11 expert reviews
“At some point during a recent meal at Schwa—between the pad thai and the arctic char roe, I believe—a chef came out of the kitchen with two small plates.”
– Time Out
"Carlson's artfully displayed entrées... are so good we'd eat them on the curb in front of the tire shop across the street."
Travel + Leisure
"Known for his artful presentation, chef/proprietor and Chicagoland native Michael Carlson creates a rotating menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients from around the world." Full review
""Super high-end food without the attitude" describes Michael Carlson's "very small" Wicker Park BYO." Full review
"The lackluster Microsoft-Word-looking logotype announcing the corny name on the dingy awning above the stained fabric port-hole door belies the culinary genius of Michael Carlson."
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"Blink and you'll miss Michael Carlson's contemporary, minimal (some would say barren) BYO storefront." Full review