A Girl Eats: Gemini Bistro

A Girl Eats: Gemini Bistro

div class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"For an early Friday night dinner, /spanispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"A Girl/span/ispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;" and her husband headed to a href="http://www.geminibistrochicago.com/menus/"Gemini Bistro/a in Lincoln Park.  I used my a href="http://w.opentable.com/mobile/"OpenTable/a app and made last minute reservations.  We were really excited as this was on our list of restaurants to try, but I would say we were not that impressed./span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"We got there just in time to order from their prix fixe menu, which ends at /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"6:30 pm.  With the prix fixe, you choose from a few options for three courses for $32 and for an extra $25 you can receive wine pairings. As it is kid and family friendly, many families were eating around us, especially when we left at 8:30pm.  The atmosphere was chic but casual. I was confused and disappointed why fake votive candle were used. /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K4LaKwt1ScI/TqS3BrpcjnI/AAAAAAAAAio/Q4pmYpvPI6g/s1600/photo-22.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K4LaKwt1ScI/TqS3BrpcjnI/AAAAAAAAAio/Q4pmYpvPI6g/s640/photo-22.JPG" width="475" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"I was drinking a href="http://ine.com/wines/the-girls-in-the-vineyard.html"the Girls in the Vineyard/a Cabernet. Ai Girl /iloved it! /span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Sorry, I did not take pictures of the food given how dark it was in the restaurant./span/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Steve ordered an appetizer that is not included /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"in the prix fixe /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"the/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Seared Sea Scallops/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;"Brown butter, lemon, capers, brioche croutons /span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Our waitress brought the sea scallop special with risotto and not what we ordered, which ruined Steve’s dining experience. /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Steve’s Prix Fixe choices:/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"1/spansupspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"st/span/supspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;" Course /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Creamless Tomato Soup /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;"Mini Herkimer cheddar grilled cheese /span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"It was simple and hearty, but tasted like Campbell’s Soup. /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"2/spansupspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"nd/span/supspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;" Course /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Free-Range Chicken /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;"Crispy skin breast, braised thigh, mashed potato, mushroom ragout/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"We were recommended this chicken from the waitress.  Usually, chicken isn’t our go-to protein at restaurants. Surprisingly, it was juicy and delicious. /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"3/spansupspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"rd/span/supspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;" Course /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Apple Crisp/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;"Cinnamon streusel, maple pecan gelato, thyme caramel /span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"It was simple and a perfect fall classic. /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"A iGirl’s/i Prix Fixe Choices: /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"1/spansupspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"st/span/supspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;" Course/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Yia Yia’s Salad/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;"Tomato, cucumber, red onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese, croutons /span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Anyone who loves Greek salad as much as this igirl/i should try it. The preparation of salad was unique, perfect quantity of all ingredients/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"(no feta lacking) and delicious. /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"2/spansupspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"nd/span/supspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;" Course/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Steak Frites/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;"Grilled hanger steak, maître d’ butter, bordelaise, fries/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"This would be /spanispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"A Girl’s/span/ispan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;" last meal. After several trips to France and dining in Brasseries all over the States, I thought it was quite average.  I prefer my pommes frites long and thinly sliced and my steak not overdone./span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"3/spansupspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"rd/span/supspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;" Course/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Crème Brulee/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;"Vanilla bean custard, caramelized sugar, hazelnut biscotti/span/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"So full after 2 courses and wine, there was only room for a couple spoonfuls to try. It was good. /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"After hearing so much about a href="http://www.geminibistrochicago.com/menus/"Gemini Bistro/a, we were disappointed. /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"It was good, but not great. We felt we could have made all the dishes at home. The price of the food is relatively high. Our tab was $150 with the prix fixe. However, if you are looking for a kid-friendly spot with a good meal, I would recommend it. /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"A /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"igirl gives it 2 forks (out of 4 forks)/i/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"ubr //u/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"br //spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Gemini Bistro /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"2075 N. Lincoln Ave/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"Chicago /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"ibr //i/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"iEat Out & Enjoy!/i/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"iA Girl & Her Food/i/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //div

Read the whole article on a girl & her food