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California-based chef CJ Jacobsen is helming the kitchen at Ema, a Mediterranean small plates restaurant in River North whose name comes from the Hebrew word for mother. Ema combines the hallmarks of Mediterranean food -- spreads like hummus and charred eggplant, hot & cold mezze, kebabs -- with his West Coast sensibility to seasonal ingredients. Many of the signatures are house-made, like the bread that falls somewhere between naan and pita, the Greek yogurt used in the tzatziki, and the stracciatella served with tomatoes and herb salad.

Ema Chicago
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Ema

Ema

California-based chef CJ Jacobsen is helming the kitchen at Ema, a Mediterranean small plates restaurant in River North whose name comes from the Hebrew word for mother. Ema combines the hallmarks of Mediterranean food -- spreads like hummus and charred eggplant, hot & cold mezze, kebabs -- with his West Coast sensibility to seasonal ingredients. Many of the signatures are house-made, like the bread that falls somewhere between naan and pita, the Greek yogurt used in the tzatziki, and the stracciatella served with tomatoes and herb salad.