There are so many choices to enjoy a great meal in the city that a lot of restaurants simply get looked over or don't make the cut.
Some places that are decent, but won't blow your socks off, still have some characteristics that make it a viable option for foodies. Dine (733 W. Madison St.), is definitely the type of place that should be added to your dining options.
Executive Chef Chris Turano uses a variety of unpretentious ingredients and escalates them. His menu consists of American cuisine with plenty of options.
Some of the more memorable items were from the starter side of the menu, which included Braised Veal Cheek, Caramelized Cauliflower Puree, and Mustard Seed Consomme. The Cast Iron Seared Wild Alaskan Scallops, Soft Porcini Polenta, Parmesan, and Baby Arugula also received high marks.
After sampling the Bone in Ribeye and Braised Domestic Lamb Shank entrees, I definitely preferred the Block Island Monkfish, Wild Mushroom Broth, Beluga Lentils and Shellfish Mushrooms.
However, the best dish of the evening came via the Finishing Touches dessert menu. The Red Velvet Cake will have you licking the cream cheese frosting from your fingers.
Dine is a 1940s-style eatery, and vintage elements such as antiqued glass, terrazzo flooring, and oversized printed art complement the design. It doesn't have that contemporary feel of other popular West Loop restaurants, but makes a great alternative if you're looking for something different.
Dine, which is connected to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, is offering a special Valentine's Day dinner and a number of specialty "Love Drinks" throughout the entire month. For more information check out www.dinerestaurant.com.