Chicago Restaurant Guide for Visitors

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Chicago, IL


Foodie research and reviews from our first visit to Chicago in the Summer of 2018.  We are based in San Francisco, so our base reference for dining is fairly high.  This page has links to reviews of spots we heartily recommend, quick reviews of casual restaurants, and a list of research material we will use for future trips to the Windy City.

Our goal was to find:

  • Good eats at reasonable prices
  • Find restaurants where locals go
  • Local Food

Formal Reviews of Recommended Restaurants

Short Reviews of Informal Restaurants

Below are short informal reviews for more casual spots and other restaurant we deem not deserving a full review.

 

Eataly, Chicago
7/29/18

Why did we dine here? – Eataly, Chicago is part of Mario Batali’s Empire. We have been to the one in New York City, so we passed by the one in Chicago and decided on a quick lunch there.
This 2 story homage to all things food and Italian has several restaurants (Pizza/Pasta, Roman Pizza, Sandwiches, etc) along with lots of sections.

Cuisine – Italian
Location – Chicago Miracle Mile

Verdict – Eataly is a nice place to for food fans to visit. Clean, modern, and chock full of good stuff.
They also sell food (meats, pasta, cheese, etc) for people to cook at home.

Eataly Food Picks:

Eatly Chicago (6)

Prime Rib Panini ($14.80) was a very meaty sandwich, served on their house made bread. Good stuff, though expensive.
Contorni ($2.80) – Roast Potatoes was also very good.

Arugula Salad ($5.35) 8oz was fresh and hit the spot. Nice raspberry vinaigrette.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2
Food Rating – 2.5
Service Rating – 2
Atmosphere Rating – 3
Value – 2

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – Y

Facts:

Street Address with website

Eataly
43 East Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
312-521-8700

https://www.eataly.com/us_en/stores/chicago/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/eataly-chicago-3

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Stan’s Donuts & Coffee, Chicago
7/29/18

Why did we dine here? – Stan’s Donuts & Coffee is one of Chicago’s popular donut chains. They started out in Los Angeles back in 1963.
Locations are all over Chicagoland.

Verdict – Stan’s Donuts & Coffee

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee Food Picks:
Vegan Cinnamon donut ($2.75) was good sized and coated with either cinnamon or sugar. The donut was thick and dense but there was too little sweetness on the coating.
They do not change this option out, resulting in a pretty boring vegan selection.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2
Food Rating – 1.5
Service Rating – 2
Atmosphere Rating – 2
Value – 2

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – N

Facts:

Street Address with website

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee
181 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
312-729-5480

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Firecakes, Chicago
7/29/18

Why did we dine here? – Firecakes is a small donut shop in Chicago. Or really more of a donut shop with a window.

Verdict – Firecakes is not a good place to go for vegan or gluten free donuts.

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee Food Picks:
Vegan and Gluten free double chocolate donut ($3.75) was small sized donut. The texture was really weird and it melted fast in the heat.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2
Food Rating – 1.5
Service Rating – 2
Atmosphere Rating – 2
Value – 2

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – N

Facts:

Street Address with website

Firecakes
205 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

Home

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Minghin Cuisine, Chicago
7/31/18

Minghin Chicago (10)

Why did we dine here? – Minghin Cuisine is a Cantonese Chinese restaurant with 4 locations in the Chicago area. We ate here because we were hankering for some dim sum and found a location a couple blocks from our hotel on Chicago’s Loop. Michelin Bib Gourmand.

This restaurant has nice decor and clearly serves nearby office workers. The service is kicked up a notch to handle this clientele. Dim Sum Menu for lunch is abbreviated compared to most spots.

Cuisine – Chinese
Location – Chicago Loop

Verdict – Minghin Cuisine serves up decent Chinese Dim Sum. Prices and quality run second to what we have in the San Francisco area. The food was not the best but provided a nice change from all the deep dish and American food.

Minghin Cuisine Food Picks:
Shrimp Dumplings or Har Gow ($4.95 for 4) were thin skinned with lots of small shrimp inside. Better than expected.

Deep fried Sesame Balls ($3.65) had 3 medium sized ones filled with golden brown filling. Decent but not exceptional.

Steamed BBQ Pork buns ($4.55) had 3 larger size ones. The bottom were a bit damp, but the bao’s interior was full of chopped up pork.

Shrimp Rice Crepe or Rice Noodle roll ($4.95) was decent albeit a little bland. More soy sauce was needed.

Pea shoots in Broth ($14.95) was a good dish full of pea shoots bathed in a light broth. Good quantity and a fair price.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2
Food Rating – 2.5
Service Rating – 2.5
Atmosphere Rating – 3
Value – 2

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – Y

Facts:

Street Address with website

Minghin Cuisine
333 E Benton Place Suite 300
Chicago, CA 60601
312-228-1333

https://minghincuisine.com/

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Portillo’s, Chicago
8/1/18

Why did we dine here? – Portillo’s, established 1963, is a famous place for Chicago style hot dogs. They also have beef sandwiches, pasta, ribs and more. It is the first place most mention when asked about hot dogs. The restaurant has several counters were you can order different types of food. After ordering you wait for your number to be called. This loud place was packed with tourists.

Cuisine – American
Location – Chicago River North

Verdict – Portillo’s hot dog was average and did not wow us. Seems like a typical touristy bucket list items. There must be better places..

Portillo’s Food Picks:
Hot Dog ($3.09) was not big, but had a nice firm casing and decent flavor. Tomatoes, a long pickle, relish, onions on a steamed poppy seed bun. No ketchup (They will laugh at you if you ask), but you can use a dispenser to add some. The dog was not the most beautiful one.

Fries ($2.09) were crinkle style and decent.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2
Food Rating – 2
Service Rating – 1.5
Atmosphere Rating – 2
Value – 2

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – N

Facts:

Street Address with website

Portillo’s
100 W Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
312-587-8910

https://www.portillos.com

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Chi Cafe, Chicago
8/2/18

Chi Cafe Chicago (2)

Why did we dine here? – Chi Cafe is a casual Chinese restaurant in Chicago’s Chinatown. It is located in the Chinatown Square strip mall. We were visiting this small Chinatown and decided to get some lunch in this area.

Cuisine – Chinese Cantonese
Location – Chicago Chinatown

Verdict – Chi Cafe has reasonably priced Chinese food with decent quality. The menu is pretty wide ranging.

Chi Cafe Food Picks:
Ginger Chicken ($10.95 half) had good flavor and ample quantities. Lots of bones, so beware.

Choy sum vegetables in garlic ($8.25) were also decent. Good fresh vegetables cooked just right.

HK Milk Tea Hot ($1.75) comes with no sugar. A decent version. FYI: Lots of boba tea shops outside.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2
Food Rating – 2
Service Rating – 1.5
Atmosphere Rating – 2
Value – 2.5

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – Y

Facts:

Street Address with website

Chi Cafe
2160 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
312-842-9993

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McDonald’s Global Menu Restaurant West Loop, Chicago
8/2/18

McDonalds Global Menu West Loop Chicago (6)

Why did we dine here? – McDonald’s West Loop is a special branch of the chain. It is located next door to their New Chicago Headquarters and Hamburger University management training office. We were walking through the neighborhood after having eaten at Two and stumbled upon this. It opened in April 2018.

This is one of the only McDonald’s to serve a regular menu along with some select items from International locations that rotate through the year. Full time baristas. They also have the touch screen computerized self ordering system we have used in Hong Kong.

Some special items we encountered and the country:

France: Blue Cheese and Bacon Burger ($6.29)
Australia: Spicy Buffalo Chicken Grilled ($6.29)
Canada: Keep Calm, Caesar on Salad ($6.99)

Netherlands: Sausage McMuffin TS ($3.89)
Brazilian: Twist Cone
Brazil: Top Sundae ($2.49)
Canada: I’m Greeking Out salad ($6.99)
Canada Side Salad ($3)

Hong Kong: Wasabi French Fries ($3.29)
Italy: Baci McFlurry ($2.29)

It is also a very modern clean location that has table service like the McDonald’s Next in Hong Kong. Chargers are in the tables inside.

Cuisine – American
Location – Chicago West Loop

Verdict – McDonald’s

McDonald’s Food Picks:
Baci McFlurry ($2.29) from Brazil with Chocolate Soft serve, chopped hazelnuts, and added Whipped Cream and nuts was more of a sundae than a McFlurry. It was pretty good actually!

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2
Food Rating – 2
Service Rating – 2
Atmosphere Rating – 2.5
Value – 2

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – Y

Facts:

Street Address with website

McDonald’s Restaurant #39148
West Loop
110 N. Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60607
312-291-9224

https://www.yelp.com/biz/mcdonalds-global-menu-restaurant-chicago

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Two, Chicago
8/2/18

Two Chicago (8)

Why did we dine here? – Two is a highly (4.5 stars on Yelp) restaurant that a friend suggested we eat at. They have a 50% off burger special on Thursdays, 50% off drafts on Tuesday. This feels like a casual local spot for a drink and some quick bite. Two was not very crowded and reservations were readily available. We sense that the Randolph street area has superseded this area.

Cuisine – American
Location – Chicago Noble Square

Verdict – Two has decent food at reasonable prices. Nothings stupendous, but worth trying. This spot does not deserve 4.5 stars, perhaps 4, it is not super special. They are Michelin Bib Gourmand rated.

TWO’s ever-changing menu has a true Midwestern heart and dishes are presented with a playful, urban touch. The greatest menu influences are butchers, yet farmers, fishermen and foragers also play an important role.

Two Food Picks:
Langley’s, sparkling wine, fresh lemon juice, Green tea simple, and a hibiscus tea & Radler ice cube ($12) is a serious drink, not too foo foo. Nice and balanced.

Roasted broccoli, burrata cheese, Calabrian chilies, Jamon Iberico ($13) is well done with lots of broccoli and not spicy from the chilies. Just a little bit of Jamon.

Grilled Octopus, herb dressing, spicy sweet corn chow chow, and romaine ($19) is done well. Very tender and a good sized portion. The corn is a bit too spicy.

Double cheeseburger, bacon jam, butterkase cheese, mustard aioli, potato bun, pickles, fries ($15, $7.50 on Thursday) was huge with some really nice meat. The fries were a bit salty though. A steal on Thursdays.

Almond cake, rhubarb mascarpone, black raspberries, rhubarb sorbet ($8) was really good although there was not a lot of it. There was more of the other items. Great price.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2.5
Food Rating – 2.5
Service Rating – 2.5
Atmosphere Rating – 2.5
Value – 2.5

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – Y

Facts:

Street Address with website

Two
1132 W. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 624-8363

http://113two.com/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/two-chicago

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Little Goat Diner, Chicago
8/3/18

Little Goat Diner Chicago (4)

Why did we dine here? – Little Goat Diner is a popular and top (4 star) Yelp rated restaurant in Chicago’s ritz West Loop – Fulton Market district. A sister restaurant to the hard to get in Girl & the Goat across the street. Funny thing is, we meant to eat there, not here! Randolph street if full of fancy new restaurants and the new McDonalds headquarters. Stephanie Izard serves up innovative New American diner cuisine with all day breakfast and lunch.

Cuisine – New American
Location – Chicago West Loop

Verdict – Little Goat Diner impressed us with kicking up a diner like spot with everything from Chicken Pot Pie to Korean Chop Chae.

Little Goat Diner Food Picks:
The chickpea salad ($14) kale. chopped veggies. mont amore cheese. tzatziki. chee vinaigrette was a fancy salad dressed heavily.

Machos Nachos ($15) house masa chips. braised pork. beans. pickled peppers. cheddar. sour cream. avocado was huge and filling. Good enough for 2-3 people. Very nice house made chips with a ton of chips.

Not Chinese Broccoli ($8) szechuan vinaigrette. sesame. peanuts was an inventive veggie side dish with lots of accents.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2.5
Food Rating – 2.5
Service Rating – 2.5
Atmosphere Rating – 2.5
Value – 2.5

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – Maybe

Facts:

Street Address with website

Little Goat Diner
820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 492-6262

http://littlegoatchicago.com

https://www.yelp.com/biz/little-goat-diner-chicago-4

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The Dearborn, Chicago
8/4/18

Why did we dine here? – The Dearborn is a New American urban american tavern in downtown Chicago’s touristy Loop area. It is located downstairs from the Block 34 shopping mall. We happened to be nearby and gave it a try. (Rated 4.5 on Yelp)

Sisters Amy and Clodagh Lawless combine their 40-plus years of hospitality experience—both here in Chicago and in their native Ireland—to create a restaurant that unites their passion for heartfelt service, a welcoming ambiance and classically rooted food that isn’t afraid to take culinary risks.

Dearborn was a nice surprise, with its elevated classic American cuisine. The service and the food were above average.

Cuisine – New American
Location – Chicago Loop

Verdict – The Dearborn is a solid bet for a meal when you are in Downtown Chicago. The Sunday brunch items are inventive and liberal portion wise. They take standard dishes and push them to a new level.

The Dearborn Food Picks:
Pastrami Hash and eggs ($18) twice cooked sofrito potatoes, butcher & larder pastrami, brussels sprouts, carrots, molten gruyère cheese, sunnyside-up eggs – sounds like a mundane dish, but they chop up the potatoes, pastrami and more and pan fry them together.

Dearborn Chicago (5)

Cinnamon Roll French Toast ($14) housemade cinnamon swirl brioche, cinnamon chips, fresh citrus, chantilly, maple syrup – looked like a massive cinnamon roll. A huge round chunk of french toast topped with whipped cream. Stellar maple syrup on the side.

Market Salad ($12) hand-selected local finds from market today – takes greens that are currently in season, mixes it up with some fruit, and turns it into a fine little salad. Great if you are looking for something light.

Bangers ($6) or Breakfast Sausage side order. We wanted some meat with the salad, so why not have some bangers instead of chicken. 3 large quality links with strong meaty flavors. Add some maple syrup and you have a lot of fun.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2.5
Food Rating – 2.5
Service Rating – 2.5
Atmosphere Rating – 2.5
Value – 2

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – Y

Facts:

Street Address with website

The Dearborn
145 N Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60602
312-384-1242

https://www.thedearborntavern.com/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-dearborn-chicago-2

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Tortas Frontera, Chicago
7/28/18

Tortas Frontera Chicago (3)

Why did we dine here? – Best airport restaurant? Tortas Frontera is a Mexican restaurant with multiple locations in the Chicago O’hare airport. Rick Bayless is the celebrity chef that run this, making this a top spot to eat when you are passing through here.
He is a chef and restaurateur who specializes in traditional Mexican cuisine with modern interpretations. He is widely known for his PBS series Mexico: One Plate at a Time.

Rick uses local high quality suppliers. Rick also runs Frontera in Chicago amoung many others.

Insider Tip – Order through the mobile site to skip the line

Cuisine – Mexican
Location – Chicago O’Hare Airport
Opened – 2011

Service – Tortas Frontera is slow, with food taking a while to get prepared.
Verdict – Tortas Frontera is worthwhile if you are at the airport.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? No. 1 Hour? No.

Tortas Frontera Signature Dishes – Tortas

Tortas Frontera’s Menu includes a variety of Tortas, Salads, Mollets

Website Tortas Frontera Menu

Tortas Frontera Food Picks:
Torta Cochinita ($12.50) achiote + citrus, braised pork, pickled red onions, black beans,
side of roasted habanero salsa was really good. Quality meat with good bread that was grilled just right.

Chipotle Chicken Torta ($11.50 artisan Jack cheese, poblano rajas, chipotle, black beans,
cilantro crema, avocado, wild arugula was also good. For those who are gluten free, they can do it over a bed of greens.

Xoco Margarita ($12) is expensive and dispensed from a soda fountain but was good nonetheless.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2
Food Rating – 2.5
Service Rating – 2
Atmosphere Rating – 2
Value – 2

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – Y

Facts:

Street Address with website

Tortas Frontera
3 locations in Chicago International Airport

Tortas Frontera

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Nha Hang Viet Nam, Chicago
7/28/18

Nha Hang Vietnam Chicago (4)

Why did we dine here? – Nha Hang Viet Nam is a family run Vietnamese restaurant in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. The area is slowly getting modernized with new spots popping up and a big Asia on Argle Street banner plastered on the train crossing.

Insider Tip – Order Carefully

Cuisine – Vietnamese
Location – Chicago Uptown
Opened – 2011

Service – Nha Hang Viet Nam had fair service with just 2 people serving the entire place. About what we expected.
Verdict – Nha Hang Viet Nam had better pho that we suspected, making it a good bet if you are hankering for some.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? No. 1 Hour? No.

Nha Hang Viet Nam Signature Dishes – Pho

Nha Hang Viet Nam’s Menu is very extensive but there were some of dishes they were not serving that day. Che was not available.

Nha Hang Viet Nam Food Picks:
Pho Tai ($8.95) Sliced medium-rare beef noodle soup had a good broth and noodles. They even supplied dragon coriander with the mix-ins. This surprised us as only the top places in California do this.

Stir fried Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce ($10.95) was a messy mound of greens. Cooked just fine but heavily sauced.

Mango Smoothie ($4.95) was well made but took a long time to arrive.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Ratings:

Overall rating (Stars) – 2
Food Rating – 2.5
Service Rating – 2
Atmosphere Rating – 2
Value – 2.5

Come Back (Y or N or Maybe) – Y

Facts:

Street Address with website

Nha Hang Viet Nam
1032 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60640
773-878-8895

https://www.yelp.com/biz/nha-hang-viet-nam-chicago

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Chicago Restaurant Travel Notes

Restaurant Guides

https://www.yelp.com/c/chicago/restaurants

https://chicago.eater.com/2018/1/5/16151978/best-food-chicago-restaurants-city-guide

https://www.theinfatuation.com/chicago/guides/first-timers-chicago-restaurant-guide

Notes

When people compare authentic deep dish pizza rivalry, it’s all about Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria (Gluten Free) and Giordano.
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria – Multiple locations – 15min walk from Hyatt Regency
439 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
River North, Near North Side
10am-Midnight
https://www.yelp.com/biz/lou-malnatis-pizzeria-chicago

Pequod’s Pizzeria for Pizza – More modern than the other two. Call ahead for priority seating. This place was on Man vs Food and recognized on Bon Appetit.
35 min via Red Line
https://www.yelp.com/biz/pequods-pizzeria-chicago

Pizzeria Bebu
20 min via Red Line
https://www.yelp.com/map/pizzeria-bebu-chicago

Portillo’s – Known for their Hot Dogs (no ketchup on the hot dog. It is a disgrace in their city…apparently)
100 W Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
b/t La Salle Dr & Clark St
River North, Near North Side
17 min walk North
https://www.yelp.com/biz/portillos-hot-dogs-chicago-4

Cafecito – Cubano Sandwiches
26 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60605
b/t Holden Ct & State St
South Loop
https://www.yelp.com/biz/cafecito-chicago

Smoque BBQ
https://www.yelp.com/biz/smoque-bbq-chicago?osq=bbq
Smoque BBQ 10 minute north of Microcenter

Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken (Vegan!) there’s also Stan’s Donuts – Those are the ones for debate in the city of Chicago when they talk about which donut is the best.
233 E Erie St
Chicago, IL 60611
b/t St Clair St & Fairbanks Ct
Near North Side, River East – Magnificent mile
https://www.yelp.com/biz/do-rite-donuts-and-chicken-chicago-4
50 West Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
b/t Wabash Ave & Garland Ct
The Loop
https://www.yelp.com/biz/do-rite-donuts-and-coffee-chicago-2
Stan’s Donuts near hotel
181 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
at Lake St
The Loop
https://www.yelp.com/biz/stans-donuts-and-coffee-chicago-16

Shir loves Korean food and she says Del Seoul, BopNGrill (Sheridan Road-Out by West Ridge/Rogers Park area)
https://www.yelp.com/biz/del-seoul-chicago
https://www.yelp.com/biz/bopngrill-chicago-3

Garrets Popcorn Chicago (1)

You’ll find Garrett’s Popcorn everywhere downtown Chicago. If you’re flying out of O’Hare and if your gate is in Terminal 1, there’s a Garrett’s Popcorn there if you want to bring anything back (stuff it in the carry on).
There’s a Shake Shack on E Ohio St. if you need a Shake Shack burger.
66 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
b/t Wabash Ave & Rush St
Near North Side
https://www.yelp.com/biz/shake-shack-chicago

You can get to Chicago’s Chinatown by taking the Red line.

MingHin – Near Hotel
333 E Benton Pl
Ste 300
Chicago, IL 60601
The Loop
https://www.yelp.com/biz/minghin-cuisine-chicago-7
In Chinatown
https://www.yelp.com/biz/minghin-cuisine-chicago-3
Cai in Chinatown
https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/cai-chicago
Phoenix in Chinatown
https://www.yelp.com/biz/phoenix-restaurant-chicago

Breakfast
Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe
https://www.yelp.com/biz/wildberry-pancakes-and-cafe-chicago-2

Gluten Free
Protein Bar
https://www.yelp.com/map/protein-bar-chicago-6

Midrange
Nico Osteria – Has gluten free
https://www.yelp.com/biz/nico-osteria-chicago

Proxi – Global fusion only 200 reviews
https://www.yelp.com/biz/proxi-chicago-3

Avec – French, Basque – No rez, Dinner, Lunch
https://www.yelp.com/biz/avec-chicago

Two – An Chen – 4.5 700 reviews
https://www.yelp.com/biz/two-chicago?osq=two

Girl and Goat – Hard to get in
https://www.yelp.com/biz/girl-and-the-goat-chicago

GT Fish and Oyster – Hard to get rez – Open for lunch too.
https://www.yelp.com/biz/gt-fish-and-oyster-chicago

Eatly
https://www.yelp.com/biz/eataly-chicago-3

Hi-End Dining

Oriole – 2* 2.5-3hr dinner
https://www.yelp.com/biz/oriole-chicago

Smyth 2* – 5 course $95 Prepaid on Tock
https://www.yelp.com/biz/smyth-chicago

Boka – 1* – 4.5* duck for 2 $90
https://www.yelp.com/biz/boka-chicago

North Pond 1*
https://www.yelp.com/biz/north-pond-chicago?osq=North+Pond

Elske 1* 109 reviews
https://www.yelp.com/biz/elske-chicago

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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1 Comment

  • Tom K.
    October 26, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Batali is no longer affiliated with Eataly. He was never the owner — more of a spokesperson for the U.S. stores.

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