Jill and I dined at Lokal (1904 W. North Ave.), a trendy European lounge that features slightly more elevated European cuisine with a strong focus on Polish grub.  While all the food was solid, the standout of the night was our appetizer – their steak tartare.

Lokal uses high quality raw Filet Mignon which was prepared and seasoned with excellent technique.  The meat was placed in a traditional mold and a small quail egg was gently cracked over the dish.  Accompanied by toasted rye, Cornichon pickles and pickled onions, the dish as a whole was fresh and extremely flavorful, while not being too filling and heavy.  This was a solid version of the French dish through the use of superb product, proper seasoning, and attention to detail.


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