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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Here’s a dish that makes good on its name: Crazy Bird Crazy Good Fries are crunchy, piled with melted cheese, white gravy, truffle oil and crisp shards of duck bacon. $8.
Confession: We considered licking the dish with the Bloody Mary–inspired cocktail sauce clean before a server removed it. Be sure to use as much sauce as possible on the buttery, plump shrimp. $16.