The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017
Big Jones is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

1. Big Jones

8.9
5347 N Clark St (btwn W Summerdale Ave & W Balmoral Ave), Chicago, IL
Südstaaten- / Soul Food-Restaurant · Andersonville · 131 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: This spot has been around a while, but its new Boarding House lunch (with juicy fried chicken) hearty brunch platters and dishes culled from decades and centuries-old recipes has given it new life. Mehr erfahren.

Hopleaf Bar is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

2. Hopleaf Bar

9.4
5148 N Clark St (at W Foster Ave), Chicago, IL
Bierstube · Andersonville · 323 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Hopleaf is well known for its huge beer selection—which is well deserved—yet the interesting takes on Belgian food is also a main reason crowds continue to pack the Andersonville spot. Mehr erfahren.

Tank Noodle is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

3. Tank Noodle

8.9
4953 N Broadway St (at Argyle St), Chicago, IL
Vietnamesisches Restaurant · Uptown · 140 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The longtime family-owned spot serves Chicago's best bowl of pho, but there are a seemingly unlimited amount of finds on the 200-item menu full of soups, noodle dishes, rice, banh mi, and much more. Mehr erfahren.

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

4. Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

8.8
4801 N Broadway St (at Lawrence Ave.), Chicago, IL
Äthiopisches Restaurant · Uptown · 40 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: When we want to eat with our hands and sop up spicy Ethiopian sauces and tender doro wat and vegetables we head north to Uptown. Tip: they roast their own coffee, too. Mehr erfahren.

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

5. Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

9.3
1769 W Sunnyside Ave (at Ravenswood Ave), Chicago, IL
Pizzeria · Ravenswood · 95 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The trendier Neapolitan pizza gets, the more you're reminded who does it best in Chicago. Come for Jonathan Goldsmith's perfectly charred pies from his custom-built oven. Mehr erfahren.

Smoque BBQ is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

6. Smoque BBQ

9.4
3800 N Pulaski Rd (at Grace St), Chicago, IL
Grill-Imbiss · Old Irving Park · 225 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: With two smokers to prep meaty St. Louis-style ribs, tender brisket, apple-and-oak-smoked pulled pork and more, this 'cue joint ain't no joke. Mehr erfahren.

Parachute is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

7. Parachute

9.0
3500 N Elston Ave (Troy), Chicago, IL
Koreanisches Restaurant · Northwest Side · 56 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Beverly Kim and John Clark's Korean-American restaurant in Avondale is one of the most critically-acclaimed, original, and best-done restaurants in some time. Mehr erfahren.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

8. Honey Butter Fried Chicken

9.1
3361 N Elston Ave (at W Roscoe St), Chicago, IL
Brathähnchen-Imbiss · Northwest Side · 128 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: It may not serve your momma's fried chicken—with bones, skin, et al—but Honey Butter has been making swaths of Chicagoans feel like kids again when they dip their birds in that honey butter. Mehr erfahren.

Fat Rice is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

9. Fat Rice

9.1
2957 W Diversey Ave (at N Sacramento Ave), Chicago, IL
Asiatisches Restaurant · Logan Square · 92 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Former underground chef Abraham Conlon has reached the big time with his creative take on Macau cuisine. Try the pickle assortments and namesake "fat rice." Mehr erfahren.

Owen & Engine is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

10. Owen & Engine

9.2
2700 N Western Ave (at W Schubert Ave), Chicago, IL
Gaststätte · Northwest Side · 146 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: This cult favorite British-inspired gastropub has a much better beer selection and the fish and chips are nearly as good as across the pond, and the burger is easily one of the best in Chicago. Mehr erfahren.

Pequod's Pizzeria is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

11. Pequod's Pizzeria

9.1
2207 N Clybourn Ave (btwn W Webster Ave & N Greenview Ave), Chicago, IL
Pizzeria · North Side · 268 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Pequod's pies are of the pan variety, a deep doughy pizza that includes an addictive and lauded crispy caramelized crust made from baking cheese on the outside to give it a look that may appear burnt. Mehr erfahren.

Lula Café is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

12. Lula Café

9.4
2537 N Kedzie Blvd (btwn Linden & Logan Sq.), Chicago, IL
Café · Logan Square · 243 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Before Logan Square had Longman & Eagle, it had Lula Café. More than a decade on, it's easy to see why people flock for its locally sourced menu, Sunday brunch and Monday night farm dinners. Mehr erfahren.

Mindy's Hot Chocolate is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

13. Mindy's Hot Chocolate

9.0
1747 N Damen Ave (at W Willow St), Chicago, IL
Geschäft für Nachspeisen · Bucktown · 194 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: While the savory food and the drinks are very good, the sweets and the hot chocolates are predictably not to be missed from an owner with a James Beard award for best pastry chef. Mehr erfahren.

Boka is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

14. Boka

9.0
1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL
Neuamerikanisches Restaurant · Lincoln Park · 89 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Now a decade old, the Boka Group's flagship restaurant is better than ever following a reboot that added chef Lee Wolen and a stunning remodel. Mehr erfahren.

Alinea is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

15. Alinea

9.3
1723 N Halsted St (btwn W North Ave & W Willow St), Chicago, IL
Molekulargastronomisches Restaurant · Lincoln Park · 133 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Food obsessives make pilgrimages from around the globe to the 10-year-old Lincoln Park restaurant to experience Achatz's emotional, interactive and expensive tasting menus. Mehr erfahren.

Dove's Luncheonette is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

16. Dove's Luncheonette

9.4
1545 N Damen Ave (btwn Milwaukee Ave & Wicker Park Ave), Chicago, IL
Diner · Wicker Park · 86 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Paul Kahan and co. bring Tex-Mex comfort food to a traditional diner environment, adding a standout mezcal selection and soul music wafting from a turntable. Try the fried chicken and torta ahogada. Mehr erfahren.

Mott Street is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

17. Mott Street

8.8
1401 N Ashland Ave (Blackhawk), Chicago, IL
Asiatisches Restaurant · Noble Square · 77 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Creative, eclectic, delicious takes on Asian street food, cocktails, and a lively patio. Don't miss the everything wings, General Tso's lamb sweetbreads, and the Korean-style stuffed cabbage. Mehr erfahren.

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

18. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

9.2
1028 N Rush St (at E Bellevue Pl), Chicago, IL
Steakhaus · Gold Coast · 243 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Chicago's steakhouse tradition may be best experienced at Gibson's, the swanky Gold Coast institution that Eater readers voted the best steakhouse in America's meatiest city. Mehr erfahren.

Boeufhaus is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

19. Boeufhaus

8.8
1012 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Steakhaus · Humboldt Park · 16 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Boeufhaus is sort of the anti-steakhouse, serving delicious food such as short rib beignets, a standout wine list and a deli and meat counter during the day, all in a hip space. Mehr erfahren.

Piccolo Sogno is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

20. Piccolo Sogno

9.4
464 N Halsted St (at Grand Ave), Chicago, IL
Italienisches Restaurant · Fulton River District · 101 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Even if you can't sit on the city's best patio all year, chef Tony Priolo's pizzas, housemade pastas and grilled meats make a trip worth it even in the dead of winter. Mehr erfahren.

Portillo's is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

21. Portillo's

9.3
100 W Ontario St (at Clark St), Chicago, IL
Amerikanisches Restaurant · River North · 631 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Whether you're looking for hot dogs or Italian beef, very few places offer up that kind of greasy iconic Chicago-style street food better than the classic food hall-esque Portillo's on Ontario Street. Mehr erfahren.

Bohemian House is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

22. Bohemian House

8.9
11 W Illinois St (at N State St), Chicago, IL
Osteuropäisches Restaurant · Near North Side · 48 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Under the direction of chef Jimmy Papadopolous, Boho honors Chicago's extensive Eastern European heritage with some of the most creative and tasty versions of that region's dishes in a gorgeous space. Mehr erfahren.

The Purple Pig is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

23. The Purple Pig

9.3
500 N Michigan Ave (at W Illinois St.), Chicago, IL
Mediterranes Restaurant · Streeterville · 598 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The father-and-son Bannos duo's restaurant is a torch bearer for mediterranean small plates and charcuterie, and perhaps the best restaurant on the touristy Magnificent Mile. Be prepared for a wait. Mehr erfahren.

Frontera Grill is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

24. Frontera Grill

9.2
445 N Clark St (btwn Illinois St & Hubbard St), Chicago, IL
Mexikanisches Restaurant · Near North Side · 248 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Rick Bayless' Mexican haven, including Xoco on the corner, is a Chicago institution spawning spinoffs around the globe of south of the border fare from street food to high end. Mehr erfahren.

La Sirena Clandestina is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

25. La Sirena Clandestina

9.0
954 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL
Lateinamerikanische Restaurants · Fulton Market · 63 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Chef/owner John Manion continues to crank out empanadas and other chef-driven Latin fare among the big boys on Fulton Market. A fresh remodeling and inventive cocktails complete the experience. Mehr erfahren.

The Publican is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

26. The Publican

9.2
837 W Fulton Market (at N Green St), Chicago, IL
Neuamerikanisches Restaurant · Fulton Market · 351 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: A few years in, Paul Kahan's temple to pork and shellfish remains strong, with chef Cosmo Goss taking over for Brian Huston in the kitchen. Mehr erfahren.

Grace is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

27. Grace

652 W Randolph St (at W Couch Pl), Chicago, IL
Neuamerikanisches Restaurant · West Loop · 42 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Duffy and his kitchen's tasting menus exude nearly unparalleled precision and refinement, while partner Michael Muser's wine and service are equally destination-worthy. Mehr erfahren.

Au Cheval is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

28. Au Cheval

9.3
800 W Randolph St (at S Halsted St), Chicago, IL
Burger-Imbiss · Fulton Market · 416 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The quality of food—crispy potato hash with duck heart gravy; foie gras, scrambled eggs and toast; and those damn tasty griddled burgers—puts this spot in a new category. Mehr erfahren.

Sepia is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

29. Sepia

8.5
123 N Jefferson St (btwn W Washington St & W Randolph St), Chicago, IL
Neuamerikanisches Restaurant · West Loop · 62 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Sepia continues to be one of the most consistent restaurants in Chicago. Andrew Zimmerman's menus paired with a cutting-edge beverage program makes it a complete experience. Mehr erfahren.

Monteverde is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

30. Monteverde

9.2
1020 West Madison Street (Carpenter Street), Chicago, IL
Italienisches Restaurant · Near West Side · 30 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The pastas are the stars, such as cannelloni saltimbocca with merguez, manchego cheese, peas, harissa, and balsamico, many of which are made on a small demonstration stage of sorts behind the bar. Mehr erfahren.

Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

31. Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen

9.2
1141 S Jefferson St (at Roosevelt Rd.), Chicago, IL
Sandwich-Imbiss · South Loop · 107 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The torchbearer for a dying breed of Jewish delis and diners in Chicago, Manny's has endured for more than a half-century in the South Loop thanks to massive and delicious pastrami sandwiches. Mehr erfahren.

EL Ideas is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

32. EL Ideas

8.9
2419 W 14th St (at Western Ave), Chicago, IL
Neuamerikanisches Restaurant · Douglas Park · 28 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: One of America's most innovative fine-dining restaurants, where 13-15 courses can include "culinary cocaine," a solid "White Russian" topped with caviar, and more mind-blowing delights. Mehr erfahren.

Acadia is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

33. Acadia

8.8
1639 S Wabash Ave (btwn E 16th St & E 18th St), Chicago, IL
Neuamerikanisches Restaurant · South Loop · 51 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Tackle one of the best burgers in town at the bar, embark on a journey through a decadent eight-course menu, or satisfy a sweets craving with a creative dessert tasting menu. Mehr erfahren.

Dusek's is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

34. Dusek's

9.2
1227 W 18th St (at S Allport St), Chicago, IL
Bar · Pilsen · 88 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: A landmark Bohemian building in Pilsen turned into a creative beer-themed restaurant, a basement punch-focused bar and a concert hall. Don't miss the "Juicy Lucy" and the General Tso's sweetbreads. Mehr erfahren.

MingHin Cuisine is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

35. MingHin Cuisine

8.5
2168 S Archer Ave (at S Princeton Ave), Chicago, IL
Dim Sum Restaurant · Armour Square · 111 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Head to this massive complex in Chinatown square for perhaps the best dim sum in Chicago. There's also a new location in Lakeshore East. Mehr erfahren.

The Duck Inn is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

36. The Duck Inn

8.8
2701 S Eleanor St, Chicago, IL
Gaststätte · Bridgeport · 41 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Kevin Hickey's personal passion project has garnered local and national accolades even the chef/owner didn't foresee. Don't miss the duck fat hot dog, the rotisserie duck, or the cocktails. Mehr erfahren.

Birrieria Zaragoza is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

37. Birrieria Zaragoza

8.6
4852 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL
Mexikanisches Restaurant · Archer Heights · 18 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Consistently lauded as some of the best tacos in the country, venture to the southwest side for some of the best goat and other standout dishes like consomme at this small father-and-son standout. Mehr erfahren.

Calumet Fisheries is one of The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Winter 2017.

38. Calumet Fisheries

9.1
3259 E 95th St (at Calumet River), Chicago, IL
Fischmarkt · 54 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: When you need your fried seafood or smoked fish fix, hit this James Beard-recognized, Anthony Bourdain-endorsed classic Chicago fish house on the Far South Side. Mehr erfahren.