Food Tour: Chicago
New York and L.A., even San Francisco, are apt to come to mind when thinking about this country’s restaurant scenes. But Chicago has been plating up plenty of worthy fare, too. We rounded up the latest hot spots below.
Party like its 1977 at this throwback comfort food spot, just named one of Eater’s top 35 most anticipated restaurants of the country. Reconnect with your summer childhood self by topping off that bucket of fried chicken with a slush puppie. 2952 West Armitage, Chicago, IL.
Chicago’s cocktail crowd has been lapping up whatever this Fulton Market spot invents since 2011. But the recent hiring of Chef Andrew Brochu, of The Monarch, is already bringing media heat to the kitchen. Expect a tasty new array of small plates starting in June. 955 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL.
Mod white chairs and lamps bring some chic to this farm-to-table restaurant. Here, it’s all about the protein, in every iteration and texture, from charcuterie to blood sausage. Lighten things up with a savory olive oil cake for dessert. The brunch menu, with dishes like crispy semolina gnocchi with poached egg with hollandaise, is also getting attention. 3732 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL.
Though in Evanston, Northwestern’s suburb, the local fare at this hopping restaurant has appeal for far more than just college students. Owner Amy Morton, of the Morton Steakhouse empire, has injected just the right amount of daring into her menu: fried oyster tacos with bacon and pickled beef hearts with deviled eggs. 1631 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL.