Updated: Oct 21, 2020
As a native Chicagoan, I wanted to share my favorite restaurants from throughout the city. Please note this blog post was written in 2019, pre-COVID. Many restaurants in Chicago are struggling to adapt to the ever-changing guidelines to keep staff and patrons safe throughout the pandemic. Be sure to visit their websites linked below to see how they are doing. Visit our food forum to discuss more on this topic. This list is in no particular order - just a list of my absolute favorites! Here we go...
Location: 315 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL
This place has everything, a GREAT menu, awesome bars and private spaces. Plus a beautiful patio right on the river with a great view of Chicago's beautiful skyline.
Saturday and Sunday brunch is not to be missed as they no only have live Blues musicians playing, the brunch menu also has one of their best dishes... Fried Rabbit and Waffles which could be a meal all to itself!
Location: 1804 W. Division, Chicago, IL
I love places where you can feel confident ordering something you normally wouldn't because you know it will come out great. Duck Duck Goat is that type of place, every dish is incredible!!!
This place gets super crowded. Saturday and Sunday brunch is not to be missed as they no only have live Blues musicians playing, the brunch menu also has one of their best dishes...Fried Rabbit and Waffles which could be a meal all to itself!
Location: 444 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, 60657
Don't let the name fool you, The Purple Pig has one the of the most diverse menus on the Magnificent Mile Strip. And everything is super delicious so every time I come by I usually order way more than I could possibly eat.
Pro Tip: They don't take reservations so to get the best seats in the house (chef's counter), come at 11am when they open and ask for them.
Location: 3361 N. Elston, Chicago, IL
Chicago has is flooded with fried chicken spots so a lot of thought went into this pick....Honey Butter Fried Chicken is amazing!!! If you don't come for the chicken, please try their cornbread with the delicious slab of honey butter they give you!
The menu is all chicken, but they perfectly use it in every way possible. The wings come drizzled with a delicious honey buffalo sauce and the house made pimento cheese used on their meats. The combination is simply divine!
Location: 1316 W. 111th St, Chicago, IL
It's doesn't get any more authentic Chicago than Home of the Hoagy. I grew up in the Morgan Park neighborhood and went to kindergarten and 1st grade at the school across the street. My mother would sometimes give me a dollar to get a bag of fries with "sauc