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[Chicago, IL] “There were no extravagant preview parties,” writes Eater Chicago. “No public relations reps unfurling a barrage of pitches. But on Friday night, a line flowed out of the door and around the corner at Warlord, producing a two-hour wait — the type of restaurant excitement the city hasn’t seen since before the pandemic.

“Warlord was no secret. Chefs Emily Kraszyk (Farmhouse), John Lupton (Kasama), and Trevor Fleming (Rootstock) left enough social media breadcrumbs to lead interested parties to the corner of Milwaukee and Belmont.”

The restaurant itself leave few clues on its website. Only that Warlord is “a relaxed dining experience in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago [that is] focused on preservation and live fire; from the foundations of family and friendship.”

“Despite the aggressive name, this New American spot in Avondale is very welcoming. It has comfy banquettes and barstools, and chefs drop off dishes at tables while reminding you to stay at your candlelit table for as long as you want,” adds The Infatuation.

“But the food is why you’ll want to stay forever (or at least until they close at 2am). Ramp pasta and miso butter scallops are rich and creamy. Pork shoulder and burgers are aged to juicy perfection. Everything is incredibly refined, but the atmosphere isn’t so stuffy you can’t come here for a casual bite after a night out.”

Shrouded in darkness and without the usual restaurant opening press blitz, Warlord appeared in April, 2023. It’s late-night, no reservations dining is a marvelous thing to see.


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