Restaurants in Illinois

Another goat inspired concept from celebrity Top Chef chef winner Stephanie Izard, Little Goat takes on the form of a casual comfort-food diner with all the cleverly crafted style Girl and the Goat is known for.

After a hefty remodel, Spiaggia reopened with all the seats oriented toward having excellent lake views. The food is rustic Italian created by a James Beard-winning chef, while the wine list is carefully crafted by an award winning sommelier.

With a menu that changes with the season, Boeufhaus highlights grass-fed and responsibly raised animals. Set in contemporary space with limited seating, the menu meat-centric menu features a variety of five steaks as the anchor items.

American and Mediterranean cuisine fuse together in a shared plate concept at Avec. The restaurant has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a wine bar, but now has a James Beard award-winning chef and a meticulously selected wine list to add to its repetoire. 

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.

Chef Takashi Yagihashi has a few eateries around town, but the Slurping Turtle is his nod to Japanese comfort food. Featuring bento boxes, binco grill items, and, of course, noodles to slurp, the restaurant attracts a loyal lunch crowd.

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.

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.

Touted as a traveler’s café, Kopi has that backpacker vibe. Kopi, Indonesian for coffee, welcomes customers to sit on floor cushions and sip coffee drinks and cocktails at low tables. The servers are relaxed and friendly, and vegetarian offerings dominate the menu.

Known for its simple, seasonal Tuscan cuisine, Coco Pazzo features an award-winning all-Italian wine list, as well as homemade bread and fresh pasta—potato and spring nettle gnocchi, pappardelle with braised rabbit, and linguini with chili-flecked Manilla clams.

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).