Nico has quickly become one of my Chicago favorites. I have stayed at the Thompson a few times on previous trips so it is certainly convenient for breakfast but is actually excellent at any time of the day.
Blueberry Cobbler – blueberry Death’s Door gin, citrus, honey, Amaro Cardamoro
Black Bream, lemon cucumber, pumpkin seed, almond oil
Striped Jack, citron vinegar, bird chile, radish, mint
Heirloom tomato salad, tonnato, farro, olive, lemon vinaigrette
Bar Harbor mussels, vermouth, almond butter
Artichoke autostrada, burrata cheese, pine nut-mint pesto
Tiramisu, marsala zabologine, aged lady finger crunch, white coffee
It has been far too long since I’ve been to Balena. And it was an added treat to unexpectedly find one of my favorite people working there!
Buffalo milk cheeses – Blu di Bufala, Caciocavallo, Casatica
Grilled zucchini romanesco, Calabrian vinaigrette, mint, almond
Orecchiette, kale, lemon, bread crumbs, chili
Rigatoni, pork ragu, porcini mushrooms
Glazed carrots, ginger, honey, mint
Amazing new stuff on the current menu including perhaps my favorite porthole since Aviary opened.
IFL Science – honey, blueberry, ginger, scotch
Monkey Tail – 1/2 frozen daiquiri, 1/2 brown & stirred
Heart of Stone – pistachio, fresno, peach, lapsang, whiskey