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Homestead on the Roof

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1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
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A second-floor establishment above Roots Pizza in Ukrainian Village, Homestead on the Roof has a kick *ss 1,000 square foot rooftop with an organic garden and 80 seat patio. There are literally fruits, vegetables, and herbs growing in every direction around you, which just so happen to be the driving force behind seasonal menus. And when it’s below freezing, the indoor space is also a good mix of spacious and intimate with a casual feel, although the patio is the way to go when weather permits.

The menu is made for sharing with dishes ranging in size, plus the wait staff will help you navigate if you need. The food has a real rustic American feel, with visually appealing dishes that allow the garden’s ingredients to shine.

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Food Rundown

Chicken Skins

Homemade chicken skins with Sriracha honey mustard. The question is how many should you order.

Smoked Asparagus Salad

Asparagus served with fried duck egg and brown butter vinaigrette. More of a side vegetable dish than a salad, but well done if you’re a cooked asparagus fan.

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Kale Salad

Kale with apples, burnt cheddar, and a bacon-cider dressing. Great flavors, but a tad heavy on the dressing at times.

Moroccan Spiced Mussels

Not your typical preparation. They aren’t kidding around with the spices, and the fried chickpeas add a welcoming taste to the seafood. A must-try if you like mussels.

Beef Short Rib Pappardelle

A straightforward dish with some exceptional pappardelle noodles.

Seared Walleye

The fish comes with some gnocchi and poached lobster in a lobster broth. The broth is basically bisque, and it’s awesome.

Seared Scallops

The scallops are pretty good, but they come with small pieces of braised beef short ribs wrapped in some wilted greens, which are even better. The garlic chive mustard emulsion is on point too.

Half Chicken

Half a chicken plus some lamb sausage with fried artichokes and roasted carrots. A very hearty and well balanced dish. This lamb is better than the actual lamb dish below, and the crispy artichokes add a nice textural contrast.

Slagel Farms Lamb

Probably the most disappointing dish here, which is unfortunate. It looks beautiful, and the yogurt, frika, carrot, and truffle aioli sauce it comes over is great, but despite looking like a juicy piece of lamb it’s a lot of bone and fat.

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