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! Recommendations are ordered by City (alphabetical).


BUFFALO

Panorama on SevenTo Share: Pork Belly, Grilled Prawns, Grilled Vegetables // Snack/Nosh: Seared Diver Scallops, Fried Chicken Sliders // Dessert: Sponge Candy Cheesecake

This Little Pig – BRUNCH: House-made Farmer’s Cheese Omelet, Fancy Scrapple, Shrimp & Grits (WHITE CHEDDAR CAULIFLOWER GRITS WERE FOR REAL YA’LL!), The Cheeseburger, Crab and Shrimp Cakes Benedict, and Pork Belly Fried Rice (ALSO LEGIT)!


CHICAGO

ALBANY PARK

Rojo Gusano – Salsa Trio (Arbol, Macha, Cremosa); Guacamole (Pico de Gallo); Tacos!!!: Cochinita, Chicken Tinga, Pork Belly, Korean BBQ, Arrachera, Short Rib, Pescado al Pastor.

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

Little Bad Wolf – Pork Bao (AMAZING BAO!!), Chicken Bao (ALSO AMAZING, but has a kick to it!), Little Burgers, and ELOTES (OMG! THERE ARE FRIED AVOCADO’S ON TOP! WHA! TAKE ME BACK THERE NOW!)

FULTON MARKET/WEST LOOP

The Publican

Little Goat Diner – Broccoli and CHeese Soup, Crispy Creole Chicken Sammie, What About Kebob

GOLD COAST

Nico Osteria – Fritto Misto di Pesce (out of this world good, A MUST ORDER!), Cauliflower Ravioli, Rigatoni, Stuffed Pappardelle (another MUST order), 14oz Painted Hills Ribeye, Cripsy Potatoes, Roasted Beets, Gelato & Sorbetto (Cannoli, Mint Chip Cookie, Coconut, Cranberry Cider Sorbetto), and Concord Grape Meringata

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

DMK Burger Bar – Paleo Burger (with Lettuce & added carmelized onions, no mushroom buns)

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

Cookie Spin – Chocolate Chip Cookie, Cookie Inception, S’More Cookie, Fudge Brownie, M&M Cookie

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

Miku Sushi – Read More Here – Firecracker Shrimp, Alligator Skewer, Flaming Dragon Maki, Robusta Maki, Ebi Tempura Maki, Fiesta Maki, S.T.A.Y. Roll, Soft Shell Crab Maki, Getaway Maki

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

The Warbler – Baked Mussels, Butternut Beignets (AWESOME), Crispy Cauliflower (AWESOME!), Chicken Sausage Flatbread, English Pea Risotto, Fusilli, Cedar Plank Salmon, Cookie Skillet, Carrot Cake

LOGAN SQUARE

Daisies – Read More Here and 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. April 2018 Experience: Carrot rillettes, Sunchoke Latke, Heirloom Butternut Salad, Cavatelli Special (with braised pork shoulder), Pierogi, and Linguine. Drinks: Spring to Life, Cellar Key. December 2018 – FRANKIE’S BIRTHDAY!: Carrot Rillettes, Onion Dip, Agnolotti, Tajarin, Kahlua Cake, Seasonal Fruit and Oat Square, Apple Crostata, & Root Beer Float.

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

THE LOOP (DOWNTOWN)

Atwood – Lay of the Land, Sinensi Maxima

Boleo – Empanada Carne, Choritos, Bunuelo de Maiz, Yaquitas

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

MAGNIFICENT MILE/STREETERVILLE

The Purple Pig – Read More Here – Bobota Greek Cornbread, House-Cured Olives, Lentil Salad, Chicken Thigh Kebabs

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

Mercadito – Tradicional Guacamole, Pescado Tacos, Pastor Tacos, Carne Tacos, Estilo Baja Tacos, Elote Mexicano (off the cob!), Mac & Cheese, Platanos Machos

RPM Italian – Amalfi King Crab Grilled Bruschette, Fritto Misto, Prime Beef Meatballs, Roman-Style Artichokes, Maine Lobster Ravioli, Ricotta Anolini, Short Rib Bolognese, Roasted Beets.

Siena Tavern – SUNDAY BRUNCH: Goat Cheese & Zucchini Blossom Omelet, Chilled Corn Soup, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts; WEEKDAY LUNCH: Squid Ink Linguine* (SO GOOD!), Tuscan Kale Caesar with Shrimp, Baked Lasagna, Truffle Mushroom Pizza* (I did not eat this, but my coworker said it was tasty), Wagyu Beef Meatball, Chilled Corn Soup, Roasted Beets Salad, Pappardelle, Spinach Cavatelli, Orecchiette, Blood Orange Cheesecake

Sushi-San – King Crab Dy-No-Mite Nigiri Bombs, Nigiri San-Sets (AMAZING! THE BEST QUALITY FISH I’VE HAD IN SOME TIME!! Order this! For Sure! OR try the Mr. Maguro, which is on our to eat list next time!), Spicy Yellowtail Summer School Maki, Pork Katsu Nuggest Sizzling Rice, Togarashi Chicken Nuggets // Fatty Tuna Handroll // Express Lunch: Tuna Trio, Miso Salmon Rice Bowl, Raw Tuna and Avocado Rice Bowl // Spicy Tuna Aburi (SO FREAKING GOOD!)

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

The Franklin Room Read More Here – DRINKS: The Franklin Room Old Fashioned // FOOD: Oysters on the Half Shell Happy Hour (!!), Bourbon Battered Wisconsin Cheese Curds, French Onion Soup, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Squid Ink Pasta, Butternut Shrimp Bisque, Parmesan Truffle Fries, Cauliflower Parmesan Tots, Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Spicy Bourbon Burger, FR Cheeseburger, Prince Edward Island Mussels, Key Lime Pie, Deep Dish Cookie.

The Kitchen – Roasted Beets, Gulf Shrimp Hushpuppies, Cast Iron Lamb Meatballs, Tuna Ceviche, Pork Carnitas

True Food KitchenMiso Glazed Eggplant, Edamame Dumplings**, Brussel Sprouts, Redfish, Ramen

WICKER PARK

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


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


NEW ORLEANS

Cafe Du Monde – Obviously BEIGNETS and Coffe Au Lait!

Felix’s – ALL THE OYSTERS (on the half shell only!), Fried Crab Fingers, Fried Soft Shell Crab, Seafood Gumbo.

Pat O’Brien’s – Alligator Bites, Jambalaya, Fried Oysters.

Oceana Grill – Oceana’s Famous Oysters, Blackened Redfish Etouffee.

GW Fins – Barbeque Shrimp, #1 Bluefind Tartare, Heirloom Beat Salad, Scalibut, American Red Snapper.

Mulate’s | The Original Cajun RestaurantFried Shrimp Poboy


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)

Big Gay Ice Cream

Buvette NYC

The Taco Shop


SAN FRANCISCO

EMBARCADERO

Hard Water – FOOD: Meat & Cheese Board // DRINK: E.H. Taylor Bottled-In-Bond ‘Four Grain,’ Parker’s Heritage 11th Ed Single Barrel

Hog Island Oyster Co. – Oyster Bar Mix (6), Fried Shrimp Sliders, Mussels

FINANCIAL DISTRICT

Sababa – Hummus Bowl w/ Falafel, Israeli Salad, Moroccon Carrot

Foundation Cafe – Avocado Toast w/Bacon, Shake Your Bahn Bahn Sandwich, Grilled Rainbow Carrots, Tomato Soup

Onigilly – Edamame Set: Tuna Salad, Spicy Miso Beef, Tempura Shrimp

LOWER HAIGHT

Nara Sake Bar & Restaurant – Omakase 10 pc (halibut, rockfish, Japanese premium red snapper, yellowtail, amberjack, striped sea bass, silver thread amberjack, salmon, ocean trout, bluefin tuna), Uni Nigiri, Loco Spider Roll, Chicken Karagee

MISSION DISTRICT

Mission Street Oyster Bar – Kumamotos (WA) Oysters*, Shigokus (WA) Oysters, Beausaleil (NB Canada) Oysters*, Kusshis (BC Canada) Oysters // * = favorite oysters

PANHANDLE

Nopa – DRINKS: Black Mamba, Copperhead // FOOD: Pink Lady Apple Tart, Stepladder Creamery “Ragged Point”

Nopalito – Tacos de Tinga con Pollo

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