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I know that everyone is going to be talking about Super Bowl food this week and leading up to the weekend. I, however, will steer you towards my sweet potato nachos and epic southwestern burger while I talk about my own personal super bowl (of food. #punintended) with my A10 Hyde Park Review .

Thank you as always to Jenn!

Thank you as always to Jenn!

A10 Hyde Park Review

(I also got to sample some of A10’s offerings with Sara at Chicago Table—check out my review of that incredible tasting event here!). This review is from dinner a week and a half ago. I would go back RIGHT NOW.

For those of you who don’t know Chicago, Hyde Park is in the south side of the city–about 8-10 miles (but still within the city) from downtown, depending on exactly where you are measuring from). It is the home of the Museum of Science and Industry as well as the University of Chicago. Though it is a straight shot of a drive, it is not a place that you just jaunt on over to unless you have a particular reason. And food, let’s be honest, is a “particular reason” for me. A10 is one of the anchors of the new Hyde Park dining scene, and it does a fabulous job.

FYI, the name comes from the A10 road which runs through France and Italy, and the restaurant’s cuisine takes its cues from those countries. Intimate but open, rustic but sleek, A10 presents to you a place that is at once homey as well as separate, both in atmosphere as well as the menu. Perfect for a casual date or a night on the town.

a10 hyde park meu suzlyfe

Drinky Dranks

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Sipper not a Ripper Bonded Rye, Amaro, Vermouth, Sassafras Bitters

Our friend’s choice, and I thought fabulous. Complex, but welcoming.

a10 hyde park highing fly

Highing Fly Reposado Tequila, Calabrian Chile, Cider Reduction, Citrus

My choice, and definitely my favorite of the drinks. I didn’t get much chile (they obvs don’t know me), but ermigerd delicious. And the largest. And I drank it all (but slowly, it was strong). And I may have been a lil drunk after, it was so strong! But perfectly balanced on your taste buds, with lemon-forward citrus complemented by the Reposado and the cider reduction.

a10 hyde park no sleep til

No Sleep Til Bourbon, Amer China, Maraschino, Dry Vermouth, Abbot’s Bitters

Alex’s pick, and a house version of a Brooklyn (which is similar to a Manhattan). Fabulous, but, like the kale (which I will describe in a minute) it was an A- student in an A+ world. But I loved the luxardo cherry (always) and the all of the glasses!


a10 roasted garlic focaccia

Roasted Garlic and Housemade Focaccia

Simple perfection. The roasted garlic basically tasted like it had been confited, it was so lush. And the focaccia—basically olive oil bread to dip into olive oil (and loved that they put balsamic in it). Alex ordered another round because he loved it so much!

a10 tuscan kale

Tuscan Kale, Nicoise Olive, Tarragon, Crouton

Tasty, but not a stand out. Most places, this would be an a+ dish, but here, it paled in comparison to everything else.

a10 kohlrabi

Shaved Kohlrabi, Green Apple, Manchego, Walnut, Mint

This was something that I wanted to order, and oh my, it did not disappoint. The plate was so much one color that it forced you to just go for it—I typically dissect my food, but with this, you had to just take the bite as one without trying to separate the flavors. This was beyond exceptional. Sweet, tart, citrus, nuttiness, and savory/salty.

a10 saffron gemeli

Saffron Gemelli, Sun Dried Tomato, Cod Roe

This was a beautiful dish that highlighted the skill of the kitchen as well as the range of saffron in appliations. The sun dried tomato and saffron became almost inseparable, and just fused to each other in complement.

a10 bucatini carbonara

Bucatini Carbonara, Guanciale, Sixty Minute Egg

This was, in a word, indulgent. Or decadent. Either way, it was incredible. One of Orzo’s long loved dishes was our Bucatini Carbonara, prepared the same way—with a poached egg that you crack into the dish to create the sauce. This reminded me of the even more simplified but 3x as creamy version. The extra focaccia came in handy for this one.

a10 steak tartare

Steak Tartare, Picked Mushroom, Sweet Pepper, Pecorino Chip

I was super excited about this dish, and it lived up to my expectations and more. The acid and pickling were perfection against the beef, and the pecorino chip was actually a pecorino dusted potato chip that I used to build bites on top of. I kinda ended up allowing the other to have a few bites and then making sure it was rightnext to me 😀

a10 salami pizza

Genoa Salami and Pepperoncini, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Arugula

The menu mentions “Roman Pizza,” and Alex and I were excited to try the A10 version. We were expecting a cracker thin crust—as we are accompanied to, both in Rome as well as in Roman-Italian restaurants here. So we were surprised to be presented with not only a thick crust, but also uncased salami! This was my kind of deep dish, by the way, but the salami. HOLY SALAMI.  For Alex, the salami alone was his single favorite bite of the night (the focaccia was his other fave).

a10 baileys

We weren’t ready for dessert (stuffed) but I did want a coffee, and Alex continued his Bailey’s kick. And how cute is the “shot glass”? I’m guessing it is more accustomed to limoncello, but the little guy did just fine.

I am just now realizing that I didn’t take a picture of the complimentary candy that they brought at the close of dinner—a honey-meringue “candy.” I can be weird about honey, but this was beautiful—light, luscious, slightly floral, and just sugary enough to have the right closure.

To say that dinner at A10 was a pleasure would be to say that cold water, shade, and a fan are nice in the desert during summer. Or that I think ice cream is just fine. We all know how much I loved Cicchetti, and A10 would give my beloved shuttered restaurant a true run for its money.  From atmosphere to service to food, A10 is a must try if you live in Chicago. It isn’t just worth the drive a few miles south, it pays for it in spades.  Our wallets would be in biiiig trouble if it was in our neighborhood.

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  • Reply Tina Muir

    That looks like an awesome restaurant! What a treat! Very jealous Suz! Love your selection too! I love trying out new places, such a treat. I always try to get things I could not make myself, which keeps it interesting haha. Although I am annoyed at myself for not picking the fried frogs legs last week at the place we went to…..should have!
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    January 28, 2015 at 5:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve had frog legs before, but not fried–but I loved the frog’s legs we had in France. I bet they would be pretty darn good fried too.

      January 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    This looks so fancy and delicious – glad you enjoyed it so much 🙂
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    January 28, 2015 at 5:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What was great was that it was fancy but also rustic and comfortable–my favorite kind of place!

      January 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    Any restaurant that brings candy is a friend of mine!
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    January 28, 2015 at 6:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Especially home made candy!

      January 29, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    I’ll take one of each, please, haha. I’m with Alex on the Baileys 😉 Is there anything better than bread with dipping oil when you sit down? I love that! Not to mention bringing candy at the end.. make it cookies and I’m driving back RIGHT NOW!
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    January 28, 2015 at 6:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well we did go back home and have ice cream 😀

      January 29, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    My roommate and I always go to the same restaurants for dinner. We really need to switch it up! The candy that they bring you sounds so good!
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    January 28, 2015 at 6:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So lovely and unexpected!

      January 29, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Wow everything looks so yummy, especially the drinks!!! I might have to check it out when I’m there for my sister’s bachelorette party in May! 🙂
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    January 28, 2015 at 6:52 am
  • Reply Ruthie @ She's Wicked Healthy

    That meal looks amaaaaazing!! These days I don’t travel much for a good meal (just the trip from the couch to the fridge), but we do have a restaurant we like that’s about 45 minutes away. We go every now and then when we rally!! 😉
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    January 28, 2015 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There was a place in Cville that was about 45 minutes away that people would go to. We were finally going to go one day, and I still don’t remember what kept us!

      January 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply

    For a moment there I thought you were in Hyde Park in London and had forgotten to let me know you were in the U.K.! 😉

    On further investigation of this post, however, I discovered MUCH food I liked. I’d definitely be with Alex regarding the Housemade Focaccia. I love Italian bread, and I love to make that one myself.

    Then, I’d have the Shaved Kohlrabi, Green Apple, Manchego, Walnut and Mint. That sounds amazing!

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    January 28, 2015 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We need to find parallel Hyde Parks so that we can dine together. We’d be ordering similar things, so I think we’d be set!

      January 29, 2015 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply jess meddows

    This looks like an awesome night out, Suz. I think pre my vegan, veggie, and pescatarian days, I would have loved the Bucatini Carbonara. Look at how perfectly poached that egg is – a thing of beauty! I wish my husband liked poached eggs, I’m so good at them and my skill is wasted hehehe.
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    January 28, 2015 at 7:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is pretty tragic. I can only have so much of the carbonara because of the tummy, but the bite I had was insanity.
      Almost creamy to the point of an alfredo..

      January 29, 2015 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Michele

    Everything looks really delicious! Great feeling when a restaurant nails it! Haven’t had that for quite a while, mostly because I rarely eat out!
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    January 28, 2015 at 7:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know–and I’ve missed Cicchetti so much waaaaahhhhhhh

      January 29, 2015 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply bridget

    This is being added to my list of places that I need to eat at! Looks incredible. My mouth is watering…

    January 28, 2015 at 7:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If you are in the area, it absolutely should be!

      January 29, 2015 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Mattie @ Comfy & Confident

    I have not been out to a good restaurant in a long time! This place looks great. Good food makes everything so much better.
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    January 28, 2015 at 7:53 am
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    You totally are swaying my decision to come to Chicago for the Rock n Roll half. I’m all about the yummy eats!
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    January 28, 2015 at 8:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      UM you can come for any reason 😀

      January 29, 2015 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    That green apple salad looks interesting! You all have lots of great restaurants there
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    January 28, 2015 at 8:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Chicago definitely offers incredible variety!

      January 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply AJ @ NutriFitMama

    Whenever I travel I make it a point to eat at new and fun places. I want to try all the food. Seriously.I LOVE trying new things! When we are at home though, I tend to stick to the same old, same old. I need to become a tourist in my own city.
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    January 28, 2015 at 8:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Alex and I make food itineraries 😀 We have definitely gotten rather in our rut of late around our area. It was great to break out!

      January 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    This place looks so fun and delicious. Those drinks look intimidating but I love the glasses. I have this thing about cocktail and wine glasses. When a place does drink ware right I want a drink! I love a good white wine in the real deal glass. Damn its too early…..sigh.
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    January 28, 2015 at 8:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      NEVER TOO EARLY. Mimosas????

      January 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Samantha Bender

    This is really helpful because I’m going home to Illinois in March, and I’m always looking for new things to do. Your food and drinks sound and look absolutely delicious!
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    January 28, 2015 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh… well girl if you want suggestions–I’ve got you covered!

      January 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Why helloooo, boozy drinks! And yeah, I like honey but it can be a bit…”farmy” sometimes.
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    January 28, 2015 at 9:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have a weird association with it because I used to have to take a medication in it. And sometimes it can be cloying, but I like “farmy” haha

      January 29, 2015 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    There is always room for Bailey’s!
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    January 28, 2015 at 10:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Knew you’d like that 😀

      January 29, 2015 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    This looks so wonderful!
    It’s been a while since I have had one of those “perfect” meals… I am in search 🙂
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    January 28, 2015 at 10:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You just need to come out with me 😀

      January 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    I would have just ordered more and more of that roasted garlic and foccacia – looks delish! Loving the Shaved Kohlrabi, Green Apple, Manchego, Walnut, Mint dish too though. What a fun mix of flavors!! What a fun night out!

    January 28, 2015 at 10:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So much fun (great people) and those two dishes were amazing.

      January 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    i’m far from a foodie, as you know, so i don’t seek out certain restaurants when i go places for the food…but i love a unique “vibe” and atmosphere. my “hippie” self (love that Insta you sent me — thanks for thinking of me, chica! and keep those hippie ones coming!) could seriously eat granola and yogurt at every restaurant and be happy as long as i had good drinks. 🙂
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    January 28, 2015 at 11:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahah and thus why you love speakeasies and brunch 😀

      January 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Renee @ Bendiful Blog

    Ummmm I’m super jealous of these eats! What a fun new place. I love getting to try out new restaurants, it nice not knowing what to expect. Bailey’s in a pretty glass…yes I’m available for that ANYTIME! Enjoy my friend!
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    January 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Like a champagne flute of awesome

      January 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Okay, I am really hungry now. I wish more places in the UK served kale. I think I have only ever come across one place and damn it, I LOVE KALE!

    January 28, 2015 at 12:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha. That is really interesting. Is it just not popular? Or is there another green that gets used instead?

      January 29, 2015 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Kay @ Kay Bueno

    Yum. 60 minute egg with anything is basically my jam.

    I haven’t been to a new restaurant in awhile that blew me away. But there’s a local Japanese Tapas and Skewers place that I’m all about.
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    January 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Japanese tapas… need. Like Bang (you’d love that review from last month)… love Asian tapas.

      January 29, 2015 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    That gemelli looks so yummy! I don’t really drive too far away in search of good eats. I haven’t even touched all the good places in Cville, yet! Happy Wednesday 🙂
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    January 28, 2015 at 12:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG don’t even get me started on the amazing place to eat in the ville….

      January 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Beth @ Running with the Sunrise

    Love that drinkware! I may have to travel to the South Side just to get a No Sleep ‘Til. Love me some bourbon. My last extra fabulous dinner was at Bacchus in Milwaukee while my hubby and I were celebrating our anniversary. Glad you guys had a good time and had some great eats!
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    January 28, 2015 at 12:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We need to go get our Bourbon on. Alex and I love our bourbon. And the drinkware was so cool!

      January 29, 2015 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Looks yummy! I’m always feel weird taking photo’s at restaurants for some reason…I mean, really…don’t other’s know I’m a blogger 😉 The Steak Tartare looks pretty good!
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    January 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It depends on who I am with and where we are. Luckily our friends were totally down and even helped!

      January 29, 2015 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I love when restaurants serve focaccia and olive oil! I am fine with not eating bread at home but if I eat out I can’t resist the bread basket! Good think we haven’t eaten out this month.
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    January 28, 2015 at 1:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You would have died over this focaccia. It was UNFREAKINGREAL

      January 29, 2015 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    That all looks delicious! I hope that’s where we are going tomorrow haha. I still havent been to any serious restaurants here because I just dont like putting on real clothes, but I will do it someday!
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    January 28, 2015 at 1:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, we didn’t do too badly, my dear 😀

      January 29, 2015 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Jill

    The food you get out always looks INSANE!!! Ahhhh all of this looks phenomenal. Although I can’t eat cheese my mouth is watering at the thought of consuming the salami pizza. I don’t go out to eat very often, and even less frequently to really nice restaurants (aka single girl status), but I went with my friend to her fav sushi restaurant last week and it was delicious! Ok I officially need a bf to take me to these kinds of dinners!
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    January 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We would be so so freaking poor if Alex and I had more time to go out. Seriously. And what was nice that these would still been brilliant without cheese, and it was cheese that I can handle, which is rare.

      January 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    I want that steak tartare in my life right now. And some really good bread. ;_; I think I’m extra sad today because I found a bar of chocolate in my apartment…but it’s stale(?!). sigh. ._. I’ll just salivate over these delicious food pictures. <3
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    January 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve had stale chocolate before. Freeze it or just melt it over something 😀

      January 29, 2015 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Salt

    I want to drink all the drinks.
    Really though I need to come to Chicago for a few days and just eat everything. You go to the most amazing restaurants!
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    January 28, 2015 at 8:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was jsut talking to Erin today about how I feel like people think that I eat out like ALL THE TIME. But really, we go out in little spurts or just once every now and then. We poor.

      January 29, 2015 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Autumn

    Omg I have not had baileys in soooooo long. I can almost taste it looking at the picture! Everything looks really really really goood! Tell me, how do you get away with taking pictures of everything that arrives at the table? I get groans and eye rolls if I even take a picture of just my plate, let alone anyone elses! Whats the trick? Is it bribery? Its bribery isnt it?! tell tell
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    January 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Badgering everyone but actually our friends were great and were helping me haha. Generally I try to just sneak the pics in.
      Or I just eat with bloggers and that solves the problem, haha.

      January 29, 2015 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Cailee

    Well doesn’t this look fancy!! What a fun place!! 🙂 Looks like a blast!!
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    January 29, 2015 at 10:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I want to go back RIGHT NOW

      January 29, 2015 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    Ugh, that all looks delicious. Carbonara has always been something I’ve wanted to try; the idea of the silky eggy creamy sauce just sounds SO GOOD. But alas, I know that a vegetarian version would never stand up to the real thing. I love reading your food reviews!

    January 29, 2015 at 4:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are right–carbonara has to be the real egg version. And the pancetta is incredible, but just the sauce is really what you need. I don’t think that tempeh would work the same way.

      January 30, 2015 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    You post the best meals, I am always hungry after reading them. SO MUCH GOOD FOOD!! We definitely go out of our way to try and find a great meal, our last great meal was my birthday dinner, we found this tiny little BYOB Italian restaurant where they made all their dishes (and pasta) from scratch and it was fabulous, even Robyn the worst food critic said it was great! We will def. be going back there!!

    January 30, 2015 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Tiny, BYOB made from scratch Italian will turn anyone. I don’t even lovelovelove pasta and I can attest to that.
      I would probably order their sauce in a bowl and a spoon.

      January 30, 2015 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Dude. Hands down, my favourite WIAW post. I promise if I get a Green card or working visa this year (pray and cross your fingers for me) we are going here and going to pierce that egg with a knife. an Australian knife.
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    February 1, 2015 at 3:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s no knife. THIS IS A KNIFE (egg yolk carnage ensues…)

      February 2, 2015 at 11:04 am

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