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1. Sable505 N State, Chicago
2. Beer Bistro North1415 W Fullerton, Chicago
3. GT Fish & Oyster531 N Wells St, Chicago
4. Rockit Burger Bar3700 N Clark St, Chicago
5. Old Town Social455 W North Ave, Chicago
6. The Fifty/502047 W Division St, Chicago
7. White Castle3212 W Addison St, Chicago
8. Mana Food Bar1742 W Division St, Chicago
9. LuxBar18 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago
Sable's a 153-seat dark-hued, brightly lit, open-kitchened dining room and lounge whose haute cuisine-meets-comfort menu is designed to marry with a cocktail program crafted by a Violet Hour alum, who can in turn help you graduate beyond your usual schnapps and soda.
The former Small Bar Fullerton has changed hands, but will remain craft-centric now that it's BB North, a second location for the West Loop bar that flaunts more than 160 taps, and sports a menu aided by the kitchen's smoker, which'll flavor up everything from ribs to wings.
Helmed by Michelin-starred chef Guiseppe Tentori, this fine dining restaurant in River North is the place to go for anything seafood-related. GT serves fish shack-style eats like lobster rolls, fish and chips, and oyster po' boys alongside way more luxurious items like caviar and seafood towers. The beautifully-designed space includes a date-worthy oyster bar and a private dining room with a whale mural. Though Friday and Saturday nights are GT's peak hours, the restaurant has stellar weekday lunch and weekend brunch service.
This is the only time you'll hear "Come see what's between our buns," and not be freaked out. Rockit Burger Bar offers some badass burgers, including gems like the huevos rancheros burger and a chicken breast patty aptly named "The Motherclucker." If you're craycray and burgers aren't your thing, flatbreads and small bites are also served.
Old Town Social is setting out to seamlessly infuse turn-of-the-century elegance into its classic neighborhood bar confines. The upscale, spacious, high-ceiling'ed gastropub is as good a place to watch the game as it is to enjoy a nice dinner out on the town. Nestle up to the marble bar top for front row seats to the flat screens, cozy into the front room's fireplace and sip on signature cocktails, gather a group and dine on a slew of contemporary American share plates (don't skip the mac 'n cheese), and stop by the vintage shoe shine station on your way out, of course.
The 50's a tri-level sports temple serving gluttonous fare like in-house smoked meats (ribs, pulled pork, wings), mac 'n' cheese toppable with everything from chicken to chili, and the "Double-Secret Probation"-esque "Triple Secret:" a tri-meat fatburger with a classified recipe.
Sometimes you just can't beat a boat-load of sliders and fries from White Castle. The chain that made mini-burgers famous started in Kansas but made its way to Chi-town in the '30s. As the story goes, White Castle's first slider was created by accident when a short-order cook slammed down a meatball in frustration. While the greasy originals might have amassed a cult following, the chicken breast sliders are seriously underrated and thus, worth a try.
"Mana" translates to "the life force in nature", and apparently for the creators that force is meatless. Yup, Mana is a vegetarian restaurant in Wicker Park, but it still has a great slider -- it's just made with brown rice and a mushroom burger.