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21 Adelaide St. W


SpeakEasy21 is where all the corporate dilfs and milfs from the financial district gather on a Thursday night after putting in their 9-5. You’d think it’d be full of preps all week long but it’s actually pretty chill when you pop in for dinner or a drink on the weekend. With honeycomb ceilings and a dim vibe, this place makes you think you’re in a cool scene from Suits, like one where Harvey seduces a random girl with just two words and brings her home.

What’s SpeakEasy21 known for?

With the hopes that its patrons are generous, SpeakEasy21 offers a ton of shareable comfort foods (perfect for hangovers). Chef Andrew Wilson doesn’t stop at small plates but offers main dishes that will have your friend asking for a taste anyway.

What did we get?

Well, we started with...

Crispy Mac n' Cheese ($()

Menu Description: Mornay, chipotle, spicy buffalo sauce

We had to Google what 'mornay' was so you don't have to (it's a fancy way of saying cheese sauce). These mac n' cheese balls are perfect and will give you just the cheese tease you need to move onto the next app.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($12)

Menu Description: Spicy Smoked Mayo, Dill, Lime This is the comfort food that leaves white kids envious of Soul Food Sunday. The smoked mayo compliments the lightly battered chicken perfectly. Served in bite size pieces, this starter is perfect for sharing.

Sweet Potato Fries ($5)

Menu Description: really?

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And we topped it all off with…

Braised Short Ribs ($22)*

Menu Description: Roasted Carrots, Fingerling potato, Bacon, Shallot Confit , Cremini Mushroom

This beef is as tender as 90s R&B and definitely shareable after the app splurging. Appropriately soaked in a reduction sauce, we guarantee you won’t leave any leftovers behind.

Notable contenders:

Dutch Mule (drink) Why? Because it’s super trendy and for a reason.

Chicken & Waffles Why? An abundance of the buttermilk fried chicken we originally ordered as an app.

Not worth the splurge:

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Why? Naan bread was delicious but the dip was anti-climactic.

In an ideal word…

We would add a salad into the mix to break up the deep fried goodness and meats - specifically the arugula and sweet potato quinoa salad ($15). It’s served with a semi-hard boiled egg on top for that extra protein.


$48 before tax and tip

*For vegetarians, swap in the Smokey Brussel Sprouts ($8) instead of the Buttermilk Chicken and the Tamarind Glazed Salmon ($22) instead of the Braised Short Ribs.

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