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22nd Century Media File Photos. The Sammy ramen at Wilmette’s Torino Ramen is made with a pork and chicken broth and includes pork chashu, a soft boiled egg, bok choy, menma, green onions and blackened garlic oil.
The fried chicken and biscuits at Fred’s Garage, in Winnetka, melts in your mouth and is supplemented by a chorizo gravy and gravy burn honey drizzle.
At Glenview’s Cafe El Tapatio, the arrachera XX is a generous helping of charbroiled Angus skirt steak marinated in Dos Equis and garlic served with nopalitos, frijoles de la olla and fresh guacamole.
At Lake Forest’s The English Room, the slow-roasted salmon features pesto mashed potatoes, tomato leeks fondue and a bed of vegetables.
Highland Park’s Merlo’s Italian Restaurant features a signature dish, Nanna’s Gravy, has slow-roasted pot roast, red wine and crushed tomatoes with rigatoni.
The Cheasapeake-style crab cake at Frank and Betsie’s, in Glencoe, is a popular starter served with a remoulade sauce.
The Spanish-style seafood paella at Northbrook’s Lucky Fish is a rice dish packed with clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, tilapia, Spanish sausage, peas, olives and scallions.
Eric DeGrechie, Managing Editor
10:29 am CST January 4, 2018
While the Chicago restaurant scene is highly touted both locally and nationally, it would be a mistake to sleep on the burgeoning culinary landscape here on the North Shore.