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River Roast
Go fish: River Roast's catch of the day.

Maybe we’re just greedy, but small-plates dining has never been our thing. Splitting three bacon-wrapped dates among four people? How does that make sense again?

Luckily, iconic Chicago chef Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia) has opened River Roast, a new waterside spot that encourages hearty sharing and pares down the process to one major decision--chicken, fish or beef?

If you’re dining with a date, first pick a protein. The roasted fish and chicken ($42 and $39, respectively) are both served whole and are plenty of food for two, while the roast beef is carved tableside and is best for one person ($29 for eight ounces). Upon our recent visit, we had the fish of the day, a meaty sea bass that was fried and dramatically speared (see above).

All three proteins come with a side of supercrispy, salty potatoes, and we added more veggies to make the meal complete--garlicky supper-club mushrooms ($9) and creamy turnips au gratin ($9).

Who knew sharing could be so filling? 

River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St.; 312-822-0100 or

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