Restaurants

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 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 Diner in Indiana Dunes

Great Lakes Cafe

This colorful Greek family diner sits right in front a steel mill, whose workers pile in for the cheap, hearty pancakes, meatloaf, butterfly shrimp, bacon-pecan brownies and whatever else features on the dry-erase b…
Top Choice Pizza in Minneapolis

Young Joni

Young Joni fuses two seemingly unrelated types: pizza and Korean food. So you can order a wood-fired, crisp-crusted prosciutto, gruyere and ricotta pie with a side of spicy clams, kimchi and tofu. It sounds odd, but…
Top Choice Deli in South Bend

Oh Mamma's on the Avenue

This cute little grocery store and deli features toasted sandwiches, heaps of cheeses from the region (including awesome house-made goat's milk cheese), fresh-baked bread, cannoli and gelato. Staff are super friendl…
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…
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…