Best Peruvian: Tanta
118 W Grand Ave
Despite being the only Peruvian joint in the 'hood, this lively 100-seat space decked in pop art paintings is still very definitely the best. Try the causita (whipped Peruvian potatoes with aji), cebiche, and hearty pork fried rice, then wash it all down with a pisco cocktail while the surrealistic mural of Adriana Lima watches you.
Best Mexican: XOCO
449 N Clark St
We salute you, Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, but when it comes to inventive and affordable Mexican, nothing beats Rick Bayless' quick-service café, where you can get street-food-inspired braised short rib tortas, huevos rancheros, or wood-roasted chicken pozole caldos for less than $10. Don’t leave without a house-made churro… or three. It’s sacrilege.
Best Asian fusion: Sunda
110 W Illinois St
Billy Dec and the Rockit Ranch Productions crew’s whimsical menu offers some seriously interesting eats, like barbecued octopus in a spicy gochujang sauce or beef lollipops -- sliced NY strip steak wrapped lemongrass with ginger citrus soy glaze. Definitely start with the crispy Brussels sprouts, and definitely end with the Sunda Sundae, a monstrous mix of avocado, sweet corn & cheddar, and ube-macapuno ice creams with red mung beans, jackfruit, coconut gel, sweetened condensed milk, fresh berries, and coconut. What happens in between is up to you.