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As the weather grows colder—and quickly!—rich, hearty flavors beckon us inside from the chill. The bright colors of autumn's harvest—think roasted delicata squash, pink-red pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard and more—warm and delight us. This time of year, many of Chicago’s top restaurants transition to new fall menus, which means you'll reap the bounty of eating seasonally, plus you may get the opportunity to find new favorite dishes at old favorite spots!

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The following represents the best in Chicago's fall menus:

 

 

Fig & Olive

Fig & Olive

Fig and Olive's new fall menu features seasonal and locally sourced options with bright and flavorful dishes inspired by the Mediterranean diet. At this Gold Coast restaurant, premium olive oils are substituted in dishes for butter or cream, and have been purchased from the same olive farms since Fig & Olive’s inception. It doesn’t get more consistent than that.

Start with burrata heirloom beet (red apple, radicchio di Treviso, hazelnut, dill, apple cider dressing), then try their kabocha squash risotto (pumpkin seed, fried sage, parmesan) or Chilean sea bass (roasted sunchoke, rapini, romesco-mascarpone sauce with almond and hazelnut).

Fig & Olive
104 E. Oak Street
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Mott St

Mott St

If you’re looking to satisfy seasonal cravings with something a little more savory, then Mott St in Wicker Park is the fall menu you need to check out. Standout new menu additions include their bone marrow (pineapple-pickled peppers, imperial black rice) and rabbit larp (sticky rice, quinoa, buckwheat, flax, hemp, toasted rice, cacao nibs).

Since good food and good drinks go hand in hand, make sure to take a look at their fall cocktail menu for Mott St.

Mott St
1401 N. Ashland Avenue
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Salero

Salero

Executive Chef and Partner Ashlee Aubin just recently announced a new menu that features seasonal updates alongside a revival in classic tapas favorites at this West Loop restaurant. Alongside existing Paella Tuesday offerings, Salero will be offering two new paella flavors each week that nod to harvest flavors.

Save room for dessert, because their chocolate cremeux and tarta de queso are every bit as satisfying as Salero’s dinner menu staples.

Salero
621 W. Randolph Street
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Tesori

Tesori

If you don’t want to venture too far out of the Loop, Tesori is a great pick for a quality restaurant that also has a new menu featuring fall flavors. Their seasonal ingredient of choice seems to be squash, which you’ll find in their risotto and bruschetta. Try their mussel molinari (pepperoni, fennel, capers) and their marinated cauliflower (lemon, chili, pistachios). Is there a better way to enjoy fine Italian dining at this time of year?

Tesori
65 E. Adams Street
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The Florentine

The Florentine

It’s hard to think of something that can beat the delicious simplicity of The Florentine in the Loop. The Florentine's zuppa (roasted butternut squash, granny smith apples, prosciutto, pumpkin seeds, maple cream), as well as the rest of their new fall menu. Try their house-made, from scratch tortellini (pumpkin, pancetta, heirloom apples, sage, apple cider, ricotta salata).

The Florentine
151 W. Adams Street
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NAHA

NAHA

"The colors and flavors of Thanksgiving are here to savor . . . Enjoy the season!” reads NAHA's new fall menu.The Michelin-starred River North restaurant currently features items such as fairytale pumpkin soup (duck confit and roasted pumpkin seeds, blossom honey, glazed fennel, licorice and chervil) and organic carnaroli risotto with a ragoût of foraged and cultivated mushrooms, delicata squash, red swiss chard and crisp “ruffled” kale, we bet you know someone who’d take Naha up on their offer.

NAHA
500 N. Clark Street
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Brindille

Brindille

Sure, there’s no “Thanksgiving” in France, but NAHA's sister restaurant, Brindille, just down the street in River North, manages to give patrons a taste of the season with upscale fare such as grilled quail. Their take on French delicacies are sure to fill you up, just like a Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing.

Brindille
534 N. Clark Street
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Which of Chicago’s fall menus have you tried or are you dying to try? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!