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953 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

Critic’s Notes

It’s “And now for something completely different” three times a year as Grant Achatz shape-shifts the identity of his stunning culinary adventure. Executive chef Dave Beran’s 14th menu, Tapas, grew out of his and Achatz’s tour of the finest tapas and pintxos bars in Barcelona and San Sebastian. Offerings may be as intricate as octopus with charred eggplant and fennel in liquid foam or as simple as translucent slices of jamón Ibérico de Bellota. Servers bubble with enthusiasm. The current menu, inspired by the French Laundry, runs through December 31. For tickets, visit Next’s website (nextrestaurant.com).

Dishes We Liked

(All dishes are part of a tasting menu.) Pork belly braised in romesco sauce, flamed and charred; crispy dried cod with brandade; ribbons of asparagus and cuttlefish topped with crumbled dried Spanish chorizo, manchego cheese, bread crumbs, and egg yolk; Spanish omelet; large red Spanish shrimp with globules of strawberry and fava on a driftwood; Basque-style cheesecake 

Related Stories

Dish Flash: "Next and Aviary: Two Chefs, Eight Questions" November 2010

Dish: see "Jeff Ruby's Meal at Next in 280 Words" July 2011

Dish Flash: Why Jeff Ruby Is Wrong About Next July 2011

Dish: see "Faster Than a Speeding Ticket" November 2011

Dish: see "Grant Application" November 2012

Additional Information:

Price: $100-plus
Cuisine: Contemporary
Neighborhood: West Loop/West Town
Noteworthy: Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D Wed-Sun.
Date Opened: 4/6/2011
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