Culinary Crossroads Offers NATO-Inspired Cuisine

Check out some of the featured food and countries on the menu this week in honor of NATO.

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Several Chicago restaurants are participating in Culinary Crossroads by featuring cuisine from around the world and around the corner. Through May 25, restaurants will offer special tasting menus, featured desserts, cocktails, or beers with an international focus. We picked out some of the featured food and countries on the menu.
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Jonathan Lloyd, NBCLA.com
POLAND:
Flo & Santos features a traditional Polish Sampler with Vodka flight. It includes a smoked kielbasa, potato pancake, sauerkraut, potato cheese, kraut mushroom and meat pierogi, pickles, sour cream and applesauce and is accompanied by a flight of 3 types of polish vodka of your choice. (1310 S. Wabash Ave)
4/17
USA! USA!
Barn and Company offers modern American BBQ dishes with farm-to-table ingredients. The restaurant is offering a 1/2 slab of Baby Back Ribs with fries and a hand crafted draft beer for $10. Can you get any more American than that? (120 E Delaware Place.)
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THAILAND:
The critically-acclaimed Arun's Thai Restaurant is featuring several dishes in honor of NATO, such as this Three Flavor Fish Platter. (4156 N Kedzie)
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MEXICO:
Adobo Grill offers their Poc-Chuc, an achiote-marinated grilled pork loin with guacamole, black beans, pickled onions and molcajete salsa. (1610 N Wells)
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SWEDEN:
Start your day with a Scandanavian breakfast from Ann Sather. Their featured dish, the Sweedish Sampler, includes a hot potato sausage, Swedish meatballs and pancakes, any style of eggs, and two side choices. You might want to go with their famous cinnamon rolls. (909 W. Belmont)
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SPAIN:
David Burke’s Primehouse is offering several specialized toppings on their steaks, including the Spanish-inspired Shrimp and Scallops with saffron and paprika. (616 N Rush)
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FRANCE:
Chef Mark Payne of Deca Restaurant and Bar is serving up a special French-inspired three-course dinner menu featuring roasted beet salad with shallot confit, fromage blanc and pistachio vinaigrette; slow roasted salmon , wood sorrel, morels, leeks; and a dessert of pot de chocolat, bittersweet chocolate cremeux, espresso, cocoa nib tuile. (160 E Pearson St.)
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JAPAN:
Kamehachi means "eight turtles" in Japanese. The turtle and the number eight both symbolize long life and good luck in Japan. NATO visitors are encouraged to try out their Totoro Kani - Alaskan Snow Crab, Avocado and Cucumber topped with Spicy Tuna Mix and Micro Greens. (1531 North Wells Street)
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BRAZIL:
Texas de Brazil is an authentic Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouse) that combines the cuisine of Southern Brazil with the generous hospitality of Texas. The NATO dish is Picanha, which is the top portion of the top sirloin and a favorite in Brazil. (51 E Ohio St.)
12/17
ITALY:
Bar Toma is serving up a Seasonal Hand Rolled Mozzarella filled with grilled ramps and served with a romesco sauce. (110 E Pearson St.)
13/17
VIETNAM:
Saigon Sisters features Vietnamese bouillabaisse with black garlic croutons. (567 W Lake St.)
14/17
RUSSIA
Saloon Steakhouse will be featuring Beef Stroganoff with sauteed beef tenderloin, mushrooms, onions and house made egg noodles and House Cured Lardo Bruchetta with roasted garlic spread on pumpernickel. (200 E. Chestnut St.)
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MOROCCO:
The Bristol will present guests with a special four-course meal for $40 per person. First course: mortadella mousse, pink peppercorn, green garlic. Second: asparagus, brown butter hollandaise, sesame, bonito. Third: tri tip, roasted cauliflower, green garlic-miso butter, kohlrabi. Fourth: roasted banana semifreddo, honeycomb, golden syrup.
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GERMANY:
Markethouse is offering a special Culinary Crossroads prix fixe menu that includes a Veal Bratwurst, German Potato Salad, Porkchop entree and a warm Black Forest Chocolate Cake (611 N Fairbanks Ct.)
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CHINA:
Not surprisingly, NATO guests and protestors alike can head to Chinatown for some authentic Chinese fare. Celebrity chef Tony Hu's Lao You Ju Restaurant & Lounge is offering special menu items during NATO, including its already international take on its traditional food, such as the Chinese tapas. (2002 S. Wentworth Ave.)
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