Updated: List of Favorite Chicago Restaurants

Categories: Food
Oak Street Beach - Fall 2015

Oak Street Beach – Fall 2015

So I recently made a list of “Favorite Chicago Restaurants” for friends or friends of friends who ask me where to eat when they visit Chicago so I decided to just started creating a “master list”so I’m ready the next time someone asks.  But when I put it on Facebook I got hundreds of your emails giving me MORE suggestions so I decided to update the list based on write-in suggestions (they are *starred).  So here it is… (in random order)… Print it out, forward it, keep it for later. Someone will no doubt ask you soon…What are some good Chicago restaurants? and here you go…

  1. Bandera
  2. Purple Pig
  3. Gene and Georgetti’s*
  4. Rosebud on Taylor*
  5. Chicago Cut
  6. Gibson’s Steak
  7. Francesca’s on Chestnut
  8. Big Star
  9. Cafe Ba-ba-ree-ba*
  10. West Egg (brunch)
  11. Gino’s North and Gino’s East (totally different)
  12. Pizano’s – State Stree
  13. Q. (bbq)
  14. Summer House Santa Monica*
  15. Table 52
  16. Slurping Turtle
  17. Greek Islands*
  18. Gilt Bar
  19. Bavette’s
  20. Perennial Virant
  21. The Boarding House*
  22. Nomi*
  23. HUB 51
  24. Volare
  25. Au Cheval
  26. Portillos*
  27. The Pump Room
  28. Spiaggia
  29. Lao Sze Chuan
  30. Topolobombo
  31. Frontera Grill
  32. Hot Chocolate*
  33. La Sirena Clandestina
  34. Gemini Bistro
  35. Beatrix
  36. Girl and the Goat
  37. GT Fish and Oyster
  38. RPM
  39. RL

Of course there are HUNDREDS more fantastic options. If you have any questions please email me and I can share further recommendations.  Also – this list was written for the visitor in mind not a Chicagoan who has time to explore all the small and wonderful places hidden in Chicago’s amazing neighborhoods. Perhaps that’s another list!  Until then – Enjoy and Cheers!





  1. Did you make it to Salzburg? I can’t quite tell by the top picture. Also, have you had Lou Malnati’s pizza? If so, I guess you prefer Gino’s & I can’t imagine why! LOL Finally, when are you going to be back on the air with a different station? I’ve quit watching CBS news at night since I saw no justification for your dismissal. I’d love to hear your viewpoint on the BLM, McCarthy dismissal, etc. Thank you.

    Comment by Greg Godsil on December 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm

  2. Thank you so much Greg. We LOVED Salzburg!! and Lou Malnati’s is awesome….is that not on the list? Well that’s an oversight. Thanks so much for your loyalty….right now I’m just enjoying the holidays with my little guy. Your comment is much appreciated.

    Comment by Kate Sullivan on December 9, 2015 at 12:25 am

  3. Kate– Great choices

    Comment by Riley Duggan on December 28, 2015 at 2:32 am

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