Blackbird
Blackbird

Blackbird

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.blackbirdrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3127150708x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday–Friday: 11:30am–2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday–Thursday: 5:30pm–10:00pm, Friday–Saturday: 5:30pm–11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Kahan, Chef de Cuisine David Posey
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events: Please contact Sarah Humphreys, our Private Event Coordinator, at 312.496.0012 for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jefferson
  • Public Transit: Clinton Green Line;
    56 Milwaukee Bus;
    8 Halsted Bus;
    20 Madison
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available for $10 during dinner service, and for $5 during lunch service.
A word from Blackbird
Critically acclaimed Blackbird is home base for Executive Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004.


Chef de Cuisine Perry Hendrix joined Kahan in the kitchen in 2014, and together they craft elegant and imaginative Midwestern cuisine, showcasing farm-fresh ingredients to create a menu both classic and utterly approachable.


Managing Partner and Owner Donnie Madia and Architect Thomas Schlesser crafted a unique and timeless atmosphere in 1997, earning the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design and Best Restaurant Design Graphics in 2002.
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Blackbird reviews from OpenTable diners
291 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (217)special occasion (155)notable wine list (78)hot spot (70)romantic (66)neighborhood gem (57)great for lunch (49)great for outdoor dining (40)good for groups (18)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (7)late-night find (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Too Good
    QuasiVeganFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Just finished lunch with a friend at Blackbird. We both got the prix fixe and we both loved our meals. Despite the servers suggestion that the bbq eel was to-die-for I ordered the soup as a starter. Leek and potatoe soup was really great, but the bbq eel, which my friend wisely ordered per the lovely and handsome servers suggestion, was over-the-top amazing. We both had the monk fish for a main course. Again, we were blown away. The true pieces de resistance were the desserts. We decided to try one each of the two options on the prix fixe menu and share. My favorite was the sorbet, ice cream peach combo - OMG! Only compliant is that the dessert portion was generous and I left the restaurant full. Can't wait to come back soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty lunch
    PhisinphoolVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had a tasty lunch, got to sit outside on a beautiful September day. The staff took great care of us. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We sat at the bar as our table was being prepared. The crowd was young and the scene very vibrant, despite it being mid week. Once seated we were handed menus and the wine and cocktail list. It seemed that it took forever to order drinks and then even longer for them to come. Once they arrived, it took even longer to give our dinner order. The food was fantastic, the flavors very vibrant and fresh. Appetizers were bested by dinners. I would highly recommend, despite my service experience. I got the impression they were understaffed that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Had a great meal with excellent service. Sean our server was excellent and attentive with great suggestions. Would definitely go back when we are in Chicago again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    outoftownbankers
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is world class in terms of food. Not an average place but definitely fit for a special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch Prix Fixe
    Matt
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Lunch prix fixe was incredible. Flawless food. Perfect service. Amazing value at only $25pp for three courses. Easily the best value for lunch in the city. Will absolutely go again. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CandyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Awesome service & food. Really enjoyed the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We came here for lunch based on the reviews for this being a very good restaurant. The food was definitely great but the service was not. The servers were very pretentious and we had various servers that we weren't really sure who our main server was. It seems like they were trying really hard to sell an image of their restaurant as being modern and clean, which it was but it felt like they were trying to hard. I was happy to have tried this restaurant out but there is way too much hype about it. This sure didn't measure up to our expectations. I would not recommend this to my friends nor will I come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Old favorite continues to shine
    Bombay
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Excellent and imaginative food, excellent wine list, with enough reasonably priced wines so that you needn't bust the budget. Not pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Penn4
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This was our first time dining here.We thought it was too expensive for the quality of the food. The food arrived warm, not hot as it should. the service was good, but not the level of attentiveness we expected.
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  • Outstanding but....
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love Blackbird and always recommend it to friends. That said, it's not for everyone. The tables against the wall are so close together that it can make conversation challenging. Plus it's annoying when someone gets up or sits down at the table next to you. The decor and food presentation is minimalist. In some cases you might wonder if something is missing on your plate because there is a large blank space in the middle as the food is placed to one side. What isn't missing is amazing food and creativity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great West Loop restaurant
    Canadianfoodie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Blackbird is highly recommended in a travel book that we used, and I have to say that it didn't disappoint. Between the two of us, we tried two different appetizers, two different entrees, and two different desserts. Everything was exceptionally delicious. It's a busy restaurant and the tables are crammed side by side, leading to a high noise level. But this did not diminish the quality of our dining experience. A great place in the West Loop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food, Great Service
    Steakhouse
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had a great experience dining at Blackbird for my Fiance's 30th birthday. The food was outstanding (try the scallops!) and our service was super helpful without being overly invasive. The have a small outdoor patio which was perfect for the night we were there. The food was reasonably priced and they have an extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still my favorite
    llaass
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Blackbird is still my favorite restaurant in the city. Perfect for a nice lunch, a special occasion or a romantic dinner. Been here at least 30 times and although the service was good this past visit, it is usually very good. Maybe just a new waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A standard that deserves its rep.
    NutrProf
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Contemporary dining with creative dishes that still honored the food. Wine list is solid and not over-priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite & Memorable
    FudluvVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From the moment you walk into the restaurant, you are made to feel special. It's white walls and clean, sleek aesthetics are fresh and modern. The service is impeccable. The food is divine. It's a restaurant that has stood the test of time and will hopefully continue to do so for years to come. Five Stars all the way!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Three of us experienced a wonderful dining adventure at Blackbird! We had read good things about the executive chef and were delighted to get reservations when visiting Chicago. The cocktails were delicious. We had the seven course tasting menu with wine pairings and were very impressed. The service was timely and informative. The food looked and tasted amazing! I hope we have reason to travel to Chicago again soon so we can return to this excellent restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch first time at Blackbird
    bigeater
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went with the three course tasting menu for the day. The food choices were varied and everything that each of the four of us had was quite good. We had one appetizer and although I being a meat eater thought my portion of hangar steak was a bit small (probably due to the tasting menu) left full. We had planned this to be our big meal for the day and it filled that need. It was our anniversary and they provided a free desert on top of the desert that came for each person with the tasting menu. I am unsure that was customary because we were told an owner was dining and overheard it was our anniversary and suggested providing the desert. It was a memorable experience and I would recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable Service!
    amacbVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had a last minute change if plans and ended up at Blackbird with party of 6. They welcomed us warmly and were the exact right balance of service without being intrusive. The food was excellent, from the crisp potato cup in my salad to the perfectly prepared sturgeon. The Josmeyer Reisling in their wine list is one of my favorites - and not easily found. An overall great experience! Thank you Blackbird!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service; Great Drinks
    AllisonVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The cocktail menu was a main highlight, but really everything was on point in the kind of restaurant that provides its patrons with purses a table-top holder.. that is to say, down to the minute place setting, they thought of everything at black bird (get the "pudding" dessert - decadent!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    InsightFood
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Blackbird does a fantastic job with their overall dining experience. The setting of the restaurant is quite intimate, yet still bright and lively. Being able to see the entire kitchen (3 people) from the dining room prepare all of the food is very impressive. Their French style is very good, loaded with rich, decadent flavor. The presentation of each plate is great , despite the somewhat small portion size. I would suggest trying the pre fixe menu for lunch. It's rotational and allows you to try 3 dishes of your choice an appetizer, entree and dessert. I'll definately be going back to check out the dinner and drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Ross
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The decor was too sterile and white. The service was prompt ( though the restaurant was only half full) and stilted. The meals arrived too quickly giving the impression of being rushed. The food flavours did not match ( raw turnips with the duck did not gel and the sauce with the monk fish was not nice) and while the chocolate dessert was delicious, presented looking like a cow's pad did nothing for me. The tea's were lovely but the wine's were mediocre - though that could have been our poor selection. Overall disappointing, over rated and over priced. Had more enjoyable meals in Chicago at Seasons 52 and another small restaurant around the corner from there - can't remember the name but great food, wine and service for 2/3 price. R
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  • First visit
    1stvisitVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Outstanding and innovative food, who knew sturgeon could be so good. The bittersweet chocolate pudding was one of the best desserts I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    DaveandLiz
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Definite foodie destination. Very creative mixed drinks with a local flair and deep wine list - easy to find a pairing. Great dinner/small plates/ desserts. Service was also excellent. Recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    jGoGo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was delicious and our server went above and beyond and really made the moment memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lemond
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have been there four times over three years with same menu. Time to change. Place is looking tired. Used to be a destination place. Food is good but not what will bring new positive reviews. Maybe an off night or the competition is surfacing. In a town like Chicago, mediocrity is not an option.
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    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good choice
    Christopher
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It's always a good choice to dine at Blackbird. I enjoy lunch there about once a month. Food and service are always consistent and I really enjoy the atmosphere there. Don't miss out on the endive salad: delicious and interactive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • remcookVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The service was especially noteworthy, from the moment of entering the restaurant to the point of departure. The food was very good, but there is a tendency for all the dishes ( at least the ones the two of us ordered) to consist of small pieces of ......dropped randomly on the plate. Too much new style and not enough focus on flavor and consistency, even though everything was good. For instance, we both ordered the signature dish: sturgeon, and mine was medium rare, and the other person's was well done. Also, the pinot noir was much too cold (we ordered a bottle), and the server came over to pour it much too often. The pace needs to be more relaxed. Please show this to the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to end the day/vacation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I went to Blackbird under the recommendation of a friend. The Missy and I tried the prefix lunch menu just to be on the safe side. Comfit trout, monk fish, hanger steak, and mango dessert were all very delicious and well-seasoned. The presentation was very simple and clean. The service was very straight forward and moderately attentive without feeling harassed. When we visit Chicago again, we will certainly return for dinner/tasting menu. It's a great way to end your vacation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thelionsden
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    best service I've had in years. The food was excellent as well.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Beautiful evening with my husband, remarkable dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    PDiddy1234Not
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Amuse bouche of sausage & blackberry was a delicious start, trout appetizer was amazing. We were 2 courses in before our first round of cocktails were served, however they were delicious. Beef tongue and chicken wing appetizers were both excellent in taste & texture. The sweetbread appetizer was disappointing, as well was the endive salad. The desserts were 3 of the best desserts we had while dining our way through Chicago. Service was excellent. I would return, especially for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • romantic evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I decided to go for my birthday. The food was amazing. The chefs here turn out a very good product. We had the scallops and boneless wing as an appetizer. Both were excellent. We also had the steak and duck breast for entrées. If you luck duck you will love this dish. It had many layers of flavor. The only thing I will say negative was the demographics. When we got there at 8 pm on a friday the average age of customers was probably 70. However when we left there were three guys in baseball hats and tshirts sitting at the bar. So when we go back im not really sure what time to go and whether or not to wear my flip flops or my Armani. Because I will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blackbird
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Took four coworkers in town from Los Angeles and they all loved it. Really appreciated the recommendation for a restaurant and they were extremely impressed with the service. They said they hadn't seen a server dressed in a suit in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great spot for lunch, since the fixed price menu offers wonderful value and excellent flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mauihaoles123VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Many James Beard awards/nominations on walls. Room is very stark/modern, white and black. We coordinated. Table too close and VERY noisy. Food very good if a bit esoteric. Would not be a nominee for a sure fire place to go when in Chicago. It's a bit too-too food wise, but well done. Yuppies or whatever they're called now would love it--or pretend to.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food v.good, service lacking.
    Perspective
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Chose Blackbird a business lunch. Seating adequate and noise level OK. Food very good - the duck foie gras, in particular. Table service was severely lacking in engagement, knowledge and respect. A little condescending too as he mumbled his way through the specials. Limited explanation of menu. Forgot wine order. Reminded twice. Had to ask for silverware when entree arrived. These are not small things - it separates mediocre restaurants from good and gets repeat business. Overall, his attitude was cursory, indifferent and he really wanted to be someplace else. Hoping, for Blackbird's sake, that he was having a bad day and it's not reflective of the team. Unfortunately, I'm unlikely to recommend or dine there again soon.
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  • A pleasure
    Capn34
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We have been there twice and it is great. I recommend doing the tasting menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is great - service has slipped
    CCCC
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    When you wait 15 minutes to have someone approach your table, order drinks that take another 10 (could see them on the bar), then ask for a glass of the bottle of the wine ordered and he says, "Oh, did you want a glass of a white wine" "No, we ordered a bottle" "What bottle?".....you get the drift that the service was lacking. The food remains delicious....at the close, as the table next to us had come and gone (having been served the after dinner sweets) we were given the bill, no sweets, and a clear encouragement to clear the table. I'd say go for good food, but low service expectations and you will have a lovely evening.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • salad disaster
    wolfcookerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I ordered a salad 1st course which looked lovely for the few seconds I saw it before a waiter startled me by lunging over me with a fork and knife, slashing the salad to bits. In the process my linen blouse was splattered with salad dressing. They should have asked me if I was OK with them doing this. I would have said "no". I don't need anyone to cut up my food.
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