Restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Near North & Navy Pier

Topolobampo/Frontera Grill

You’ve probably seen chef-owner Rick Bayless on TV, stirring up pepper sauces and other jump-off-the-tongue Mexican creations. His isn’t your typical taco menu: Bayless uses seasonal, sustainable ingredients for his…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Alinea

One of the world's best restaurants, with three Michelin stars, Alinea brings on multiple courses of molecular gastronomy. Dishes may emanate from a centrifuge or be pressed into a capsule, à la duck served with a ‘…
Top Choice Diner in Cincinnati

Tucker's

Located in a tough zone a few blocks from Findlay Market, family-run Tucker's has been feeding locals – African American, white, foodies, penniless, friars, drug dealers – since 1946. It's an archetypal diner, servi…
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 American in Ann Arbor

Spencer

Eating at this pint-sized cafe is like eating in your friend’s cozy kitchen, with whitewashed walls, books stacked on the sunny windowsill and fresh flowers popping from vases. The owners – she’s a pastry chef, he’s…
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 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 …
Top Choice European in Andersonville & Uptown

Hopleaf

A cozy, European-like tavern, Hopleaf draws crowds for its Montreal-style smoked brisket, cashew-butter-and-fig-jam sandwich, uber-creamy macaroni and Stilton cheese, and the house-specialty frites (fries) and ale-s…
Top Choice French in Gold Coast

Le Colonial

Step into the dark-wood, candlelit room, where ceiling fans swirl lazily and big-leafed palms sway in the breeze, and you'd swear you were in 1920s Saigon. Staff can arrange vegetarian and gluten-free substitutions …
Top Choice Korean in Logan Square & Humboldt Park

Parachute

Michelin-starred Parachute puts an American spin on Korean street-food classics – say, mackerel and barbecued onion bibimbap (mixed vegetables and rice). The ambience is like a dinner party in your friend's retro-co…