Blue 13

Pretty in Ink

Tats and Steaks in River North

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Tattoos are tricky.

Well-executed body art enhances some people's allure (Angelina Jolie), but for others things can go wrong in a hurry (we're looking at you, Winehouse).

So we're happy to report that Blue 13, a contemporary American spot opening next Wednesday in River North—and using vintage tattoos as interior-design inspiration—has taken a cue from Mrs. Pitt. They can't do laser on restaurants.

It's all about restraint here: Walk into the dining room and you'll notice tastefully framed vintage tattoo "flash" usually reserved for walls of sailor-filled tattoo parlors. This spot's sexy enough to bring a date, but offers enough rock 'n' roll energy (and a late-night weekend menu) for you and some buddies.

Chef-partner Chris Curren, an inked-up former Zealous sous chef, doesn't restrain himself in the kitchen, however. His Steak and Eggs on Acid is a trippingly colorful beef tenderloin on wasabi base topped with quail eggs; his take on shellfish-loaded acqua pazzo promises to be tongue-searing. Starting next Friday, it's your turn to go all out: Reserve the chef's table for you and six of your friends to gorge on the seven-course chef's choice degustation menu.

Even cocktails like the Tabasco-spiked Filthy martini offer the right amount of over-the-top-ness.

But we're sure Winehouse would like it anyway.

Vitals

Blue 13
416 W. Ontario St
(between N. Orleans and Kingsbury)
River North
Chicago, IL 60654
312-787-1400

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