Travelle's Olive Oil Cake (©Derek Richmond)
Chicago's culinary scene is certainly one to be proud of, and its hotel dining is no exception. Check out three of our favorite hotel restaurants in a class all their own.
This spacious restaurant neighboring the Aloft hotel manages to be both friendly yet sexy, serving comfort food with a twist. At one page, the menu is short and sweet. The mole-inspired chili and chocolate glazed salmon with smoked almond slaw and corn tortillas is a best-seller. Start with a fresh-squeezed juice, like blackberry lychee lemonade or blueberry basil smash, served with or without alcohol. Desserts range from a healthy chia seed pudding to a tall, dark and handsome chocolate cake, and you can always grab sweets to go from the pastry case.
519 N. Clark St., 312.284.1377, www.restaurantbeatrix.com
Lunch or dinner at the Peninsula is sumptuous, including Chef Lee Wolen’s whole roasted and stuffed chicken for two and impossibly pillowy ricotta gnocchi, minus a lengthy tasting menu format. Impeccable service and a string duet’s classical interpretations of pop melodies augment fine dining food served in a comfortably elegant setting. Afternoon tea is not to be missed now that Dimitri Fayard, formerly of Vanille Patisserie, is responsible for pastries.
108 E. Superior St., 312.337.2888, www.peninsula.com/Chicago/en/Dining/The_Lobby/default.aspx
Mediterranean flavors, from exotic spices like za’atar to fresh seafood, abound at the Langham. Chef Tim Graham’s seacuterie (think whitefish rillettes, bouillabaisse gelée and octopus terrine) is a refreshingly light riff on charcuterie. Try the pita balloons with muhammara, a red pepper and walnut dip, and save room for desserts like nutella baklava. Sit at the bar for a wide-ranging liquor list and a unique view looking south over the Chicago River into the Loop.
330 N. Wabash Ave., 312.923.9988, www.travellechicago.com