L&M Parkside Brings Hyper-Local Fare and Tea-Smoked Cornish Hen to Lincoln Square
by Anthony Todd / Chicago magazine / The Dish / August 18, 2021
Lincoln Square has just gotten a new dining destination, and the neighborhood is embracing it. “We thought we’d start out with 80 covers a night, and we’ve never done anything below 100 since we opened,” laughs Justin Kaialoa, the executive chef at L&M Parkside, a sister spot to the excellent L&M Fine Foods market across the street. In a summer that hasn’t had a lot of big openings, it’s really not surprising that Parkside, with a hyper-local menu and approachable prices, is packed.
This is Kaialoa’s first executive chef gig, after a number of stints (and award nominations) at places like The Bristol and The Violet Hour. In fact, Kaialoa was in the process of redoing the food program at The Violet Hour when COVID hit last year. “We were going launch a tasting menu, and the next day the city closed,” he remembers. Their loss is Parkside’s gain, as Kaialoa’s menu brings a fine dining flair and attention to detail to this neighborhood restaurant. Read more HERE