Mouths are watering across McHenry County at news of the Tartan Bistro reopening February 19. The student-run restaurant at McHenry County College has been serving gourmet, multi-course cuisine every spring semester for the past nine years.
As the spring capstone class to the culinary degree program, the Tartan Bistro also serves as a classroom for future restaurant owners, executive chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, servers, bussers, and hosts. “The restaurant allows students to apply the training they’ve received up to this point,” says Drzal. “It’s a great way to dive in and experience all of the elements they’ll encounter in the industry.”
The menu is based on classic Midwest fare with international influences. Items offered this semester include seared scallops with a miso buerre blanc; a vegetarian, gluten-free wild mushroom stew; and a Szechuan rack of lamb. All entrees are under $20 and include a choice of soup or salad. Dessert choices often feature freshly-baked selections created by the advanced pastry classes at the college.
Tartan Bistro also offers an impressive beer and wine menu. “We select hard-to-find wines and exclusively serve local Illinois craft brews,” Drzal said. “We bring in options from Crystal Lake Brewery, Scorched Earth, Wild Onion, and more.”
Tartan Bistro is open Wednesday and Thursday nights with seating times available at 6, 6:15, 6:30, and 6:45 p.m. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com. Updated menu information available the week of February 16 at www.mchenry.edu/tartanbistro.