Dining out during the dog days of summer
By Kathleen O’Connell | Loews Chicago Hotel
Summer is in full swing in Chicago—the days are long, the temperatures are high, and al fresco dining is a must. Whether wanting to enjoy the season’s freshest ingredients from juicy peaches to sweet corn, or feast on dishes that scream summer like a seafood boil, Streeterville Social is serving some of the city’s best summer dishes.
Executive Chef Kevin Atkinson, inspired by the season’s produce and flavors that taste like summer, created a menu best enjoyed on a long summer evening, sipping on a refreshing beverage and enjoying the sweeping city views while delighting in the company of friends or a special someone.
The Marinated Peach Salad is bright, light and refreshing. This dish combines ripe, fresh, juicy peaches with marinated peaches, providing both a sweet and slightly savory base. The creamy burrata provides the perfect decadent element to the dish. The coppa adds a bit of spice, and the pea tendrils and basil vinaigrette bring the dish together with a bright pop of herbiness.
The Midwest is known for its corn, and the Summer Corn Flatbread really allows this ingredient to shine. The sweet summer corn is blended with cheese and herbs to create a slightly sweet and savory base on the flatbread. It is then topped with smoked fontina, fresh corn, red onion, pickled peach and basil for a unique dish that highlights the sweetness of this Midwestern vegetable. The result is sweet, savory and delectable.
For many, summers evoke fond memories of seafood boils. Chef Atkinson’s rendition is nothing short of spectacular.
Designed to be shared by two people, the Seafood Boil combines perfectly cooked king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, mussels, hot links, potatoes, and corn with his home- made streeter spice blend. The streeter spice adds just the right amount of flavor while allowing the ingredients’ natural sweetness to shine through. The grilled bread is the perfect way to soak up the flavorful broth.
Whether wanting to savor the season’s freshest flavors or feast on a seafood boil, Streeterville Social is the ideal place for al fresco dining during the dog days of summer.
455 N. Park Drive
Published August 2, 2018