LoganSquarist visited Cellar Door Provisions (3025 W. Diversey Ave.) on a cold and rainy afternoon. The space had a sophisticated air about it, but the preparations were done so simply. The clean but rustic interior made diners feel as if they were stepping into the kitchen of a friend rather than an eatery. The decor was stark in design, but the accents of dark, natural wood and vintage light fixtures really made the space feel warm and cozy.
Service was intentionally concise and crisp in approach. Orders were placed at the front counter, and the menu was written on butcher paper on the wall and, according to staff, changes depending on available ingredients. Though the menu seemed priced a bit high, as a new business sourcing vibrant and fresh greens and delivering beautiful and clean plates, I can appreciate a $10 quiche.
I counted only 20 seats in the space, and there didn’t seem room for many more. A basic and quick-turn service seemed to be necessary. Patrons are served a first cup of coffee, but refills were self-serve, and for those wanting water, bottles were availably to carry to the table. Considering the high level of food quality, I didn’t mind the mix of customer service and self service at Cellar Door Provisions.
I would recommend some of the dishes we tried, but they may not even be offered by the time this article is published. I say: if it sounds good, try it. If it seems rustic and a bit different, try it. These guys aren’t messing around. They know flavor.
Everything served is locally sourced, and the skilled staff were ready to answer any questions about the farms or ingredients that shape the meal. While dining, Tony, a member of the staff, was measuring bread to be proofed (the dough is left to rise before baking). He let us see and smell the flour used in their country bread. It was the sweetest flour I’ve ever smelled, like raw honey and lavender. It was such a lovely reminder of how approaching food honestly and with integrity can make a eater feeling wholesome and thankful.
The wonderful food at Cellar Door Provisions is a reminder of the significance a the web of people who truly understand the significance and simplicity of “farm to table.”