The Hampton Social opened this morning in River North, and it might be the first Chicago restaurant to actively advertise happy hour on premises. "Happy Hour" is written right on the awning customers walk under on their ways inside, taking advantage of the new law lifting restrictions on drink discounts. The awning also mentions the restaurants "coastal fare," as the menu's seafood heavy coming from its east coast roots.
Back in March, owner Brad Parker (who owned the now-shuttered American Junkie) caused a stir when he said the menu would "be geared towards a woman's palate." Apparently the light fare and seafood were meant to somehow draw more female customers. So what does that mean? It looks like it means lots of lobster.
The lobster menu section includes five items — lobster rolls, macaroni and cheese, lobster tails, deviled eggs and lobster salad. And like any good east coast seafood joint, there's a hefty dose of Old Bay, as the restaurant uses the seasoning on their fries. Lobster also comes on one of seven wood-fired pizzas. There's also a $65 seafood tower feeds two people, giving diners a sampling of raw bar selections like shrimp cocktail and shucked oysters.
Check out the food menu below.