15 Favorite Dishes of 2015

I love good food almost as much as I love good theatre. Well, perhaps that’s a bit of hyperbole, but delicious food can certainly put a smile on my face. Luckily, Chicago is a terrific city for both food and theatre, which is a significant portion of the reason why I love living here.

In no particular order, these are my favorite 15 dishes of 2015:

Fried Chicken Sandwich – Frontier

Fried Chicken Sandwich - Fried Chicken Thigh, Hook's Maple Jack Cheese, Molasses Mustard, Pickled Banana Peppers, Brioche Bun ($13)

Fried Chicken Sandwich – Fried Chicken Thigh, Hook’s Maple Jack Cheese, Molasses Mustard, Pickled Banana Peppers, Brioche Bun, served with rosemary fries ($13)

Pork Belly – Boka

Pork Belly

Pork Belly – Black Garlic, Olives, Celery

Slow Poached Egg – Boka

Slow Poached Egg - squash, parmesan, cavatelli, smoked ham

Slow Poached Egg – Squash, Parmesan, Cavatelli, Smoked Ham ($14)

Crispy Sesame Leaves – Parachute

Crispy sesame leaves, bourbon barrel soy

Crispy Sesame Leaves, Bourbon Barrel Soy ($4)

Brussels Sprout Bruschetta – Nico Osteria

Brussels Sprout Bruschetta - Stracciatella Cheese, Lemon Honey, Trufflebert Hazelnuts ($14)

Brussels Sprout Bruschetta – Stracciatella Cheese, Lemon Honey, Trufflebert Hazelnuts ($14)

Nico Torte – Nico Osteria

Nico Torte - Candied Pecans, Apple Confit, Rosemary, Burnt Vanilla Gelato ($12)

Nico Torte – Candied Pecans, Apple Confit, Rosemary, Burnt Vanilla Gelato ($12)

Lobster Roll – GT Fish & Oyster

Lobster Roll

Maine Lobster Roll ($30)

Vanilla and Pistachio Flan – Frontera Grill

Duo de Flanes – Traditional Mexican vanilla flan and toasted pistachio flan. White chocolate-pistachio bark, honey Manila mango ($8.25)

Brussels Sprouts – Slurping Turtle

Fried Brussel Sprouts ($6)

Fried Brussel Sprouts ($6)

Kougin Amann – Nico Osteria

Kougin Amann ($3.25)

Kougin Amann ($3.25)

Korean BBQ Pizza – Pizzeria Lola

Korean BBQ Pizza - Grass Run Farm Beef Short Ribs, Mozzarella, Scallions, Arugula, Sesame & Soy-Chili Vinaigrette ($17)

Korean BBQ Pizza – Grass Run Farm Beef Short Ribs, Mozzarella, Scallions, Arugula, Sesame & Soy-Chili Vinaigrette ($17)

Duck Egg, Smoked Potato Puree, Sourdough – Green Zebra

Culver Farm Duck Egg, Smoked Potato Puree, Parsley, Country Sourdough ($12.50)

Culver Farm Duck Egg, Smoked Potato Puree, Parsley, Country Sourdough ($12.50)

Oyster Po’Boy Slider – GT Fish & Oyster

Oyster Po'Boy Slide - kimchi, peanuts ($4 each)

Oyster Po’Boy Slider – Kimchi, Peanuts ($4 each)

Quiche – Bouchon Bakery

Quiche

Quiche Lorraine – Bacon, Gruyere, Onion ($9.50)

42 – Owen + Alchemy

42 - Heirloom Tomato, Organic Himalayan Sea Salt

42 – Heirloom Tomato, Organic Himalayan Sea Salt ($10)

And as a bonus, although this isn’t strictly a dish, I discovered the incredible Noir de Crimee and Striped German heirloom tomatoes from the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus at the Loyola Farmers Market.

Noir de Crimee and Striped German heirloom tomatoes

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