Resident Foodies: chicken at Roister

whole chicken and chamomile, fried and braised with gravy and spicy habanero sunchoke sauce

Roasted beets, endive, tangerine, blue cheese

hearth baked lasagna with burrata

hot and sour soup

milk and cookies

Resident Foodies say
: On Sunday night, we went to Roister, touted as “the Alinea Group’s convivial & casual restaurant.” Chef Andrew Brochu is the head chef at Roister, but we spotted Chef Grant Achatz (renowned chef of Alinea) in the kitchen (see below). The menu at Roister is pretty simple, with a limited number of offerings for a Michelin starred restaurant. But the food does not disappoint. The whole chicken is the main attraction, and it surpassed our expectations. It was cooked 2 ways: The fried chicken has the perfect crispiness, wrapped around tender pieces of chicken. The braised chicken was our favorite–succulent pieces of meaty chicken breast topped with a nice crisp skin. Delicious! There’s also a side of chicken salad, along with gravy and habanero sauce.

We also had the beet salad, hot and sour soup, lasagne, salmon (not pictured), and Yukon fries (not pictured). To top it all off, we couldn’t resist the milk and cookies.

Chef Grant Achatz

Resident Foodies: Bar Lupo breakfast sandwich

Resident Foodies say: We ventured out on this cold Saturday in Chicago to try out brunch at Bar Lupo. a new Italian restaurant with a funky, eclectic and rustic decor. There was one item on the menu we knew we couldn’t pass up: the Bar Lupo breakfast sandwich. It consists of fried mortadella, a fried egg, cheese, pistachio pesto, and giardiniera to spread, all inside a brioche bun. Yum, yum! This sandwich is wondrous, a heavenly combination of scrumptious ingredients. The texture and taste ooze yumminess, and a bit of spice. Hands down, the best breakfast sandwich we’ve had. In fact, it may be the best new dish we’ve had this year.

We were delighted to meet the mastermind behind this heavenly sandwich, Chef Marcos Ascencio, who used to be chef de cuisine at Park Hyatt. At Bar Lupo. Marco has assembled Italian influenced dishes, including dinner and weekend brunch. We can’t wait to try out more.

The Resident Foodies: Buddha’s Karma (curried sweet potato tofu) Burger

Resident Foodies say: Somedays, you discover something so good that you ask yourself, “How did I not know about this place?” Well, today, to take a break (or escape) from the Inauguration, we went to The Chicago Diner on Halsted, a cozy diner serving only vegetarian since 1983. Remarkable.

The veggie-only menu is very creative. Today, we had the Buddha’s Karma Burger, consisting of: curried sweet potato-tofu patty, grilled pineapple, lettuce, onion & chimichurri sauce, plus avocado. This dish is out of this world! An amazing combination of ingredients–especially the curried sweet potato tofu patty with chimichurri sauce–that will make you not ever want to eat a meat hamburger again.

Resident Foodies: Egg + pesto sandwich at Esencia Urban Kitchen in Lakeview


Resident Foodies say: MLK Jr. Holiday was a good day for us to treat ourselves to brunch. We went to Esencia Urban Kitchen, located at a street corner in Lakeview. We tried the signature breakfast sandwich: it’s an egg and pesto sandwich with
sunny side eggs, house pesto, bacon, manchego cheese, arugula, on toasted sourdough bread.

Put simply, this sandwich is the best breakfast sandwich we’ve tasted. The toasted sourdough bread, along with pesto spread, gives this sandwich an unmatched flair. If you have this sandwich, you will leave very, very satisfied.