As a Chicago Resident, I have my “Favorites and Long-time Loves” restaurants (those that I love to frequent whether they are famous or hole-in-the-wall establishments). I also have restaurants that I have enjoyed and like to go to (“Let’s Become Better Friends”) as well as those restaurants that are on my “Introductions are in Order” list.

Favorites and Long-time Loves

  • Trattoria 10 – (Italian, Loop) Must-Get Dish: Butternut Squash Ravioli
  • Mia Francesca – (Italian, Multiple Locations across Chicagoland Area) Must-Get Dish: Anything (it’s all amazing)
  • Mangia Roma – (Italian, Lincoln Park) Must-Get Dish: Any of their pizzas (I love the thin, Italian-style crust)
  • Piccolo Sogno – (Italian, Near West Side) Must-Get Dish: Anything from their EXTENSIVE wine list
  • Shine – (Japanese, Lincoln Park) Must-Get Dish: Mangoku Maki or Volcano Roll
  • Shiso (Japanese, Old Town) Must-Get Dish: Crunchy Spicy Tuna Maki (It’s just SO good!)
  • NoMi – (Global French, Mag Mile) Currently closed for renovations; Located in the Park Hyatt
  • Bistrot Margot – (French, Old Town) Must-Get Dish: Provencal Risotto Special (hopefully with asparagus and beets)
  • Raj Darbar – (Indian, Lincoln Park) Must-Get Dish: Rogan Josh
  • Tarascas International – (Mexican, Lincoln Park) Must-Get Dish: Cuban Quesadilla & a pitcher of house Margaritas
  • N9NE – (Contemporary American/Steakhouse, West Loop) Must-Get Dish: Tuna Tartare (out of this world)
  • Sweet Mandy B’s – (Bakery, Lincoln Park) Must-Get Dish: Snickerdoodle (c’mon it’s sooo fun to say!) Sweet Mandy B’s on Yelp
  • Three Tarts Bakery (Bakery, Suburbs: Northfield) Must-Get Dish: Lavender Scone

Let’s Become Better Friends

Introductions are in Order

What are yours?


4 responses to “Restaurants

  1. Great list. Hmm…I have a lot, of which I’m sure I’ll forget some.

    Sapori Trattoria
    Cafe 28
    Taqeria Moran
    The Drawing Room

    Paris Club is pretty good. I got invited to a party there before it opened and did a review on my blog. Check it out for some recommendations before you go!

  2. Haha, I knew I’d remember some more after I posted that. Add:

    Big Star
    Chicago Pizza Oven Grinder

  3. Thanks Bobbi. Yours is a great list too! I’ll have to check those out 🙂

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