Bon Appetit names Chicago Restaurant City of the Year

Bon Appetit  names Chicago Restaurant City of the Year
One of the standouts is Hanbun, a hidden gem (in Westmont) run by a remarkably talented young chef, David Park

Ditch the deep dish, there's a whole lot more to Chicago's dining scene

It's no surprise to Chicago Eats that Chicago has been named the Restaurant City of the Year by Bon Appetit magazine.

A statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday says it all: "Chicago’s thriving culinary scene is not only the nation’s best, but it reaches neighborhoods throughout the city – from Logan Square to Little Village to Hyde Park and far beyond."

According to Bon Appetit's (BA) special projects editor, Julia Kramer, who traveled 35,000 miles, eating more than 1,000 meals in 40 U.S. cities and small towns in search of the country's best:, “Chicago is clearly America’s most exciting city to eat in right now.”

Restaurants singled out in the article include: bonappettit

  • Giant ("Jason Vincent always seems to be having a great time, and it's the least-fussy restaurant you'll find"),
  • Mi Tocaya Antojeria ("Diana Davila is kind of a fresh face, but she cooks with the confidence of an industry veteran"),
  • Elske,
  • and the restaurant duo of Smyth and The Loyalist.

This is the third annual Restaurant City designation, which went to Washington D.C. last year and to San Francisco in 2015.

According to the Bon Appetit article, there are eight reasons why Chicago is number one that basically boil down to the excitement generated by the wide variety of dining choices, innovation and the large number of cutting edge young talent.

Kramer, a Chicago native, ought to know. She elaborates on the selection saying, "It was so obvious to me that this year, it's Chicago. I was just blown away; every time I visited, there were another half-dozen places I couldn't wait to check out."

Of course, the whole Bon Appetit team helped to check things out in Chicago and around the country. While in town, BA took a break to check out some of Chicago's famous hot dogs spots. Click here to follow their adventure.

Next week the magazine will reveal the winners of the ten best restaurants across the country. Kramer wouldn't name names but said that two Chicago restaurants made the final cut.

Stay tuned.

Subscribe to Chicago Eats by email

If you would like to keep in touch with what's happening in Chicago, like us on Facebook or subscribe to Chicago Eats by email. To subscribe, type your email address in the box below and click the "create subscription" button. Our list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Leave a comment

  • Advertisement:
  • Advertisement:
  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Meet The Blogger

    Carole Kuhrt Brewer

    Arts, entertainment and dining journalist..

  • Follow me on Pinterest

  • Recent posts

  • Monthly Archives

  • Categories

  • Google Analytics Stats

    generated by GADWP 
  • Latest on ChicagoNow

  • Advertisement: