Below is a ‘must-try’ list for this summer, in no particular order. This list encompasses some of the hottest new restaurants that are not to be missed this season!
Bar Biscay: MFK owners Scott Worsham and Sari Zernich Worsham (joined by industry veteran Joe Campagna) recently opened Bar Biscay in West Town, and it is buzzing. Biscay is a Spanish-inspired restaurant serving pintxos and playful bites. You can stop in for happy hour, order a full meal or stay awhile and nosh on multiple kinds of cheese and meats over wine if you wish.
Radio Anago: Sodikoff’s latest joint, is clubby, trendy and has sex appeal. If you have been to his other establishments, there will be no surprise upon entering Radio Anago, which has sexy leather booths, dim lighting, a cozy vibe and will make you feel hip. The combination of sushi, baos and fried chicken may seem odd, but I’m confident you will be into it. Heads up: There are no reservations so be prepared to wait.
Elske: A simple restaurant, in terms of decor, serving American fare with Danish influences, serves some of the most intricate and beautiful dishes. Some of the items look like a beautiful blooming flower, nearly too pretty to eat. Elske offers a tasting menu or you can order a la carte. My reco to you: sit outside in the beautiful patio with a live fire and sip some wine while trying a dish or two. It’s worth it to experience the dishes that are so artistically prepared.
Gemini: Locals are flocking to the newly remodeled Gemini in the heart of Lincoln Park. The new space is much brighter, a bit more hip and has a large U-shaped bar that invites you to belly-up. Gemini is also open for brunch on the weekends with outdoor seating. The renovations seem to be paying off so far – the bar is regularly crowded, the restaurant is bustling and the patio is sure to be filled once summer arrives.
Fisk & Co.: In April, Fish & Co. officially opened its doors in the space that used to be South Water Kitchen. The space is aimed to be a throwback as though it’s been around for decades. The focus is on mussels, oysters and beer, with specials centered around each, Monday – Friday. But you can also find cured meat boards, smoked fish, and frites, with more than six different kinds of sauces. Stop in for happy hour and stay awhile.
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