Restaurants

Top Choice Diner in Near West Side & Pilsen

Little Goat

Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard opened this diner for the foodie masses across the street from her ever-booked main restaurant, Girl & the Goat. Scooch into a vintage booth and order off the all-day breakfast me…
Top Choice Pizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Giordano's

Giordano's makes 'stuffed' pizza, a bigger, doughier version of deep dish. It's awesome. If you want a slice of heaven, order the ‘special,' a stuffed pie containing sausage, mushroom, green pepper and onions. Each …
Burgers in Near North & Navy Pier

Billy Goat Tavern

Tribune and Sun Times reporters have guzzled in the subterranean Billy Goat for decades. Order a 'cheezborger' and Schlitz beer and then look around at the newspapered walls to get the scoop on infamous local storie…
Burgers in Logan Square & Humboldt Park

Kuma’s Corner

Ridiculously busy and head-bangingly loud, Kuma’s attracts the tattooed set for its monster 10oz burgers, each named for a heavy-metal band and hefted onto a pretzel-roll bun. There’s a mac ‘n’ cheese menu for veget…
Pizza in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Pequod’s Pizza

Like the ship in Moby Dick, from which this neighborhood restaurant takes its name, Pequod’s pan-style (akin to deep dish) pizza is a thing of legend – head and shoulders above chain competitors because of its caram…
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. …
Pizza in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Piece

The thin flour-dusted crust of ‘New Haven–style’ pizza at this spacious Wicker Park microbrewery offers a welcome reprieve from the city’s omnipresent deep-dish version. The best is the white variety – a sauceless p…
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…
Deli in Near West Side & Pilsen

Publican Quality Meats

This butcher shop and 32-seat eatery is the casual, cheaper sibling to nearby Publican. Grab a seat at a table in back and bite into a sandwich of delicately cured meat on just-baked bread. The lineup changes weekly…
Pizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Gino's East

In the great deep-dish pizza wars, Gino’s is easily one of the top-five heavies. And it encourages customers to do something wacky: cover every available surface – walls, chairs, staircases – with graffiti. The clas…