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Chef Carla Hall

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Carla, who first won over audiences on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars” and as the co-host of ABC’s hit Emmy Award-winning lifestyle show, “The Chew”, is set to bring her Southern roots and signature flair to Chicago. For the first time ever in the Chicagoland area, and the only place you can experience her cooking in the world, Carla is thrilled to join the Esquire family as the next Chef in their rotating Visiting Chef Series.

Chef Menu

  • Black-Eyed Pea Hummus 13

    confit black-eyed peas, baby vegetables, biscuit crackers

    Wine Pairing: Flight 03

  • Shortcut Deviled Eggs 24

    king crab, caviar, sweet pickle, dijon mayonnaise

    Wine Pairing: Flight 02

  • Jumbo Cracked Shrimp 22

    comeback sauce, lemon

    Wine Pairing: Flight 01

  • BBQ Spiced Carrots 16

    sorghum and quinoa salad, arugula, dates, toasted pumpkin seeds, lemon vinaigrette, carrot emulsion

    Wine Pairing: Flight 03

  • Southern Hospitality Salad 18

    stone fruit, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer berry cider vinaigrette, arugula, greens, buttermilk dressing

    Wine Pairing: Flight 01

  • Carla's Hot Chicken & Biscuits 28

    crispy cabbage slaw, sweet spiced pickles

    Wine Pairing: Flight 01

  • Audrey's Buffalo Chicken Burger 20

    celery bleu cheese slaw, sweet potato brioche bun, spicy mayo, sweet spiced pickles, french fries

    Wine Pairing: Flight 03

  • Lobster Mac & Cheese 48

    MontAmoré cheese, crispy parsley, cornbread croutons

    Wine Pairing: Flight 02

  • Pan-Fried Snapper 46

    bbq spiced carrots, popped sorghum, carrot emulsion

    Wine Pairing: Flight 03

  • Prime Skirt Steak 45

    cast-iron green beans, warm smashed potato salad, mustard seed dressing

    Wine Pairing: Flight 05

  • Banana Pudding 13

    toasted meringue, caramelized banana, vanilla shortbread

    Wine Pairing: Moscato d’Asti

  • Southern Sweet Tea Soda 4

    black tea, ginger, lemon, habanero, mint
  • Southern Sweet Tea Smash 12

    black tea, ginger, lemon, habanero, Woodford Reserve, mint
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Esquire Menu

Appetizers

  • AHI TUNA TARTARE 20

    avocado, radish, cucumber, jicama, ginger ponzu, wasabi crème, sesame

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 01

  • COLOSSAL SHRIMP 21

    bacon-wrapped, guacamole, pico, tequila-lime butter

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 02

  • CRISPY BRUSSELS SPROUTS 18

    cashews, Fresno chili, sweet chili lime, sriracha aioli

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 01

  • THE PRIME MEATBALL 18

    pomodoro, stracciatella, Sartori Parmesan, basil, garlic bread

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 04

  • PETITE MAINE LOBSTER ROLLS 21

    Calabrian aioli, pickled mustard caviar, chips

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 02

  • HOISIN GLAZED PORK BELLY 21

    avocado, pickled veg, toasted flatbread, sesame mustard sauce

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 03

Appetizer Salads and Soup

  • ESQUIRE BABY WEDGE 15

    Nueske’s bacon, Cambozola bleu cheese, red onion, grape tomato, red wine vinaigrette

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 02

  • LITTLE GEM CAESAR 14

    Calabrian chili, lemon, roasted tomato, pretzel crostini, Sartori Parmesan

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 01

  • SHAVED BRUSSELS SPROUTS 15

    yellow beets, Pleasant Ridge reserve cheese, stracciatella, lemon-hazelnut vinaigrette, aged balsamic

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 01

  • LOBSTER & CRAB BISQUE 16

    butter-poached, sherry, pretzel crostini

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 02

Esquire Main Dishes

  • THREE-FINGER CAVATELLI 26

    roasted chicken, pancetta, English peas, spinach, garlic cream

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 03

  • CHICKEN PICCATA 27

    pappardelle, broccolini, lemon-caper butter

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 02

  • ROASTED LOCH DUART SALMON 36

    wasabi-potato purée, asparagus, soy-ginger glaze, sesame butter

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 02

  • SHORT RIB RISOTTO 37

    Carnaroli rice, roasted wild mushrooms, black truffle mascarpone, Sartori Parmesan

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 04

  • BRAISED SHORT RIB 40

    whipped root veg, broccolini, Cooper’s Hawk Lux Cabernet reduction

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 04

  • SURF & TURF 55

    6oz. center-cut filet, colossal bacon-wrapped shrimp, whipped root veg, asparagus, steak jus

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 05

  • TRIO OF PRIME FILET MEDALLIONS 46

    Parmesan-crusted, whipped root veg, asparagus, Cooper’s Hawk Lux Cabernet reduction

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 05

  • ESQUIRE PRIME FILET MIGNON, 8 oz.* 49

    8oz filet, crispy Yukon potatoes, maitake mushroom, broccolini, porcini truffle sauce

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 05

  • PRIME STRIP STEAK, 14 oz* 65

    crispy Yukon potatoes, broccolini, roasted Mighty Vine tomatoes, Cooper's Hawk Lux Cabernet reduction

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 05

  • PRIME BONE-IN RIBEYE, 22 oz* 75

    crispy Yukon potatoes, broccolini, roasted MightyVine tomatoes, Cooper's Hawk Lux Cabernet reduction

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 05

Salads and Sandwiches

  • NAPA SALAD 22

    roasted chicken, avocado, Laura Chenel goat cheese, apple, corn, farm greens, cucumber, marcona almonds, champagne vinaigrette

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 01

  • PRIME RIB SANDWICH* 24

    caramelized onion, horseradish ranch, sweet pickle, ciabatta, fries

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 05

  • FRICO SALAD 20

    caramelized Sartori Parmesan chicken, gem lettuce, lemon-Calabrian caesar, pesto vinaigrette, roasted tomatoes, pretzel crostini

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 02

  • ESQUIRE PRIME BURGER* 19

    MontAmoré and Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheeses, caramelized onion, roasted tomato, black truffle aioli, brioche bun, fries

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 05

  • OAK ST. CHICKEN SANDWICH 18

    Nueske’s bacon, avocado, Widmer’s aged cheddar, chipotle cilantro ranch, sweet pillow bun, fries

    Suggested Flight Pairing: 03

Sides

  • CRISPY YUKON POTATOES 8

  • ROOT VEG PURÉE 7

  • WASABI ROOT VEG PURÉE 7

  • ROASTED ASPARAGUS 10

  • ROASTED BROCCOLINI 9

Desserts

  • KEY LIME PIE 13

    white chocolate crème fraîche ganache, berry sauce, strawberry-basil pixie dust, meringue
  • SEVEN-LAYER CHOCOLATE CAKE 13

    hazelnut ganache, whipped Valrhona white chocolate, espresso meringue, dark chocolate sauce
  • MAG MILE SUNDAE 13

    Reese’s cookies and brownies, vanilla ice cream, banana brulée, peanut butter mousse; caramel, chocolate, and vanilla sauces
  • SALTED CARAMEL CRÈME BRULÉE 13

    whipped Valrhona white chocolate, berries, vanilla crunch
  • FIREFLY 14

    lemon tartufo, citrus curd, bitter-lemon cake, wild blueberry preserves
  • HOUSE-MADE TRUFFLES 4

    chocolate, white chocolate, or Truffle of the Month

Please check out our Gluten Free menu.

The “Perfect 10” Happy Hour menu celebrates the perfect combination of coveted wines; playful, wine-centric cocktails; and elevated bites, available Monday through Friday 3-6.

Happy Hour

Bites

  • TRUFFLE ARANCINI 10

    Suggested Pairing: Cooper’s Hawk Lux Chardonnay
    lemon aioli, Sartori Parmesan

  • GOLD COAST OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER 10

    Suggested Pairing: Cooper’s Hawk Blanc de Blanc
    wakame, basil aioli, gold leaf

  • DOUBLE FRIED CHICKEN WINGS 10

    Suggested Pairing: Cooper’s Hawk Lux Pinot Noir
    dry spice, rosemary, lemon

  • KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN (KFC) 10

    Suggested Pairing: Cooper’s Hawk Scarletto
    brioche, special spicy sauce, lime

  • PRIME RIB SLIDERS 10

    Suggested Pairing: Cooper’s Hawk Cab Zin
    broiche, shaved prime rib, horseradish cream,
    onion jus

  • WHITE BEAN HUMMUS 10

    Suggested Pairing: Cooper’s Hawk Super Tuscan
    spice-roasted carrot confit, endive,
    everything spice

I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY OPENED THIS

  • Exclusive Wine by The Glass Mkt

    Every day our Esquire sommeliers open an exclusive bottle from our award-winning collection, available by the glass

Our wines by the glass are provided as a sample. Availability and prices are subject to change at any time.

Wine by the Glass

Sparkling

  • BORGO MARAGLIANO 11

    'La Caliera' Moscato d'Asti

    Piedmont 2020

  • COOPER’S HAWK 12

    Prosecco

    Veneto NV

  • DOMAINE LA MAISON 13

    Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé

    France NV

  • JOSEPH PERRIER 22

    Cuvée Royale Brut

    Champagne NV

White

  • COOPER’S HAWK 12

    Gewürztraminer

    Monterey NV

  • COOPER’S HAWK 11

    Cooper's Hawk White

    USA NV

  • MCBRIDE SISTERS 13

    Sauvignon Blanc

    Marlborough 2020

  • DOMAINE DENIS RACE 17

    Chablis

    Burgundy 2018

  • COOPER’S HAWK 15

    Cooper's Hawk Lux Chardonnay

    Central Coast NV

ROSÉ

  • KOBAL FAMILY 12

    Pinot Grigio Rosé

    Slovenia 2020

  • CHÂTEAU MAÏME 12

    Côtes de Provence Rosé

    France 2020

RED

  • DONNAFUGATA 16

    Floramundi

    Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily 2019

  • COOPER’S HAWK 18

    Cooper's Hawk Lux Pinot Noir

    Central Coast NV

  • COOPER’S HAWK 19

    Camille Fierce

    Central Coast 2019

  • COOPER'S HAWK 12

    Old Vine Zin

    California NV

  • COOPER'S HAWK 14

    Tempranillo

    Spain NV

  • RAVINES WINE CELLARS 17

    Cabernet Franc

    Finger Lakes 2019

  • COOPER'S HAWK 12

    Petite Sirah

    California NV

  • COOPER'S HAWK 14

    Super Tuscan

    Tuscany NV

  • CHÂTEAU COUTET 24

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

    Bordeaux 2019

  • CUVELIER ‘LOS ANDES’ 14

    Malbec

    Uco Valley 2018

  • COOPER'S HAWK 18

    Cooper's Hawk Lux Meritage

    California NV

  • MICHAEL MONDAVI EMBLEM 22

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    Napa 2018

Please download our full wine list featuring hundreds of the worlds most exclusive wines. Availability and prices are subject to change at any time.

Cocktails

Cocktails

  • OAK STREET SOUR 16

    The NY sour meets its match in this uniquely Chicago tipple.

    Courvoisier VS Cognac, fresh lemon, wild banana chai, Cooper’s Hawk Old Vine Zin

  • A STUDY IN SCARLET 16

    Everything you need. Nothing you don’t.

    Ketel One vodka, Cooper's Hawk Passion Fruit wine, fresh lemon, Cooper's Hawk Scarletto

  • TWILIGHT SONG 14

    Stirred, savory, light, complex.

    Milagro Reposado tequila, rosemary, lychee, rose, Luxardo maraschino, Cooper's Hawk Cranberry wine

  • THE ESQUIRE OLD FASHIONED 14

    Shine your shoes and brush your hair.

    Maker’s Mark bourbon, cherry, Cooper’s Hawk Nightjar, Marie Laveau “tobacco” bitters

  • EMPEROR’S NEW COCKTAIL 14

    Healthy is just a word.

    Sipsmith gin, fresh carrot, Cooper’s Hawk Riesling, fresh lemon, cardamom

  • BEE’S KNEES 15

    The immortal classic, through a uniquely local lens.

    CH Key gin, thyme and ginger-infused local honey, fresh lemon

  • MADAME PRESIDENT 14

    Power to the people.

    Cooper's Hawk Camille Fierce, Mt. Gay Eclipse rum, Grand Marnier, Lustau Blanco vermouth, orange peel

  • ESPRESSO MARTINI 15

    Is it tomorrow already?

    Grey Goose vodka, Mr. Black coffee liqueur, Cooper’s Hawk Nightjar, espresso, toasted coconut flake

Ultimate Martinis

  • THE ULTIMATE VODKA MARTINI 18

    Indulgence and Exploration

    Belvedere Lake Bartezek vodka and Cooper’s Hawk Lux Ice Wine

  • THE ULTIMATE GIN MARTINI 18

    Innovative and Exotic Ki No Tea Japanese gin, Cooper’s Hawk Gewürztraminer, Shanghai Shirley 5-Spice bitters

Sangria

  • Summer Sangria 10

    rosé wine, chardonnay, peach, strawberry, lemon, jasmine, Brandy de Jerez

Spirit-Free Cocktails

  • BACK TO YOUR ROOTS 8

    A tree with strong roots laughs at storms.

    fresh carrot, lemon, rosemary, lychee

  • CYD CHARISSE 8

    Dancin’ ain’t just for the kiddos.

    wild banana chai, cherry, lemon, soda

Our wine pairings are provided as a sample. Availability and prices are subject to change at any time.

Wine Pairing Flights

  • 01: Light & Bright 20

    DOMAINE LA MAISON, Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé, France NV

    COOPER'S HAWK, Rosé, Washington NV

    MESH & BONE, Pamplemousse Cidre Rosé, Brittany, France NV

  • 02: Luscious & Creamy 20

    ZLATAN OTOK, Pošip Vrhunsko Vino, Dalmatia, Croatia 2019

    STAGS' LEAP, Viognier, Napa 2018

    COOPER'S HAWK, Cooper's Hawk Lux Chardonnay, California

  • 03: Light, Fresh Red 25

    DONNAFUGATA, Floramundi, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily 2019

    KOBAL, Blaufränkisch, Štajerska, Slovenia 2018

    COOPER'S HAWK, Lux Pinot Noir, Central Coast

  • 04: Leather & Earth 30

    COOPER’S HAWK, Super Tuscan, Tuscany NV

    CHÂTEAU COUTET, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux 2019

    LOS BUJEOS, A Pasos, Sierras de Málaga, Andalucía 2015

  • 05: Flash & Flair 55

    COOPER'S HAWK, Cooper's Hawk Lux Meritage, California NV

    MICHAEL MONDAVI EMBLEM, Cabernet sauvignon, Napa 2018

    OPUS ONE, Red Blend, Napa 2014

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