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Foodie Faves: Best New Restaurant Dishes

Marly Schuman

December 21 2015 - 9:00 AM

With all of the new restaurants popping up around the city, there just isn’t enough time to try them all. Luckily with some extra time off during the holidays, it’s the perfect moment to venture out before the New Year’s diet takes hold. Here were a few of my favorite dishes I’ve tried recently from some of the hottest new restaurants.


1. Kale Palotte, Monteverde

Sure, the pastas at Sarah Grueneberg’s new West Loop spot are fantastic. Yet one of my favorite dishes was a vegetable. We decided to order this snack after it was recommended to us by our server, and after taking one bite I was glad we did. The dish had a similar feel to arancini. Kale and cheese are fried to perfection and served with an addictive tomato sauce. I couldn’t get enough.


Empanadas2. Empanadas, The Mexican

The Mexican recently emerged as Taco Joint’s little sister, offering killer chips & guac along with some strong margaritas. When I visited the Lincoln Park spot with friends our favorite dish hands down was the empanadas. Both the beef and veggie options were crowd pleasers due to the amazingly flaky, buttery crust. While The Mexican touts the main dishes they serve up (think enchiladas, whole chicken and Carne Asada), I couldn’t get enough of the snacks and starters. It’s a great place to go with a group for drinks and shared plates before heading out to local bars.


3. Saffron Spaghetti, GreenRiver

It was hard choosing a favorite dish at this place. We were blown away by nearly everything. This spaghetti was a unanimous favorite. In a city where the squid ink pasta is commonplace, this particular dish stood out from the rest. The uni, clams and shishito peppers were a perfect addition to the velvety noodles in a light saffron sauce. The ambiance isn’t bad either, with a view overlooking the city 18 floors up. Oh, and make sure you don’t skip dessert here. You may want to consider ordering all of them…not that I did that or anything.