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Girl & the Goat
With dishes named Fat Bread and Crispy Pig Face, celebrity chef Stephanie Izard injects “rustic, with a bit of badass" (her term) into Chicago’s dining scene with this buzz-worthy hotspot in the West Loop. Girl & the Goat sits smack dab in the Randolph Restaurant Corridor, but the location is still gritty enough to appeal to the chef’s integrity.
Located in the West Loop neighborhood, the cedar-lined dining room is as rustic as the menu. With seasonal menus that include sharable choices, they also have a cheese cave with a collection of artisan cheeses from Spain, Italy, France and Portugal.
The "staggering beer list" and creative, Belgian-focused menu has made the Hopleaf a destination restaurant. A favorite of the neighborhood and beyond, you can expect Hopleaf to always be hoping.
Balena features Italian-inspired cuisine, sourced from Midwest farms by Executive Chef/Partner Chris Pandel. It offers artisanal brick-oven pizzas, hand-made pastas and spit-roasted meats, fish and vegetables prepared in a wood-fired oven and grill on the savory menu; while twists on Italian classics are the crux of the dessert program.
Located on the Magnificent Mile, The Purple Pig is a collaboration of Chefs Scott Harris of Mia Francesca, Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia, Jimmy Bannos and Jimmy Bannos Jr. of Heaven on Seven. Featuring homemade charcuterie, cheeses and classic Mediterranean fare plus an extensive yet accessible wine list.
Mercat a la Planxa
Take a culinary tour of Barcelona right on Michigan Avenue at Mercat a la Planxa, where Catalan inspired cocktails and cuisine comes to life. Mercat features extraordinary tapas, cut to order charcuterie and cheeses, fresh seafood, chops and steaks.
An homage to beer, pork and oysters, The Publican's eclectic menu is inspired by simple farmhouse fare in a space evocative of a European beer hall. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Brian Huston have developed a network of purveyors to supply the restaurant with hand-selected, sustainably-harvested fish and seafood as well as sustainably-raised heirloom pork to anchor a rustic menu of simple, eclectic fare. The extensive international beer list, developed by partners Eduard Seitan and Terry Alexander, features 100 or so ales, lagers, stouts and ciders by the bottle, 12 of those available on tap. The Publican is a design partnership from the James Beard Award-winning team of Thomas Schlesser and partner Donnie Madia.
The Green Zebra, in Chicago, is a contemporary vegetarian restaurant that caters to a hip crowd with its imaginative seasonal cuisine. The organic and modern design match the seasonal ingredients at this upscale award-winning veggie-focused restaurant.
Gemini Bistro serves up exceptional food. It’s been named one of Chicago Magazine's "Best New Restaurants" of 2009, awarded 3 Stars from Chicago Tribune food critic Phil Vettel, and has been the recipient of the coveted Michelin Bib-Gourmand distinction three years running. Combined with the location in a classic 1919 flatiron building, Gemini Bistro truly is Lincoln Park’s "neighborhood gem." Stop and see for yourself, why this restaurant is in another stratosphere, from the rest.
Lula Café is the founding member of the nationally recognized Logan Square culinary community and a celebrated forerunner of the ‘farm to table’ movement in Chicago. With self taught chefs and a willingness to cook against categorization, the menu at Lula has grown into a kind of humble maturity, risky but grounded. Stop in for all occasions; to read a book at the bar with a glass of wine, to celebrate birthdays and first dates, to taste through the seasons, to brunch with friends after a night out. Anything is possible, here at Lula.
Riccardo Trattoria is a restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine that has received great reviews from The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine and Bib Gourmand.
Autre Monde Cafe is a neighborhood restaurant celebrating all things Mediterranean with a fresh, seasonal menu, old world focused wine list showcasing the best organic & artisan producers as well as cocktail program inspired by small batch spirits, fresh juices and old school techniques.
Pump Room at PUBLIC Chicago
The Pump Room restaurant offers reasonably priced, delicious favorites in a relaxed, comfortable, and exciting environment. The new food concept was created by world-renowned chef and 2011 James Beard award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten. He will support local purveyors, regional flavors and offer a “farm to table” experience. At night, the restaurant's bar transforms into a supper club recapturing the glamour of the 30's and 40's with a modern twist.
Lao Sze Chuan
Opened in 1998, Lao Sze Chuan has become the most beloved Chinese restaurant for Chicagoans, and gradually gained its reputation by providing the authentic Sichuan cuisine with high quality materials and ingredients. In 1999, Lao Sze Chuan was recognized by Chicago Tribune as "One of the Best" and received a "three fork" ranking, which was a very high award for Chinese restaurants at that time. " At the present, Lao Sze Chuan has many special Grade A chefs who are from Sze Chuan China, to provide customers the most authentic tasting food. As the best representation of Chinese food, Lao Sze Chuan has been named the Best Chinese Restaurant in Chicago by the mainstream food columns and won “Bib Gourmand” award from Michelin Guide for year 2012 & 2013.
Au Cheval is not your typical greasy spoon diner. It's house-made foods, creative interpretations on classic dishes and a comfortable, easy-going atmosphere - it's big cozy eats. Playful takes on old-school favorites like a fried bologna sandwich, or a pork porterhouse; all made to order right before your eyes in the open kitchen. At the bar, 30+ international beers are on tap, specialty cocktails and a rockin' wine list make Au Cheval an inviting place to kick back.
Nabuki is a contemporary Japanese restaurant and sushi bar located in historic downtown Hinsdale offering a variety of traditional and innovative dishes.
Marion Street Cheese Market
Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park celebrates culinary creativity every day. Stop in for upscale casual dining in the Bistro or on the outdoor patio. Visit the Market for the finest selections of classic and unusual artisan and farmstead cheeses, charcuterie, gourmet goodies, wines, beers, spirits, and more.
Slurping Turtle strives to recreate for guests Chef Takashi's childhood culinary experiences in Japan, and the essence of Japanese Comfort Food. The turtle is a symbol of longevity in Japan. Come and slurp to your hearts content.
Q- BBQ is an award-winning BBQ restaurant with regional inspirations – from the backwoods of the Carolinas, to the meat markets of Texas and the hole-in-the-wall joints of Memphis.
Kabul House offers a taste of Afghan dishes that have existed in the history of Afghanistan for thousands of years. The restaurant emphasizes high quality Afghan food, as if prepared from the fingers of any Afghan mother. Extensive full-course menus include lamb, seafood, beef and chicken dishes as well as vegetarian specialties that include pumpkin, eggplant, spinach and other fresh vegetable options. The menu hosts a large variety of selections for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. The atmosphere provides patrons one of relaxing, invitingly warm and unforgettable experiences. Come and taste the vibrant combinations for yourself. Nosh-e jaan, or bon appetit in Dari.
A culinary adventure in the Latin American landscape awaits you at Libertad. Travel by way of small plates, allowing for many flavor experiences. The journey is vast, with dishes that speak Nuevo Latino, fare inspired by great Argentinean, Brazilian and Mexican restaurants among many others in this culinary mosaic. The specialty cocktails and a defined wine list compliment your meal.
Chilam Balam is a sustainably minded BYOB restaurant serving Mexican shared plates with a farm fresh twist.
Most recently chef de partie at Alinea Restaurant and formerly of Home Bistro and Zealous, brings years of experience and culinary innovation to the Wood kitchen. Chef Aubin strongly believes that using only the freshest, most locally available ingredients not only produces better tasting meals, but also builds a sense of collective community and responsibility. The proof is in the plates: foodies and casual diners alike will remember his dishes for their exceptional flavor, quality, and execution.
Smak-Tak is a quaint Polish restaurant that has been located on the north side of Chicago for the past ten years. Guests just love the old world ambiance and the traditional Polish kitchen flavors. With appetizing dishes specially prepared to your liking.