Dining in Chicago is like watching the stock market. It takes a sharp eye to keep up with constant turnover. October welcomed a long list of restaurant openings. The furthering cupcake domination was joined by a handful of second-time openers. Metromix prints monthly “New to the Scene” lists.
Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe, The Loop
“Wow.” I kept saying that after my pancakes. If you have trouble deciding between the many various and pumpkiny season options, hands down you’ll love the signature Wildberry Pancakes.
Vera, West Loop
There has been much excitement about Mark Mendex’s new restaurant Vera. If you’re familiar with the paella and wine loving duo behind Carnivale, you can guess the Mendex couple bring a taste of Spain. The Mrs. takes care of the wine menu, emphasizing a collection of sherries.
Well its about time! As youngins our taste buds loved the simple combination of bread and cheese. Thankfully the brains behind Melt (Dion Antic) saw the potential of a grilled cheese cafe. Melt features about a dozen gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
New England Seafood Company Fish Market, Roscoe Village
The place looks straight out of Maine. Fresh seafood is flown in daily from New England, to buy and raw and prepared. The owners are three brothers with their hands deep in the East Coast seafood business. Buoys, woven fish nets and lobster traps cover the walls for a loud nautical theme. Lobster rolls and Cape Cod chips, enough said.
25 Degrees, River North
Lux burger bar, more specifically “burger, wine and liquor bar” coming to us from the West Coast. The retro-themed parlor serves milkshakes and floats and like everything in Chicago comes with a twist.
Miko’s Flipside Cafe, WickerPark/Bucktown
Italian Ice, it’s been too long. Rarely is this treat done to authentic standards. Miko’s Flipside Cafe will turn on the heat for the winter months. The cafe will serve coffee, soups/sandwiches and hot cider (yesss).