The Hottest Gold Coast Chicago Dinner Spots

The Hottest Gold Coast Chicago Dinner Spots

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There's no excuse for eating poorly in Chicago - here's our guide to the best restaurants in Chicago.

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    Chef/owner John Manion continues to crank out empanadas and other chef-driven Latin fare among the big boys on Fulton Market. A fresh remodeling and inventive cocktails complete the experience.
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    A few years in, Paul Kahan's temple to pork and shellfish remains strong, with chef Cosmo Goss taking over for Brian Huston in the kitchen.
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    The gorgeous, expansive Japanese restaurant from the Boka Group serves nearly every style of Japanese food and drink one could imagine -- and does them all well.
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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, scrambled eggs and toast; and those damn tasty griddled burgers—with great cocktails and draft-beer list, puts this spot in a new category.
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    Sepia continues to be one of the most consistent restaurants in Chicago. Andrew Zimmerman's menus paired with a cutting-edge beverage program makes it a complete experience.
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    Even though chef Koren Grieveson left and Erling Wu-Bower moved to Nico Osteria, avec and chef Perry Hendrix remains one of the most consistent—and packed—spots in town.
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    Even if you can't sit on the city's best patio all year, chef Tony Priolo's pizzas, housemade pastas and grilled meats make a trip worth it even in the dead of winter.
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    Brendan Sodikoff's French-inspired steakhouse takes Chicago's meaty history and adds an array of bone marrow, foie gras, and craft cocktails inside perhaps the sexiest room in Chicago.
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    Rick Bayless' Mexican haven, including Xoco on the corner, is a Chicago institution spawning spinoffs around the globe of south of the border fare from street food to high end.
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    The father-and-son Bannos duo's restaurant is a torch bearer for mediterranean small plates and charcuterie, and perhaps the best restaurant on the touristy Magnificent Mile. Be prepared for a wait, but it's worth it.
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    Whether you're looking for hot dogs or Italian beef, very few places offer up that kind of greasy iconic Chicago-style street food better than the classic food hall-esque Portillo's on Ontario Street.
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    Chicago's steakhouse tradition may be best experienced at Gibson's, the swanky Gold Coast institution that many say is the best steakhouse in America's meatiest city.
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