It seems that hotel restaurants have been making a comeback, for the Gold Coast at least. Offerings by celebrity chefs, French cooking techniques and a science-meets-art inspired menu make up this year’s best new restaurants on the Gold Coast.
11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611
Celebrity chef Michael Mina finally opens his first restaurant in Chicago, bringing a classic French dining experience of the 1920’s to the MidWest. Located at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the restaurant will have chef Brent Balika, who has worked at The Dawson, in charge of the menu, featuring food that is sourced locally, but cooked using traditional techniques. Expect classics like roast chicken, steak frites and Dover sole meunière, and an extensive list of French and US wines and spirits.
20 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611
It’s been awhile since the Mercadito Kitchen closed in the Talbott Hotel on Delaware and not long after, The Four Corners Tavern Group got hold of the space, branching out of their line of sports bars and coming back with a new offering called 20 East.
The new restaurant features a healthier menu, curated with the help of Hogsalt Hospitality of Au Cheval fame. Dishes are American fare prepared with French technique. The Cobb salad and truffle mac & cheese are must-tries.
1204 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
Derek Rylon, the man behind the never-empty brunch spot Batter & Berries has brought his famous breakfast flights to the Gold Coast crowd. The new place–his third–called Palette, opened just last March at the former Tip Top in on State Street.
“It’s more like a fine-dining sports bar”, Rylon says of Palette, which makes it different from his two other restaurants. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner fare that includes rotating offerings, surf and turf options, a number of pasta dishes and standard bar fare such as chicken wings. “There’s something for everyone”, he says, but goes on to say that this restaurant is different from his others.
The only thing that stayed the same are his breakfast flights, which is what Batter & Berries are known for. The twist is, he’s replacing the French toast with waffles, and adding new flavors such as sweet potato and chocolate raspberry.
The place is three-stories high and comfortably sits a crowd of 200. Tip Top’s speakeasy bar, Black Kat Club will continue to operate within Palette for those that want a quieter, more upscale area.
228 East Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611
The Albert is the Einstein-inspired restaurant inside the newly opened Hotel EMC2 that has gotten foodies buzzing in excitement even before its opening. With Chef Brandon Brumback of Roister, Grace, Blackbird and French Laundry at the helm, the restaurant features a “New American” menu, featuring locally-sourced ingredients prepared with French techniques. Food & Beverage Director Rebecca Royster of Hogsalt Hospitality group is in-charge of the bar, featuring science-minded cocktails alongside a great selection of wines and beers.