From a savory starter at Bernie's Lunch & Supper to a surprisingly upscale take on wings at Travelle, here's what our Michigan Avenue team ate this month....
Lamb Hashwi at Bernie's Lunch & Supper (660 N. Orleans St.). “I finally made it to Bernie's Lunch & Supper and lamb hashwi was a crazy-good way to kick off the meal: Delectably smooth hummus made more substantial by savory ground lamb and served with pine nuts, a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds, and pita wedges so warm and delicious I happily scrapped my low-carb diet for the day.” –J.P. Anderson, Editor-in-Chief,@jpanders
Crispy Thai Chicken Wings at Travelle(330 N. Wabash Ave.). “Wings probably aren’t the first plate that comes to mind when visiting The Langham’s ultra-tony, second-floor space, but chef Ricardo Jarquin wows with a sophisticated, peanut and herb-dappled take on the bar staple that puts your neighborhood watering hole's wings to shame.” –Stephen Ostrowski, Digital Manager, @quinoa_boy
Lupo Potatoes Bolognese at Bar Lupo (217 W. Huron St.). “Who would have thought my favorite dish at an Italian restaurant wouldn’t even involve pasta? I'm not sure if I loved the melt-in-your-mouth house-made ricotta or the perfectly crisp potatoes more. P.S. a little birdie told me their happy hour includes all wines and bubbles for $3.99. Needless to say, I will be back.” –Brooke Biddle, Marketing & Events Manager, @brookebiddle
Signature Seafood Tower at Mastro’s (520 N. Dearborn St.). “Mastro's Seafood Tower is a conversation-starter—the three-tiered tower is served overflowing with an array of fresh shellfish options, such as king crab legs, oysters, crab claws, and shrimp! This was just the beginning of an amazing meal.” –Therese M. Beliveau, Account Executive, @therese_marie
Trumpet Royale at Grace (652 W. Randolph St.). “I had the opportunity to dine at Grace this month, and while I opted for the “Flora” menu, my dining companion ordered the “Fauna” menu; we shared both tasting menus so that we could experience everything that this three Michelin-starred restaurant has to offer. Of the innumerable courses, the Trumpet Royale course on the Flora menu was my favorite. The mushroom-based dish features trumpet mushrooms in multiple forms, and is comprised of oats, persimmon, and amaranth. It's simultaneously earthy and subtly sweet, and visually, it's as much art as it is carefully composed food.” –Kailley Lindman, Online Contributor,@kailleyskitchen
Melting Pionono at El Che Bar (845 W. Washington Blvd.). “I was pretty bummed to realize my dinner at El Che Bar was coming to a close—that is, until I was presented with what would be the best dessert I’d tasted in months. What’s more? I’d never even heard of the thing—and I certainly wouldn’t soon forget it. That “thing”—the menu's melting pionono—takes the form of a tamarind cake roll with pears, horchata ice cream, and a toasted white chocolate-cashew crunch—all of which is topped off with a warm cajeta drizzle. Needless to say, despite its name, there are no “nos” about it.” –Nicole Schnitzler, Online Contributor, @writetoeat