La Fette - new
La Fette offers creative and skillful French and American cuisine combined to result in a delightful experience for the palate, and the soul.
Bon Appetit Cafe and Coffeehouse
Bon Appetit is a French Cafe and Coffeehouse, serving a full menu of authentic European pastries and cakes, and gourmet Italian coffee, exotic teas, and fresh fruit smoothies.
Fine dining in the Chicago Loop.
Abbey Irish Pub - Chicago
This Chicago pub features a full dinner menu with all the traditional fare of corned beef and cabbage, shepard’s pie. This Chicago restaurant also features lunch and brunch as well as live music 7 nights a week.
Russian Tea Time
Popular with both tourists and locals alike due to its proximity to Symphony Hall,
the Art Institute and the downtown theater scene, Russian Tea Time features a mix of "hearty" and "comfort" Russian, Slavic and Jewish classics complemented by upscale dishes of the Imperial Russian Courts.
Russians are serious about vodka, and it shows here--the vodka flight of three one ounce pours is a good place to start. If you’re looking for something lighter, consider the daily afternoon tea service of scones and finger sandwiches served with your choice from over two dozen premium teas.
77 E Adams St • Tel 312.360.0000 • http://www.russianteatime.com
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Carson's "The Place for Ribs"
for its sweet, tangy barbeque sauce, Carson's has been a Chicago institution for decades. The reason for its success is simple--the baby back ribs are meaty and tender, the portions large, and everyone seems to leave satisfied. A full slab goes for $17; for those outside of Chicago, their website includes info on how to have vacuum-sealed ribs sent via FedEx anywhere in the U.S.
612 N Wells St • Tel 312.280.9200 • http://www.ribs.com
This memorabilia-laden restaurant, modeled after a 50’s - 60’s diner (think Arnold’s from Happy Days) still remains very popular with baby boomers and their families. The wise-cracking waitstaff can get a bit old at times, but portions are large, prices are moderate ($8 - $12 for entrees), and it’s a Chicago original, unlike the nearby chain restaurants from Planet Hollywood, Hard
Rock Cafe, and Rainforest Cafe.
640 N Wells St • Tel 312.664.1707 • http://www.eddebevics.com
The Berghoff Restaurant
Chicago's oldest restaurant, the Bergoff has been serving hearty German fare to a crowd of downtown business people and tourists for more than 100 years. The food, to be expected, is pretty heavy (they bake their own dense rye bread daily and the private label beer is brewed in Wisconsin by Augsberger), though they've recently added some American dishes for those seeking lighter fare. Prices are moderate--entrees are around $10 for lunch, $14 for dinner.
17 W Adams St • Tel 312.427.3170 • http://www.berghoff.com
Billy Goat Tavern
Made famous by a John Belushi Saturday Night Live skit in the 70s, the Billy Goat Tavern still remains a popular spot for a mixed crowd of newspaper journalists, blue collar workers, and curious tourists. A few basics are necessary--cheeseburgers are "cheezborgers," they serve Pepsi, not Coke, and chips, not fries. The story goes that the original owner cursed the Chicago Cubs baseball team to never win the pennant after they refused to allow him to bring his goat to the 1945 World Series; they never have.
430 N Michigan Ave • Tel 312.222.1525 • http://www.tribads.com/billygoats/
Pizzeria Uno - Due
As originators of deep dish pizza (founder Ike Sewell introduced this signature Chicago dish to the public in 1943), these two sister restaurants continue to draw both tourists and a devoted local following for their
hearty pizza pies. Uno, located in a small Victorian mansion, is the original; Due was opened across the street to handle the considerable overflow. Greatness never comes quickly; be prepared to wait at least 45 minutes for your pizza to arrive.
29 E Ohio St • Tel 312.321.1000 • http://www.pizzeriauno.com
While no longer considered trendy (it’s been around a bit too long for that), this funky Wicker Park eatery is still one of the hardest tables to come by on a Friday night (although the Sunday Brunch is equally popular). The restaurant’s “loud food and spicy music” motto aptly describes the creative contemporary interpretations of Southern food and the bass-heavy eclectic background music. Entrees range in price from $11 to $21.
1576 N Milwaukee Ave • Tel 773.342.9742
Hip & Trendy
Situated in the booming Randolph corridor in the West Loop, this ultra sleek and stylish
restaurant would be a hit if the food was only average. Thankfully this is not the case; the contemporary American fare is expertly prepared with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and depth of flavor. Be warned that this is not the spot if you are looking for intimate dining; the restaurant seats only 58 and the tables are a mere few inches apart. Entrees are priced at $15 - $25.
619 W Randolph St • Tel 312.715.0708 • http://www.tribads.com/blackbird/
This warmly colored Wicker Park hot spot was one of the first to introduce Nuevo Latino cuisine to the Windy City. The daily fresh ceviche (seafood cocktails served in a martini glass) appetizers have proven very popular, as has the chile-rubbed pork tenderloin. Be prepared to spend some time at the bar sipping on cocktails (including several potent South American concoctions), as Mas doesn't
accept reservations. Entrees are around $20.
1670 W Division St • Tel 773.276.8700
One of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 1999, mk (named after chef-owner Michael Kornick) has quickly emerged as one of the finest restaurants in the city.
Located in a renovated paint factory in the River North area, Kornick's refined contemporary fare and the reasonably priced wine list have been packing in big crowds since its opening. Entrees range in price from $16 - $32.
868 N Franklin St • Tel 312.482.9179 • http://www.mkchicago.com
Posh & Pricey
Long associated with fine dining in Chicago, this haute French restaurant has remained virtually unchanged for 20 years.
The dark wood, porcelian china, expansive (and expensive) wine list, and whisper-level room noise all maintain the formal, clubby feel. Entrees are around $30, with the 8 course "Grand Degustation" menu priced at $75. Proper attire is required.
2300 N Lincoln Park West • Tel 773.472.5959 • http://www.tribads.com/lettuce/ambria.htm
Considered by many to be the best Thai restaurant in the U.S., if not the world, this namesake restaurant by Arun Sampanthavivat continues to dazzle foodies from all corners of the world. No ala carte menu is offered; the staff asks a few questions regarding your taste preferences and a personalized series of expertly prepared dishes (anywhere from 2 to 18 courses) follows. Pricing starts at $75 per person.
4156 N Kedzie Ave • Tel 773.539.1909
A mecca for foodies around the world, Charlies Trotter's is widely considered one of the best restaurants in the U.S.; it was recently rated the number one restaurant by Wine Spectator and Chef Trotter was the James Beard 1999 Chef of the Year. The cuisine here has
been dubbed "cerebral food" by many, as it melds a variety of ethnic influences in complex and often surprising arrangements. Pricing ranges from $90 - $150 for the multiple course degustation menus. Reservations are hard to come by; the restaurant recommends calling one month in advance for weekdays and three months for weekends.
816 W Armitage Ave • Tel 773.248.6228 • http://www.charlietrotters.com
Located on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, this haute French restaurant offers breathtaking views of the city if you’re lucky (or important) enough to get seated near the windows. Fortunately the quality of the food matches the magnificence of the view, as dishes manage to be both hearty and refined at the same time. The seven course tasting menu goes for $80.
440 S La Salle St • Tek 312.663.8920 • http://www.tribads.com/lettuce/everest.htm
Although only open since early 1999, Tru has quickly vaulted to the uppermost echelon of elite Chicago restaurants. From the impressive modern French cuisine to the top flight silver and stemware to the attentive service, Tru leaves no detail
unattended. Chefs Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand claimed they wanted Tru to be the finest modern restaurant in Chicago, and by many accounts they have suceeded admirably. Only prix fixe menus are offered; they range from $75 for three courses to $125 for the 12 course "Chef's Selection" menu; the wine list is surprisingly affordable for a restaurant of this caliber.
676 N St. Clair St • Tel 312.202.0001 • http://www.trurestaurant.com