From umami doughnuts at Eden to a meat-free take on Bolognese pasta at Bad Hunter, here's what our Michigan Avenue team ate this month....
Eden’s umami doughnuts.
Baked Potato Bing Bread at Parachute (3500 N. Elston Ave.) and Umami Doughnut at Eden (1748 W. Lake St.). “I can't choose just one dish, so I declare an oh-so-tasty tie between the Baked Potato Bing Bread at Parachute and the instantly addictive Umami Doughnut at Eden. The first is a crisp, chewy creation stuffed with scallions, cheddar, and bacon, then kissed with sesame oil and baked in a cast iron skillet; the latter lives up to its name with a dusting of sweet and savory ‘umami sugar’ and a filling of braised strip loin and a mix of bechamel with raclette cheese. Two very different dishes, but both are meaty, cheesy, doughy delights—and worth every last gram of carbs.” –J.P. Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, @jpanders
Saffron farfalle at Bad Hunter.
Saffron Farfalle at Bad Hunter (802 W. Randolph St.). “I had this the other day and was blown away by the fact that a sauce this dependent on meat could fly high without it—and I'm not the only one. A woman once sent the dish back trying to call the kitchen’s meat-free Bolognese bluff, but the team was quick to reassure her (and me) with two sauce secrets: vegetables go through a meat grinder for Bolognese-esque texture, and a stock of porcinis and a Moroccan spice blend infuses the dish with meat-heavy flavor. So—there you have it." –Nicole Schnitzler, Online Contributor, @writetoeat
Cheeseburger at The Loyalist.
Cheeseburger at The Loyalist (177 N. Ada St.). “Smyth's subterranean sister space The Loyalist has garnered glowing chatter, least of which is reserved for the menu's cheeseburger. Appropriately so: ambitious but approachable, the sumptuous slider is an elevated interpretation of an old standby—with memorable results.” –Stephen Ostrowski, Digital Manager, @quinoa_boy
Pancakes at MAD Social.
Pancakes at MAD Social (1140 W. Madison St.). “There are pancakes, and then there are chef Mariela Bolanos' light, airy, and wholly otherworldly pancakes. The massive stack of buttermilk flapjacks is easily shared between two ravenous brunch-goers, and arrives at the table crowned with a dollop of salted caramel whipped butter that soaks into every nook and cranny as it melts; a flurry of fresh berries and maple syrup complete the note-perfect, weekend-ready dish.” –Kailley Lindman, Online Contributor, @kailleyskitchen
Cauliflower parmesan tots at The Franklin Room.
Cauliflower Parmesan tots and the Truffled Burrata with Fried Tomatoes at The Franklin Room (675 N. Franklin St.). “The Cauliflower Parmesan Tots and the Truffled Burrata with Fried Tomatoes at The Franklin Room are the perfect (and indulgent) way to get your veggies in! I recently paired these bar snacks with some girl talk and a $14 carafe of wine on a Monday night... need I say more?” –Kimmy Wilson, Director of Marketing & Events, @kimmyjoy86