GO PRIDE, Nunn In The Oven
by Jerry Nunn
The Diver, located at 601 N Wells St., is a recently opened seafood focused restaurant in the River North area. Inspired by tropical enviroments, the decor has a beachy feel to it that pairs well with the cuisine offered inside this modern establishment. The open air concept with large windows and a small outdoor patio works well in The Diver's favor, especially during times like these, where we are at times stuck indoors.
Many will recognize this hot spot as the previous home of the Flamingo Rum Club. Co-owners Adolfo Garcia and Phil Stefani have transformed the space into this new concept and the mural outside of flamingos will soon be painted over by original aritst JC Rivera. Being on the corner of Ohio and Wells, this bungalow-styled dinner and brunch restaurant is easy to find and locatd in a bustling part of Downtown Chicago.
Guests are transported to an exotic getaway at The Diver thanks to a menu that is fresh and tasty. Cocktails are a big focus at The Diver, so feel free to explore. The Pacific Rose combines vodka with wild berry puree, basil, agave syrup and jasmine bitters. That's a drink will make you want to take a midnight swim! Mezcal is used in several drinks such as the Tulum Mio and Night in Oaxaca, where just the right libations are paired together to give diners a lift to their spirits. The Diver's maragaritas bring tastes of citrus, mint or watermelon as part of the recipe to mix with tequila and create a refreshing beverage to wash down the seafood bites.
The guacamole served with chips is good all on its own or add some lobster, crab or pork belly to the flavor for dynamic results. Another good starter is the lobster quesadilla with my favorite cheese of them all, chihuahua cheese. This chipotle crema, spicy poblano pepper and pico de gallo stuffed into a tortilla dish was a standout in both taste and execution.