1960 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60647
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Pompette - Chicago

Billed as “Buck Town’s newest all-day neighborhood café and wine spot,” Pompette stands out in one of Chicago's most competitive, and undeniably hip, neighborhoods. It's headed up by three incredible chefs: Ashley Aubin (Alinea, Salero), Katie Wasielewski (Elske, Pub Royale), and Aaron Patten (Acadia, Moody Tongue).

“After so many years in the kitchen,” says Chef Ashely Aubin. “I’m looking forward to engaging more directly with our guests, being the one to help guide the experiences. This concept is a shared vision of what dynamic hospitality can look like, pulling from the collective experiences Aaron, Katie and I have had across the industry…we want to create a home-away-from-home, a spot where anyone can feel comfortable dropping in for an interesting glass of wine and a great meal.”

Pompette will be a space for neighbors to gather for wine exploration and some delectable light bites and grab-and-go options, featuring some vegan and vegetarian selections. A good place to start is the cheese and salumi platter, with a beautifully curated selection of fromage and sausage that's just the thing to kick off a meal... or it can be a meal (and a very good one) in itself. There are also some super-creative menu items like Crab Croquettes and Beet Falafel (a cool take on a traditional Middle Eastern favorite). Buttermilk Fried Quail in a Calabrian Chili Sauce is the kind of innovative dish you'd have a hard time finding anywhere else in Chicago, and the piscine options are equally outstanding. We're hearing good things about Grilled Texas Shrimp and the Seared Scallops. If you have meat on your mind, there's a CDK Ranch Bavette and a Lamb Brochette -- as well as many wines and cocktails to pair with whatever fabulous entrée you choose.

Just so you know (in case you're asked!), "pompette” is French slang for just a little tipsy.