Food and Drink

Places to Eat in Chicago

Filed Under: Chicago, Restaurants

Chicago has a busy restaurant scene helmed by beloved chefs like Rick Bayless and Charlie Trotter and featuring a combination of high-end restaurants and inexpensive local staples like hot dogs and pizza.

mk
Foodies rank mk one of the best American restaurants in Chicago, and while the food truly is excellent, the restaurant is in no way pretentious. Chef Michael Kornick created a menu that's a seasonal mix of meat and seafood served in mk's understated loft-like dining room. If you're ordering dessert, try the decadent and heavenly Peanut Gallery: peanut butter mousse, crispy milk chocolate, warm brownies, pretzels, hot fudge and caramel.
Freddie's Pizza and Sandwiches
Freddie's is a Bridgeport hole-in-the-wall specializing in Chicago-style hot dogs. Loaded with relish, pickles, tomatoes, celery salt and sausage, these are some of the best dogs in the country. The Chicago-style pizza's top-notch, too, and if you're feeling tired after a day exploring the Windy City, take-out is available, so you can enjoy Freddie's in the comfort of your own hotel room.
The Chicago Diner
Chicago offers some tasty options for vegetarians and vegans, too. The Chicago Diner is a haven of meatless dining, with a menu that features breakfast, lunch and dinner options. During the weekend brunch, definitely order the Hash and Tofu Scrambler: scrambled tofu, spicy tempeh, potato hash, vegan biscuits and gravy, and fresh fruit. Truly tantalizing to the vegan sect are their non-dairy desserts like black forest, cookies and cream or lemon cakes.
Charlie Trotter's
For over 2 decades, Charlie Trotter has been a master on the Chi-town dining scene dishing out the area’s best fine food and wine. Three daily tasting menus highlight organic and seasonal food, and serious foodies can enjoy the Kitchen Table menu in the heart of the activity with the best table in the house centered in the open kitchen.
Everest
Everest is known around Chicago for its fine French food served with a view from the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange. Diners can choose from an assortment of tasting menus featuring many of the chef’s signature dishes like Roasted Maine Lobster in Alsace Gewurztraminer Butter and Ginger.
Frontera Grill
Rick Bayless is no stranger to the celebrity chef scene and it all started with his classic Mexican cuisine at the Frontera Grill, which first wooed diners in 1987. The menu is dominated by the quintessential Mexican staples and ingredients like chilies and home-style sauces like mole. While the menu changes each month, you can always count on traditional Mexican dining and standout accompaniments like fried black beans, Mexican rice and spicy salsa habanera.
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