Patti Ann’s, a new family-friendly restaurant by chef-owner Greg Baxtrom (Olmsted, Maison Yaki), is now open in Prospect Heights. The menu is part nostalgia with Midwestern comfort foods from Baxtrom’s childhood combined with fine-dining techniques.
The restaurant is named after his mom, Patti Ann, a retired elementary school teacher with nods to her decades-long teaching career and Baxtrom’s upbringing on a farm in the suburbs of Chicago. Some of those family-friendly dishes include starters like a Blooming Onion with fancy ranch dressing; Pig in a Blanket with potato roll braided bacon and a honey mustard glaze; and Chips and Goop with housemade potato chips and onion dip based on his mother’s recipe. Entrees include Saltine Encrusted Cedar Plank Salmon with mustard and lemon; Cherry Ketchup Glazed Duck Meatloaf; Royale Roasted Chicken prepared four ways with sauce royale; Short Rib Pot Roast with caramelized onions, peas, and carrots; and Baked Mostaccioli with tomato sauce and mozzarella. A rotating dessert menu includes Seasonal Cobbler, Peanut Butter Bars, Lemon Bars, and a Root Beer Float. Cocktails are also playfully named after nostalgic school events like Parent Teacher Conference with Umeshu, scotch, preserved lemon syrup and soda; Spring Fling with tequila, Escubac, dry sherry, saline, grapefruit and mint; and Ditch Day with rum, banana, lemon, egg white and bitters; among others.
With refurbished brick walls, airy windows and hanging chalkboards with rotating specials, the 70-seat dining room accommodates parties of all sizes and also features an expansive chef’s counter and bar seating built by Greg’s father Mike Baxtrom. The adjacent all-day bakery and cafe, Patti Ann’s Bakery (previously known as Evi's Bäckerei), will supply the restaurant with daily fresh bread and other baked items, and continue to be open for the neighborhood daily.