What you’re getting: Bien Trucha taco
In America’s No. 1 taco town, top taco competition is fierce. But out in the 'burbs, there’s one unassuming little Mexican dining room standing head and shoulders above the pack. Bien Trucha’s tacos -- from grilled skirt steak and ancho-guajillo marinated pork to shredded swordfish and cubed tuna -- are simply miracles in your mouth. Pair yours with a mojito or Mexican beer and consider yourself lucky.
What you’re getting: Miso ramen
If someone tells you it’s worth a 45-minute drive from the city to eat food in a food court, they’re probably lying. Unless they’re talking about the food court at Mitsuwa Marketplace, the always-packed oasis of cheap and authentic Asian delights. There’s a sushi joint, ramen joint, Chinese joint, Japanese joint, and Korean joint, as well as a bakery, café, and confectionary. Grab a bowl of one of Chicago’s best ramen and a bento box alongside a choco crab donut and green tea and vanilla swirl ice cream for a trip that will have you seeing the suburbs in a whole new light.