STRONGEST DESSERT PROGRAM Spiked milkshakes at 25 Degrees
There is no pastry department at L.A. import 25 Degrees, no tier of chefs with pastry pedigrees putting out deconstructed seasonal sweets. What there is at this burger baron is a genius collaboration between kitchen and bar: generous scoops of ice cream spiked with booze and blended to become dessert and after-dinner drink in one. Butter pecan gets SoCo and praline liqueur, coffee ice cream combines with Baileys and a shaving of cardamom, and scoops of butterscotch-vanilla are doused with Maker’s, seasoned with Hawaiian red sea salt and spun to smoothness. Now this is an invention that could truly revive the diner concept. 736 N Clark St (312-943-9700).
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