kleiner’s 33 Club), and owners Howard Natinsky (Fat Cat, Five Star Bar) and Cary Michael (ex-Rockit Bar & Grill) executed a shrewd play in replacing him with John Manion, who’s been a ronin chef since his terrific Wicker Park nuevo Latino restaurant Mas closed in 2007. Now Manion has moved on once again, but there are still some extraordinarily winning seasonal dishes like a seafood stew with Swiss chard, fennel-saffron broth, and romesco, duck ramen with ramps, and tagliatelle with duck and pork bolognese."