The Best Dishes the Eater Chicago Team Ate This Week

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August 20

Tara no misoyaki at Omakase Yume

Tara no misoyaki
Naomi Waxman/Eater Chicago

Looking at chef Sangtae Park’s deft, methodical movements powering the counter at Michelin-starred Omakase Yume, it’s quick to turn out to be hypnotized by the sequence of correctly-fashioned, jewel-like nigiri he places just before every single patron. They all have their personal successful functions, from luscious otoro to firm kampachi. But right after each glamorous entry has taken its switch, it is the humble tara no misoyaki — two delicate parts of miso-broiled black cod laid atop a tiny mound of rice — that surpasses the visceral pleasures of fantastic food to plumb some thing deeper: nostalgia, memory, comfort, dwelling. Significant-stop Japanese dining prior to the pandemic was quickly getting to be a position image for the extremely-wealthy, and Park does present luxe specials like caviar dusted in gold leaf ($45 just about every). But when the fanfare quiets and the Instagram “likes” have slowed, his reverent rendition of a very simple traditional is grounds the knowledge with coronary heart. 651 W. Washington Boulevard, West Loop — Naomi Waxman, reporter

Duck carnitas taco at Taqueria Chingón

Taqueria Chingón sold out the to start with working day it opened previous December, and not substantially has altered due to the fact then. Diners have to exhibit up early to get a crack at the day-to-day specials, which vanish by late afternoon. On the other hand, if one particular is inclined to dine Sun City-model, like exhibiting up for dinner at 4:45 p.m., 1 can nab a seat on the patio and consume these remarkably tasty tacos while they are however incredibly hot. The duck carnitas taco contains slivers of crispy duck meat combined with crispier chicharrons, their richness reduce by a puree of dates, a spicy habanero and sunchoke salsa, and a brilliant burst of cara cara orange, all piled on a tortilla that’s straight off the comel. It’s a ideal blend of crispy, salty, spicy, and remarkably sweet. 2236 N. Western, Logan Sq. — Aimee Levitt, deputy editor