What happened to Chicago? When did this meat-obsessed, stock-yard city become so obsessed with vegetables? Not to be outdone, Dave Beran, the executive chef at Next, crafted a 23-course vegan menu for the summer.
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Have you tried Siberian sturgeon caviar yet? This sustainable roe is popping up on top menus around town.
By now, I hope you know the drill with Next, Grant Achatz and Dave Beran's West Loop restaurant, which not only changes its menu every four months, but also its complete focus. On Wednesday, the restaurant flipped again, with a new menu called The Hunt. I was lucky enough to get tickets to opening night.
This post took some time to get to us. Due to Next's quick moving schedule, the Sicily meal recapped here is no longer available. But since many of us didn't get experience this unique menu when we could and because these pictures are so good, I thought a little eye candy wouldn't be such a bad thing.
If you could only have one last bite in Chicago, what would it be? It's a completely hypothetical question, one that is obviously meant to get a reaction, but it's something worth thinking about every now and again. We asked all the contributors on Serious Eats: Chicago to come up with one dish they'd eat if they only had one last meal in Chicago.
Other cities may be wondering why their restaurants didn't make the list, but Alan Richman included two very worthy Chicago spots. Both Next and Ruxbin made the list.
Admittedly, we don't spend a lot of time here talking about what's coming up with Next. Unless, of course, a burger happens to be involved. But this is just so...cool.
It was hard to keep track of every single restaurant opening of 2011. In fact, some of these places feel like such institutions, it's kind of amazing that they only opened this year. While there are undoubtedly restaurants that I unfairly left off the list, here are the ones that I couldn't wait to get back to.
It didn't matter where I looked in Chicago this year, I could always find something truly delicious. Some weeks it was about a little taqueria with killer tripe tacos (La Chaparitta), while others it was a restaurant recreating fine dining in Paris circa 1906 (Next).