The cavernous two-story restaurant and bar is the work of the same synergistic team behind Borough and Parlour: co-chefs Tyler Shipton and Nick O’Leary and barkeeper Jesse Held. Not that the restaurant is a Borough carbon copy. Far from it. The cooking at Coup d’État isn’t nearly as food-forward as its North Loop counterpart, but by taking a more thoughtful approach to bar food, much of what Coup d’État accomplishes is often delightful, and occasionally remarkable. Witness oysters, yanked from the grill at the exact moment where they achieve maximum ocean-fresh brininess, or mellow duck confit as the surprise inside delicate, deep-fried risotto orbs. Pastas and cracker-crust pizzas are first-rate, and everyone needs to become acquainted with the octopus tossed in a red chile-citrus vinaigrette and served over grilled bread. This is Uptown’s most engaging cocktail destination, by far. Oh, and late-nighters, don’t miss the handy walk-up window, home to a seriously fabulous burger.
2923 Girard Av. S.
Sun.-Thu.: 4:30 p.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat: 4:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; late night walk-up window: Thu.-Sun. 11 p.m. to 2:15 a.m.
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