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Enjoy date night at Time Out Market Chicago with these shareable dishes

From dumplings to indulgent chocolate desserts, the Market offers plenty of options for couples.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai

Love is in the air at Time Out Market Chicago this month, with several Valentine’s Day-themed events taking place, including a gal’s night out on February 14. It’s also a great spot to enjoy a delicious meal with your valentine as there are a variety of shareable options that can satisfy every palate. Whether you’re craving some smoked meats, dumplings or an indulgent dessert, the following dishes are perfect for two people (or more)—no matter the occasion.

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Demera - Messob

A plate of doro wot with injera.
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Ethiopian cuisine is a highly communal experience that encourages diners to eat with their hands. At Demera, chef Tigist Reda showcases the bold and vibrant flavors of her home country with authentic dishes like doro wot—a spicy chicken stew— and shrimp tibs. You and you companion can share the Demera messob, which includes two entrees and a veggie side, and scoop up the food with injera, a spongy sour flatbread. 

Chi'Tiva - Chocolate marquise 

Chocolate marquise
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When you’re looking to satisfy the sweet tooth, head to Chi’Tiva for a variety of decadent desserts, from chocolate eclairs and vanilla lemon cheesecakes to fresh fruit tarts. The star of the show, though, is the chocolate marquise—a rich, French specialty that’s ideal for sharing with a companion. You’ll fall in love with it after one bite, and it’s the perfect romantic ending to a meal at the Market.

Urbanbelly - Caramelized chicken dumplings

Time Out Market Chicago
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Chef Bill Kim offers a host of delectable Asian fusion bites at Urbanbelly, and most are made for sharing. But if we had to pick just one, Kim’s caramelized chicken dumplings are at the top of the list. Pillowy and addictive, they’re coated in lemongrass soy sauce and can be shared as a starter or entree.

County BBQ - Smoked meats sampler 

Chicken wings
Photograph: Courtesy of County BBQ

It’s hard to pick favorites at County BBQ when presented with mouthwatering options like Texas-style brisket, Chicago rib tips, smoked salmon and wings, and pulled pork. Fortunately, the restaurant offers a smoked meats sampler so you can try a couple of offerings. We recommend sharing it with someone as it’s quite hearty, and also ordering a side of the mac and cheese, which is made with beer cheese sauce.

Avli - Saganaki

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Though it’s not the flaming variety Chicagoans are most accustomed to, Avli’s saganaki is every bit as delicious. The restaurant puts a creative spin on the classic dish, encrusting a block of feta cheese in sesame seeds and honey. It’s a can’t-miss, shareable appetizer that segues into traditional Greek favorites like gyros, souvlaki and spinach pie.

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