Restaurant Week at The Writing Room – As Corny as Kansas in August

Restaurant Week is here again, and this time I headed to Yorkville’s The Writing Room to check out the lunch menu.

20140725_121842 The restaurant is large and airy, which helps to lighten and soften the clubby, dark interior. It’s casual but still upscale – come here in jeans but not dirty ones, and maybe throw on some nice shoes – got it? 20140725_124151 Parker House roll

A far superior bread service than many in more expensive restaurants. They arrive freshly baked and still warm. The tops are slick with butter and covered in crunchy salt pyramids. The insides are warm and pull apart in light, eggy tufts. This is a wonderful way to start what turns out to be a wonderful meal. 
20140725_124851 Corn soup with baby shrimp and corn fritters

I was expecting cold soup, but this arrived piping hot and very savory. Usually corn is sweet, but this soup brought out the earthy, savory flavors. It’s creamy and filled with mild, pristine  baby shrimp, buttery fava beans, and hunks of grilled corn segments. The herb swirl atop adds a spicy, jalapeno-y flavor that bumps up the flavor profile. And those corn fritters on the skewer…well, who doesn’t love corn fritters on a skewer, right? 20140725_131032 Slow roasted salmon

Tasty, but nothing more. Cooked to a medium with a vibrant, firm pink interior and topped with garlicky roasted tomatoes. It’s served atop creamy, salty grits laden with more grilled corn – this time, next to those herby tomatoes, the corn tastes so sweet. This restaurant really does corn well!
20140725_134630 Creamsicle with brownie

My favorite course, which hardly ever happens with dessert. The creamsicle is tart and has a fresh burst of citrus flavor inside a thick, dark chocolate coating. It’s sweet and totally reminiscent of the creamsicles of my youth from the ice cream truck – to say nothing of the uber-gooey, warm, dark chocolate brownie. Warm brownie and cold ice cream…is there anything better? Be warned, the brownie has nuts.

20140725_121849 The Writing Room has a great Restaurant Week menu! All of the dishes are on the normal menu, and if you ordered them separately, they would definitely come out to more than $30 altogether. The service couldn’t be lovelier (honestly…I was seated by perhaps the sweetest maitre d’hotel in the entire city), the surroundings are attractive, and the food is really great.

It’s definitely something to write home about. 

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