Restaurants in West Loop
Long before The Publican served the first sweetbread schnitzel and hay-smoked “ham chop” from a menu that reads like a map of boutique American farms, Chicagoans were in a tizzy of anticipation. Why?
A vision of restaurateur Jerry Kleiner, this Near West Side favorite aims to provide a carnival experience. From the restaurant’s high ceiling, a large glass panel filled with brightly colored tiles creates a kaleidoscope of funky hues while salsa music plays throughout the dining room.
Translating to “from scratch,” De Cero lives up to its name by offering dishes crafted entirely with homemade ingredients, from fresh crema (cream) to hand-pressed tortillas. The result?
While seated on plush, dark brown banquettes, surrounded by a floor-to-ceiling water wall, mirrored columns, and color-changing neon lights, patrons quickly realize that N9NE is a far from traditional steakhouse.
Just steps away from Oprah’s Harpo Studios, the unfussy Wishbone is a favorite among staffers for southern-inspired fare that tends toward the lighter side: grilled or blackened fish, vegetarian hoppin’ john, and North Carolina-style pulled pork.
Food and science converge at Moto, a “molecular tasting room” set among the warehouses of Fulton Market.
Americanizing Neapolitan-style pizza, Coalfire, as the name suggests, cooks their pies in an 800-degree oven heated by coal instead of the traditional wood. Even though the city is known for deep dish, this Noble Square is quite popular with locals who love the thin crust.