Food & Drink

The 10 Best Nachos in Chicago

Published On 08/19/2015 Published On 08/19/2015
Kailley Lindman/Thrillist
Courtesy of Rockit Bar & Grill
Courtesy of Hub 51
Smoke Daddy
Kailley Lindman/Thrillist
Sean Cooley/Thrillist
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1. Little Goat 820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Right across the street from its upscale sister Girl & The Goat, Stephanie Izard's Little Goat is an all-day upscale diner that serves insanely creative takes on classic American comfort food. Split between a sit-down restaurant and a bakery, Little Goat is the place to go for over-the-top breakfast (breakfast spaghetti, banana peanut butter waffles), exceptional burgers (you can choose between a beef, goat, and veggie patty), and crazy desserts (smoked pork & toffee crunch milkshakes, Cheez-It sundaes). If you can't sit and stay -- or handle the long weekend waits -- then hit the "Grab and Goat" take-away area.

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2. Twisted Spoke 501 N Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (West Town)

In case the exterior motorcycle art and bike handlebars on the front door didn't tip you off, Twisted Spoke is a biker bar. The West Town hangout is beloved by Chicagoans of all stripes thanks to a massive selection of whiskey and beer, legendary Bloody Mary menu, rooftop garden, and sinister bites like barbecue nachos and fried jalapeño poppers. Of all the things that make Twisted Spoke stand out though, it's the weekly Saturday night "Smut and Eggs," when you can order breakfast food and watch porn. Um.

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3. Taquería Moran 2226 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This Logan Square spot lives up to it's name with great tacos and nachos, but it also serves an American-style breakfast menu. The chill vibe and authentic Mexican taqueria style of the spot only make it better.

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4. Rockit Bar & Grill 22 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Rockit serves American-style cuisine with an upscale twist with bites like prosciutto parmesan garlic bread, bourbon chipotle maple wings, and buffalo calamari cobb salad. We recommend the burger with brie for extra gooey wonderfulness. Be on the lookout for their special menus, including a game day menu (so you can eat your feelings). It can get crowded during the weekends, but the after-work scene is much more laid-back and relaxed, making it the perfect place to catch up.

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5. Hub 51 51 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

With a menu that includes sushi rolls, great burgers, and a decent amount of wit ("Celebrate all you want, but we don't sing Happy Birthday."), choosing a standout from Hub 51 wasn't easy. But that doesn't mean we didn't do it -- oh, no, we did, and the winner is Hub's small but delicious selection of Mexican dishes, from their pulled chicken nachos and fish tacos to the chicken enchiladas.

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6. Ditka's Restaurant 100 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)

Come to Ditka's Restaurant, and you might just see Da Coach himself. Walk right in, savor the legendary surroundings, and get down to business: it's time for Ditka's signature -- a jumbo Spicy Chili Cheese Polish.

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7. The Smoke Daddy 1804 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Smoke Daddy is a BBQ emporium in Wicker Park serving up sauce-slathered eats like ribs and brisket, while also showing its more delicate side with brunch that includes something called a "Big Daddy Breakfast."

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8. Chuck's Manufacturing 224 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 (Loop)

This comfort food eatery offers free WiFi AND maple-chipotle glazed chicken 'n waffles with candied pecans, platters of mini corn dogs, brats & Chi-dogs, and burgers like the Deluxe with melted danablu and toasted almonds on a pretzel croissant. Happy hour is from 5-7 (PM, yo).

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9. Old Fifth 1027 W Madison St, Chicago, IL (West Loop)

Old Fifth is a pizza-slinging pub that's got some of the oldest whiskey in the known world, and some of the newest (read: most innovative) pizzas, like a double-decker one lined with pepperoni.

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10. Azteca de Oro Mexican Grill 3731 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

This Lakeview spot covers all the basics, like tacos, burritos, tortas, & nachos, in this casual restaurant environment. Pro tip: They deliver (within a certain range), so you don't have to leave your house to feast on Mexican & Tex-Mex classics.