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  • Macadamia Turtle Pie
    1-foot tall pie w/ macadamia nut-wafer crust layered w/ vanilla ice cream, more macadamia nut mix, caramel-chocolate sauce, more ice cream & topped w/ whole macadamia nuts
  • Meaning of Life (Cake)
    5-layer cake w/ chocolate mousse, bananas, raspberries, whipped cream; each slice is approx. 6-lbs; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2122 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Desserts); autographed photographs of athletes, politicians, movie stars, rock stars, entertainers on walls
Giordano's PizzeriaSee Giordano's Pizzeria Video ($$)
(1245 ratings)

223 W Jackson Blvd Map It!
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 583-9400
www.giordanos.com
  • Pizza
    Stuffed deep-dish; Tia gets w/ sausage & pepperoni; Stuffed deep-dish
4.0 out of 5
1245 ratings
#88 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); est. 1974
Glenns Diner ($$)
(1189 ratings)

1820 W Montrose Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 506-1720
www.glennsdiner.com
  • Australian Silver Barramundi
    fish blackened, pan-fried and topped w/ lemon herb butter; looks good
  • Southern Fried Catfish
    dusted w/ cornmeal, pan-fried, shrimp cornbread stuffing and topped w/ spicy hollandaise sauce
  • Sturgeon
    fish grilled, topped w/ bacon, mushroom sherry Alfredo sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1189 ratings
16 types of fish served; fish delivered 6 times per week; no fryer; also offers 35 variations of cereal all shelved on the wall; Other Recipes: Crab Cakes
Henry's [CLOSED] ($$)
(342 ratings)

18 W Hubbard St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-8018
www.henrys-chicago.com
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Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Cheap Eats"
  • Sliders
    "cheap eats" for happy hour...price based on sliding scale ($5 at 5pm, etc...must buy drink); recommended sliders: buffalo chicken, cheeseburger; looks good
4.0 out of 5
342 ratings
[CLOSED]; #4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Cheap Eats)
Hopleaf Bar ($$)
(2123 ratings)

5148 N Clark St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-9851
hopleaf.com
  • Headcheese
    2-day brined & 10-12 hr simmered pig's head used to create sausage (part of Charcuterie)
  • Organic Montreal-Style Brisket Sandwich
    Montreal rubbed & marinated for 72 hrs; slow roasted, briefly smoked; served on sourdough or rye w/ house-made dill pickle & frites; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2123 ratings
opened in 1992; "Fine Food. Better Beers, Wines & Spirits. Belgian Specialties"; adult venue...everyone must be 21 or over with valid ID to enter (no children allowed); Other Recipes: Venison Pate
Irazu Costa Rican RestaurantSee Irazu Costa Rican Restaurant Video ($$)
(2238 ratings)

1865 N Milwaukee Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-5687
www.irazuchicago.com
  • Chifrijo
    appetizer: black beans, rice mixed w/ chicharron (fried pork) and diced veggies served in a mortar-and-pestle dish, comes w/ chips
  • Pepito Sandwich
    top selling sandwich; rib eye steak, sauteed onions, cheese, beans and Lizano sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2238 ratings
opened in 1990
Joe Boston's Italian Beef [CLOSED] ($)
(160 ratings)

2932 W Chicago Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 486-9536
  • Italian Beef with Sausage Sandwich
    asked for dipped with little of hot peppers; looks good
  • Italian Beef Sandwich
    recommend w/ sweet & hot peppers & dipped; looks good
4.0 out of 5
160 ratings
[CLOSED]
Kuma's CornerSee Kuma's Corner Video ($$)
(5118 ratings)

2900 W Belmont Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 604-8769
www.kumascorner.com
  • Plague Bringer Burger
    1-lb patty w/ roasted garlic mayo, extra raw garlic, homemade hot sauce, pepper jack cheese, jalapeno, tortilla chips (for crunch), lettuce, tomato & onion all on a pretzel roll; looks good
  • Black Sabbath Burger
    fan favorite; w/ blackening spice, chili, Pepper Jack, red onion; served on pretzel bun; "that's up there in the top 5 burgers on Triple-D"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Lair of the Minotaur Burger
    w/ caramelized onions, pancetta, brie, bourbon-soaked pears served on pretzel roll
  • Mastodon Burger
    10-oz burger w/ bacon, barbecue sauce, sharp cheddar & frizzled onions; looks good
  • Build-Your-Own Mac and Cheese
    choice of Andouille sausage, bacon, broccoli, caramelized onions, chicken, corn, garlic, green onion, jalapeno, peas, roasted red pepper and/or sundried tomatoes; looks good
  • Kuma Burger
    signature & top seller; w/ bacon, sharp cheddar, fried egg, lettuce, tomato & onion
4.0 out of 5
5118 ratings
opened in 2005; dive-bar where burgers named after heavy metal bands
  • Tamales Verde de Pollo
    shredded chicken & tomatillo salsa wrapped in fresh masa, steamed in a corn husk; add house "grenade" salsa for extra spice
4.0 out of 5
399 ratings
est. 2014; made to order authentic Mexican food & homemade salsas
La Scarola ($$)
(1300 ratings)

721 W Grand Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 243-1740
lascarola.com
  • Pasta & Fagioli Soup
    signature soup; Cannellini beans, pasta & cheese finished w/ basil & wine; looks good
  • Pasta Lorenzo
    bow tie pasta topped w/ shrimp, chicken strips & sundried tomatoes in a light chipotle sauce; looks good
  • Veal Chop alla Gabe
    this is what Guy Fieri gets each time he comes; 10oz. Veal chop pounded paper thin, breaded & pan fried finished w/ garlic, parsley, lemon & extra virgin olive oil & set over diced Italian potatoes; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1300 ratings
since 2001; old school Italian joint including edge-to-edge pictures extending to the ceiling; Guy Fieri's go-to Italian joint when he's in Chicago
Lena BravaSee Lena Brava Video ($$$)
(532 ratings)

900-902 W Randolph St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-1975
www.lenabrava.com
  • Black Cod "Al Pastor"
    blackened cod w/ achiote, red chili & pineapple rub; topped w/ pineapple shiso salsa; served w/ cabbage slaw & house tortillas
4.0 out of 5
532 ratings
Baja-inpired, wood-fired dishes, plus Mexican wines & mezcal
Little Goat ($$)
(4709 ratings)

820 W Randolph St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-3455
www.littlegoatchicago.com
  • The Fat Club
    smoked turkey, ham, bacon, havarti, avocado, cabbage & tomato, mayo, special sauce, fat toast; looks good!
4.0 out of 5
4709 ratings
opened in 2012; a gourmet spin on diner comfort food, prepared by award-winning chef
Longman & EagleSee Longman & Eagle Video ($$)
(2447 ratings)

2657 N Kedzie Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-7110
www.longmanandeagle.com
  • Fried Chicken & Waffles
    fried in beef fat; served w/ sweet potato & pork belly hash, maple syrup; available only for brunch (check website for updated menu)
4.0 out of 5
2447 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Fried Chicken)
Lou Malnati's PizzeriaSee Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Video ($$)
(6402 ratings)

439 N Wells St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 828-9800
www.loumalnatis.com
  • Loaded Combo Pizza
    deep-dish square-cut pizza w/ sausage, pepperoni, onions & mushrooms; looks good
  • Pizza
    signature deep-dish butter crust topped w/ cheese then sausage and tomato sauce; looks good; Anne gets the thin crust, "loaded" pie (pepperoni, sausage, green pepper, onions, mushrooms, black olives) & orders it well-done; sliced in squares; looks good; Deep-dish
  • Malnati Chicago Classic
    deep dish pizza w/ homemade lean sausage, some extra cheese & vine-ripened tomato sauce on buttercrust; looks good
  • The Lou Pizza
    deep-dish pizza w/ spinach mix (enhanced w/ garlic, basil & onion), mushrooms & sliced Roma tomatoes covered w/ three cheeses, on a garlic buttercrust; looks good
4.0 out of 5
6402 ratings
Food War: (deep-dish sausage) Uno's vs. Lou Malnati's; Lou Malnati's won (3-votes-to-0); opened in 1971; Lou Malnati left Pizzeria Uno to start his own restaurant; many other locations in Chicago area
m.henrySee m.henry Video ($$)
(1791 ratings)

5707 N Clark St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 561-1600
mhenry.net
  • Blackberry Bliss Cakes
    house hotcakes w/ warm blackberries & vanilla mascarpone cream, topped w/ brown sugar & oat crust
  • Cinnamon Roll French Toast
    french toast made w/ house baked brioche cinnamon rolls, layered w/warm seasonal fruit, vanilla neufchatel creme & topped w/a granola crust; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1791 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Brunch); "chow for now" serving globally inspired, new american style cooking; serving breakfast, lunch, brunch only
Manny's Coffee ShopSee Manny's Coffee Shop Video ($$)
(1065 ratings)

1141 S Jefferson St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 939-2855
www.mannysdeli.com
  • Noodle Kugel
    similar to mac & cheeseNavel Pastrami; looks good
  • Stuffed Cabbage
    owner's/chef's favorite; ground beef mix wrapped w/ boiled cabbage leaf topped w/ sweet & sour raisin sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1065 ratings
since 1942; old-school deli institution; Other Recipes: Reuben Pastrami
mfk ($$$)
(252 ratings)

432 W Diversey Pkwy Map It!
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-2540
mfkrestaurant.com
4.0 out of 5
252 ratings
a seaside-focused eatery w/ Spanish influence
NanaSee Nana Video ($$)
(1126 ratings)

3267 S Halsted St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 929-2486
www.nanaorganic.com
  • Duck Confit, Biscuits & Gravy
    cheese biscuits, duck confit gravy, duck confit hash and served w/ two eggs; looks good
  • Grilled Laughing Bird Shrimp and Fried Oyster Po' Boy
    w/ cajun mayo, Giardiniera, arugula, duck fat-roasted potatoes; looks good
  • Nanadict
    pupusas, homemade chorizo, poached eggs, poblano cream, home fries; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1126 ratings
opened in 2009; family-owned organic restaurant using local farmers and producers
Nico Osteria ($$$)
(804 ratings)

1015 N Rush St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 994-7100
www.nicoosteria.com
  • Lobster Spaghetti
    spaghetti alla chitarra, guanciale, lobster miso & spring onion
4.0 out of 5
804 ratings
est 2013; authentic seafood-focused Italian dining, plus cocktails & wines; located in the Thompson Hotel
Oasis CafeSee Oasis Cafe Video ($)
(441 ratings)

21 N Wabash Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 443-9534
  • Falafel & Hummus Plate
    ground chickpeas deep-fried in vegetable oil, hummus, decorated w/ vegetables & served w/ tahini sauce & pita; looks good
4.0 out of 5
441 ratings
Mediterranean takeout & delivery restaurant located at the back of a jewelry store
Paddy Long's [CLOSED]See Paddy Long's Video ($$)
(387 ratings)

1028 W Diversey Pkwy Map It!
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 290-6988
www.paddylongs.com
  • The Bacon Bomb
    five pounds of ground sausage, pork & beef mixed w/ spices & wrapped in a weave of brown sugar bacon, & then slow cooked for 3 hrs on pig roaster; served with potato salad or fries; Bacon Bomb Challenge: eat 1 whole w/ 1-lb of fries in 45-min & you win free bomb, t-shirt & "admiration & disgust of your friends & family"...only 1 person (out of 61) has succeeded at airing
4.0 out of 5
387 ratings
[CLOSED]; #81 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2007; pub in a refinished 73-year-old bar; offer beer & bacon tastings every week
Pequod's PizzeriaSee Pequod's Pizzeria Video ($$)
(6642 ratings)

2207 N Clybourn Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-1512
pequodspizza.com/chicago/
  • Pepperoni & Sausage Pizza
    thick-crust pizza w/ cheesy, crispy edge-crust; looks good
  • Italian Sausage Pan Pizza
    thick crust pizza w/ layer of cheese complementing the crust & forming a caramelized cheesy, crispy edge, w/ sauce & Italian sausage; looks good
4.0 out of 5
6642 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Pizza); est. 1970; known for "unique atmosphere & great pizza" (from its website)
  • Chocolate Cake Milkshake
    2-layer chocolate cake w/ icing blended in to milkshake; looks good
4.0 out of 5
5890 ratings
est. 1963; hot dog joint; multiple locations
Proxi ($$$)
(436 ratings)

565 W Randolph St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 466-1950
www.proxichicago.com
  • Tempura Elotes
    corn fritters topped w/ Japanese mayo, Grana Padano cheese, chives, lime & chili powder; "pure, deep-fried fantastic-ness!" -Jeff Mauro; looks good
4.0 out of 5
436 ratings
est. 2017; features global street food & multi-cultural cuisine
PublicanSee Publican Video ($$$)
(3266 ratings)

837 W Fulton Market Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9555
thepublicanrestaurant.com
  • PQM Burger
    caramelized onions, Dijon sauce mix, cheese; looks good
  • Spicy Pork Rinds
  • Avocado Salad
    tomato, cucumber, shabazi & fried garlic
  • Braised Pork Belly
4.0 out of 5
3266 ratings
beer-focused restaurant offering an eclectic menu inspired by simple farmhouse fare in a space evocative of a European beer hall
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