Everything about Pescadero is cool. Exposed whitewashed brick walls, Victorian ceiling tiles, support beams wrapped in ship’s rope, and a giant wood plank sign with teal backlighting all set the stage for an evening of style. The coolest thing of all, though, is the wood fire inferno grill that raises and lowers to cook everything to perfection. If seated at the back of the main dining room, you can watch the team in the open kitchen work their magic all evening.
The food is exceptional, the cocktails are smooth, and the ambiance is perfection. Pescadero is exactly the seafood joint that the North Shore has been waiting for.
Straight from the grill, everything has a gentle flame-kissed char to it. The main attractions, of course, are the jumbo gulf shrimps and the sea scallops, especially when paired with grilled onions and blistered tomatoes and dipped in the Chili Lime Honey drizzle that covers the plate with a hint of zesty balsamic. Charred asparagus salad is a robust and tasty side that contributes a feeling of fully realized entrée to what they’ve labeled an appetizer.
Ever since the great sprouts revolution of the early-21st century, we’ve had Brussels sprouts everywhere we can get them. We’ve never had them like this. They’re tantalizingly crispy and soaked in a honey balsamic sauce. Topped with a smattering of shaved almonds and green onions, the dish comes together with a nod to Asian flavors and a delicious garlicky undercurrent. The almonds perfectly complement the inherent nuttiness of the roasted Brussels sprouts.
JUMBO SEA SCALLOP
Even though we had scallops at the beginning of the meal, the Jumbo Sea Scallop is a completely different take and was the highlight of our evening. It’s not simply the expertly smoky presence of the scallop, but the blissfully creamy sweet corn risotto that accompanies it. All of the flavors come to play in this one, it’s buttery, savory, and incredibly juicy. This entrée is the very essence of elegant decadence.
Pescadero is located at 1167 Wilmette Avenue in Wilmette, 224-215-3011, pescaderofish.com.