Silver in Park City

Park City is the perfect escape from Salt Lake City.  I always find the 25-minute drive up Parley’s Canyon therapeutic.  Utah’s impressive mountains set the stage for the foliage to show off whatever season it is, whether it be the bursts of fall colors, the monochromatic winter, the subdued spring or the lush greenery of summer.  I missed the display of fall trees last month on my recent drive up the canyon, but what colors remained were still charming, even in their forewarning that winter was well on its way.

The interior of Silver, with its fireplace and blue wine wrack, in Park City, Utah.

Silver’s wine rack casts a blue glow through the restaurant.

My favorite part about Park City is the way being there feels like being out of town.  Maybe that’s thanks to its residents, many of them Utah transplants, or the numerous tourists, or the way it’s the only place to find certain things in Utah, like a whiskey distillery.  And a restaurant that feels like it’s straight out of New York City :: Silver.

The interior of Silver in Park City, Utah.

The decor at Silver is spectacular.

My first taste of Silver was at last year’s Savor the Summit event and I’ve been aching to return ever since.  I was finally able to do that a few weeks ago.  The moment I stepped inside I realized this restaurant is like no other one in Utah.  The decor is striking; silver chains hang from the walls reflecting blue lights that dangle from the ceiling in between large chandeliers.  Glass panels glow, a fireplace burns and the wine rack at the back of the restaurant emits a blue, futuristic light.

A cocktail and drink menu and the pretzel bread at Silver in Park City, Utah.

The pre-dinner cocktail and pretzel bread.

Silver serves modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean flare, meaning with lots of seafood mixed in.  The menu is modest in size but ambitious in selection.  The wine list is monstrous, with bottles reaching towards the $300+ range, but there are also a handful in the $20-$40 range and several affordable by-the-glass options.  The creative cocktail list caught our eye so I started with The Clean Shave ($10), a mix of bourbon, rum and benedictine bitters.  Satisfyingly not too sweet, just like I like it.

The Baby Octopus appetizer at Silver in Park City, Utah.

Baby octopus are cute and tasty!

Our server suggested we start with the Baby Octopus ($12).  The combination of salty olives, savory black potatoes, crispy fennel and meaty octopus was wonderful. The octopus wasn’t too chewy (always a fear of mine when ordering the critters), and everything played together nicely.

Roasted squab and foie gras at Silver in Park City, Utah.

The squab was like heaven.

As soon as I saw The Roasted Squab ($36) on the menu, I knew I had to order it.  One of my favorite types of meat, squab is better known as pigeon.  The dark red meat is tender, juicy and richly flavorful.  Silver’s dish, served with a variety of vegetables, sausage and foie gras, was outstanding.  It was intensely rich in the most rewarding way.

The Hanger Steak at Silver in Park City, Utah.

The steak was classic but satisfying.

My friend ordered the Hanger Steak ($34), another suggestion of the server.  It was a little predictable, but still delicious.  It was served with brussel sprouts, wild mushrooms and fingerling potatoes in a gin mustard sauce.  The steak was cooked with a perfect sear and the mushrooms added a great kick of flavor.

The upstairs of Silver in Park City, Utah.

The upstairs of Silver is cozy and intimate.

There were so many other things on Silver’s menu I wanted to try, like the Crispy Whole Sardines ($12), the Herbed Vegetable Crepe ($19) and the Fig-Wrapped Kurabuta Pork Chop ($29).  The menu changes all the time (it’s even changed since I was there), so when you spot something you want, get there quickly.

The atmosphere, the food and the service were all more-than-memorable at Silver.  It’s well worth the drive up Parley’s Canyon for dinner.  Not only will it feel like you’re out of Utah thanks to the decor, the food will transport you far, far away, too.

Go to Silver for :: a spectacular dinner with deep flavors, paired with wine or creative cocktails, in a dramatically beautiful restaurant.  Notes :: Open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner, although days and times vary depending on the season.  Reservations are available online here.  They also host private parties.

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Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City

Downtown Salt Lake City feels more and more like a big city to me every day.  Like a real big city, not just our excuse for a big city.  The most recent installment of my regularly-occurring I heart my city thoughts was visiting Bistro 222.  There was something about parking along Main Street, walking past people rushing to their own after-work destinations and meeting a group of girlfriends for dinner at the new restaurant that felt very big city to me, even though I eat at downtown restaurants all the time.

Bistro 222 is in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Bistro 222 is in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Bistro 222 anchors the bottom floor of the 222 Main building, one of the newest additions to Salt Lake City’s skyline.  The restaurant’s large windows show off the bustling traffic outside, both foot- and car-based, and neighboring buildings, reminding me of Luce in San Francisco.  The decor is modern but cozy, classy yet casual, with an open kitchen at the back of the space.

The interior of Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

The interior of Bistro 222.

The menu offers a sporadic range of options, from seafood-based pastas and creative pizzas to prime sirloin steaks and pork belly burgers, hinting that the focus of their cuisine is a bit Italian-American.  Whatever it is, everyone in your party will find something they like.  The wine list covers a wide variety of choices at reasonable prices, although by-the-glass options are limited.

Calamari and bruschetta at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

Calamari and bruschetta.

We started with Calamari ($9) with avocado and wasabi-yuzu aioli, with breading so light it barely added in texture, allowing the flavor of the calamari to stand out.  We also had the Mushroom Bruschetta ($8), country bread topped with crimini and oyster mushrooms, house ricotta and tomato-herb jam, all of which came together to create a really flavorful symphony of tastes.  Both were really enjoyable.

Chicken liver pate with bread at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

It may look questionable, but the pate was delicious.

Then came the Chicken Liver Pâté ($8), served with toasted country bread and pickled raisins, a nice balance of sweet and saltiness that was sensationally addicting.  Even the anti-pâté fans at the table liked it.

Scallops and succotash at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

Scallops and succotash.

I ordered the Pan Seared Scallops ($23) with fall vegetable succotash, popcorn grits and a bacon dressing.  The scallops were beautifully carmellized with an ever-so-slightly sugary edge and juicy centers while the corn was fresh and bright.  I liked the addition of brussel sprout leaves and fennel for added hits of texture.  It was well-balanced, flavorful but not trying too hard.

Gnocchi, lasagna and pappardelle at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

Gnocchi, lasagna and pappardelle.

Others at the table ordered the Roasted Beet Gnocchi ($17) with brown butter, brussel sprouts, feta, mushrooms and pecans, a delicious balance of richness and sweetness; the Short Rib Lasagna ($19) with pomodoro and house-made ricotta and mozzarella, a savory and heavy take on the classic; and the Saffron Pappardelle ($19) with scallops, clams, sea bass, spicy tomato broth, a deliciously spicy medley of seafood flavors.

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Ice Cream and Toffee Popcorn at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

Rich and intense.

The desserts change nightly and thanks to the manager, Miles, we were able to try all three.  The Chocolate Cake with Caramel Ice Cream and Toffee Popcorn ($8) was deeply rich, bursting with intense caramel flavors offset with crunchy popcorn.  I was glad the table shared it because it only took a few bites to be satisfied with this one!

Lemon mascarapone cheesecake and chocolate pot de creme at Bistro 222 in Salt Lake City.

Lemon mascarpone cheesecake and chocolate pot de creme.

The Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake with Berry Gelée was also rich, but with more subtly on the sweetness and slightly lighter, with a hint of berry—just like I like it!  Somehow it was refreshing, but maybe only in comparison with the chocolate.  This was my favorite.  And lastly, we had the Chocolate Pot de Creme, the obviously lightest and simplest option of the three.  This is the one to order if you are in dire need of dessert but don’t really have room for it.  Just enough for a flavor of chocolate.

Bistro 222 won me over with its cuisine, urban atmosphere and incredible service.  I’m anxious to see how the seasonally-changing menu will evolve throughout the year.  They also cater to the downtown working crowd with an express lunch (sandwiches and salads under $10) and a sit-down lunch; both will be fun to try during the workweek.

Go to Bistro 222 for :: a casual, cozy dinner after work or a quick lunch during the day.  Notes :: Open seven days a week; Monday-Thursday 11 am-9 pm, Friday-Saturday 11 am-10 pm and Sunday 11 am- 9 pm, including Sunday brunch.  Reservations are available online via OpenTable.  Friend Bistro 222 on Facebook here.

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Longman & Eagle in Chicago

Everyone finds their weak spot at some point.  It happens to the best of us.  Even the heel of Achilles was eventually discovered, leading to his downfall.  My weak spot has long been whiskey.  Then, while in Chicago, I discovered Longman & Eagle, the one-starred Michelin-rated restaurant offering more than 148 whiskeys.  With a tagline like “Eat, sleep, whiskey,” I knew I had found my Achilles’ Heel.

The "It's All About The Barrel" whiskey flight at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

The “It’s All About The Barrel” whiskey flight.

Longman & Eagle is part bar, part restaurant and part hotel.  Among the 148 varieties of whiskey is everything from familiar to exotic (including a Willett bourbon bottled exclusively for the restaurant), with 38 available for only $3/shot.  Whiskey flights and pairings grace the drink menu, along with an extensive list of cocktails, beers and wine.  The food side takes a farm-to-table, nose-to-tail approach on regional American cuisine with a seasonally evolving menu.

Longman & Eagle's tagline is Eat, Sleep, Whiskey.

The window displays Longman & Eagle’s tagline.

The problem with Longman & Eagle is that it’s not one of those “hidden gem” places.  Everyone has heard of it.  In fact, a handful of people in Salt Lake City recommended it, knowing my whiskey weakness.  (Thanks guys!)  But they don’t take reservations so wait times are notoriously long.

Meagan and I planned to go on Monday night, hoping it would be less crowded, still knowing we’d have to wait awhile for a table.  But as the gods would have it, we walked in, requested a table and were seated immediately.  That has to be some sort of miracle.

A sign on the wall and L&E's extensive list of whiskey.

A sign on the wall and L&E’s extensive list of whiskey.

The restaurant is dark and seating is semi communal, leaning more toward a bar-like atmosphere than that of a restaurant.  It didn’t bother me but the “dark, gloomy and noisy” mood prompted L&E’s most famous Yelp review, which they proudly turned into a postcard.

The flight of whiskey at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

Non-aged whiskey progressing to 10-year bourbon.

Being overwhelmed by the endless whiskey list inspired me to order the “It’s All About the Barrel” whiskey flight ($14), one of several available.  The flight follows a bourbon’s journey through the different stages of aging, starting with a non-aged Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash, a 4-year Benchmark and an Eagle Rare 10-year.  (The 10-year was the best.)  We also dabbled in the cocktail list, trying the Old Fashioned (amazing) and the Campari-based Pony Truss, an ode to my recent cocktail judging event, and Four Roses on the rocks since it’s not sold in Utah.

The amouse bouche at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

The amouse bouche was a sweet introduction to fall.

The amouse bouche was a warm apple soup with compressed apple chunks, a lightly sweet and cinnamony shot with crunchy bits mixed in.  It was refreshing, but better when paired with a smokey whiskey.

The menu is categorized by bar snacks, which are bites like olives ($4), pretzel ($5), cheese gougeres ($7) and paté ($9); small plates of bone marrow and bacon shallot jam ($11), fôie grás with bacon crumble and cheddar ($21) and confit of octopus and beef tendon ($14); and large entrees like monkfish osso buco with whiskey bearnaise ($29) and wild boar sloppy joe with pickled jalapeño ($14).

Scallop with pork cheeks and vegetables at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

Scallop with pork cheeks and vegetables.

We took the small plates/share everything approach, starting with Seared Scallop & Truffled Braised Pork Cheek ($16) with lentils, corn and squash in a pan jus.  It was a party of my favorite things on one plate and everything played together nicely.  The flavors all spoke for themselves, without being overpowered by anything else.

Blue crab ravioli with lobster mushrooms at Longman & Eagle.

Blue crab ravioli with lobster mushrooms.

Alongside the scallops we had Blue Crab Ravioli ($16) topped with black truffles, soy beans, lobster mushrooms and tomato consommé.  Light but flavorful, this was the better of our two small plates.

Salmon with brandade ravioli at Longman & Eagle.

Salmon with brandade ravioli.

From the entree side we picked the Skuna Bay Salmon ($27) with Brandade ravioli, milk poached salsify, porcini ragout and a red wine veal reduction.  While this was delicious, nothing about it stood out as spectacular, especially after liking the blue crab ravioli so much.  It wasn’t a disappointment, just anticlimactic.

Pistachio Waffle and Pralined Pecan Terrine at Longman & Eagle in Chicago.

Pistachio Waffle and Pralined Pecan Terrine were the highlights of the meal.

We ordered two desserts to share because all of them looked amazing.  The Pistachio Waffle ($9) was served with peach pie ice cream, praline pistachio, compressed plum and a blob of honey marshmallow.  It was mind blowing; I will dream about it forever.  The waffle was subtly sweet with intense pistachio flavors.

Alongside it we had the Pralined Pecan Terrine ($9) with caramel and bourbon, espresso, honey foam, chocolate, malted ice cream and bourbon panna cotta.  Yeah, that was amazing too, with some fun contrasts of textures.

Longman & Eagle hit my weak spot with whiskey, then further drove the dagger with its amazing food, especially the desserts.  Rumor has it that brunch is fantastic, too, so I’m putting that on my list for my next trip to Chicago.

Go to Longman & Eagle for :: a casual meal with creative ingredients allowed to speak for themselves, all centered around whiskey.  Whatever you do, don’t skip dessert. Notes :: They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait.  If you want to emphasize whiskey rather than food, head to the OSB (offsite bar) behind the restaurant that only serves quick bites.  Follow L&E on twitter and instagram or friend them on facebook.

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Avec in Chicago

One of the best things about being on vacation, in my opinion, is the excuse to drink wine at any given time, on any given day, for no reason at all.  A midweek lunch or a mid-shopping break :: yes I’ll have wine with that.  One of the highlights of my Chicago trip was seeing the Book of Mormon on Broadway, a hilarious musical that hits all too close to home for those of us living in Utah.  Luckily they served wine at the theater, which eased the blow that my hometown of Salt Lake City was a running joke throughout the play.

The cozy, wood-lined interior of Avec in Chicago.

The cozy, wood-lined interior of Avec.

After laughing ourselves silly at the Book of Mormon, then realizing that we had to return to the butt of the joke in a few days, my friend Meagan and I hunted down Avec for a late Sunday dinner and, of course, more wine.  I can’t decide if the tiny restaurant is more wine bar or more restaurant, as the wine options far outnumber the edible ones.  But what I do know is that Avec was the best meal we had in Chicago; one I won’t be forgetting for a long time.

Glowing glasses of Domaine de Terra Vecchia rosé wine at Avec in Chicago.

Glowing glasses of Domaine de Terra Vecchia.

Meagan and I saddled up to the counter and picked a rosé wine bright enough to keep us reminiscing about summer but deep enough to remind us that fall was definitely here.  Not surprisingly for a place that doubles as a wine bar, it paired perfectly with every dish we ordered.

Oyster mushrooms at Avec in Chicago.

These mushrooms were amazing.

Avec’s dishes cover a wide range of tastes and sizes, covering the small plates/shareable format and large entrees.  Our server was bluntly honest, not afraid to tell us to skip a certain dish.  (I love that.)  We started with Oyster Mushrooms ($14) with roasted artichokes, goat cheese feta, endive and a black garlic vinaigrette.  This dish was good enough to convert me to vegetarianism, with savory mushrooms and crisp endive playing with the feta and cilantro.  Perfect.

The hanger steak at Avec in Chicago.

A summery, southwest take on steak.

Next we had the Butcher’s Steak ($18) with summer piperade, avocado, scallion and black mustard seed vinaigrette.  This was a much more familiar dish than the mushrooms so it didn’t deliver quite the same surprising kick, but was delicious nonetheless.  The balance of sweetness, savoriness and wonderful meatiness all played well with one another.

Pork shoulder, clams, rice, green beans and cilantro at Avec in Chicago.

The pot of pork shoulder.

Then we shared a large plate, the wood-roasted Pork Shoulder ($21) served in its cooking pot with bomba rice, clams, green beans and smoked paprika.  This was mind-blowing.  I loved the seafood flavor of the clams in contrast with the pork shoulder, something I’ve never had together, and the comfort-food style of rice and green beans mixed in.

The pork shoulder and its cooking pot at Avec in Chicago.

The pork shoulder came in its cute cooking pot.

When we initiately ordered, we hoped to have room for another small plate or dessert but the three dishes had us full to the brim.  So we finished our wine wishing we could eat more (isn’t that always the case?) and whisked ourselves into the Chicago night, still laughing about the Book of Mormon and already reminiscing about the pork shoulder at Avec.  A perfect night, in my opinion.

Go to Avec for :: A casual, wine bar atmosphere serving excellent food paired with outstanding service.  Notes :: Reservations are not accepted.  Avec is open seven days a week, Sunday-Thursday 3:30 p.m.-midnight, Friday-Saturday 3:30 pm-1 a.m. and Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2p.m.  Avec is strictly a bar on Sundays from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., when the kitchen is closed.  Follow Avec on twitter or instagram and friend them on facebook for updates.

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Ho Mei BBQ in Salt Lake City

I love the way that food connects people.  The way that it connects us to our pasts and to each other, and how sharing a dish with someone can make you feel like you know a person better.  Last week my friends Billy, Ty and I had dinner at their favorite Chinese restaurant, Ho Mei Barbecue, a place they’re known to visit several times a week.  Before we walked inside Billy warned me that eating here was like meeting his family and that these dishes were the ones he grew up eating.  I felt like he was sharing a bit of his childhood with me.

A bite of barbecued pork at Ho Mei Barbecue in Salt Lake City.

A bite of barbecued pork.

Ho Mei Barbecue is one of the many Chinese establishments in South Salt Lake’s new Chinatown on 3390 S. State Street, a shopping mall of several restaurants, a soon-to-open grocery store and a kung fu club, among other shops.  Try not to let the cheesiness of the Chinese arch at its entrance distract you from the authenticity of what is offered beyond it, because Ho Mei Barbecue is genuine Chinese food.

Chinese fried doughnuts at Ho Mei Barbecue in Salt Lake City.

Fried doughnuts, Chinese style.

The menu was a bit intimating, not only because it covered so much ground for my inexperienced Chinese palate, but also because almost no descriptions are provided.  Luckily Billy ordered for us, but the servers are happy to answer any questions and explain any dishes.  We started with Chinese doughnuts ($1.50/each), a delicate dough lightly fried, then covered in a gooey, rice noodle.  It was a play on textures; the soft, slimy top contrasted with the pastry-like bottom while tastes of salty sweetness rounded the whole thing out.  Strangely delightful!

Barbecued pork, roasted pork and roasted duck at Ho Mei Barbecue in Salt Lake City.

Barbecued pork, roasted pork and roasted duck.

All the dishes are served family style, with portions large enough to share among several people.  We ordered the Three Delicacy Barbecue Combination ($10.95), picking barbecued pork, roasted pork and roasted duck.  The roasted pork (siu youk) was cut so that all of the best parts of the pork were in one bite :: crunchy skin, fatty belly and savory loin.  Each layer provided a different taste and texture.  Billy said this would be his choice for his last meal on earth and I don’t blame him.  The barbecued pork (char siu) was amazingly tender and the duck was unlike I’ve ever had before :: crunchy skin and intensely flavorful, juicy meat.

Salted Fish and Chicken fried rice at Ho Mei in Salt Lake City.

It may look like the typical fried rice, but this is way more complex.

On the side we had Salted Fish and Chicken Fried Rice ($8.95) with cabbage and egg.  This is not your typical fried rice, this is a fried rice bursting with salty, briny fish flavor, chunks of chicken and an overall flavor unlike I’ve ever had.  This is not for those weary of fishy flavor, but I loved it.

Beef Chow Fun at Ho Mei Barbecue in Salt Lake City.

The massive mound of Beef Chow Fun.

Our other side dish was the Beef Chow Fun ($9.25), flat noodles with beef, cabbage, bean sprouts and scallions.  It had a delicious smokey flavor, which our server explained was thanks to being cooked in a wok.  I loved the crunchy bits of carrots and bean sprouts and bites of barbecued beef.  As we sat there, full in our food comas, Billy explained that in Hong Kong this type of food is considered late night food, what people eat after the bar.  It would be perfect for late night food and, luckily, Ho Mei stays open late on weekends just for that.

I left Ho Mei totally overwhelmed by my meal, both because of the incredible food and by all the things I learned about the culture surrounding it. I loved that Billy shared so much with me about what we were eating.  It was yet another reminder of the wonderful connections made through food.

Go to Ho Mei Barbecue for ::  a casual, delicious meal full of flavor and texture that’s surprisingly inexpensive.  Notes :: Open Tuesday – Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight and Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (closed Monday).  Friend Ho Mei on Facebook for updates.

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Little Goat in Chicago

The Girl and the Goat is one of those Chicago restaurants whose reputations have made it all the way to Salt Lake City.  It’s been on my list of restaurants to visit for awhile now but got pushed aside by its sister restaurant, Little Goat, when we were searching for a midday lunch spot on Sunday afternoon.

The packed restaurant of Little Goat in Chicago.

Expect a wait, no matter what time you arrive.

Little Goat is across the street from The Girl and the Goat and both restaurants are co-owned and cheffed by Top Chef winner and James Beard “Best Chef” Stephanie Izard.  Little Goat is the almost-open-around-the-clock diner version of The Girl and the Goat (which is only open for dinner), serving incredibly creative dishes that will have you studying the menu wondering how in the world she put the ingredients together.  But once you try it, you’ll understand why she’s revered as a genius.

The menu and place setting at Little Goat in Chicago.

Little Goat pretends to be a diner, but is anything but.

We arrived at Little Goat in dire need of comfort food, nursing massive hangovers thanks to a late night out in Chicago.  Little did we know we’d come to the right place.  It took a minute for our aching heads to wrap around some of the dishes on the menu, maybe because of the purposely vague descriptions like “Kimchi & Bacon & Eggs & Pancakes Asian Style with Breakfast Tasty Thing.”  But some of the items seemed to speak directly to our state-of-mind, like The Fat Elvis Waffles with banana, peanut butter and bacon maple syrup.

Little Goat's coffee mugs showing the Little Goat logo.

Little Goat serves Stumptown Coffee.

We couldn’t decide between ordering breakfast, which is served all day (thankfully, since it was our first meal but somehow 3 p.m.), and lunch entrees like the tonkatsu sandwich (breaded pork cutlet, asian barbecue sauce, mayo and cabbage on white bread) and the Fat Club (smoked turkey, bacon, butterkase cheese, avocado, cabbage, tomato, mayo and special sauce on “fat toast”) and burgers like the Goat Almighty (goat burger, braised beef, barbecue pork, pickled jalepenos, salsa verde, onion rings and cheddar).

French Toast with strawberries, chicken and barbecue maple syrup at Little Goat in Chicago.

The most elaborate French toast I’ve ever had.

When our indecision got the best of us, we did what any head-throbbing, hangover suffering couple of friends would do :: we compromised by ordering one breakfast dish and one burger and splitting the two.  I ordered the Bull’s Eye French Toast, a magnificent concoction consisting of an egg embedded in a slice of sweet onion broiche topped with crispy breaded chicken and slices of strawberries swimming in barbecue maple syrup.  The contrast of textures and tastes was amazing, with bites of tangy sweetness haphazardly dancing with crunchy chicken chunks and hints of smokey barbecue with little bits of gooey egg.  Wow.

The Korean burger at the Little Goat in Chicago.

A burger with all the fixings you never knew one needed.

Meagan ordered the Korean Burger, a massive burger topped with kimchi, bacon, a sunny-side up egg and a glop of spicy mayo on a “squish squash roll.”  The kimchi gave the burger an obvious tangy kick while maintaining its balance with the egg yolk, which dripped all over the rest of the burger, mixing with the bacon to give it a hint of breakfast familiarity.  It, too, was amazing.

The Korean burger at Little Goat in Chicago.

The burger dripping with gooey goodness.

We sat at the counter, watching dish after dish appear from the open kitchen, drooling the entire time.  It became a bit of a matching game, where we paired every plate produced from the kitchen to what we read on the menu, gasping “Oooh, that must be the Fat Elvis!” every time a server took something away.  It was oddly entertaining.  Needless to say, we came up with a list of 15 dishes we wished we had room to try.

Needless to say, Little Goat remains on my list of restaurants to go to in Chicago, just to try more of the crazy creative menu.

Go to Little Goat for ::  An exciting, creative meal that will test the boundaries of your taste buds.  Notes :: Open 7 days a week, Sunday-Wednesday 7 am to 11 pm; Thursday-Saturday 7am – 1 am.  The bar, which serves beer, wine and cocktails, is open until 2 a.m.  Reservations are not accepted.  Follow owner Stephanie on twitter here or on instagram here and friend Little Goat on facebook here.
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