Remember Steffi? That wild girl in high school who threw great parties but was kind of a bimbo? Imagine running into her 20 years later; now she?s ?Stephanie,? and though she looks exactly the same (what is her secret?), she?s a totally different person on the inside.
That?s the idea behind Packing House.
Located in the former Market space, Packing House is an adult reinvention of a restaurant you thought you knew.
For starters, there?s a new chef--Amanda Barnes, from Moto and Purple Pig--who brings her Mediterranean-inspired, contemporary American cuisine to the table. There?s also a new atmosphere (urban meets artistic), though the incredible rooftop view remains.
Gone is the sports bar. In its place is an expansive dining room and patio featuring artwork by Chicago-based artist Hebru Brantley and accented by an enclosed glass fireplace and sleek gray booths.
Gone, too, are the popcorn shrimp. Now the restaurant specializes in approachable dishes with a twist. (We loved the clean and not-too-fishy Halibut Ceviche appetizer and the decadent Crab Spaghettini entrée.)
In other words, it?s all grown up.
Packing House, 1113 W. Randolph St.; 312-929-4787 or packinghousechicago.com