GUIDE: Chicago

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    Café des Architectes

    20 E. Chestnut St.

    Near North Side

    Cuisine: French, New American

    $$$

    The Chicago Reader’s Mike Sula says, "Café des Architectes remains the kind of service-oriented place where your choices are likely to be met with an approving 'Formidable!'" READ REVIEW

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    Calumet Fisheries

    3259 E. 95th St.

    Southeast Side

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $

    Anthony Bourdain visited Calumet Fisheries on No Reservations with our BBE CHI Editor Louisa Chu, and agreed when she called it "destination smoked fish". READ REVIEW

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    Chez Moi

    2100 N. Halsted St.

    Lincoln Park

    Cuisine: French

    $$

    "In the pork-organs-beer times we live in, being an Alsatian chef really is like having superstrength. Or at least an early tolerance for superstrong flavors." —Chicago Magazine READ REVIEW

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    Club Lucky

    1824 W. Wabansia Ave.

    Bucktown

    Cuisine: Bar, Italian, Seafood

    $$

    Nearly 20 years ago, the Chicago Tribune's Phil Vettel wrote, "Club Lucky isn't fancy, but it's solid and unpretentious and offers good value. That's reason enough to visit the place." It remains true today. READ REVIEW

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    D'Noche

    2710 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Logan Square

    Cuisine: Latin American

    $$

    With dark wood, exposed brick, and a fireplace to set the mood, you’ll find a menu full of Cuban, Mexican, and South American specialties. READ REVIEW

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    Demera

    4801 N. Broadway St.

    Uptown

    Cuisine: Ethiopian

    $

    Demera is the kind of place where you can really get your hands dirty—eating with them, of course. READ REVIEW

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    Enso Sushi & Bar

    1613 N. Damen Ave.

    Bucktown

    Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

    $$

    This contemporary Bucktown nook, as cavernous and alluring as a ride at Epcot, knows its way around a sushi roll. READ REVIEW

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    Ethiopian Diamond

    Multiple Locations:
    Edgewater, Rogers Park

    Cuisine: Ethiopian

    $

    Cooking like grandma is a lofty aspiration, but Ethiopian Diamond owner Almaz Yigizaw aims high in replicating her grandmother’s food for her large and loyal multi-ethnic family of patrons. READ REVIEW

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    Fabcakes

    714 N. Wells St.

    River North

    Cuisine: Bakery

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    New River North bakery Fabcakes is named for owner Fabiola Tyrawa, but that "fab" could just as easily describe the fresh goat cheese and fig turnovers or dark chocolate cherry mascarpone tarts. READ REVIEW

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    Fat Rice

    2957 W. Diversey Ave.

    Logan Square

    Cuisine: Asian, Portuguese

    $$

    "Such originality alone is a beacon of hope for Chicago’s continuing culinary evolution." Chicago Sun-Times READ REVIEW


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