nutter butter at Avec

To continue my food trip through Chicago, my friend Victoria and I went to Avec, a little restaurant that features a smattering of European influences but pretty much boils down to your basic foodie chef-centrist American nuveau cuisine restaurant.  Of course, I was starving and trying to eat with an active small child, so I neglected to take pictures of our entrees.  We had orecchiette with braised duck, olives, tomato, calabrian chiles, summer squash and asiago and roasted rainbow trout with donut peaches, fresh garbanzo, mustard greens and chili-preserved meyer lemon vinaigrette.  Both were outstanding.  

My only qualm about the restaurant was the borderline surly waitress - she needs to go. There's nothing I hate more than someone who serves you but implies they are more refined and qualified to be there than you.  Listen, no one is as much of a foodie nerd as I! Seriously, I may not be wearing my cooking prize badges, but I am a patron and should be treated nicely. Aside from this, I must also give special mention to the nutter butter dessert (pictured below).  It was a great salty-caramel-toffee-fudge concoction.  So, in sum, I give Avec a 7 out of 10, and it would have been a 9 or 10 were it not for the retarded service.  

For a similar recipe, check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars from Epicurious. 


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