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The Best Restaurants in Chicago, According to a Local

by Marco Del Arca
2 months ago

A restaurant is not just about the food that is served. In order to create something special, a restaurant must also excel at service and the dining experience as a whole. Here is a list of restaurants that understand this and deliver with excellence, time and time again.

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MAPLE & ASH

This is a place to celebrate. Maple & Ash goes away from the stuffy, quiet steakhouses and creates a plane where you can have fun and eat great. The team is on board to make sure you and your party have a great time.

ADALINA

With breathtaking decor and plates that resemble art pieces, Adalina is perfect for a nice dinner out with friends or a nice date night. Their dishes are Italian, but creative and with a spin on them that always works. Stop by the Rose lounge downstairs after your dinner for a night cap.

TZUCO

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Tzuco has some of the most inventive and well executed Mexican dishes you can get in Chicago, with a big emphasis on seafood. Do not skip dessert!

ETTA

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You can almost always get a table at either Etta Bucktown or Etta River North. Great pizzas, pastas, wine selection, cocktails, and do yourself a favor and order the Focaccia!

PIZZERIA PORTOFINO

You can't beat the views and the ambience of Pizzeria Portofino. Right on the iconic Chicago riverwalk, having a date night on their Riverfront Tables as the sun sets and the city lights turn on make for a memorable dining experience.

CABRA

The Hoxton Hotel has become a great place for foodies. Cabra, the main restaurant, has great rooftop views in Chicago's West Loop. And with Cira (a bit more of a lounge and social) and Lazy Bird (a great speakeasy) right downstairs, you can make it a night without even venturing out in the cold Chicago Weather

GREEN STREET SMOKED MEATS

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You cannot get better bbq in Chicago than at Green Street Smoked Meats. The fairy lights and wooden accents make this a great place to go with a big group, and you can even get coffee right inside at Sawada.

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Maple & Ash

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Cabra

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Adalina

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Green Street Smoked Meats

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Etta Bucktown

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Enjoy!

Marco Del Arca

I’m never one to turn down an invitation to go somewhere, eat great food, or try something new. I am originally from Latin America, lived across the USA and am now based in Chicago. Can’t wait for new adventures!

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