Red Door to work with Goose Island for their dinner. I had been a fan of the restaurant that was located where Red Door is now, Duchamp, but I had not been there since Duchamp closed, so I was unaware of how the space had changed. I figured it was a good time to check it out. My opinion of Goose Island had lessened somewhat when they sold out to Anhueser Busch even though I knew that they did still make some good beer. I decided it was a good time to give them another chance and possibly see what was new at Goose Island. I arrived on time for dinner but it was actually a little early because they weren't quite ready, so I sat in the main dining room and examined the space to compare it to Duchamp. It was in the same building, so the entrance was in the same place, as was the bar, and the shape of the dining room was the same. While the shape of the room was the same, the space was very different. The red door at the entrance was solid wood and had a vintage style. The left side of the restaurant, opposite the bar was lined with a tall light colored but heavy looking wood banquette. The tables lining the banquette were hightops. The room seemed to be filled with found objects of mismatched design and the lights were dim and hanging. The space had a very rustic feel to it. While I could still see Duchamp, it was also a very different space. The restaurant also has a large patio with a communal table for dining in warm weather. Duchamp also had the patio, of course, but I never saw it in either restaurant so I can only say that other people have said that the patio is very nice. After sitting in the main dining room for a few minutes, we were guided into a private dining room in the back. The design of the space was similarly eclectic but the color scheme was different (it was light green) and it had a large communal table for seating. Unlike other beer dinners that I have gone to, Red Door actually offered a choice for most of the courses which was nice. There were only about two or three choices offered for each course, but it was nice that a choice was offered. For my first course, I chose a dish that I had not ever had but strangely had looked it up recently. The dish was called Shakshouka, and it consists of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes and chili peppers, it was served with goat feta cheese and crispy pita chips and was topped with chives. It was paired with Sofie, a Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale. The tomato sauce was thick and almost had a pizza sauce flavor and the eggs were poached hard. The feta added an earthy flavor and a semi-soft texture that paired well with the eggs. It was all very spreadable on the pita chips and it was very good. The earthy flavor of the dish also went well with the beer.
Dinner here was very good and I really liked the pairings (if I didn't completely care for all of the beers). It was also interesting to see the changes in the space. I will definitely have to return to try more of their menu.