The team behind Wood, one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, recently opened the Spanish inspired Salero in the West Loop. This is not a purist take on Basque cuisine, there are no tapas on the menu (these can be found at that bar only) and this is a Chicago take on Spanish food but none of this will matter as the menu has an array of consistently excellent dishes. Add in the lively atmosphere and great service and Salero is poised to be a Randolph St. favorite. Reservations recommended.
Grilled flat-iron steak with oxtail stuffed piquillo pepper, braised onions, salt-wrinkled potatoes and sauces mojo rojo and mojo verde.
Chorizo stuffed quail wilted spinach, golden raisins, pine nuts, and piquillo pepper puree.
Flan de Queso Fresco: Soft custard infused with fresh cheese and annatto seed with blood orange gel and caramel.