I frequently get asked where to dine in Chicago and thought I would put together a list of my favorite places. Besides shopping and fashion, I LOVE food and eating out. Here are my top picks:
My top two favorites:
- Goosefoot – my husband and I recently went and I was floored. Best food I’ve had (although I haven’t been to Alinea and Next – which are next on my list). A must go if you are foodie and definitely make your reservation months ahead. You can make reservations on opentable.com and for the price point of $90 per person and BYOB I say make that reservation today.
- Girl & the Goat – been here several times and the best way to dine here is with a group of 4 or 6. You can try and share everything on the menu and be adventurous! One of the best things is the pig face. I love watching Top Chef and this is Stephanie Izard’s restaurant. Reservations are very, very hard to get on the weekends – go for week nights.
Love the food, scene and decor:
- GT Fish & Oyster – my definite go to when I want a nice seafood restaurant. I love the food, fishbowl decor and the chef is incredible nice!
- Nellcote – opened this year and it’s more about the scene & decor but I loved it despite the mixed reviews
- RPM Italian – food is delicious, inside decor is beautiful and partly owned by Giuliana & Bill Rancic
If you love a small romantic setting and great food:
- Takashi is in my neighborhood, delicious and a great intimate setting. On Sunday’s only, they serve ramen and the best duck fat fried chicken appetizer.
- Henri – my pick for a romantic meal – expensive but great for special occasions.
For groups and easier to make a reservation:
- Sunda – fun, yummy and location is great if you want to go to other restaurants and bars in River North after
For casual lunch and must go to Chicago places:
- Xoco – love Rick Bayless and all his places but this is my favorite. Be prepared for a line
- Portillo’s – some go for the famous hot dogs, but I go there for my favorite italian beefs!
- Lots of pizza options, deep dish being the Chicago favorite: Gino’s East, Lou Malnati’s, Uno’s and Pequod’s (my favorite)
There are many, many places to eat and I could probably go on for a while (and I’m sure I forgot one of my favorites and will remember once I hit publish), but these are typically the places I recommend to people. On the top of my list to try next is Alinea.
For drinks and rooftop bars, Refinery 29 had a great feature here.
If your visiting, a MUST TO DO is the Chicago architectural tour, check out my post on it here.
For more readers who are used to my lookbooks – I’ll be back tomorrow!