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Daisies, Logan Square’s Pasta- and Veggie-Focused Restaurant, to Open Next Month

The Balena alum will bring a lighter approach to pasta to Milwaukee Avenue

Ashok Selvam

The veggie-focused restaurants continue to arrive in Chicago. Chef Joe Frillman’s much-anticipated Daisies will open on June 7 in Logan Square, according to the Tribune. Frillman, who counts Balena’s pasta genius Chris Pandel as a mentor, will serve a bevy of seasonal, house-made pastas inside the former Analogue space, 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Frillman has worked at restaurants with memorable pastas. Balena has several, headlined by a tagliolini nero that pairs the textures of sea urchin and crab. Frillman also worked at Perrenial Virant where chef Paul Virant taught classes on how to roll his signature gnocchi. He hopes to follow his mentors and create his own memorable dishes — check out his gnocchi in an Instagram post below.

Potato Gnocchi/Chicken Jus/Asparagus @jfrillman @neiljohnburger @frillmanfarms

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There’s been a recent trend of veggie-focused restaurants in Chicago highlighted by Bad Hunter in the West Loop and the brand-new Clever Rabbit in Wicker Park. As seen by the photo above, Frillman won’t shy away from using meat to flavor the noodles. However, he’s going to use more vegetables so the noodles don’t weigh diners down. He’ll use produce grown at his brother’s farm.

It’s taking a little longer than expected to open, as Frillman had aimed for a March or April opening when he announced the restaurant back in January. He’s still looking for a few cooks too — check out the website for more updates. More to come soon.


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