Dining Recommendations

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Potato Gnocchi Special from Balena

An easy to navigate list of restaurants that I have posted about that are way too delicious to pass on, as well as what we munched on and delighted in! List is ordered by City/District (as I expect I will recommend other places as I eat & travel)! Clicking on the restaurant name will direct you their website, “Read More Here” will direct you to the expanded post (when applicable)! I also love to get recommendations, so feel free to comment with additional menu items you think we should try or other restaurants you think need to be on this list!


CHICAGO

BUCKTOWN

The Bristol – Bloody Mary, Cinnamon Roll, Chicken n’ a Biscuit

EDGEWATER

Income TaxRead More Here – Prairie Breeze Cheddar Cheese, Strangolapreti, Trout Meunière, Grilled Dry-Aged Sirloin, Coq au Vin

FULTON MARKET/WEST LOOP

The Publican

IRVING PARK/OLD IRVING PARK

Old Irving Brewing Co. – BEER (Flights): Around the Sun, OIBtoberfest, Candy Cap Sap // FOOD: Bacon Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Fish Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Apple Strudel

LAKEVIEW

Bar PastoralRead More Here – Cheese (Quadrello di Bufala, Gjetost, Barber’s Vintage Reserve 1833 Cheddar), Sage Gnocchi, Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Chicken

Sushi + Rotary Sushi Bar – Boston Maki, Tokyo Sandwich, Cancun Cups, Chicken Katsu Kare Don, Tuna/Shrimp/Salmon Sushi, Mocha Cheesecake

LINCOLN PARK

Balena ** CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO FIRE DAMAGE, BUT WILL RETURN SOON!**Read More HereSpiced Olives, Spicy Lamb Meatballs, Margherita Pizza, Chicken Thighs, Cipollini, Tiramisu Gratinato (Specials: Swordfish & Gnocchi)

Earl’s Kitchen + Bar Avocado Super Toast, Steak & Sushi (Dynamite Roll), Bigger Better Burger, Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie

Summer House Santa Monica – Read More Here – Lunch Avocado Toast (sans eggs for bacon since I’m that weirdo), Chicken & Waffles, Guacamole & Chips, Summer House Salad, Blueberry Pancakes

LINCOLN SQUARE/NORTH CENTER

Cafe Selmarie – Chicken Pot Pie, Meatballs over Creamy Polentab

Carbon Arc (Davis Theater) – Read More Here –

GatherRead More Here and HERE! – DINNER: Burrata, Artic Char, Half Chicken // BRUNCH: Bloody Mary, Chicken + Waffle, Buscuits + Gravy

Tiny Lounge – FOOD: Chicken & Potato Empanadas, Blackened Catfish Tacos, 3 Cheese Truffle Fries, Roasted Brussel Sprouts // DRINKS: There & Back Again, Moscow Mule, Tiny Old Fashioned, Soubourbon, Pierre Delize Cuvee Rose

The Sixth – Silly Rabbit, Weston, Statler & Waldorf, Spaceman Spiff, Fitz Loves Olivia, Air Force One, Permanent Saturday

LOGAN SQUARE

Daisies – Read More Here – FOOD: Onion Dip, Zucchini a la Plancha, The “Overpriced” Tomato, Butternut Squash “Fall” Salad, Stracci, Catch of the Day (Perch covered in Rice Krispies), Amish Chicken, Kahlua Cake with Blueberries. DRINKS: Fall’s First Sip, Off Color “Le Woof” Bier de Garde, and Moody Tongue “Steeped Emperor’s Lemon” Saison.

Revolution Brewing – Read More Here – Beer-B-Que Mondays

THE LOOP (DOWNTOWN)

Atwood – Lay of the Land, Sinensi Maxima

The Dearborn Read More Here – Steamed Mussels (MUST MUST MUST), Tartare of Venison, Ancient Grains & Asian Greens, Surf ‘N’ Turf, Courtney’s Macarons

RAVENSWOOD/NORTH CENTER

Begyule Brewing Company

Empirical Brewery

Spacca NapoliRead More Here – Burrata, Prosciutto e Rucola, Diavola, Bufalina, Salsiccia, Salsiccia e Friarielli

RIVER NORTH (DOWNTOWN)

Davanti Enoteca – Burrata, Arancini, Pappardelle Bolognese, Fettuccini E Gamberi

Tallboy Taco Read More Here – Gazpacho (special), Beer Queso, TACOS: Beer-Battered Crispy Fish, Pork Al Pastor, Grilled Shrimp, Gunthorp Farms Carnitas, Pulled Chicken Tinga, Pancho Villa Steak Carne Asada, Spicy Chicken, Grilled Skirt Steak & Papas, Cowboy 12hr Smoked Brisket, Steak & Egg, Raspberry-White Peach Sangria


CINCINNATI

HYDE PARK

E + O KitchenRead More Here – Edamame, Food Buddha Crispy Rice, Brussels Sprout Salad, Ahi Tuna Poke, Hamachi Crudo, Lacquered Duck Steamed Bun, Fish Tacos, Dragons Breath Roll, Pot de Creme

OVER-THE-RHINE (DOWNTOWN)

Abigail Street – Chorizo Stuffed Dates, Lamb Albondigas, Morek, Tuna Crudo, Batata

SenateRead More Here – Mussels Charmoula, Lindsay Lohan hot dog, Hello Kitty 2.0 hot dog, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Duck Fat Fries, Warm Pretzel Beignets & Caramel Marscapone

WICKER PARK

Pork & Mindy’s – Bao to the Pork, Buffalo Cauliflower, 3 Big Piggies, Tots & Ranch, Bao to the Tot


NEW YORK CITY

BROOKLYN

The Bagel Store – #6 (Roasted Turkey, Pepperjack Cheese, Buffalo Bacon Cream Cheese, Sesame Seed Bagel)

MIDTOWN

Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery

LOWER MANHATTAN (EAST SIDE)

BAR GOTO – New Jack City, Nigori Bellini

Fool’s Gold – Great beer list!

Sauce – Brushetta, Grass Fed Beef Bolognese with Spaghetti

LOWER MANHATTAN (WEST SIDE)

The Taco Shop

Buvette NYC

Big Gay Ice Cream

 

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