With a culinary landscape second to none, new gems pop up faster than we can indulge. Check out these fantastic new hotspots from the land to the sea as the the charcuterie trend and oyster bars burn up the Chicago dining scene.
1 GT Fish and Oyster
The Boka group can do no wrong these days with Girl and the Goat, Perennial, Boka and Landmark under their belt. The newest of the family, a sleek oyster bar, appears to be no exception as deemed the hottest happening of 2011 by Chicago Social.
531 N. Wells St. 312.929.3501. http://gtfishandoyster.wordpress.com/
2 Hubbard Inn
This Ernest Hemingway inspired hotspot has been all the buzz since it’s opening last month. With European style small plates, the eclectic Inn is part tavern, part trendsetter, and 100% delicious.
110 W. Hubbard. 312.222.1551. http://www.hubbardinn.com/
3 Paris Club
The latest endeavor of the Melman brothers (Hub51), this “French Awakening” offers smart, approachable French fare in an ultra-trendy environment led by a rockstar team.
59 W. Hubbard. 312.595.0800. http://www.parisclubchicago.com
4 Fish Bar
The new neighbor and sister restaurant to DMK Burger bar, Fish Bar serves sustainable seafood fare such as Po'Boys, Maine lobster rolls, oysters, clams, shrimp, gumbo and octopus a la plancha.
2956 N. Sheffield. 773.687.8177. http://www.fishbarchicago.com/
5 The Butcher & Larder
From the team behind Mado, this locally-sourced West Town butcher makes homemade sausages, custom cut meat, charcuterie, bacon, ham, and pastrami. Don’t miss their butcher classes and demonstrations. Mmm meaty.
1026 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773.687.8280. http://thebutcherandlarder.com/