Seven Chicago restaurants ranked among best in America

Seven Chicago restaurants ranked among best in America

People are always asking me,"What are your favorite Chicago restaurants?" I don't always have a fast answer. If I'm in the mood for beef, it's Gibson's or Au Cheval. If I want Mexican, I like Rick Bayless' west loop casual Cruz Blanca Taqueria or Pilsen's wonderful line-up of Mexican fare, especially along 18th St.

Asian, any of Bill Kim's Belly restaurants.

Greek, there's Greek Town and other gems around the city.

Lately  I've become a big fan of poke bowls--my go to spot is Aloha Poke in a number of locations.

A dish from Aloha Poke, one of the vendors at Revival food hall. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo--Chicago Tribune

A dish from Aloha Poke, one of the vendors at Revival food hall. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo--Chicago Tribune

But, for me, it's not just about the food. On a beautiful day, I want to be outside.

I am more than happy with a drink and an appetizer at Raised or a bratwurst on the hidden away rooftop of  Gene's Sausgage Shop in Lincoln Square or to head the Riverwalk for a bite to eat and to people watch.

So I am not the person to ask. Fortunately, Open Table has done the work for me.

They have just released their 2018 list of the 100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out in America.

Of the 100 restaurants on the list Chicago took seven spots tied with Las Vegas and behind New York who had ten.

The Chicago restaurants made the cut:

  • Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton St.
  • Duck Duck Goat, 857 W. Fulton Market
  • Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St.
  • Girl & the Goat, 809 W. Randolph St.
  • Maple & Ash, 8 W. Maple St.
  • RPM Italian, 52 W. Illinois St.
  • RPM Steak, 66 W. Kinzie St.

Let us know if you agree or disagree. What are you favorite Chicago restaurants?

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