Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?
This trendy steakhouse serves high-end New American and Euro-inspired fare expertly prepared in a luxurious setting. Fabulous cuts of prime dry-aged beef and stiff martinis are served in a dimly lit room with beautiful chandeliers and cushy leather booths, creating a romantic, seductive ambiance. Make a Reservation. www.bavetteschicago.com
Richly flavored, colorful Mexican fare from Top Chef Masters champion Rick Bayless is served at Frontera Grill, a popular midscale restaurant that’s been around since 1987, and to this day has a line trailing out the door. Menu classics include a killer guacamole, smoked chicken taquitos, quesedillas, and a chocolate pecan pie with Kahlua whipped cream, all of [...]
This seafood eatery specializes in all fruits of the sea, and even has an oyster bar. Named after Michelin starred chef, Giuseppe Tentori, Tentori designed a menu that consists of both traditional seafood dishes, as well as some new, inventive ones. The inviting space and warm atmosphere make this the perfect spot to relax over a plate of [...]
An offshoot of its same-named, Miami Beach sibling, this well-known, upscale seafood and steak spot churns out exceptional seafood and steaks. The stone crabs are the stars of the menu, but the spectacular service and lively atmosphere are also noteworthy. Make a Reservation. www.joes.net
This family-run pizzeria has been serving up homemade pizzas for over forty years. Every pizza is made from scratch with hand-selected ingredients and a secret family recipe, which produces a buttery, flakey crust. Their mozzarella is from the same small dairy that’s been supplying their cheese since the pizzeria opened. “I’m not a deep-dish girl, [...]
Portillo’s Hot Dogs is the perfect hybrid of a hotdog stand and a cool diner. The menu is heavy on the meat, which is clearly their speciality. The decor in each outpost differs by decade; you can dine as a 30’s prohibition era customer or in the golden diner years of the 50s & 60s [...]
This diner has been a popular Chicago haunt for over thirty years. It’s known for its delicious and satisfying breakfast and brunch (the soufflé style omelettes alone make it worth a visit). Tempo is cash only, BYOB, and open 24-hours. www.tempochicago.com