Review: Vegetable-focused Bad Hunter blooms along Randolph’s Restaurant Row – Chicago Tribune

Let me just say that “Bad Hunter” is the best name for a veggie-focused restaurant I’ve ever heard.

The phrase “bad hunter” is the punchline to a silly vegetarian joke. And it’s a fine name for a restaurant that leans heavily toward greens and grains but doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Bad Hunter is flanked on Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row by Au Cheval to the east, and to the west, Lone Wolf, a sister property within Heisler Hospitality (also behind Sportsman’s Club, Pub Royale, Trench). The hope by Heisler was that the restaurant would debut last June, when the local farmers markets are crammed with produce, but alas, the doors didn’t open until mid-October. Not exactly the ideal month to introduce a vegetable-centric menu in Chicago, but chef Dan Snowden is philosophical about the timing.

“We’ll have to do a winter menu every year,” he said. “It’s very challenging to open (in late fall), but we were able to pickle and jar and can (vegetables) during the summer. And the challenge has been inspirational; it really helped us see things as more than a vegetable on a plate. And winter is a great time for mushrooms, and diving into grains.”

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