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Alinea: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
AlineaSee Alinea Video
(1812 ratings)

1723 N Halsted St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-0110
www.alinearestaurant.com
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Appetizers"
  • Hot Potato Cold Potato
    chilled potato soup w/ a ball of hot potato topped w/ black truffle suspended on a pin just hanging over the soup
4.5 out of 5
1812 ratings
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Au Cheval: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Au ChevalSee Au Cheval Video
(5093 ratings)

800 W Randolph St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 929-4580
auchevalchicago.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Burgers"
  • Double Cheeseburger
    3-patties (yes, that's three) seared on 500-degree flat top layered w/ American cheese topped w/ house-made Dijonnaise, red onions & homemade pickles; options include bacon & fried egg; looks good!
4.5 out of 5
5093 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Burgers); "sexy, loud, crazy-music pumping & overall-fun atmosphere" (co-owner)
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Avec: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
AvecSee Avec Video
(1925 ratings)

615 W Randolph St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 377-2002
www.avecrestaurant.com
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "In a Bowl"
  • Chorizo-Stuffed Dates
    bacon-wrapped
4.5 out of 5
1925 ratings
opened in 2003; wine bar that includes a menu of rustic food
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Baconfest: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Baconfest
(29 ratings)

725 W Roosevelt Rd Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 209-9543
baconfestchicago.com
  • Bacon-Based Foods
4.5 out of 5
29 ratings
started in 2009; bacon festival/competition held in April offering "fun-filled walk-around tasting events featuring creative bacon dishes from the best chefs in the country"
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Bohemian House: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Bohemian HouseSee Bohemian House Video
(744 ratings)

11 W Illinois St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-0439
www.bohochicago.com
  • Open-Faced Schnitzel Sandwich
    rye bread, horseradish cream, sauerkraut, house mustard dill, Emmentaler Swiss cheese & fried egg; looks good
4.5 out of 5
744 ratings
serving Bohemian-inspired fare w/ influences from the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria in exposed brick walls & wood timber, eclectic decor, warm earth tones & soft lighting set the backdrop for a comfortable & sociable dining experience
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As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Tacos"
  • Carnitas Tacos
    pork carnitas ordered by the pound & taco w/ soft corn tortilla assembled at the table; come w/ sides of jalapeno peppers, smoky chipotle salsa & traditional tomato-jalapeno salsa; looks good
4.5 out of 5
248 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos); est. 1975; family owned & operated
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Depot American Diner: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Depot American Diner (CLOSED)See Depot American Diner Video
(7 ratings)

5840 W Roosevelt Rd Map It!
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 287-8422
  • Hot Turkey Sandwich
    open-faced turkey sandwich topped w/ gravy & served w/ mashed potatoes & homemade cranberry sauce; "Sunday dinner on a plate"; looks good
  • Mocha Donuts
    made-to-order donut holes coated w/ cinnamon-sugar mix & served w/ a side of mocha sauce topped w/ whipped cream; looks good
  • Pot Roast Sandwich
    pulled pot roast smothered w/ homemade gravy...need a lot of napkins; "that's a killer sandwich"-Guy Fieri; looks good
4.5 out of 5
7 ratings
CLOSED
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Fatso's Last Stand: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Fatso's Last Stand
(629 ratings)

2258 W Chicago Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 245-3287
www.fatsoslaststand.com
  • Phil's Special Dog
    hot dog link stuffed in Polish sausage, grilled & put in toasted French roll w/ smeared w/ Wisconsin cheddar & topped w/ mac-and-cheese-and-salami; not on menu; looks good
4.5 out of 5
629 ratings
#42 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2012; specialize mainly in hot dogs; formerly Phil's Last Stand
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Garifuna Flava: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Garifuna FlavaSee Garifuna Flava Video
(266 ratings)

2516-2518 W 63rd St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 776-7440
garifunaflava.com
  • Hudut Baruru with Tikini
    fresh cabbage, brown stewed with King Fish & seasoned with black pepper, bay leaf & recado; served with "Hudut" (a mix of green/ripe plantain, boiled & blended)
  • Split Peas & Pigtail Soup
  • Panades
    top seller; corn patties stuffed with hashed buffalo fish and garnished with a sweet vegetable sauce
4.5 out of 5
266 ratings
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Girl & the Goat: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Girl & the GoatSee Girl & the Goat Video
(7258 ratings)

809 W Randolph St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 492-6262
www.girlandthegoat.com
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Ice Creamy"
  • Bourbon Apples Cranberry Miso Marcona Almond Maple Fat Gelato
    layered desert served in a glass cup; gelato is made w/ rendered smoked pork fat; "apple pie on crack"-Stephanie Izard (chef/co-owner)
4.5 out of 5
7258 ratings
opened in 2010; "a rustic and bad ass environment" (from its website)
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  • Passion Fruit Meringue Pie
    an exotic twist on an old favorite
4.5 out of 5
758 ratings
artisanal bakery striving to be a "old" pie company (from its website)
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Hot Doug's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hot Doug's (CLOSED)
(3146 ratings)

3324 N California Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 279-9550
hotdougs.com
  • Sausage
    range from 12-25 variations each day (including alligator, kangaroo, antelope, buffalo, rattlesnake); "Classic Chicago Dog": beef hot dog on poppy seed bun topped w/ yellow mustard, onions, sweet neon-green relish, tomatoes, and a slice of dilled pickle (hot peppers optional)
4.5 out of 5
3146 ratings
CLOSED; #79 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); #4 (America's Best: American Classics); serve only sausages & french fries; cash only; long lines
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As Seen On:
$24 in 24, Episode: "Chicago"
  • Cantaloupe Lemonade Ice
    Italian ice w/ small chunks of cantaloupe; looks good
4.5 out of 5
517 ratings
est. 1954; large lemonade stand; seasonal
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  • Panozzo's Famous Meatball Sub
    old school: 3 Sicilian style hand-mixed, hand-rolled, pan-fried pork sausage meatballs, fried in olive oil, then finished in homemade Marinara, topped with house-pickled banana peppers served in sub roll w/ Provolone cheese; looks good
  • Porchetta Crescentina
    sandwich w/ porchetta (pork shoulder wrapped in cured pork belly) in crescentina bread (frybread-like); looks good
4.5 out of 5
315 ratings
CLOSED; opened in 2007; deli serving Italian favorites; Other Recipes: Lasagna Bolognese
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Paradise Pup: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Paradise PupSee Paradise Pup Video
(725 ratings)

1724 S River Rd Map It!
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 699-8590
  • Chicago Dog
    hot dog w/ mustard, relish, chopped onions, sliced tomato, cucumber & pickle
  • Italian Beef
    homemade; dipped in au jus; looks good
  • Cheddar Burger
    "need 20 napkins to eat it"-Guy Fieri; looks good
4.5 out of 5
725 ratings
only 800 sq. ft.; Chicago legend; long lines
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Paulina Market: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Paulina Market
(329 ratings)

3501 N Lincoln Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-6272
https://www.paulinamarket...
  • Smoked Polish Sausage
    garlic & pork
4.5 out of 5
329 ratings
since 1949; market/butcher shop
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Rex Italian Foods: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Rex Italian FoodsSee Rex Italian Foods Video
(217 ratings)

4431 N Harlem Ave Map It!
Norridge, IL 60706
(708) 457-0177
www.rexitalianfoods.com
  • Sicilian Schiacciatas
    pizza-sandwich stuffed w/ ham, pepperoni, fried peppers, mild giardiniera & mozzarella & served panini style; looks good
4.5 out of 5
217 ratings
est. 1960s; Other Recipes: Cream of Garlic Soup | Lemon Knots
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Ruby's Fast Food: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Ruby's Fast FoodSee Ruby's Fast Food Video
(209 ratings)

3740 W Montrose Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 539-2669
www.rubysfastfood.com
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Messy"
  • Crispy Pata
    roasted, crispy whole pork shank and foot, boiled, cooled and deep fried in soybean oil; takes a day to make; "best pig product available in the U.S. that nobody's ever heard of...it's pretty, pretty rockin'"-Andrew Zimmern; looks good
4.5 out of 5
209 ratings
Filipino eatery
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Smoque BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Smoque BBQSee Smoque BBQ Video
(3752 ratings)

3800 N Pulaski Rd Map It!
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 545-7427
www.smoquebbq.com
  • St. Louis Rib
  • Texas Beef Brisket
    top seller; looks good
  • Baked Beans
    cooked in smoker
4.5 out of 5
3752 ratings
variety of sauces: Tennessee, NC, and others
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Swedish Bakery: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Swedish Bakery (CLOSED)See Swedish Bakery Video
(398 ratings)

5348 N Clark St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 561-8919
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Nutty"
  • Marzipan
    "Kermit" & Marzipan Log
4.5 out of 5
398 ratings
CLOSED; Other Recipes: Andersonville Coffeecake | Swedish Limpa (Rye Bread)
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As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "For Brunch"
  • Bacon with Cheese Oven Baked Omelette
    comes with pancakes; looks good
4.5 out of 5
589 ratings
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As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Smoky"
  • Baby Back Ribs
    "they're in my list of the top 3 things I've eaten ever in my life"-Michael Symon; looks good
4.0 out of 5
131 ratings
"Best Ribs in the U.S."-Bon Appetit; locations also in Murphysboro, O'Fallon and Sparta
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90 Miles Cuban Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
90 Miles Cuban CafeSee 90 Miles Cuban Cafe Video
(704 ratings)

3101 N Clybourn Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 248-2822
www.90milescubancafe.com
  • Fricassee de Pollo
    seasoned chicken seared & boiled in tomato-potato-olive based sauce; served w/ yellow rice & sweet plantains; try eating rice, plantains & chicken together; looks good
  • Puerco Roast de Asado
    shredded roasted pork shoulder rubbed in prune-bacon-brown sugar-malta mix & finished on flattop w/ carmelized onions; served w/ black beans, white rice & plantains; looks good
4.0 out of 5
704 ratings
opened in 2008; husband-and-wife team; family left Cuba on a shrimp boat on June 13, 1980 to reach Key West only 90 Miles away
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Ann Sather Restaurant: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Ann Sather RestaurantSee Ann Sather Restaurant Video
(703 ratings)

909 W Belmont Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-2378
annsather.com
  • French Toast Fantasy
    use sliced pecan rolls as "toast"; topped w/ toasted oats, fruit & powder sugar; looks good
  • Pecan Rolls
    small plate-sized; looks good
  • Cinnamon Rolls
    plate-sized
4.0 out of 5
703 ratings
Swedish cuisine & catering; multiple locations in Chicago; Other Recipes: Swedish Meatballs
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Bandera: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
BanderaSee Bandera Video
(1615 ratings)

535 N Michigan Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 644-3524
www.hillstone.com/#/resta...
  • Banana Cream Pie
    also in AZ, CA
4.0 out of 5
1615 ratings
also located in Scottsdale, Sacramento, Corona del Mar and Brentwood
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