Restaurants

Top Choice Gastropub in The Loop

Gage

This always-hopping gastropub dishes up fanciful grub, from Gouda-topped venison burgers to mussels vindaloo or Guinness-battered fish and chips. The booze rocks too, including a solid whiskey list and small-batch b…
Top Choice Spanish in The Loop

Mercat a la Planxa

This Barcelona-style tapas and seafood restaurant buzzes in an enormous, convivial room where light streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. It cooks all the specialties of Catalonia and stokes a festive atm…
American in The Loop

Revival Food Hall

The Loop has craved a forward-thinking food court for ages. Which is why, come lunchtime, hipster office workers pack the blond wood tables at Revival Food Hall, the modern, lantern-adorned marketplace on the ground…
Deli in The Loop

Pastoral

Pastoral makes a mean sandwich. Fresh-shaved serrano ham, Basque salami and other carnivorous fixings meet smoky mozzarella, Gruyère and piquant spreads slathered on crusty baguettes. Vegetarians also have options. …
Fast Food in The Loop

Nando's Peri-Peri

South African chain Nando’s is about hot-spiced, flame-grilled chicken. Peri peri, for the uninitiated, is a vinegary, chili-laden sauce in which they marinate the meat. Choose the spice level you want (it ranges fr…
Breakfast in The Loop

Yolk

This cheerful diner is worth the long wait – you'll dig into the best traditional breakfast in the South Loop. The omelets include lots of healthy options (the Iron Man is made from egg whites and comes loaded with …
Vegan in The Loop

Native Foods Cafe

If you're looking for vegan fast-casual fare downtown, Native Foods is your spot. The meatball sandwich rocks the seitan, while the scorpion burger fires up hot-spiced tempeh. Local beers and organic wines accompany…
Pizza in The Loop

Pizano's

Pizano's is a good recommendation for deep-dish newbies, since it's not jaw-breakingly thick. The thin-crust pies that hit the checker-clothed tables are good too, winning rave reviews for crispness. Some of the wai…
Pizza in The Loop

Lou Malnati's

Lou Malnati's is one of the city's premier deep-dish pizza makers. In fact, it claims to have invented the gooey behemoth (though that's a matter of never-ending dispute). Not in dispute: the deliciousness of Malnat…
Middle Eastern in The Loop

Oasis

Walk past diamonds, gold and other bling in the jewelers mall before striking it rich in this cafe at the back. Creamy hummus, crisp falafel and other Middle Eastern favorites fill plates at bargain prices. Eat in o…