Chicago often ranks among the top cities in the US for foodies and in 2017 Condé Nast Traveler named it America’s best restaurant city. From the rise of the Gastropub to Asian fusion and the signature deep dish, Chicago has more than 7,000 restaurants 26 of which are Michelin-starred. Knowing exactly where to begin can be daunting so we’ve assembled this list of local eateries currently dominating the food scene. Book your table today because while your next trip to Chicago may not be for a while, it just might take that long to score a table at some of these spots.
Roister, West Loop
At Roister, the kitchen is the restaurant so expect a bustling, upscale atmosphere serving up eclectic takes on fried chicken and glazed pork butt. Like its sister restaurant Alinea, Roister offers a premium dining experience without the stuffy and pretentious table cloth feel. Grab a seat overlooking the open kitchen and your dining experience becomes a masterclass in culinary creativity.
Try the: Yukon fries, Whole Chicken & Chamomile
Monteverde - West Loop
For Chicago’s finest housemade pastas dishes, look no further than Monteverde. The product of Top Chef alum, Sarah Grueneberg, this West loop eatery serves five star cuisine in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. At Monteverde, the focus is on the daily fresh pasta and ingredients used to craft innovative dishes like tomato braised pork shank and wok fried arrabiata. Have a seat at the bar to see the pasta artisans in action.
Try the: The menu here is subject to change, be adventurous.
This industrial, pan-Asian outpost is a contender for the 2019 Jean Banchet Award for Chicago’s Best New Restaurant. The ultra minimal space is clad with cement walls and intimate lighting that serve as the perfect backdrop for unique dishes blending seemingly incompatible ingredients that will leave you pleasantly surprised. Perfect for a memorable first date or drop in before heading out on Saturday night
Try the: Lobster dumplings, prime beef short rib
Somerset - Gold Coast
This sophisticated restaurant in Chicago’s Gold Coast oozes classic Americana yacht club vibes. From the 40 foot ceiling to the brass fixtures, large banquettes and hardwood floors, Somerset is perfect for a boisterous boozy brunch among friends. Add to that some supremely executed classics and a few trendier plates and you’ve found a place to satisfy even your pickiest dinner guests.
Try the: Fried chicken & french toast (Brunch), Squid ink alla chitarra
Fat Rice - Logan Square
This one's for the bold foodies seeking a truly authentic and hearty meal. Fat Rice is a no frills restaurant inspired by Macanese cuisine - a blend of Portuguese and Chinese. Their signature “Arroz Gordo” is a flavorful, paella-like dish made for two. Best to show up hungry as you’ll need to make your way through the prawns, clams, tea eggs, housemade sausage and chunks of char siu pork.
Try the: Braised sweet and sour pork belly, Arroz Gordo
Giant, Logan Square
Giant is a small and bustling restaurant in Logan Square churning out flavorful and supremely creative Midwestern dishes in a stylishly minimal atmosphere. This intimate hot spot is great for catching up with a friend or dinner with a small group. Locals from all around the city adore this cozy eatery and with only 45 seats, we recommend booking your table in advance.
Try the: Parmesan onion rings, sortallini,