While the sudden dip in temperatures may have you feeling a little less than enthused about the current season, there is plenty to be happy about now that Autumn has officially arrived…
And no, we’re not just talking about the recent Cubs win! Though summer may have fall beat when it comes to sunshine, there’s no season like fall for delicious comfort food.
As soon as there’s a slight chill in the air, we start craving those old standbys that warm us from the inside and bring back memories of seasons past. And there’s no better place to find both traditional comfort foods and modern takes on the classics than in the gourmet restaurants right here on Oak Street.
- Carmine’s House Lasagna
Head to Chicago Italian dining institution, Carmine’s for a healthy dose of comfort food from the old country. Try the House Lasagna when you’re looking for something warm, rich and deliciously decadent. And don’t worry, the portion is generous enough that you’ll be able to bring some home for lunch tomorrow.
- Del Frisco’s Steak & a Side
Nothing says comfort food better than a perfectly cooked steak, and Del Frisco’s ups the ante by offering mouth-watering sides like Lobster Macaroni & Cheese and King Crab Ravioli.
- Fig & Olive
Feel like you’ve been whisked away to a picturesque chateau in the south of France with Fig & Olive’s flawless Provence Roasted Chicken, a rustic and hearty recipe that includes Herbs de Provence, rosemary, garlic, lemon, ratatouille, roasted potato, and a basil olive oil emulsion.
On a chilly Chicago night, you simply can’t go wrong with a perfect Filet Mignon from this acclaimed steakhouse – get yours with a Double Baked Potato and Roasted Cauliflower Gruyere for an indulgent and delicious dinner that will leave you wanting for nothing.
- Hendrickx Bakery
This authentic Belgian bakery is an absolute must for brunch, lunch, dessert or even just to pick up some treats to bring home. Everything is divine, but we particularly recommend the homemade quiche of the day, their classic Croque Monsieur and, of course, their heavenly croissants that come in a variety of flavors.
On an evening when the wind blows cold off Lake Michigan, head to the renowned Spiaggia and let master chef Tony Mantuano lead you through a culinary journey with one of the restaurant’s 3 fabulous, multi-course tasting menus. It will be a food experience that you won’t soon forget.
- Lux Bar
This modern American restaurant could be considered comfort food experts, so you really can’t go wrong here when you’re looking for a satisfying cold-weather meal. Try the Buttermilk Half Fried Chicken with fresh chicken straight from Miller’s Farm in Indiana or the Double Cut Berkshire Pork Chop with dried cherry apricot compote and a bourbon glaze.
- Le Colonial
Sample the unique flavors of French-Vietnamese cuisine that manage to be at once rich and fresh. You may have trouble choosing between all of the delicious main courses, but for a comforting fall-appropriate dish, try the Bo Sate with sautéed diced filet mignon, sate spice, yams and string beans.