This article comes to us courtesy of Tasting Table Chicago.
Each month, HuffPost Chicago joins our friends at Tasting Table to highlight our five favorite finds from Chicago’s sprawling culinary scene. After eating around the city, here’s what caught Tasting Table Chicago editor Heather Sperling’s eye in September.
Tour September's top local eats and drinks below. Photos courtesy of Tasting Table:
<a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/10336/ A_new_reason_to_visit_this_classic_bakery_sandwiches.htm?ref=huffPo">This Grand Avenue bakery</a> has been open for 41 years, but it’s not resting on its focaccia-filled laurels. It launched takeout dinners earlier this year, a new patio for the summer and, last month, its first sandwich menu. Go for a focaccia sandwich, with Italian sub ingredients nestled between thick slabs of tomato bread.
Ever had kombu (seaweed) with your Margarita? We didn’t think so. This and other clever, unexpected combinations <a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/10505/ Smart_cocktails_from_a_new_kid_on_the_block.htm?ref=huffPo">await you on <strong>Yusho</strong>’s cocktail list</a>, one of the smartest and most creative in town. Don’t miss the drink on tap, recently a fizzy Gin-Jackfruit Rickey.
Bill Kim has brought his <a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/10368/ Bill_Kims_newest_packs_a_wallop_of_flavor.htm?ref=huffPo">oversize flavors and playful, multicultural combinations</a> to Randolph Street, and you should follow. Don’t miss soba-noodle salad with Chinese eggplant, steaming hot pots, and unreasonably delicious soft-serve sundaes for dessert.
Andy’s Thai Kitchen
We’ve been twice, but are already itching to return to <a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/10561/ Familiar_favorites_as_good_as_ever_at_ATK.htm?ref=huffPo">this Lakeview Thai restaurant</a>, the new home of the former chef of TAC Quick, Andy Aroonrasameruang. The menu has all of our TAC favorites--crispy on <em>choy</em>, Thai fried chicken, glass-noodle pad Thai wrapped in an omelet, boat noodles--and a few new dishes too.
Missed tickets for Next’s Kyoto menu? <a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/10264/ A_flavor_trip_to_Japan_by_way_of_Masaki.htm?ref=huffPo">Thankfully there’s <strong>Masaki</strong></a>, a jewel box of a Gold Coast restaurant serving some of the most ambitious, elegant and transporting Japanese in the city. Go for a seafood-filled omakase menu, and feel transported to Japan for the night.