Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best restaurant in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best restaurant in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What is the best restaurant in Chicago?

“Luxbar for happy hour, Cruz Blanca for casual inexpensive fare in the West Loop, Big Jones, Band of Bohemia, Au Cheval, the Loyalist and Gibsons for burgers, Fahlstrom’s for mussels and Revival Food Hall for a great lineup of vendors all in one place.” — Carole Kuhrt Brewer, Show Me Chicago

“Havana at 412 N Clark. Intimate, but casual Cuban food at a decent price. Best black bean soup in Chicago and excellent mojitos.” — Kim Cavill, Sex Positive Parent

“Furama in Uptown…best dim sum and yummy Chinese food with generous portions for a decent price. Fast delivery, prompt service if doing carry out, and plenty of room if you prefer to dine in. For brunch….I love Cellars or Growling Rabbit in Edgewater.” — Confessions of a Coffeholic!

“I don’t know about best restaurant but the best burger I’ve ever had was at Au Cheval, hands down.” — Dana, The Thrifty Girl’s Guide to Chicago

“Mastros”. — Joe Imperato, Health Care Mythologies

“Way too many to choose from. Like fried chicken? Try Honey Butter Fried Chicken on Elston!” — Carole Lago, Inside the Wrapper

“For special occasions, Publican. Their pork rinds alone are worth it. Every day eating, give me Bad Apple or Candlelite over pretty much anything.” — Bill Mayeroff, Pints and Pups

“Yes, I’ll go ahead and say the A word…Alinea. When we still lived in New York my husband flew here for the night just to eat there. That’s how good it is.” — MBA Mom

“I don’t know. I haven’t visited them all yet.” — Dion McGill, Reflections of a Chicago Life

“There’s nothing here I would rather eat than stuffed pizza at Giordano’s. I didn’t grow up here, but my family would do that every time we visited…and as I close in on 15 years here? I’ll still take a trip to Giordano’s over a fancy meal any day of the week.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“For fast food, I like Choppers on North and Ashland. Great quality and you get a lot for your money.” — Sabrina Nixon, Purple Reigns: How to Live a Full Life with Lupus

“My favorite is Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. I only get the pleasure of dining there once a year but every time I go I get the short-ribs with mash and the garlic shrimp. Simply amazing food.” — The Parental Venting Machine

“The best restaurant in Chicago is Alinea. But I could never afford to dine there so I’ll settle for The Gage, Mercat a la Planxa, Berghoff’s, Cafe Ba Ba Reeba and when you’re craving Italian Beef with sweet peppers, Portillo’s.” — Terry Parrilli, Very Terry

“Best we have eaten at in last 5 years: Oriole.” — Les Raff, Getting More From Les

“Every time I have a favorite restaurant it closes! Rose’s and Windy City Pie are gone. Amazing Kale Burger — a fabulous, creative vegan restaurant with the warm feel of a neighborhood hang-out — closes its doors on 12/31/17.” — Teme Ring, Comedians Defying Gravity

“I have heard that Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is really good, but still haven’t been there. Quartino is quite excellent, though, and much closer to home. It’s definitely crowded and sometimes hard to get timely service from a waiter, though.” — Running With A Book Cart

“Miller’s Pub. It’s pure Chicago. The food is pretty good, which is good enough for us, but the bustling, boisterous ambience can’t be beat. We love to sit at the window counter in the bar area and watch the world go by on Wabash Avenue, under the L tracks, as we share a ham sandwich with their excellent cole slaw. Once when we lived in PA we came to town late one night and checked into the Palmer House just up the street. We were famished. Room service was closed. Everything was closed. We called Miller’s to ask how late they were open. “Kitchen 2:00am. Bar 4:00am,” a gruff Chicago voice informed us. We were saved! Saw Harry Caray there once. Bill Veeck was a regular. Often meet out-of-towners who always seem to be having a great time, like rugby fans from New Zealand! AND, they always have a Three Floyd’s ale on tap and oftentimes it’s Zombie Dust!” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

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