Gemini, the Lincoln Park hot-spot formerly known as Gemini Bistro, undertook an extensive, and necessary, restoration in early 2017. After re-opening in April, it quickly became one of my favorite restaurants of the year.
Previously dark and dingy with an omnipresent sewer odor, Gemini is now bright and spacious, showcasing a large and lively bar, and, based upon many visits in 2017, has finally rid itself of any signs of that pervasive smell. The menu, too, underwent a makeover, keeping a few favorites from the previous iteration of Gemini, including its outstanding burger and truffle fries, as well as the steak frites.
Perhaps my favorite thing about the restaurant, aside from the professional, yet fun, waitstaff (special shout-out to Syliva at the bar!), is the ever-changing and seasonal menu. Weekly visits never get stale with rotating specials and new menu items.
Separated into four sections, the dinner menu features Mains, Sides, Starters and Salads – in that order. While by no means a small plates restaurant, diners can easily share a few plates, or opt for an individual meal, which is hard to come by these days.
The Baby Wedge salad, featuring an outstanding house-made buttermilk ranch dressing, is a stand-out. The Chicken Tinga Nachos and Indonesian Fried Shrimp cannot be missed from the starters. Favorite main dishes include the Gemini Burger, Sea Scallops, Butternut Squash Tortellacci, and Vegetable Lasagna. The Handcut Tuffle-Parm Fries are a must. The special soup and fish offerings are traditionally on-point, as well.
Weekend brunch features an abbreviated dinner menu, in addition to breakfast favorites including a lovely Housemade Granola, a beautiful Nova Lox Platter, Mexican Chorizo Chilaquiles, and your choice of six different Lincoln Park Benedicts.
Gemini has become a regular dinner destination for many, which is high praise in a city of endless dining options. I look forward to many more visits in 2018.
Gemini is open for dinner seven days a week, in addition to weekend brunch. Reservations are recommended Thursday through Saturday.