Who doesn't love a BLT? Let's be real: you get to eat bacon and mayonnaise on toast, and the vegetable are co-stars, not after-thoughts. But what about a "gourmet" BLT with egg and gruyère?
Lincoln Square, North Side
If the sinigang is any indication of the menu at large, then Isla Pilipina is a strong contender for best Filipino food on the North Side.
It's no secret that the neighborhoods of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood are stuffed with enticing options, but what is most exciting is the variety. Here you'll find old school German joints, cozy neighborhood gems, and perhaps the city's highest concentration of great Thai restaurants.
If you're looking for some of the most inventive, saucy, flagrantly fusion-style maki around, this hip North Side sushi spot has you covered.
Goosefoot's tasting menu had me imagining Chef Nugent venturing into the French countryside, discovering hundreds of years of honed culinary tradition amid a field of wildflowers there, and staking a spot for the great American Midwest.
Long story short, nothing here is going to compel you to forsake Monti's mainstay. However, there are a few standouts worth a look- as long as you pair them with a cheesesteak, of course.
I caught up with the Sofitel and Café des Architectes' pastry chef, Leigh Omilinsky, right before she jetted off to Paris to learn the art of macaron-making with Pierre Hermé.
There's not much from the road that would convince you to give Dancen a try, let alone that it'd have something on its menu as fantastic as fire chicken.
Garcia's in Lincoln Square does a tidy takeout business through a separate, Western Avenue-facing entrance. It's nothing fancy, and that's precisely the point.
Know (and love) your cevapcici, pljeskavica, and veal, because Restaurant Sarajevo's Bosnian dishes are constructed, primarily, of meat.
I started with a friendly coconut-milk curry you'll only find on the regular English menu at Rosded, then tried a complex, aromatic "jungle curry" only available on Rosded's Thai language menu.
I had always heard Essence of India swapped an edge of spice and authenticity for something closer to the clean, safe, friendly vibe of the Lincoln Square neighborhood it's been in for years. But is that a bad thing?
Lincoln Square's Nhu' Lan Bakery recently revamped its interior, putting its menu offerings beyond the bánh mì on more prominent display.
If a time of year to subsist on cool, refreshing salads exists, we're heading into it right now. I sampled four Thai versions from this busy BYOB's menu.
You have to give credit to a restaurant that can make bread bowls appealing. Gather has a knack for gracefully elevating American comfort food, from fried chicken and biscuits to the oft-lambasted bread bowl.
Seolleongtang is the main focus of the entire restaurant. No bibimbap, no bulgogi. Instead, this simple, comforting oxbone stock swimming with meat bits and noodles is what you come for.
As the dust continues to settle, Rainbow Cuisine indeed lives up to its rapidly accumulated hype. Along with what seems like everyone else, I'm looking forward to trying it all.
Fork's rendition of Sticky Toffee Pudding is triple-bathed in a rich, caramelly toffee sauce and also features a unique and astoundingly complementary porter ice cream.
British food used to be the butt of a lot of jokes; greasy and dull, a lot of it didn't make the trip across the pond for good reason. But places like Red Lion Lincoln Square are doing its best to change that impression. And it's working.
The Short Rib Tartine at Fork is an open-faced brunch sandwich full of sports metaphors. There's a lot of talent here, and it's obviously well-coached, but the roster never fully jells.