In the mood for something new and fresh for dinner? Try one of these new restaurants in Chicago that work to provide sustainable, local fare for their hungry customers.

  1. uncommon ground: Uncommon Ground is host to the nation’s first certified organic rooftop farm.  They annual grow a diverse range of vegetables and herbs and everything they grow ends up on the menu! Sample their Korean Chili Spiced Calamari, Yuppie Hill Farm Deviled Eggs with seasonal garnish or go for the guilty pleasure with Fired Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds.
  2. Browntrout is a comfortable, casual fine-dining experience located in the North Center area of Chicago. They are family owned and can seat 70 people, keeping a cozy atmosphere. They emphasize “sustainability and agro-consciousness”, while not sacrificing quality. Their menu changes regularly in response to availability of ingredients, so there is always something new to try. Right now the menu boasts Pan Seared Walleye Pike with sous-vide chioggia beets, arugula, Henry Moore polenta, pickled cranberry, pea tendrils and cranberry beurre blanc, Shaved Black Kale with parmesan frico, shaved Brussels sprouts, crispy shallots, pickled cranberries, pecans, chile apple cider vinaigrette or even Pumpkin Risotto with walnut vinaigrette, porcini dust, granny smith apples & celery, apple cider vinegar and fine herbs.
  3. TWO Restaurant and Bar uses artful second-life décor while influenced by the rustic tradition of family run butcher shops. “From the massive barn doors, the wall panel made from old Chicago porches and the barnyard water spigots used as faucets, every inch of TWO’s interior detail is on its second life.” All ingredients are sourced from trusted, small mid-western farms. The TWO chefs make all their own bacon, sausage, jerky, cheese, sauces and pastas in-house. Be sure to try out the ham board with serrano jamon, homemade pork rillette, Local Folks stone ground mustard, house pickles, herb whipped ricotta all atop grilled bread!

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