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Chicago Menus Are Out-Gothing Goths

Using ingredients like charcoal, ash, and squid ink, chefs are finding ingenious ways to paint it black.

Black Sauce Noodle

Black Sauce Noodle

Great Sea Restaurant

This classic Korean-Chinese dish — a bowl of al dente flour noodles doused in a thick black bean sauce — can be made heartier with your choice of beef or seafood. $6.99. 3254 W. Lawrence Ave., Albany Park

 

Goth Bread

Goth Bread

Young American

A twist on khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread), this twice-baked loaf is blackened with leek ash, activated charcoal, and a Marmite-laced egg wash. Break it to release its decadent heart of butterkäse, goat feta, and runny duck egg. $10 for a small loaf. 2545 N. Kedzie Ave., Logan Square

 

Coconut Ash Sorbet

Coconut Ash Sorbet

Proxi

This sexy scoop is a precisely calibrated concoction of coconut purée, toasted coconut flakes, and coconut ash, made by charring the fruit’s flesh in Proxi’s wood oven. $6. 565 W. Randolph St., West Loop

 

20,000 Leagues Cocktail

20,000 Leagues Cocktail

Sepia

A sphere of frozen squid ink chills this pisco-based mezcal martini. “The ink doesn’t impart a ton of flavor,” says head bartender Keith Meicher, “but you’ll notice some salinity over time if you let it dilute.” $14. 123 N. Jefferson St., West Loop

 

Arroz Negro

Arroz Negro

Black Bull

Behold this dusky take on seafood paella: squid-ink-stained Bomba rice with seared calamari and baby scallops that gets cooked in a sofrito and topped with carabineros shrimp. $13. 1721 W. Division St., East Ukrainian Village

 

Charcoal Latte

Charcoal Latte

Werewolf Coffee

A pinch of activated charcoal, mixed with lavender syrup and honey, turns your average cup of espresso and steamed milk into a shadowy work of art. $5. 1765 N. Elston Ave., West Town

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