King of the ’Ville

A BYO Date Spot in Andersonville

You’ve got a lot going on today.

The snow. Cleaning up after your Presidents’ Day party. Your write-in campaign for mayor.

So for tomorrow, let’s just focus on getting you a really good side of beef...

Welcome to Kingfisher, a discreet new destination for all your steaking and seafooding needs, opening tomorrow in Andersonville.

You might know these guys from the late, great fish shanty Pier 5736 in Jefferson Park. Here, they’re working the same casual charm—wood floors, brick walls, low lighting—and you’ll be happy to know they’re still doing what they know best (namely, seafood).

So you’ll grab a bottle of pinot (it’s BYO for now) and look for the enormous vintage marquee with the word “Restaurant” in flashing lights. You’ll pass through hand-painted blue archways and settle into a cozy table at the corner of the bar, where you’ll gaze upon the hand-drawn portraits of such old-school legends as Brando, Tony Curtis and... Ozzie Guillen.

You’ll want to start with some oysters Rockefeller for you and your date/fellow bivalve enthusiast. Then, it’s time for some hard decisions—whether to indulge in lobster medallions with white wine sauce, a pork porterhouse with truffled potatoes or a New York strip from Chicago’s own Stock Yards Packing. And for your grand finish, there’s something called a Papaya Mousse Burrito...

Brando would’ve wanted you to have this.

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