I was introduced to small plates a few years ago & eating has never been the same. Truly it is my favorite way to dine. You can try a little bit of everything and, for someone that’s as indecisive as me, being able to order both the steak tartare and the fried chicken is a miracle. That is why Atwood is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It’s located in the Hotel Burnham (now named The Alise Chicago) and the interior itself is a feast for the eyes. It has this beautiful, cold black and white color scheme with modern furniture. But back to the food, every time I come here with my family, we essentially end up ordering the entire menu because there really is no way to go wrong at Atwood.
The menu varies by season and they have an amazing variety of modern, re-invented cuisines. On the day that I took these pictures, they had their summer menu so they were serving light, but flavorful dishes. We ordered a few tasty appetizers including the beet-pickled deviled eggs and the Caprese salad. The Caprese salad substituted tomatoes with peaches, which sounds strange, but the peach was slightly warm and seasoned in a way that complimented the mozzarella in ways you wouldn’t expect. These were happily eaten within minutes.
However, by far the best thing that was on their menu at the time was the Smores Baked Alaska. The top was a sweet, but savory marshmallow fluff and the bottom was a fudgy chocolate with graham cracker sprinkled at the bottom. As someone that loves smores in any capacity, this dessert was handcrafted for me by the dessert gods.
What’s your favorite place in Chicago to get small plates? Comment below!