There have been a lot of fads in the restaurant industry, but one of the hottest and latest is Modern American cuisine. America has always been known as a melting pot and Modern American cuisine is essentially a classy take on the elements that we have come to love from all of the different cuisines from around the world.
As The Chicago Tribune aptly stated, "If you're mixing and matching elements of several different cuisines, bringing ingredients together in a way you can't just call Italian or French or Spanish or XYZ country, it's new (or modern) American."
Integrating flavors such as wasabi, kimchi, Manchego cheese, Elderberry, Cilantro and a slew of other distinct ingredients, Modern American melds many flavors together to create newly imagined renditions of past dishes.
If your mouth isn't watering yet, just hang tight. Here are 15 mighty independent Modern American restaurants in the Near North Side sure to get your stomach rumbling.
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60 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611
Come to SafeHouse if you're looking for bottomless mimosas and Blacklisted Chicken Tenders.
535 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Grilled artichokes and jazz bands come together perfectly at Bandera.
Copper Fox Gastropub
155 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611
Their affordable offerings of mules and drafts are simply a plus.
405 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Seafood is beautifully crafted through preparations such as Shrimp Toast and fancy Fish and Chips.
Doc B's Fresh Kitchen
100 E. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60611
Quick service and colorful entrees are the norm at Doc B's.
505 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654
Located in Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Sable's full service bar and wonderfully seasoned starters and mains will make you a regular.
228 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611
Intricate balances of sweet and spicy, sour and savory blend together at the Albert.
Baptiste & Bottle
101 E. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611
Like any good Modern American restaurant, the presentation and flavor are equally matched at Baptiste & Bottle.
671 N. St. Clair, Chicago, IL 60611
Though more casual than other Modern American restaurants, this spot offers yummy dishes, such as lemon pancakes and cauliflower grits.
51 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60654
Try the coccoli, an incredibly rich puff pastry crafted into a ball atop prosciutto and stracchino cheese.
The Boarding House
720 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654
With an ambiance like no other and a menu that's hard to compete with, The Boarding House is a rare treat.
9 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60654
You've never had nachos like Theory's before. Topped with incredible quality ingredients, you'll never view Tex-Mex the same way again.
316 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
You won't be disappointed by the beer list or the menu at The Kitchen, an unassuming name but a stellar restaurant.
15 W. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60654
Fremont features an unbeatable bunch as well as bottomless mimosas made with fresh juices.
The Little Beet Table
845 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60610
Amid chic, minimalist decor, you'll be blown away by this restaurant's fresh takes on traditional dishes.