The culinary scene in the Windy City has more to offer other than its famous Chicago deep dish pizza. From classic Italian to a 60s vintage throwback serving creative cocktails, this city has something for everyone. To aid you in your gastronomic journey in the Windy City, here’s a list of the top restaurants in Chicago:
Making food that is bold, bright, and beautiful, Bellemore’s aim is to define “Artistic American” in both cuisine and decor. The restaurant exudes class and sophistication with its sleek interiors furnished with plush blush sofas and nostalgic wood and wicker seating. It is the perfect place to experience fine dining in a new and exciting way.
Where the high-class dining of the city meets the comfort and convenience of the suburbs, Stefani Prime is more than just the quintessential steakhouse. It offers signature Italian dishes and fresh seafood, along with its high-quality prime steaks. Stefani Prime exudes a relaxed atmosphere with its large windows, open kitchen, and white and gray palette. This is a wonderful place to spend a romantic evening.
Fisk & Co.
Fisk & Co. takes its inspiration from Belgian bistros and Chicago’s historic restaurant industry. Their specialties are mussels and frites with a rotating selection of oysters at their raw bar. They also offer burgers, steak-frites, and their own version of charcuterie called the Sea-Board. Fisk & Co. radiates with a refined and intimate vibe, making it the ideal place to hang out with close friends or spending an evening enjoying your own company at the bar.
Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way is a world-class destination with its roster of award-winning Chicago chefs and a variety of authentic cuisine. Inspired by the Chicago golden ages of architecture, The Bar at Hotel Zachary is a vibrant social hub that offers unique takes on classic cocktails and globally inspired casual fare.
Angry Pig Tavern
With a creative take on American comfort food, the Angry Pig Tavern has all the comfort food staples like popcorn, grilled cheese, and burgers. The Angry Pig is perfect for those looking for a laid-back place to spend time with friends over delicious food. They also have a special brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday with “Hangover Helpers” for those who spent the night enjoying Chicago’s lively nightlife.
Iconic for its punk and Goth clothing store, The Alley recently opened a café where you can get Dark Matter coffee, waffle pops, and specialty pizzas. In keeping with its Goth and punk vibe, the décor of the café features band posters and creative skull-themed paintings.
Listed as one of the best places to have brunch, according to Eater Chicago, Bar Biscay has an energetic house-party mood with good music and food inspired by the regional specialties of northern Spain and western France. It is a restaurant that puts emphasis on creating a welcoming atmosphere where guests can focus on enjoying each other’s company.
The Pink Squirrel Bar gives you the chance to go back in time with its fun and quirky 60s-inspired vintage interior and glassware. This bar offers its own modern take on old-school cocktails and milkshakes. There are also bowling alleys available to play inside the bar. If you’re searching for a place to enjoy a fun-filled evening, look no further than Pink Squirrel Bar.
A Michelin-starred restaurant, Boka combines great design, warm hospitality, and talented chefs to create one of Chicago’s most beloved restaurants. Nominated in the James Beard Foundation Awards for its top-notch cuisine, Chef Lee Wolen’s menu focuses on seasonal American food with locally sourced ingredients. If you’re looking to have the classic fine dining experience, Boka is the place to be.
With a friendly casual atmosphere, Smoque BBQ serves up everything from pulled pork platters to rib dinners. They take pride in working hard to match the right cut of meat with the perfect rub, wood smoke, sauce, and cooking technique. For those who want to experience the best Chicago-style barbecue, they should definitely try Smoque BBQ.
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