Restaurants in Illinois
The size of the wood stack outside Fat Willy’s is a solid indication that this place is the real deal. Serving up finger-licking meats like pulled pork, pulled chicken, beef brisket, baby backs, and spare ribs, Fat Wally’s is the go-to place for barbeque.
For over 60 years, this mom-and-pop shop has served American and Greek eats. Order a George’s hot dog, made Chicago-style with the traditional city garnish: pickle spear, neon-green sweet relish, chopped onion, yellow mustard, sport peppers, tomato, and celery salt.
Wasabi serves a medley of Japanese dishes, including high-quality sushi and izakaya-style small plates. But the unctuous pork broth of the tonkatsu ramen keeps patrons coming back.
The smells of Cumin waft into the streets and beckon in passersby to taste Indian mainstays like tikka masala and vindaloo as well as less common Nepalese dishes like goat curry and chewra (flattened rice).
In a warm, polished-wood atmosphere, Owen & Engine prepares British comfort foods like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and a truly amazing burger topped with caramelized onions. Try a cask ale, served traditionally via the English-style beer engine.
The bread and butter alone are worth the trip to this quaint French bistro with Provençal-yellow walls, tin ceiling, and zinc-top bar.
Fine dining is broken down to the barest essentials at this 32-seat steampunk bistro on Ashland Avenue in West Town. The menu of Asian-tinged, eclectic American dishes changes seasonally, but staples include a daily crudo selection and maple-soy-glazed black cod.
Located in the Four Seasons Hotel, Michelin-starred Allium’s chefs source ingredients from local farmers to create seasonal farm-to-table American fare, including favorites like bison tartare, country rabbit sausage, and double-cut lamp chops.
The views of Logan Square’s historic, tree-lined boulevards make the pumpkin seed bagels at this rustic breakfast-lunch-dinner spot taste all the more perfect.
Tucked below a psychic shop, Flub A Dub Chub’s is the choice for anyone hankering for dogs, burgers, or hot beefs. Though it’s branded a hot dog emporium, the Roe burger (a burger topped with bacon, avocado, and cheddar) was voted one of the best in the city.
A block from DePaul University, The Pig, so-called by locals, offers baked goods, as well as large selection of sandwiches with names like The Catcher in the Rye (corned beef on rye), The Old Man and the Sea (tuna), and The Garden Party (veggie).
Touted as Chicago’s original tapas bar, Café Ba-Ba-Reba is as festive as it sounds. Enjoy tapas, pixtos (bite-sized tapas), paella, and five varieties of sangria in a lively atmosphere.