Red Carpet Treatment at Carnivale

Sun. October 16, 2016 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

Carnivale is a Latin inspired restaurant in the West Loop at 702 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. The Jerry Kleiner over the top designed decor fills the dining room. The place is open late and is lively on the weekends.

Brunch is served 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sundays currently.

The ropa vieja means old clothes in English but is anything but. The popular braised skirt steak dish has changed presentation over the years but is still delicious.

There is a build your own bloody Mary bar with a personal bartender and a brilliant marketing idea, a red carpet photo op for your cocktail. Whomever thought to display a miniature step and repeat complete with a velvet rope was incredibly smart. People love to take pictures of their food and drink these days and this just guarantees a posting to social media.

The chilaguiles are a hefty proportion and the prime burger was messy goodness with that farm fresh egg on top.

There is organic cotton candy for dessert to finish things off.

The band a live music was a nice touch playing from the balcony. The server was a bit slow towards the end but having working at this venue in the past I know what a challenge it can be.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience that was top notch with a high quality presentation.

There is a new food truck launching from the venue and a Halloween brunch pops out on Oct 30 so don't miss it. More information can be found at