'Tis the season for camping and fireside noshing, but since actual campfires can be hard to come by in city limits, restaurants are bringing the Americana pastime to you. Nothing captures edible outdoor nostalgia quite like a good s'more, something handily available at a number of restaurants in Chicago. And you don't even need to worry about bug spray!
Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen (224 N. Michigan Ave.)
Upping the ante on this cozy comfort food, the downtown Michigan Avenue restaurant has adapted s'mores into a bread pudding, studding the dessert with milk chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow sauce and a s'mores streusel.
Prime & Provisions (222 N. LaSalle St.)
The crown jewel of neoteric s'mores desserts in Chicago may very well belong to Prime & Provisions in the Loop. The chic steakhouse features an interactive s'mores dessert on their menu, and it's quite the stunner.
A notable improvement, aesthetically, over most gooey s'mores of childhood yore, the version at Prime & Provisions looks more like a Top Chef science experiment than a nostalgia creation. It consists of a chocolate dome that encases graham cracker, marshmallows and ice cream. It's topped off with a hot chocolate sauce, which actually melts the chocolate dome, releasing aromas of graham cracker and campfire smoke. It's so visceral, you'll feel like you're on vacation in the woods.
Kanela Breakfast Club (3321 N. Clark St. and other locations)
Why wait until after dinner to partake in s'mores when there's breakfast to be had? At Kanela Breakfast Club, waffles serve as the perfect blank canvas for a campfire-inspired treat. Thick, crispy, Belgian-style waffles are bedecked with Nutella, crushed graham crackers, caramelized marshmallows and chocolate sauce.
Updated October 17, 2017