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The 100 best dishes in Chicago 2015: small plates

From tacos to bar snacks, the 25 best small plates and appetizers of the year may be small, but they deliver big flavor

By Amy Cavanaugh

Just like gifts, sometimes the best bites come in small packages. Proof: Pub Royale's spicy-sweet Gobi Manchurian, Yum Dum Truck's gooey kimcheesy rice balls and In-On Thai's funky green bean salad. This year, Chicago restaurants served 25 memorable small plates, from some of the city's best tacos to beautiful dishes at fine dining restaurants, all small in size, huge in flavor. 

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Garlic panisse at Sink | Swim.
Photograph: Martha Williams

Garlic panisse at Sink Swim

Restaurants Seafood Logan Square

The sleeper hit of the seafood menu is this dish of garlicky, velvety chickpea flour fries, brightened with lemon zest, herbs and salty pecorino. $6.

Trucker Snacks
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

Trucker snacks at Bub City

Restaurants Barbecue River North

When the country music is rocking and you’ve had a couple of whiskey drinks, nothing tastes better than these saltines, stacked with pimiento cheese, pickles and hot links. $6.

Sunchoke dosa at Taus
Photograph: Martha Williams

Sunchoke dosa at Taus Authentic

Restaurants Contemporary American Wicker Park

A fragrant red curry scent wafts through the air before the dish arrives at the table; it’s a harbinger of this delicate crepe stuffed with spiced sunchoke cubes and golden raisins. $12.

Tomato Bread
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Tomato bread at Vera

Restaurants Spanish West Loop

It always tastes like the height of summer at Vera with this tomato bread, lightly grilled and topped with crushed tomatoes, garlic and a sprinkle of sea salt. It’s a must-order to start any meal. $5.

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