The brainchild of Chef/Owner Phillip Foss, EL Ideas’ mission statement is to ‘redefine fine dining’. By removing pretension and preconceptions from the fine dining arena, Michelin starred EL Ideas has carved a niche that separates itself. A small BYOB restaurant in a little known Chicago neighborhood, guests can enjoy a relaxed and unique setting not generally associated with restaurants serving cutting edge cuisine. Interaction with the chefs and fellow diners is not only welcome, it is very common for guests to join the chefs in the kitchen during the meal to ask questions, take photos, and discuss trends.

EL Ideas’ motto of “Question Everything” pertains to the cuisine as much as it does to the environment in which it is served. The cuisine reflects the approach, whims, standards and experience developed by Chef Phillip Foss (Quilted Giraffe, Le Cirque, Lockwood). Culinary ideas span from redefining known flavors to outside the box flavor pairings and methods of serving.