2/27/2013 11:00:00 AM

The Best Thing We Ate Last Night: Pheasant Pie at The Tortoise Club

Photo by Eric Kleinberg

Let’s talk about last night - it was disgusting. A miserable combination of snow and rain fell from the sky, rivers of slush ran through the streets and gathered in puddles, and it was cold. The only reason we left our apartment was because of the promise of classic American cuisine served in the classy clubhouse known as The Tortoise Club.

The leather booths and dim lighting of the lounge was like an oasis, complete with live music and plenty of whiskey (the only cure for water seeping through boots). The dining room with wood paneling, white tablecloths and antique light fixtures was like stepping into old Chicago. Our meal too hailed from a different decade, one with lobster thermidor, creamed spinach and an addictive pheasant pie.

What made this pie so special? Like most of the food at The Tortoise Club it is satisfying without being overly flashy or complicated. The word “solid” was used several times to describe the flaky pastry filled with tender pieces of wild pheasant and chunks of vegetables combine in a rich sauce. It is covered with foie gras sauce – yes, foie gras covered comfort food. That snowstorm and our wet socks could not have been less of a concern while enjoying the savory entrĂ©e.

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