After trying and trying to get a Restaurant Week reservation at Blackbird, I finally scored one, though it wasn't until 9:00p.m. I was hoping that would mean it wouldn't be terribly crowded, but I was very very wrong. Blackbird is located at 619 W. Randolph and its website is http://www.blackbirdrestaurant.com/.
I had never even seen Blackbird before, but I have heard some tremendous things about it. We got off of the Green Line at Clinton and walked the block and a half to the restaurant. We passed its large plate glass window and saw an extremely crowded front room that was long and narrow. We entered and told the hostess that we were ready. She took our coats and started leading us through the crowd toward the back of the restaurant. I thought to myself, "great, we will get a seat in the back room." Little did I know a back room did not exist, but I also did not see a table for us to sit at. However, she led us to a table that I was 100% sure was part of another table since it was so close to each adjacent table. Since there was no other place to go, I reluctantly accepted the table.
We both ordered the same appetizer, the mussel soup with saffron and garlic. The mussels were very good, but the soup was a bit spicy. I enjoyed it, but I did feel like they could have toned down the heat a bit.