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Steampunk décor and inventive cuisine await you at Ruxbin, a cozy new-American restaurant where you’ll feel like you’re over at a friend’s house for dinner. That friendliness is no accident, as the culinary trio behind it created a “sepia-toned menagerie” strewn with refurbished, repurposed, and reclaimed items to embody a warm, welcoming approach to food. So if your best friends are looking to try something completely different, round them up and drop by this West Town spot to sample one of the most creative menus in Chicago in one of its most fascinating spaces. Sharing is caring, so don’t feel limited to your own entrée. The best strategy for a group of friends is to order a variety of different dishes for everyone to try, and then watch the different reactions. An adventurous appetizer like grilled octopus with pickled green onions might elicit fear at first, followed by infatuation at its tenderness and flavor, while “penne in a garden” will show even the most die-hard carnivore just how amazing vegetables can be. And don’t shy away from the downright weird dishes like bacon cotton candy and Gorgonzola ice cream, as they’re likely to be the biggest conversation-starters of the evening. The restaurant has a BYOB policy, so you can bring a special bottle of bubbly, but those who prefer soft drinks will be rewarded with a fantastic selection of house-made sodas in such flavors as apple cider switchel and coconut lime cream soda. One last piece of advice: As strange as it sounds, you’re going to want to visit the bathroom. Most people call it the most unique they’ve ever seen, with its swivel door and walls completely covered in graphic art and posters.

Ruxbin

851 N Ashland Ave Chicago IL 60622

(312) 624-8509

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