The 132-seat venture, which opened in April in West Lake Forest, Ill., accents seasonal American fare with Mediterranean and Southern influences. Entrees include wild pheasant ravioli with four-cheese au gratin, shrimp creole with jambalaya rice, and roasted rack of lamb with Dijon goat-cheese crust. Dinner entrees range from $16 to $30, while lunch dishes cost from $9 to $16. The restaurant also offers a Sunday brunch.
Chef Lovell, previously of Chicago's Deerpath Inn, was a graphic artist before shifting to the culinary arts, and he helped design the restaurant. "In art, it takes time before you know your work is appreciated," he said. "In the culinary world, you know immediately."
The 12,000-square-foot restaurant houses three dining rooms, a glass-enclosed conservatory and a wine cellar that seats 12 and can be reserved for private parties. The 120-selection wine list is heavy on California and Oregon. Choices include Rex Hill Pinot Gris 1997 (offered for $28), Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Canoe Ridge 1996 ($40) and Opus One Meritage 1995 ($150). A handful of wines by the glass sell for about $7 each.
The Captain's Quarters cocktail lounge highlights NASA memorabilia along with a selection of Armagnacs, grappas and single-malt Scotches. The adjoining Martini/Cigar Bar offers 12 cigars paired with 25 signature martinis, with names such as Super Nova, Lunar Eclipse and The Space Cadet.
Lovells of Lake Forest
915 Waukegan Road
West Lake Forest, Ill. 60045
Telephone: (847) 234-8013
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