The Loyalist is opening on Saturday in the West Loop. That's John and Karen Shields' more-unbuttoned ground-floor bar/restaurant that complements Smyth, the couple's fine-dining wonderland upstairs. Reservations for The Loyalist go online at 11 a.m. on Friday via Tock. Meanwhile, Smyth will open sometime in September at 177 N. Ada St.
While Smyth represents a spot geared more for special occasions, the Shieldses want regulars every week at The Loyalist, and the menu (see below) reflects more of an everyday option with the most-expensive item, an aged beef ribeye, costing $28. A familiar bar staple, the burger, is featured. They've formed a patty with ground chuck, short rib, rich bone marrow and bacon, then seared the mixture with onions (reminiscent of a slider). It's then topped with house-made American cheese and house-made pickled cucumbers and onions, as well as a smear of onion-infused mayonnaise. A reduced-marmite drizzle finishes the burger which is served in between a toasted-sesame seed bun.
More adventurous options, include chicken liver mousse and grilled squid appear on the menu, as well as a lemongrass sundae for dessert. The Loyalist also revealed more details on their beverages. That includes the Tarantella which mixes pisco, Kina, mulberry, lemon, sparkling wine with carbonated fruit.
Check out the full dinner menu below.