Chicago Just when you thought Canada couldn't possibly be any dumber, it went ahead and did something like this... and TOTALLY REDEEMED ITSELF. The 'this' we're talking about is obviously poutine (French fries! + Gravy! + Cheese curds!), which's been popping up all over Chicago as of late. Here're five of the most impressive options:
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Poutine from Little Market Brasserie: This casual-American resto in the Gold Coast’s Talbott Hotel does a classic poutine (fries, cheese curds, and a thick blanket of gravy), but with one important addition: chunks of freaking short rib.
Poutine Burger from Spritz Burger: This open-facer includes fries, cheese curds, and sage country gravy, all ON TOP of SB’s signature, grass-fed beef patty. Wash it down with a Smokey Mountain Rickey spritz. Or don't. It's your life.
Braised Beef Cheek Poutine from Bottlefork: Look at that. LOOK AT IT. That's the poutine-age you can get at Bottlefork -- the latest concept from Rockit Ranch Productions. It's a braised beef cheek poutine with Wisconsin cheese curds, Kennebec fries, and pools of stick-to-your-ribs gravy.
Cluster Buck Poutine from The Big Cheese Poutinerie: This everything-but-the-kitchen-sink poutinerie landed in Lakeview last month, and the masterfully named Cluster Buck is the early winner -- it takes North-of-the-border poutine and gives it an American cowboy twist with chicken, tangy barbecue sauce, and caramelized onions.
Breakfast Poutine from The Gage: When eggs Benny and smoked salmon just won’t cut it (which would never happen, but just go with it), cop a plate of The Gage’s alcohol-headache-healing breakfast poutine. The dish comes with breakfast sausage, black truffle, fries, Smoke Box gravy, and a free-range, sunny-side-up egg.
Little Market Brasserie serves a combo of cuisines, including French, American, and even Italian. Among our favorite dishes are the Montreal-style poutine (with braised short ribs!), baja lobster roll, and puttanesca with shrimp and capers in a spicy tomato sauce. If you're feeling cocktail-y, rest assured you're in the right place.
A burger joint with a burger named The Pub Crawl(cheddar, chutney and roasted tomato) is going to understandably peak your interest, and rightfully so. A menu made up of deep-fried comfort food(of which 13 items are burgers) awaits you amongst seltzer spritz cocktails like the spritzed Malort and pastries.
It's hard out there for a small plates restaurant that straddles the line between bar and full-service dinner restaurant, yet Bottlefork in River North manages to stand above the pack. The food menu spans a variety of cuisines and dietary restrictions, featuring dishes like tuna crudo, crispy Brussels sprouts with chorizo, buttermilk fried chicken, and a critically-acclaimed ground bacon burger. The cocktail menu, complete with illustrations, is divided into categories based on flavor and style: fruity, smoky, dark, and "Gentlemen's Cut."
This is the first American location of this popular Canadian chain, and it brings all the cheesy poutine goodness of the Northern locations, featuring more than a dozen different varieties on the menu.
The Loop might not be the first neighborhood that comes to mind when considering weekend brunch options, but brunch at the Gage will have you rethinking your stance. The bustling restaurant pours a potent Bloody infused with CH Peppercorn Vodka and finished with pickled peppadew, Irish cheddar, and house corned beef; menu highlights include chilaquiles, a caramel sticky bun, and the popular venison burger. If the weather is nice, enjoy your delicious meal outside overlooking the park.