October 26, 2012
The Top 10 New Restaurants in Chicago
By Kate Mulcrone
Chicago magazine has rounded up the best new eateries in the Windy City. We've also included some stories to help you get started planning.
This new entrant to the Chicago restaurant scene is the sister restaurant to Next, though more markedly casual. Menu highlights include agnolotti stuffed with Hubbard squash in a broth of lobster, coconut, and Madras curry and Goosefoot's butter-poached lobster.
Next boasts an ever-evolving roster of impressive Thai-French fusion dishes. Be warned -- Next does have a complicated ticketing system in place.
This Spanish-themed restaurant is known for its small plates like pork belly bocadillos and lamb sausage.
4. EL Ideas
This tiny restaurant is a seeming contradiction with relatively high prices but a BYOB policy. There's only one seating a night, but it involves a decadent 13-course menu.
5. Perennial Virant
This farmhouse-chic Lincoln Park bistro serves up unusual fare like grilled rainbow trout with roasted barley, sourdough buckwheat croutons, and grilled Meyer lemons.
This husband-and-wife restaurant is known for its wine list and delicious seafood small plates.
This hip wine bar impresses with appetizers like duck liver pate spread with Cognac butter and tangerine wedges.
This New American hotspot is decked out in minimalist style and includes menu items like deconstructed lobster pot pie and a burger served with bacon-onion jam.
This Asian small plates restaurant specializes in the slightly offbeat. Think duck confit takoyaki balls inspired by Osakan street food.
10. Au Cheval
This unique spot dubs its menu "diner-style with European influences." Practically speaking, that means you can expect dishes like griddled bratwurst served with a potato hash and duck-heart gravy.
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