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AlineaSee Alinea Video ($$$$)
(2316 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
2316 ratings
  • 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
7438 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Burgers); "sexy, loud, crazy-music pumping & overall-fun atmosphere" (co-owner)
AvecSee Avec Video ($$$)
(2227 ratings)

615 W Randolph St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60661
(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
2227 ratings
opened in 2003; wine bar that includes a menu of rustic food
Baconfest
(28 ratings)

725 West Roosevelt Rd Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 209-9543
baconfestchicago.com
  • Bacon-Based Foods
4.5 out of 5
28 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"
Bohemian House [CLOSED]See Bohemian House Video ($$$)
(768 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
768 ratings
[CLOSED]; 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
Boka ($$$)
(1501 ratings)

1729 N Halsted St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070
www.bokachicago.com
  • Roasted Chicken
    roasted after skin is piped w/ house made chicken sausage; served w/ seasonal ingredients; looks good
4.5 out of 5
1501 ratings
opened in 2003; award-winning American fine dining in themed atmospheric rooms
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
454 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos); est. 1975; family owned & operated
Del Seoul ($)
(2167 ratings)

2568 N Clark St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-4227
  • K-Town Chicken Wings
    sweet, tangy w/ some heat; looks good!
  • Kalbi Poutine Fries
    seasoned fries topped w/ Kalbi (shredded beef short rib), cheese, sour cream, pickled onions; looks good
4.5 out of 5
2167 ratings
brother-sister team serving Korean street food; celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito made guest appearance
Depot American Diner [CLOSED]See Depot American Diner Video ($)
(8 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
8 ratings
[CLOSED]
Garifuna FlavaSee Garifuna Flava Video ($$)
(349 ratings)

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
349 ratings
Girl & the GoatSee Girl & the Goat Video ($$$)
(8854 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
8854 ratings
opened in 2010; "a rustic and bad ass environment" (from its website)
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "On Wheels"
  • Angry Lobster Sandwich
    Maine lobster, butter, special seasoning, hot giardiniera & spicy mayo on a toasted bun; "so buttery & lovely & luscious" -Jeff Mauro
4.5 out of 5
190 ratings
est. 2015; food truck specializing in dishes featuring Maine lobster; known for lobster rolls & grilled cheese
Hoosier Mama Pie CompanySee Hoosier Mama Pie Company Video ($$)
(873 ratings)

1618 1/2 Chicago Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 243-4846
www.hoosiermamapie.com
  • Passion Fruit Meringue Pie
    an exotic twist on an old favorite
4.5 out of 5
873 ratings
artisanal bakery striving to be a "old" pie company (from its website)
Hot Doug's [CLOSED] ($)
(3103 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
3103 ratings
[CLOSED]; #79 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); #4 (America's Best: American Classics); serve only sausages & french fries; cash only; long lines
Mario's Italian Lemonade ($)
(610 ratings)

1068 W Taylor St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
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
610 ratings
est. 1954; large lemonade stand; seasonal
New Rebozo ($$)
(607 ratings)

1116 Madison St Map It!
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 445-0370
www.newrebozos.com
  • Fiesta Mole
    6 chicken enchiladas w/ 6 different moles; Jeff loves white chocolate & pistachio poblano; served w/ rice & beans
4.5 out of 5
607 ratings
opened in 1991; Mexican cantina known for 25 moles; serving innovative dishes w/ traditional roots
Panozzo's Italian Market [CLOSED]See Panozzo's Italian Market Video ($)
(310 ratings)

1303 S Michigan Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 356-9966
www.panozzos.com
  • 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
310 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 2007; deli serving Italian favorites; Other Recipes: Lasagna Bolognese
Paradise PupSee Paradise Pup Video ($)
(909 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
909 ratings
only 800 sq. ft.; Chicago legend; long lines
Paulina Market ($$)
(379 ratings)

3501 N Lincoln Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-6272
www.paulinamarket.com
  • Smoked Polish Sausage
    garlic & pork
4.5 out of 5
379 ratings
since 1949; market/butcher shop
Rex Italian FoodsSee Rex Italian Foods Video ($)
(296 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
296 ratings
est. 1960s; Other Recipes: Cream of Garlic Soup | Lemon Knots
Ruby's Fast FoodSee Ruby's Fast Food Video ($)
(270 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
270 ratings
Filipino eatery
Saucy Porka ($)
(651 ratings)

400 S Financial Pl Map It!
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 662-1351
saucyporka.com
  • Asian Style Paella
    served w/ Chinese Lap Chang pork sausage, spicy sausage, pork carnitas, edamame, bean sprouts, scallions; looks good
  • Pork Pozole
    soup w/ smoky guajillo peppers & tomato base soup served w/ pickled cabbage, cilantro & corn tortillas; looks good
4.5 out of 5
651 ratings
serving Asian Latin fusion comfort foods; celebrity chef Richard Blais made guest appearance; Other Recipes: Soy Marinated Pork Carnitas
Smoque BBQSee Smoque BBQ Video ($$)
(4291 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
4291 ratings
variety of sauces: Tennessee, NC, and others
Swedish Bakery [CLOSED]See Swedish Bakery Video ($$)
(396 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
396 ratings
[CLOSED]Other Recipes: Andersonville Coffeecake | Swedish Limpa (Rye Bread)
Tempesta Market ($$)
(220 ratings)

1372 W Grand Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 929-2551
tempestamarket.com
  • "The Dante" Sandwich
    hot soppressata, mortadella, finnochinoa, hot coppa, porchetta, provolone, giardiniera, 'nduja aioli, lettuce & tomato on a baguette; "mind blown so hard!...new frontier of sandwiches!" -Jeff Mauro
4.5 out of 5
220 ratings
est. 2017; "family-owned Chicago marketplace rooted in an immersive Italian legacy of making unapologetically authentic & inspired foods" (from its website)
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