Whether you’re looking for the best Restaurant Week picks or in need of suggestions of what to order at the hottest new spots, we’ve got you covered. Here are five of our top picks for this week.
1. Chili Mentaiko Spaghetti, Momotaro
Momotaro’s sushi is amazing; the fish is incredibly fresh and options are endless. But the dish that really stood out to me was the chili mentaiko spaghetti. The noodles are chewy and dense. The oozing egg in the middle and hit of spice couldn’t be more perfect. BOKA Restaurant Group does it again.
2. Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake AND Chocolate Pave, Two
I tried out Two for the first time this week for Restaurant Week, and I was not disappointed. My friends and I couldn’t decide which dessert to order, and now I can’t choose which to feature on this list. The chocolate dessert was what I expected and more; a chocolate brownie with marshmallow topping, paired with nutella ice cream and homemade graham cracker pieces. The cheesecake was ridiculous. I didn’t think I would love it, but the creamy cake and buttery crust swept me away. Desserts change regularly, so hurry there before Restaurant Week ends!
3. BoomBoom Shrimp, Dive Bar
Don’t let the name fool you. This week old Boystown spot isn’t actually a hold in the wall dive; it’s a seafood and tiki themed wonder. Drinks attempt to rival River North’s Three Dots and a Dash, and some of them actually do, like the Pain Killer, armed with dark rum and coconut cream. To prep your stomach for these serious cocktails, arm yourself with a hefty serving of BoomBoom shrimp. For just $11 you get a heaping pile of fried beauties, smothered in an addictive creamy sauce with a kick.
4. Heirloom Carrots, BOKA Restaurant
Carrots at a fancy restaurant? It sounds like the last thing you’d want to order. This was actually my favorite dish when I dined at BOKA a few weeks ago. The carrots are roasted until they’re sweet, tossed with smoked goat cheese, pistachio and crunchy amaranth. It’s sweet and savory at the same time, and unexpectedly delicious. Lucky for you it’s one of the choices on BOKA’s Restaurant Week menu, so hurry there if you’ve never been.
5. Banana Bread Coffee Cake, Hot Chocolate
There are a plethora of tasty treats to try at Mindy Segel’s Hot Chocolate. If you stop in for brunch, though, you may be in need of something on the slightly lighter side. Coffee cake generally doesn’t excite me, but when I got a peak at this one, I knew I had to get my hands on it. This cake has a crusty topping and a ribbon of fudge in the middle. It isn’t consistently on the menu, so if you’re in need of a back up, the warm donuts with raspberry preserves are a solid choice.