"Service is impressive": Chicago Tribune's Phil Vettel Visits Two Lights

Two Lights was thrilled to host Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel for dinner. Read his full review HERE or check our our highlights (and photos from Chris Sweda) below:

“On a typical day, there will be two oyster varieties on offer, one from each coast, though availability occasionally alters the mix. A large shucking station sits in the middle of the long bar; grab a seat close by, and you can watch your order being prepped. The oysters are treated lovingly, served pristinely clean and icy-cold with a choice of sauces. The cucumber-gin granita is especially good, as many oysters possess faint cucumber flavor, and I liked the lightly tart rhubarb mignonette. The Old Bay cocktail sauce is available for those who insist on doing that to oysters.”

 
Photo: Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune

Photo: Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune

 

Make room for the octopus, which comes from Spain but acquires a Greek accent from the accompanying cucumber-tomato-feta salad; the Calabrian chile oil beneath suggests a day trip to Italy, but just enjoy.”

 
Photo: Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune

Photo: Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune

 

Even better is the raw hamachi, in a tiradito-inspired preparation that includes passion fruit puree, finger chiles, avocado crema and crushed macadamia nuts.”

 
Photo: Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune

Photo: Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune

 

Service is impressive in its food and beverage knowledge and general affability; when I dined with a few guests, waiters eagerly offered to divide certain dishes into easily shareable portions.

Speaking of beverages, the wine list is brief but full of fun, affordable pours, the beer selection includes craft brews from Maine (of course) and more far-flung regions, and the house cocktails include a signature Negroni accented with grapefruit and mezcal.”

 
Photo: Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune

Photo: Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune

 

For more on Phil Vettel’s visit to Two Lights, check out his feature on WGN-TV HERE and his interview on WGN Radio HERE. Eater Chicago also covered his Two Lights review—you can find that article HERE.

Thank you, Phil, and Chicago Tribune for joining us at Two Lights! Come and see what all the buzz is about by stopping in tonight. We can’t wait to see you. ••