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Perfect For: Adventurous Eating Birthdays BYOB Impressing Out of Towners Special Occasions Unique Dining Experience


Imagine your friends won’t answer your calls, don’t care about your feelings, and are generally unconcerned with your needs. Now imagine those friends are some kick ass chefs who let you come to their restaurant, bring your own booze, drink as much as you want, and serve you the culinary creations that only eight pound six ounce omnipotent baby Jesus himself could concoct. Welcome to Schwa, where Chef Michael Carlson and his small team interchangeably share all the duties in the restaurant.

They may not actually be our friends, but that’s the feeling we get when we walk in the door, assuming we can actually get in, and minus the part where they don’t answer the phone most of the time. We have no idea when the best time to call and make a reservation is, but we know enough to insist you figure it out.

Schwa offers a bit of everything, including some molecular gastronomy, a fun atmosphere, rotating menu, and great music. Don’t overlook the music. Name another restaurant where you can eat quail egg ravioli with truffle while listening to some serious rap and metal, because you can’t. It’s a fixed menu, which includes a strict no cell phone policy. It’s also BYOB, so feel free to bring an abundance of whatever your preferred drink of choice is to accompany the progression of dishes and lengthy meal (plan for about three hours). If you’re looking for suggestions, we recommend a bottle of champagne and at least two wine options – a red and white. Don’t feel confined though, and let loose with liquor, beer, or both depending on the size of your party and how hard you want to get after it.

Stop at your local liquor store before heading this way because there isn’t a convenient one near the restaurant, and while it’s not necessary, it certainly doesn’t hurt to bring the chefs a six pack or bottle of whisky, should you so choose. Whatever you decide, let go your traditional ideas of what a good restaurant is supposed to be and enjoy the show.

Food Rundown

Movie Snacks

Pizza cotton candy. Popcorn drink. “Nacho.” A sophisticated take on some childhood favorites. Use your imagination.

Quail Egg Ravioli

There’s a reason this seems to be the only standing dish on a constantly changing menu – it’s that good. There’s also a reason you don’t get any silverware with it. You’re not allowed to use any.


Picture tea and crumpets with the Queen of England turned into a lobster dish. Perfectly cooked, butter poached lobster, with lavender biscuits and some serious floral tastes.

Elk Sniped From a Helicopter

No, but really, that was the description. Elk is a lean meat, and it’s delicious. So give it a shot (not literally) if you’ve never had it before.


There’s nothing like peeing your name in the snow on a cold winter day, and then eating it…or at least something like that. Take a trip to Schwa and maybe find out for yourself.

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