Warm Up With Six of Chicago's Hottest Fall Menus

With temperatures forecasted to plummet this week, TLT wanted to share some of fall's hottest menus to help our readers keep warm. From tantalizing truffles to delicious desserts, you won’t be lacking for fall flavors come Monday.

Locally sourced, River North’s BottleFork has embraced the season with Michigan Virtue Cider Braised Pork Belly with mustard greens & sweet potato purée, Crispy Brussel Sprouts and Gnocchi with pumpkin and goat cheese, courtesy Michelin Rated Chef/Partner Kevin Hickey. Try the dishes with their new Begyle Coffy Brown beer, a brown ale infused with Chicago's own Metropolis Coffee.

The wine bar and restaurant unveils their “Every Day We’re Trufflin’” limited-time menu on November 12, promising to please even the most truffle-loving palates. November is the peak season for harvesting White and Winter Black Truffles, and Corporate Executive Chef Jaysen Euler celebrates the treasured Italian ingredient with a few special dishes (check 'em out below). In addition, guests can add 5 grams of truffle shaving to any of Davanti Entoeca’s dishes. Offerings include Winter Black Truffle ($18) and White Truffle ($60). Um, yes please.

  • Carne Alla Piemontese con Tartufo ($23): Wagyu beef tartar + chives + colatura + frisee + winter truffle vinaigrette
  • Funghi Trifolati con Uovo e Tartufo ($19): Wild mushroom ragu + winter black truffles + mascarpone polenta + poached farm egg
  • Spaghettone con Burro Tartufato ($58): Thick-cut spaghetti + white truffle + parma butter + chives + Grana Padano
  • Panna Cotta Nocciola con Tartufo ($14): Piemontese hazelnut panna cotta + truffle honey + winter truffle

Don’t dawdle. Only available until November 30.

This Rush Street favorite releases their November #OfftheMenu special with a soul-warming “Bun Tom Thit Nuong” dish ($16), a healthy alternative to comfort food. Keep warm with thinly-sliced barbeque pork and grilled shrimp over a bed of angel hair noodles topped off with mesclun greens, pickled carrot, daikon and a lime garlic fish sauce.

The West Town neighborhood restaurant’s updated menu features the freshest flavors of the season. Owners Joe and Megan Krouse are excited to keep diners warm with their Spaghetti Squash with toasted pumpkin seeds and spiced butter, Butternut Squash Ravioli with brown butter, sage and grated parmesan and their Steak Sandwich (marinated ribeye, caramelized dijon onion and mixed greens on grilled sourdough, served with fries). With a revitalized beer menu to include Southern Tier’s Pumpking, Allagash’s Saison and Evil Twin’s Lil’ B Imperial Porter, you can just plan on camping out for the season.

And it’s not over yet. Most intriguing may be the seasonal dessert offerings. The Pumpkin Chiffon (pumpkin mousse, ginger cookie crumb, bourbon caramel, cream cheese whip and pumpkin seed brittle) and Spiced Pear Pie (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove in a buttery crust) have us lobbying the USDA to give sugar a spot in the five food groups.

Take in the architecture and views of the Chicago River from any seat in the house, all while warming your soul with the comfort food from Executive Chef John Hogan, and Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano.  The festive fall menu features two new roasts that satisfy with rich, hearty items for a “roasty toasty” dinner. The newly added Berkshire Rack of Pork ($43; serves two) is cider brined and apple-smoked, providing a festive autumn flavor. For vegetarians and simply vegetable lovers, the Boatload of Veggies ($19) features market fresh local vegetables slowly roasted to tenderness. Steamed mussels, roasted brussel sprouts and whipped sweet potatoes round out the awesome.

To accompany the fall fare, new seasonally-inspired cocktails by Beverage Director Chris Jecha highlight ingredients like cinnamon, allspice, rum and rye whiskey. Keep an eye out for these playfully named cocktails:

  • Drink up and be Somebody (Ed Hamilton’s Jamaican Pot Still Black Rum, Letherbee BËSK, Imperial Cinnamon, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Mint, Lemon, Tiki Mole Bitters): A rum smash made with cinnamon and allspice for a seasonal twist.
  • If only Michael Keaton were here (Ed Hamilton’s Jamaican Pot Still Gold Rum, Luxardo Aperitivo, Bittermen’s Amèrre Nouvelle, Gotham City Syrup): Fall spiced rum Negroni or Jungle Bird.  Like an Italian visiting Chicago in the fall.  Herbaceous.
  • That Monk is Hammered (Benedictine, Old Overholt Rye, Bäska Snaps, Cappelletti): A wormwood and caraway spiced, autumn-inspired Boulevardier.  Not too sweet, not too spicy, not too dry.

The River North hotspot features brand new creations like a Duck Breast Kim Chi, Jidori Chicken and several new specialty sushi rolls. With a totally revamped wine and sake list to accompany your meal, be sure to clear your day of anything needing a clear head.

441 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60654
Davanti Enoteca
1359 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
Davanti Enoteca, an Italian wine bar, offers shareable plates of rustic Italian cuisine from pastas, pizzas, and entrees in addition to small plate items.
River Roast Chicago
315 North LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654
James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan’s menu of contemporary American tavern fare is satisfying and soul-warming.
110 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
1450 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
A neighborhood restaurant, Unite Urban Grill serves seasonally inspired, modern comfort fare.

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