The Essential Chicago Restaurants

The Essential Chicago Restaurants

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Find out what's cooking at these outstanding restaurants in Chicago.

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    If you can stand your big, fat gourmet burger with headbanging pulsating metal music, go get in line now. There aren't many better burgers in Chicago. [Eater 38 Member] -- Eater via Foursquare
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    Work your way through the front bar to the back dining room for a more comfortable spot to take in the awe-inspiring international beer selection and even better food. - Inspector -- Michelin Travel & Lifestyle via Foursquare
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    Some may decry this as a hipster diner, but the quality of food—crispy potato hash with duck heart gravy, foie gras, and scrambled eggs and toast— puts this spot in a new category. [Eater 38 Member] -- Eater via Foursquare
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    The crispy pies hold a lot of weight, so after you choose your pizza style—red, white or New Haven plain—start picking toppings. (If you’re really going New Haven–style, try one with clams and bacon.) -- Time Out Chicago via Foursquare
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    Serves brunch consisting of items like chicken and waffles, wild boar sloppy joe, and ploughman's platter. Try the PBR Breakfast--two eggs, bacon or homemade sausage, house potatoes and a can of PBR. -- Eater via Foursquare
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    Lou Malnati's sets the gold standard for deep-dish. The best of the bunch is the simple cheese and sausage pie. For anyone who doesn't want to dive into a faceful of dough, the thin-crust is fine too. -- Epicurious via Foursquare
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    Wildberry Cafe excels at skillets, pancakes, omelettes (the baked, browned, fritatta-ish kind, not the delicately balanced, just set and folded French kind), and the like. -- Serious Eats via Foursquare
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    So many favorites: Lambrusco, pancetta wrapped dates, orecchiette, tortellini, braised pork shank, sea scallops, Tuscan sausage risotto, linguini with clams, roasted baby octopus -- Sarah Endres via Foursquare
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    First deep dish pie that was so flavorful and just delicious! -Tiffany Derry, Top Chef -- Bravo via Foursquare
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    Sure it's tough to get in, but Stephanie Izard's hamachi crudo with crisp pork belly; pappardelle with goat, pork and veal sugo; and intricate veggie dishes make it worth the wait. [Eater 38 Member] -- Eater via Foursquare
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    Incredibly rustic Mediterranean small plates paired with a massive yet affordable wine list in a hopping setting and Jimmy Bannos, Jr. is on the line. Sign us up. [Eater 38 Member] -- Eater via Foursquare
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    Get the Cheese Fries. Yes, these are frozen and this is fast food, but that doesn't stop us. Crispy and well salted with a piping hot cup of bright yellow cheese sauce. Sometimes, that's all you need. -- Serious Eats via Foursquare
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