The Most Overlooked Mediterranean Paradise in Europe
1. Husky Hog BBQ335 W 31st St, Chicago
2. Bohemian House11 W Illinois St, Chicago
3. Qulinarnia1730 W Golf Rd, Mount Prospect
4. River Roast315 N LaSalle St, Chicago
5. The Promontory5311 S Lake Park West, Chicago
6. Mercadito Fish10 E Delaware Pl, Chicago
7. Tamale Station1341 N Damen, Chicago
8. Emporium Logan Square2363 N Milwaukee, Chicago
9. Red Lion4749 N Rockwell St, Chicago
What used to be only a food truck, this Bridgeport meatery dishes out the same splendid fare (and more) that originated from their truck, including their famous juicy ribs and pulled pork, as well as deep-fried Oreos and smoked corn on the cob so good, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered eating corn any other way.
This River North spot is an ode to Bohemian culture in all its manifestations, with rustic-meets-glam décor and eclectic fare that’s rooted in Central Europe. The menu, created and executed by Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos, features small plates like salt and vinegar chips and knackwurst in a blanket, large plates like spatzel and skirt steak, and unforgettable sweets like caramelized plum kolacky and an inventive take on coffee and donuts with hazelnut brittle.
Though surprisingly short on lions, witches, and wardrobes, Qulinarnia is full of modern interpretations of traditional Polish dishes like beef tenderloin tartare, cream of pickles soup, and lamb chops with beets.
On the north bank of the Chicago River is River Roast, an upscale tavern that combines traditional British roasts with new American ingredients. The menu revolves around roasted proteins -- fish, beef, chicken, pork -- that are carved table-side for two. There are also a variety of small plates and vegetables to share. The large space includes two bars and an expansive riverside patio.
The Michelin-lauded team behind Longman & Eagle started this South Side gem, which's an innovative restaurant, bar, and performance space across two floors. Wood-burning hearths scorch spreads of meat, seafood, and virtually everything else on the menu.
This lauded seafood & spirits house in the Gold Coast is one of the best spots for fresh, juicy seafood and strong 'tails.
This Wicker Park taqueria is the only one inspired by lucha libre, and its brick-and-mortar (following the success of its insane Spaceship truck) has got some of the most authentic Mexican eats around.
Emporium’s added a new location in Logan Square that's even bigger than the original and full of video games, an indoor food truck, plus vintage pinball, bubble hockey, and pool.
After “ironing out a few kinks”, it’s all-systems-/taps-go at the fully rebuilt Red Lion Pub. The interior is something straight off the streets of London, complete with dark, exposed beams, three stone fireplaces, bookshelf-lined walls, and strategically placed British photographs and artwork from the WWII era. The menu echoes the space, and includes traditional pub fare like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and a variety of British brews.