Favorite Restaurants

One of my favorite hobbies is exploring new restaurants in the food haven that is Chicago! My list of favorite restaurants is constantly growing and evolving, but here are several of my current favorites (*updated as of 5/2/18)



  • Big Jones (awesome New Orleans grub)
  • Dove’s Luncheonette
  • Flo (for a solid Mex brunch)
  • Longman & Eagle (not as good as it used to be, but still worth checking out)
  • The Publican
  • The Original Pancake House (I’m a sucker for those pancakes!)
  • Marisol (more for the ambience – it’s located at inside Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art)

Trendy/Small Plates


  • County Barbeque
  • Big Jones
  • Lula Cafe
  • Fountainhead (one of the most beautiful rooftops)
  • Del Seoul
  • Big & Little’s
  • Cafecito (BEST Cuban sandwiches)
  • Dryhop (my favorite burger in the city)
  • Smoque BBQ
  • Nha Hang Viet Nam (best pho!)
  • Pub Royale (Brit-style Indian pub)


  • Kai Zan
  • Yuzu
  • Yellowtail Sushi (formerly Hatsu Hana)
  • Momotaro & Izakaya Momotaro
  • Toro Sushi
  • Arami
  • Wasabi (BEST ramen!)
  • Furious Spoon


  • Le Colonial (one of my favorite spots in Chicago – gorgeous restaurant with consistently delicious French-Vietnamese food)
  • Lao Schezwan
  • Chengdu Impressions
  • MingHin Cuisine
  • Shanghai Terrace
  • Duck Duck Goat
  • Fat Rice
  • HaiSous


  • JJ Thai Street Food
  • Rice Cafe
  • Opart Thai



  • Cafe Babareeba
  • Salero
  • Mercat a la Planxa


  • Lena Brava
  • Veneno de Nayarit
  • Mi Tocaya Antojeria


  • Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (yes, it’s a chain, but seriously the most consistently good steak!!!)
  • Boeufhaus (for an intimate, anti-steakhouse vibes in Ukrainian Village)
  • Prime & Provisions
  • Maple & Ash (overpriced, but super scene-y and fun for a special occasion)
  • Tango Sur (awesome byob Argentinian steak spot!)
  • Folklore