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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 PM

Sweet of the Week: Popcorn Mousse at Bar Takito

This may sound a bit taboo to say, but I'm not really a fan of popcorn. It's never something I order at the movies, and it's especially not something I snack on at home. It just doesn't do it for me, and I'd much rather eat just about anything else. But that's not to suggest I'm completely averse to absolutely everything and anything popcorn-related. In fact, one of the most memorable desserts I've had in recent memory is an homage to the classic snack. After a meal rich with pepita tortillas, beer cheese, and Carolina Gold rice at Bar Takito, the popcorn mousse is a welcoming finale in that it rounds things out on a buttery, caramel-y note that seamlessly combines sweetness with that infamous salty snack. 


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Popcorn mousse at Bar Takito

One of the best things about this dessert is how light it is. This mousse makes all other mousses look like leaden frosting by comparison. Infused with popcorn and butterscotch, the whole thing tastes like a bundle of caramel corn whipped into a silky-smooth puree, with meringue-like lightness. A little bit goes a long way, as the daintiest dollop of mousse is utterly packed with flavor, brimming with just the right amount of popcorn goodness. The mousse is accented with a smattering of almond crumble, which lends a welcome crunch. There's also a drizzle of seasonal fruit, for an added dose of fructose and a bit of tartness. Altogether, it's a masterful and well balanced interpretation of an iconic flavor. And it's the only form of popcorn I actually crave.

- Matt Kirouac 

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Neighborhoods: West Loop

An offshoot of Wicker Park's Takito Kitchen, Bar Takito is a larger space with a more booze- and small plates-centric menu. Wildly popular Bar Takito features contemporary Latin American cuisine,...

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