GUIDE: Chicago

  •  

    Pierrot Gourmet at The Peninsula

    108 E. Superior St.

    Near North Side

    Cuisine: French

    $$$

    A quaint European café stolen from the streets of Paris is where everybody wants to spend Valentine’s Day—or any romantic evening, for that matter. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana

    1443 W. Fullerton
 Ave.

    Lincoln Park

    Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

    $$

    Chef Nella Grassano is largely responsible for kicking off the Neapolitan-style pizza in the home of deep dish. He masterfully elevates a simple pizza, like the Margherita, to new heights. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Roka Akor

    456 N. Clark St.

    Near North Side

    Cuisine: Japanese

    $$$

    Move over sushi, robata grills are the hottest addition to the city's Japanese dining scene. Roka Akor leads the charge with equal parts style and flavor. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Saigon Sisters Restaurant

    567 W. Lake St.

    West Loop

    Cuisine: Asian, Eclectic, Vietnamese

    $$

    A meal at Saigon evokes the aura of the streets of Vietnam, albeit filtered through a modern kaleidoscope of flavors and techniques. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Semiramis

    4639-41 N. Kedzie Ave.

    Albany Park

    Cuisine: Middle Eastern

    $$

    The Chicago Reader's Mike Sula says at Semiramis, "Elaborate kebab, falafel, and roast chicken sandwiches reach a pinnacle in the lamb and beef shawarma combo—a textural marvel of juicy, caramelized meat wrapped in thin lavosh with roasted eggplant, red cabbage, tomatoes, pickles, hummus, and harissa-spiked tahini." READ REVIEW

  •  

    Sol de Mexico

    3018 N. Cicero Ave.

    Cragin

    Cuisine: Mexican

    $$

    Michael Nagrant wrote in Time Out Chicago, Sol de Mexico will “still be cheaper and quicker than a trip to Oaxaca, and there’s no guarantee the mole there will be this good.” READ REVIEW

  •  

    Summer Noodles & Rice

    1123 W. Granville Ave.

    Edgewater

    Cuisine: Southeast Asian, Asian, Thai

    $

    You'll want to visit this little Thai gem no matter what time of year it is. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Sunda

    110 W. Illinois St.

    River North

    Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi

    $$$

    This River North restaurant celebrates a variety of Asian cuisines in new and inventive ways with an award-winning menu from Chef Jesse DeGuzman. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Table, Donkey and Stick

    2728 W. Armitage Ave.

    Logan Square

    Cuisine: Austrian, French, Italian

    $$

    Though the name might seem obscure, Table, Donkey and Stick welcomes you in with the comfortingly familiar: a German-style beer, a chewy pretzel, and a warm fire. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Takito Kitchen

    2013 West Division St.

    Wicker Park

    Cuisine: Mexican

    $

    This new Mexican spot in Wicker Park focuses on tacos and shared plates made with only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients, for creative dishes that boast exceptional flavor. READ REVIEW


x