Since most restaurants fail within their first year, to make it to the paper anniversary is certainly reason to celebrate. Which is exactly what Little Market Brasserie did on January 17, 2014.
I was invited to bring a friend and attend the party in Little Market Brasserie’s bar. The other invitees appeared to be loyal customers who helped Little Market make it to the one year mark. If party attendance is any indication, Little Market Brasserie is very popular.
Three drinks were featured: Red Cow Sangria, Winter Ox Fizz, and The French Market. We tried them all, of course. My favorite was Winter Ox Fizz, vodka, tangerine, lemon, tarragon, sparking wine, and Peychaud’s Bitters. It included a garnish of a tarragon sprig, an underappreciated herb.
Red Cow Sangria had red wine, rum, Grand Mariner, guava, grapefruit, and cinnamon with Granny Smith apple garnish. The French Market had lavender-dried currant tea-infused vodka, pineapple, lime, and elderflower with thyme sprig garnish.
One enthusiastic customer assured me that Little Market Brasserie’s food was delicious so I was excited to try the snacks they had on offer for the party. The slider was terrific, cooked perfectly medium rare and juicy. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to get much else.
I tasted salmon tartare on a potato crisp with caviar that was good. And the bit of lobster roll I was able to grab was light and herbaceous. Other food was floating about, but seemed to get snatched up by the same group of people who planted themselves by the doors between the lobby of the Talbott Hotel and Little Market’s bar.
That a modern American eatery with such a rabid fanbase is attached to a hotel means the days of mediocre-to-bad food served to a captive crowd in a city unknown to them may soon be completely over, something I heartily endorse. Clearly Little Market Brasserie is pleasing not only hotel guests but Chicagoans.