Review Preview: ~scape



The servers bear all the hallmarks of intensive corporate drilling. On two visits the same server offered us a verbatim opening spiel. Even before we had a chance to order wine, he offered us a point-by-point description of "his" favorite appetizers. (Curiously, at a nearby table that was seated after we were, his favorite appetizers were different.) My wife had barely finished ordering a decaf when he asked: "Would you care for a decaf cappuccino from our crêperie next door?"

Not that ~scape needs to upsell. On that particular night, my wife and I each ordered one drink, one coffee and one entrée with soup or salad; we split an appetizer and desert. Our bill (before tip) was $120.

This week I visit ~scape, the new Central West End restaurant from the Chicago-based Levy Restaurants empire. Check back later today for my first review of 2008.

-Ian Froeb

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