The hype surrounding chef Dan Snowden’s veg-forward restaurant, Bad Hunter, was tremendous even before its doors opened on October 19th. Zagat, Eater, and other publications called it one of the Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in 2016. The excitement hasn’t died down — Bad Hunter is every bit as good as it was expected to be and is one of the hottest West Loop restaurants.
Snowden’s use of hyper-seasonal ingredients creates drinks and dishes that are uniquely delicious from start to finish. Here’s 5 things you must order:
One of Bad Hunter’s more indulgent menu offerings, the Fry Bread is perfectly decadent. Stuff the burrata topped with chile oil, pickled onions, and dill into triangular pieces of fried bread, and at first bite, you’ll know exactly why everyone’s talking about this dish.
A riff on a popular dish for carnivores, the Beet Tartare is perfectly salty and crunchy, made with white anchovy, flax seed crisps, and a side of greens topped with pickled onions and beet coins.
Though the restaurant is vegetable-focused, it doesn’t fail to deliver delicious meat options too. Its protein variety includes tasty Sirloin Skewers prepared with chile salt and korean potato salad.
Even the dessert selection fits the forest-foraged restaurant theme. Try the Chocolate Cremeux — a silky, earthy chocolate pudding with frozen grapes, porcini ice cream, and tiny decorative leaves.
The Joker is one of the most delicious and healthy alcoholic beverages we’ve ever come across. Made with Owen & Alchemy 01 (cold-pressed juice of kale, parsley, romaine, spinach, celery, apple, lemon, and sea salt), Rhine Hall La Normande (apple brandy/cider cordial), vodka, mezcal, honey, lemon, jalapeño, and ginger, the refreshing cocktail is a great complement to the light fare.