Dining Chicago

Latest Blog Posts
Weekly Planner: Gauguin-inspired Specials, Brunch Returns to Chop Shop, New Lunch at Bittersweet and More

Gauguin-inspired Burger and Cocktail at Seven Lions In honor of the new Paul Gauguin Artist as Alchemist exhibit opening at the Art Institute of Chicago, the conveniently located Seven Lions is rolling out an inspired burger and cocktail special to run the duration of the programming, starting June 25. Courtesy of chef Patrick Russ, the […]

The post Weekly Planner: Gauguin-inspired Specials, Brunch Returns to Chop Shop, New Lunch at Bittersweet and More appeared first on Dining Chicago.

Jun 20, 2017 07:13 PM
Weekly Planner: Mercadito’s Mixology Academy, Father’s Day BBQ, Writers Club and More

One of the best ongoing beverage events in Chicago, Mercadito’s Mixology Academy is back for more on June 17, followed by an experiential dinner two days later. River North’s perpetually hot Mexican restaurant and bar is christening summer in style with their next themed shindig, featuring a lesson on Bulleit Bourbon cocktails led by beverage […]

The post Weekly Planner: Mercadito’s Mixology Academy, Father’s Day BBQ, Writers Club and More appeared first on Dining Chicago.

Jun 12, 2017 01:29 AM
Weekly Planner: Crêpes Dinner, More New Brunch

New Brunch and drinking deals in Chicago One of the most unique Sunday supper series in the city keeps going strong on June 11, as Floriole Cafe & Bakery rolls out its next crêpes-focused dinner. Giving guests a taste of France, the second installment in the dinner series focuses on late-spring ingredients and dishes inspired by […]

The post Weekly Planner: Crêpes Dinner, More New Brunch appeared first on Dining Chicago.

Jun 05, 2017 06:17 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. 

 

Bar Takito
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 

Tags: dessertmoussepopcornBar Takito
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.




Copyright © 2017 Chicago's Restaurant Guide. All Rights Reserved.