It’s that time of year again. Loosen the belts, remove them entirely, and throw dietary caution to the wind. Thanksgiving is upon us and Chicago restaurants are rolling out gluttonous spreads that would have made pilgrims blush.
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Nowadays, snowflakes aren’t the only white things falling. ’Tis the season for truffles, most notably those ever so opulent white truffles, raining down upon dishes to substantially up the ante on autumnal luxury. The Italian gems have found their way onto a few menus and specials around Chicago.
Turkey and stuffing being quintessential components of a well-rounded Thanksgiving meal, it makes sense that gluttonously stuffed turkeys would rise to prominence as well. Case in point: turducken. The infamous chicken-stuffed-duck-stuffed-turkey is a bit of a gratuitous indulgence for some, but lately for chefs, it’s an opportunity to get whimsical.
Alice Waters has long been esteemed as one of the forebears of the farm-to-table movement in restaurants, so it makes sense that chefs would want to honor her via special tasting menus. And that’s precisely what Michael Kornick and Erick Williams of mk are doing with a degustation dedicated to the culinary wunderkind herself.
Roast chicken, pork tenderloin, caramel apples, Italian sausage, and lamb pappardelle. These are just a few examples of fall’s headiest, heartiest, and most soulful flavors, currently being offered on menus across Chicago from restaurants, bars, and bakeries. As we enter the throes of holiday season and the nexus of autumn, it’s time to get serious about upping our comfort food quotient.
Like the coziest stew, the thickest slab of pie, and the burliest short rib, cocktails are a way Chicagoans off the winter blues. Why? Because cold-weather cocktails are often hearty and rich. Who needs a scarf! This year’s batch of standout cool-weather cocktails in Chicago includes drinks with spice, egg, cocoa, and lots more.
When it comes to combating the impending doom known as winter, the best antidote is warm-weather vacation on a plate or in a bowl. Like New Orleans-inspired jambalaya or fruitful seafood boils. One bite and you’ll forget all about the thermostat. The beachy bounties can be yours these coming months at Fish Bar, which just rolled out a slew of new weekly menu features.
It seems every trendy food has a festival all its own these days in Chicago, Doughnuts have their day, poutine has its day, and chili likewise. Baconfest has ballooned over the years to become a culinary juggernaut and one of the hottest tickets of the year. Joining the fray this year is Ramenfest, an apt addition to the local food fest scene considering ramen’s rise to legitimacy over the past few years. The inaugural Ramenfest is right around the corner, taking place November 8 at urbanbelly, one of the progenitors of the noodle craze.
A friendly reminder that ramen noodles are hotter than cronuts have ever been. The once collegiate pantry paperweight has risen to ravenous acclaim in recent years thanks to the onset of ramen burgers, ramen tacos, ramen-focused menus, and more. In light of the noodly fever pitch, a couple restaurants are rolling out new noodle-focused menu additions and weekly specials. Get ready to slurp.