Chicago – 8/8/14 – Nico Osteria, Balena, Aviary

Nico Osteria
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
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Black Bream, lemon cucumber, pumpkin seed, almond oil
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Striped Jack, citron vinegar, bird chile, radish, mint
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Heirloom tomato salad, tonnato, farro, olive, lemon vinaigrette

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Bar Harbor mussels, vermouth, almond butter

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Artichoke autostrada, burrata cheese, pine nut-mint pesto

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Tiramisu, marsala zabologine, aged lady finger crunch, white coffee

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Balena
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

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Grilled zucchini romanesco, Calabrian vinaigrette, mint, almond

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Shishito peppers

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Orecchiette, kale, lemon, bread crumbs, chili

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Rigatoni, pork ragu, porcini mushrooms

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Glazed carrots, ginger, honey, mint

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Aviary

Amazing new stuff on the current menu including perhaps my favorite porthole since Aviary opened.

IFL Science – honey, blueberry, ginger, scotch

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Monkey Tail – 1/2 frozen daiquiri, 1/2 brown & stirred

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Heart of Stone – pistachio, fresno, peach, lapsang, whiskey

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