We loved Acadia when we had our maiden voyage to the upscale eatery at 1639 S. Wabash and according to a post on Curbed Chicago, other culinary critics from around the city are also having similar feelings:
Mike Sula (Chicago Reader) thinks Acadia gets it right in the unlikeliest of neighborhoods. Garnishes “support and synergize” a la carte dishes such as a foie gras torchon rolled in malt crumbles from which “radiate” arrangements of jellied hot-toddy cubes and smudges of curried apple butter. Chicken presse is “highly refined, but unironic and satisfying,” and fat shrimp “summon the nostalgia” of Spain. For drinks, a “depthless and enduring” rum and kola smash will ease you through the courses. Despite the lack of competition in the area, Sula thinks the restaurant “ought to do well just about anywhere.”
The Curbed Chicago post also has links to the Chicago Tribune write-up by Phil Vettel and Julia Kramer's piece in Time Out Chicago. While all seem to have positive things to say about the neighborhood, all seem to get jabs in at the neighborhood's expense.
While they're entitled to their opinion, it seems like a common view form outsiders. What evs! Haters gonna hate.
(Image from Time Out Chicago)