Restaurants

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 Spanish in South Loop & Near South Side

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…
Pies in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

There’s a statistic that states one out of five people has eaten an entire pie solo. Hoosier Mama is your place to do it. Pastry chef Paula Haney hand rolls and crimps her dough, then plumps it with fruit or creamy …
French in Lincoln Square

Bistro Campagne

Chicago has a lot of French bistros sprinkled around, but not many perfect the balance of fine yet unfussy dining in a sophisticated but welcoming ambience the way Campagne does. The stained-glass-filled Lincoln Squ…
Spanish in Lake View & Wrigleyville

mfk

In mfk's teeny space it feels like you're having a romantic meal in Spain, with the sea lapping just outside the door. Dig into crunchy prawn heads, garlicky octopus and veal meatballs amid the whitewashed walls and…
Spanish in Grand Rapids

San Chez

Festive San Chez sprawls over two floors. Colorful, Picasso-esque paintings hang on exposed brick walls, while mosaic-encrusted columns line the middle of the breezy room. Spanish-tinged breakfast dishes (shrimp and…
Pies in Northern Wisconsin

Norske Nook

Norse Nook hangs a sign that says, 'Pie Fixes Everything.' Try the chocolate mint, blueberry crunch or cherry cream cheese varieties, and you'll believe it. They've all won blue ribbons at the National Pie Champions…
Spanish in Near North & Navy Pier

Cafe Iberico

Iberico’s creative tapas burst with flavor. Among the standouts: salpicon de marisco (seafood salad with shrimp, octopus and squid), croquetas de pollo (chicken and ham puffs with garlic sauce) and vieiras a la plan…
French in Near West Side & Pilsen

Chez Joel

Whether you’re dining outside under the big oak tree or tucked in a cozy corner inside, the atmosphere and exceptional French fare make Chez Joel a romantic favorite, though an odd duck among this predominantly Ital…
Spanish in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

At this long-standing, delightfully ersatz tapas joint, the garlic-laced menu changes often but always includes some spicy meats, marinated fish and heaps of hot or cold small plates. For a main event, order one of …