About Table Donkey and Stick
Located on the edge of Logan Square, Table, Donkey and Stick is a neighborhood restaurant offering seasonal fare and a unique selection of beer, wine and spirits honoring the eating and drinking traditions of the Alps. The restaurant has been named a best new restaurant by Chicago Magazine and awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Guide Michelin.
Our menu features creative, seasonally driven small and large plates, complemented by a rotating selection of charcuterie and artisan cheeses. The kitchen works with local farmers and whole animals whenever possible; all breads and charcuterie items are made in-house.
Table, Donkey and Stick is a place to gather with friends in a warm and comfortable environment. The focus is on the table: a place for food and drink, but also for story-telling and fellowship.
Chicago, IL 60647
Contemporary European, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:30pm-10:00pm, 11:00pm Friday and Saturday
Bar Open Till Midnight (10pm Sunday)
$30 and under
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Free street parking is available directly in front of the restaurant on Armitage Ave. Paid parking is available across from the restaurant on Fairfield.
The restaurant is under 1/2 mile from the California and Western stops on the Blue Line. The restaurant is also accessible via the Armitage and California buses.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Table, Donkey and Stick is available for parties, celebrations and other events with customized menu and beverage options. A glass-enclosed private dining room with fireplace and access to patio is available for up to 25 guests.
Table Donkey and Stick Ratings and Reviews
We ate at the restaurant around 8:30 on a Tuesday night. We definitely did not like the communal tables or glass surrounds in the main dining area in back. We also did not like the view of the refrigerators from one of the windows. There was one other party at the far end of our table, and another party at the end of the second communal table and then 3 parties of two at the two-tops. The communal tables are so close together that every time they need to service someone at the end closest to the wall, they have to walk behind all the other diners. This is not ideal. The two communal tables should not be against the wall. However, that would require cutting the end of the tables as there is no space to pull them out from the wall. It is very annoying to have the staff constantly squeezing in behind your chair to access the diners at the far end of the table. I can't imagine how it works when the tables are filled.
They should at the very least put up shades to block the view of the refrigerators. And the room was freezing. They need better insulation. The chef or one of the cooks kept going outside to the refrigerators and letting cold air in, which obviously made things worse. I think I would only return to this restaurant if they (1) remodelled and changed the seating and glass enclosures; (2) if it was warm enough to sit in the back garden (they have heaters, but they were not serving there when we were at the restaurant and it was probably too cold anyway).
The appetizers--especially the charcuterie--are excellent. There are not enough entree options. My pork schnitzel was very greasy. And the lighting was so dim, I couldn't cut the fat away. The vegetarian option sounded like a side dish, not an entree.
The food was impeccable. We had a group of 12 and ordered almost everything on the menu to share. Not a single dish missed the mark.
One of my clients who is a NYC Foodie said after," i was hoping you'd stop ordering more dishes because everything was so great and i thought one dish might eventually come out and ruin it all. But it never did, it kept getting better and better".
Oh and the duck and mussels - wow!
TDS is our absolute favorite restaurant in Chicago! It is comfortable and romantic. The charcuterie program is wonderful, with great Duck Liver Mousse, Foie Gras and amazing cheeses. We have always enjoyed the unique veggie options, such as the squash and the corn salad. The burger is unreal good, and even though they have a lot of other things like schnitzel and fish dishes, it's always tempting to get the burger! Fun wine list with a focus on Eastern European wines. Our favorite, though, is the service! Jamie and Cody keep us coming back over and over. Love this place.
This is one of the city's best gems - all of the bread is made in house, and they have the best charcuterie in the city. The service is awesome, the vibe is lovely - this is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, and it will rapidly become yours as well. Terroir Tuesdays shouldn't be missed - they've acquired an incredible wine list, and on Tuesdays they pour rare wines for a fraction of normal pricing.
We had a great experience. The place reminds me of a European weinstube, but with a hipster vibe and a more eclectic menu. The wine list is good. The food is creative and delicious. The owner and staff are friendly and attentive. There is a cozy garden with a fire pit.
I've been wanting to go to this restaurant for a long time, and with the outside seating available, was able to get a last minute reservation. I really could have enjoyed everything on this menu. We started with the foie gras, which was spectacular, very rich and filling. I enjoyed the rye baguette served piping hot. We also had the trout rillette, which had a smoky flavor and was a nice small bite to share. We then shared the smashed fried potatoes with snails (small plate)- YUM, served with the fish (large plate). That was plenty for us. Will definitely return.
Service-wise, everything was great, but the food was nothing special. I had the duck breast, which was good, but someone in my party ordered the monkfish and was disappointed. I am usually okay with smaller portion sizes but I felt these were particularly small...The "large" plates will definitely not satiate you, so best to order a couple of cheeses and charcuterie and small courses if you want to leave full. Overall, food was not exceptional enough to have spent $300 on 4 people and while I'm glad to have tried this place, I will not be returning.
For us, a couple in our 60s, we found the menu selections a little weird. While the menu is fairly long and extensive, we struggled to find 5 items we thought would appeal to us. The food was well-prepared and tasted good. But, thinking back after we left, if we were to return we would order the same 5 menu-items, because the other ones were too foreign or aggressive for us. If you are younger and therefore more adventurous, then go for it. But TDS didn't suit us. Not saying it's bad. It just didn't suit us.
This restaurant is consistently great. Best charcuterie in the city. Service is top notch. Excellent wine selections. We always bring our out of town guests here and they always love it as much as we do. For a cozy, romantic date night, though, go for one of the little tables in front by the bar. Absolutely charming.
Unique "Alps" cuisine. Everything, except cheese, made in house. We enjoyed warm baguettes,
corn salad, duck, finnochiona, foie gras, potatoes and snails, mackerel, and blood sausage with
polenta and blueberries. Creative and fit for foodies. Nice secluded outdoor area in back.
I have been to TDS once before and had the best meal, which is why I wanted to come back for a birthday dinner. The cheese and meat plate was perfect, but the corn salad we got tasted like it had been frozen at one point (or at least the corn had been) and was just kind of "meh" beyond that, and the duck dish was tasty, but a little salty. Overall I was really sad that it wasn't the same perfect experience! Will still return, but maybe not for awhile.
Our drinks were great, interesting flavors. Neither of us liked what we ordered. We got 3 small bits with bread. The triple cream was the best out of what we ordered for appetizers. We got the shrimp, burger, and potatoes with snails. The sauce and herbs on the shrimp was not to my liking, it tasted fishy (not in a good way). The burger was just fair we asked for no blood and it was close - it just didn't wow us.
The staff was excellent and attentive. They changed one of our appetizers out because we really didn't like it - it is always nice when spots can accommodate small things like that. I don't think we will be back, at least not for food.
Imagine you have a good friend that's got a unique talent, like woodworking or something like that. Now imagine that friend is part of a collective or co-op that all decided they wanted to run a restaurant where they get to explore those unique talents. And then they invite you over for an afternoon at their co-op. If that co-op's special talents were in fact mixed drinks, slicing meats and cheeses, and butchery, that's basically what you have with Table, Donkey, and Stick.
I went to this restaurant with my parents and fiancée for my birthday. The restaurant did not let me down. We shared the charcuterie and cheeses, a couple of small plates and two entrees of the duck breast. It was such a great evening. The wait staff shares responsibility so that a group of 5-7 people make their rounds over to the table throughout the evening. And everyone knows what's up. All of this took place in essentially a back yard in Logan Square. Very cool. Would go again.
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