Cold Comforts: Top Chicago Chefs Share Their Favorite Winter Meals

By Heidi Mitchell | February 14, 2019 | Food & Drink

Some of Chicago’s most revered chefs reveal their go-to spots for a most indulgent winter meal.

Diana Dávila, Mi Tocaya

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Photo: Amanda Iqbal Photography

“My family loves GT Fish & Oyster, and we all have an obsession with their clam chowder.”

Jason Hammel, Lula Cafe/Superkhana International/Marisol

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Photo: Jeff Marini

“The omelet with caviar and sorrel at The Loyalist.”

Brian Fisher, Entente

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Photo: Tyler Curtis

Roister is consistently amazing, reminding me why it’s my favorite restaurant. Grant Achatz’s chicken liver mousse haunts my dreams.”

Danny Grant, etta

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Photo: Jon Cole Photography

“I love Le Bouchon to warm up in the winter with their cassoulet.”

Dennis Bernard, The Publican

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Photo: Sandy Noto

“A nice dry-aged ribeye from Bavette’s, cooked medium-rare, with a loaded twice-baked potato on the side. Pair that with an ice-cold martini, and even when it’s minus 25 outside it soothes my soul.”

Joe Frillman, Daisies

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Photo: Neil Burger

“Roasted chicken with squash and ricotta gnocchi at Boka. They also do white truffles at cost, which takes it to the next level.”

Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde

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Photo: Galdones Photography

Leña Brava has such a nice, cozy atmosphere, and one of my favorite dishes it the grilled Baja Pacifico striped bass for two served Yucatecan style with achiote, roasted garlic, spices, pickled red onions and habanero. A side of mezcal is a must.”

Donald Young, Temporis

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Photo: Stephanie Zhao

“The duo of Hudson Valley foie gras and scallop paired with dried blueberries and a grilled cipollini onion at Oriole.”

BK Park, Juno/Mako

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Photo: Christopher Andrew, Stoptime341 Productions

“Whenever I go to Café Maria Jeanne, I order dozens of West Coast oysters and bubbles.”

Joe Flamm, Spiaggia

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Photo: Matt Haas

“A long meal of dry-aged ribeye at Boeufhaus, followed by a couple of Toki highballs at Good Measure."



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