Wine and beer flights are an excellent way to discover new drinks without having to commit to an entire glass of something you might not like. So why not apply this genius idea to food, too? Many local restaurants have done just that, and more are following suit, upping the ante on what foods might do well in flight form. Keep reading to discover a day’s worth of inventive food flights, from breakfast to dinner to dessert.
10 a.m.: Bacon flight at Bakin' & Eggs
The only thing better than bacon is...even more bacon. Lakeview's newest brunch spot Bakin' & Eggs knows this and offers a flight of five kinds of bacon on its weekday breakfast and weekend brunch menus. For $6, you get one strip each of jalapeno, honey, mesquite, maple pepper and cherry smoked bacon, served in rows on an otherwise bare white plate (garnish would only take away from the beauty that is a flight of bacon). It can be hard to tell which strip is which flavor (other than the obvious jalapeno), so ask your server before you dig in.
noon: Charcuterie flight at Old Town Social
More good news for meat lovers: Charcuterie is all the rage these days, with multiple restaurants showing off their meat cases and wide selection of fancily named cold cuts. At Old Town Social, pick and choose from the list of 15 meats ($4 each) or order a selection of five ($16). Made from Red Wattle pigs from South Pork Ranch in Chatsworth, Illinois, porcine options include soppresatta (spicy salami), mortadella, chorizo and coppa di testa (head cheese). Tasty parts from other animals include chicken liver pate and pastrami. All are served with a toasted baguette, butter and a house-made pickle lilly relish.
3 p.m.: Cupcake flight at More Cupcakes
Give in to that mid-afternoon sweets craving with a flight of mini-cupcakes from more. Called "moresels," these adorable treats are about the size of a half-dollar and can be purchased as a flight of six. Choices include the chocolate flight (with two chocolate vanilla, chocolate chocolate and chocolate cream-filled moresels), the sweet flight (red velvet, salted caramel and black and white moresels) and the favorite flight (cookies and cream, chocolate hazelnut brittle and chocolate ganache-filled moresels), each $9.50. On Fridays, a cocktail flight (with margarita, pomegranate mojito and lemon drop moresels) is also available ($11.50), as well as a flight of rotating savory flavors on weekends ($10.50).
5 p.m.: Cheese flight at Bin 36
photo: courtesy of Bin 36
Chicago's wine-flight master, Bin 36 recently introduced eight new cheese flights to its menu that range from cheddars to blues to chevres. Each flight ($11 to $16) includes four cheeses served on a stone slab with crostini, Granny Smith apple slices, sesame biscuits, cabernet sauvignon gelee, and fig and honey compote. Try the Fat Cat
s flight to experience the cheesecake-like Regal de Bourgogne Raisin and the sinfully buttery Brillat-Savarin. Beyond these offerings, a grilled cheese trio, charcuterie plates and a chocolate tasting for two are also available. The restaurant is happy to recommend wine pairings for all of the above.
8 p.m.: Pasta flight at Scoozi!
The only meal-size option on the list includes your choice of two pasta trios at this River North favorite. The perfect solution for those who just can't decide, the gnocchi trio includes a sampling of the traditional tomato and cream (with pomodoro sauce), wood-roasted fennel (with toasted bread crumbs and parmesan cream) and bolognese gnocchi. Or opt for the ravioli trio, with mezzaluna bandiera (spinach and ricotta-stuffed ravioli with alfredo and tomato sauce), sweet pea (with prosciutto, brown butter and truffle oil) and butternut squash (with brown butter, sage and toasted walnuts). Trios are $14.95 each.