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Find the Best Places to Eat in Chicago, Illinois

Let's eat in: Chicago, IL, United States

Steak

  • David Burke’s Primehouse – The steak is extremely flavorful because it uses a dry aging process – water comes out so the flavor intensifies (so I was told). Great service too but pricey.
  • Gibsons – Classic Chicago steak house on North Rush Street. Good atmosphere. The steak at David Burke’s is better. More reasonably priced. Best to order a large steak and ask them to split it into two plates. 
  • Lawry’s Prime Rib – Best prime rib I have ever had. If you love prime rib, this is the place to go. The horseradish is amazing as well!

Seafood

  • GT Fish & Oyster – Very fresh seafood and probably the best crab cake I have ever had. Their fish taco is also amazing. 
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab – The Alaskan King Crab legs are fantastic! You can have the stone crab too but check to see if they are in season. There are couple sizes, only order the largest two. Their Key Lime Pie is also pretty good. Very pricey though. 

Japanese Fusion

  • Sunda – Trendy Japanese fusion. The food is excellent. There is a dessert call “The ridiculous”. It is very good. You have to have it if you go there!! 
  • Japonais – Another trendy spot. There is a duck dish in the main menu that is very well executed. I prefer Sunda more. 

Other Cool Restaurants

  • The Publican – Probably my favourite restaurant in Chicago. Amazing food and great selection of beer. It is tapa style so you order a bunch of small plates. I highly recommend the Chef's Menu, $65 per person and they will take good care of you!
  • Big Star – Best fish taco ever (actually, GT’s fish taco is better, but when you factor in the price, you can’t beat Big Star)! Also has good selection of drinks (Bourbon and Beer). This popular restaurant almost always has a line during lunch and dinner. Try your luck in the late afternoon. Great site for day drinking as well. 
  • Boka – Michelin Star restaurant. Enough said! Very good food. I like this place better than Blackbird and it is also slightly more economical (Blackbird is another Michelin Star restaurant, worth checking out their lunch menu; however, dinner is a bit overpriced in my opinion). 
  • Frontera Grill – Regarded as one of the best Mexican restaurant in the US and the chef, Rick Bayless, has been on Iron Chef. One of my favourite places for lunch. It is one of the more economical restaurants and if you show up at 11:30am, you don’t have to wait for table. 
  • Gilt Bar – Great atmosphere. Quite hip and the food is pretty good. 
  • Delilah’s – Best Whisky Bar! The selection is amazing. If you are a bourbon fan, make sure you try the Pappy Van Winkle 15 year. It used to be $15/shot but it is now $40/shot but it is one of the best bourbons. Don’t try the 12 year, it is not as good. The 20 year is better but not worth the marginal cost. 

List by: Kingsley Chak

Kingsley's profession brings him to many cities around the world. His travels are fueled by the pursuit for the best restaurants (and whisky bars) in every city. He has spent considerable amounts of time in Chicago from his time in business school there and knows the city inside and out.

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