GUIDE: Chicago

Best Restaurants To Try A Totally New Taste

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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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    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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    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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    Little Bucharest Bistro

    3661 North Elston Ave.

    Irving Park

    Cuisine: Eclectic

    $$

    Eastern European fare takes a modern twist without losing its roots at this cozy and quirky gem. READ REVIEW

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    Opart Thai

    1906 South State St.

    Near South Side

    Cuisine: Thai

    $

    If you can't visit Thailand, Opart Thai at least sends your mouth there on a first class ticket. READ REVIEW

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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


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