Published on January 12, 2016

Global Flavors Spicing Up Chicago

It’s a new year — time to explore new dining options! Expand your palette with global flavors and experience world cultures right here in Chicago.  From classic American favorites to fresh Mediterranean desserts, find fresh flavors around every corner.

AMERICAN - CHICKEN & WAFFLES (KIT KAT LOUNGE & SUPPER CLUB - LAKEVIEW)

Kit Kat Lounge - Chicken and Waffles

With nightly performances and a chic interior reminiscent of South Beach and mid-century supper clubs, Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club is a unique destination with New American fare. Chef JoAnn Witherell crafts globally inspired comfort food classics, including fried chicken and waffles while the lounge’s martini menu spotlights over 70 variations of the classic cocktail.

ASIAN - TEA-SMOKED DUCK BREAST (BELLYQ - WEST LOOP)

bellyQ - Tea smoked Duck Breast

Among bellyQ’s many highlights are a full bar lounge, built-in hibachi table grills and a karaoke room. The restaurant uses only the finest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients to dish up an imaginative menu of delicious items such as tea-smoked duck breast.

EUROPEAN - ARTICHOKE CROSTINO (MONTEVERDE - WEST LOOP)

Monteverde - Artichoke Crostino

"Top Chef" alum Sarah Grueneberg’s new restaurant, Monteverde, offers a modern take on authentic Italian cuisine. To replicate the at-home dining experience, the intimate space is adorned with comfortable armchairs and wood detailing. Wines from its sweeping global list pair perfectly with its regional pasta dishes and appetizers — including the artichoke crostinos.

LATIN- PORK SHOULDER TACOS (BAR TAKITO - FULTON MARKET)

Bar - Takito - Pork Shoulder tacos

Bar Takito is a Latin-inspired concept filled with funky murals and bright flavors that draws inspiration from Mexico, Central and South America. The menu highlights fresh and local ingredients in its seasonal shared plates, ceviches, seafood and tacos while a variety of flavorful bitters, hops, malt and spirits inform the creative drinks. In the warmer months, Bar Takito offers breezy patio seating along Morgan Street.

MEDITERRANEAN - MARKET FRUIT TART (TRAVELLE - RIVER NORTH)

Travelle - market fruit tart

Travelle is a sophisticated lounge and restaurant in the Langham Hotel, offering a seafood-focused Mediterranean menu and stunning river views. The space is both sleek and laidback, with a glass-enclosed display kitchen, round banquettes and soft yellow accents. The extensive wine list complements the fresh entrees and charcuterie selection.

Happy dining,
Michelle Manning, Reserve Chicago

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