One of the best ways to experience a city is through its food, especially trying restaurants that the locals love. Chicago is definitely not short on high-quality dining, with some of the country’s most talented chefs cooking here.
Below is a list of some “locals’” favorite restaurants. And don’t worry, this list is not final and will be updated periodically as the dining scene in Chicago is ever changing. (And, with so many good restaurants in the Windy City, how can any list be complete?)
Quartino – The place for tapas Italian-style and some of the best thin-crust pizza in Chicago. Also, decently priced wines make the meal even better. 626 N. State St.; map
Northside Bar & Grill – This Bucktown favorite makes some mean margaritas and great bar eats like turkey burgers and burritos. The restaurant’s outdoor patio is the place to sit and eat in the summer, or just sip on cocktails and beer. 1635 N. Damen Ave.
Gene & Georgetti’s – Meat lovers will appreciate this place where you can get some of the best steaks (and martinis) in Chicago. 500 N. Franklin St.
Cafe Sushi (no Web site available; call 312-337-0700) – Great sushi (The Honey Bee Roll is a must.) and its BYOB, so the tab at the end of the night won’t leave you disappointed. 1342 N Wells St.
Piece Brewery & Pizza – What’s better than pizza and beer? This place is laidback but has some addictive thin-crust pizzas, and, of course, beer that is hand-crafted on-site so come thirsty. 1927 W. North Ave.
Think Cafe – Popular Uptown BYOB that dishes out home-cooked food from chicken and meat dishes, to fish and more. 2235 Western Ave.
Reza’s – If Middle Eastern food, such as hummus and chicken kabobs, wets your appetite, then come to Reza’s hungry and leave satisfied. 5255 N. Clark St.
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