Named for both of his grandmothers and combining elements of Italian and Croatian cooking, Top Chef winner Joe Flamm's Rose Mary brings seasonal dishes to a cozy Fulton Market space lined with hanging plants. Flamm describes the menu as "Adriatic drinking food," packed with heart dishes like Gnocchi with beef cheek pašticada (a wine-soaking process) and pork ribs served with a cabbage and yogurt relish. The wine list focuses on organic, biodynamic and sustainably farmed options while the cocktail menu shows off tipples made with underutilized (on this side of the ocean, at least) Eastern European spirits.
With Chicago fully reopening, new restaurants are springing up to welcome hungry guests eager to return to the routine of dining in public. The best new restaurants in Chicago include a fancy French brasserie in the Loop, a new Italian concept from a Top Chef winner in the West Loop and a small-but-mighty gourmet hot dog stand operating out of a shipping container in Bronzeville. As you begin to plan your summer dining schedule (don't forget about all of those amazing outdoor restaurants in Chicago), we want to help you track down some fresh spots to sample. That's why we've assembled a list of the best new restaurants in Chicago that have opened their doors in recent months. Don't forget to call ahead for reservations, bring along a mask and tip generously as you explore these new options.
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