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Publican Quality Meats ($$)
(625 ratings)

825 W Fulton Market St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 445-8977
www.publicanqualitymeats....
  • "P.Q.M." or Publican Burger
    Slagel beef patty topped w/ lettuce, cheese, caramelized onion, fried shallots & special sauce on a toasted bun; looks good
4.0 out of 5
625 ratings
opened in 2012; butcher shop & American cafe serving sandwiches, salads & soups
Purple PigSee Purple Pig Video ($$)
(7428 ratings)

500 N Michigan Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1744
thepurplepigchicago.com
  • Pork Gravy with Ricotta
    seared pork braised in tomato sauce to form ragu & served in a cast iron serving bowl w/ a ball of ricotta; served w/ thickly sliced toasted bread for dipping; looks good
  • Milk Braised Pork Shoulder
    served on mashed potatoes & topped w/ milk gravy; looks good
4.0 out of 5
7428 ratings
opened in 2009; chef/co-owner Jimmy Bannos Jr. was winner of James Beard, Rising Star Chef (2014)
River RoastSee River Roast Video ($$)
(1008 ratings)

315 N La Salle Dr Map It!
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 822-0100
riverroastchicago.com
  • Whole Roasted Chicken
    "it's a magical experience!" -Jeff Mauro; looks good; signature dish; applewood smoked & juicy, RR potatoes; carved table-side; looks good
  • Rack of Pork
    Berkshire cider-brined & apple smoked, cornbread; carved table-side & served w/ apple cider sauce
4.0 out of 5
1008 ratings
est. 2014; offering dramatic city & water views from every seat--inside and out; specializing in roasted meats, fish & vegetables, known for carving at the table; owner/chef is James Beard award-winning Tony Mantuano
RosebudSee Rosebud Video ($$)
(644 ratings)

1500 W Taylor St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 942-1117
www.rosebudrestaurants.co...
As Seen On:
Guilty Pleasures, Episode: "Pig Out!"
  • Pork Chops Calabrese
    served w/ crispy potatoes; choice of Calabrese or Cacciatore (Jeff gets it Calabrese)
4.0 out of 5
644 ratings
est. 1975
RPM SteakSee RPM Steak Video ($$$$)
(1525 ratings)

66 W Kinzie St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-4990
rpmsteak.com
  • 14K Chocolate Cake
    w/ milk & dark chocolate; infused w/ coffee, layered w/ ganache, coated w/ glaze & garnished w/ edible gold leaves; looks good
  • Dry-Aged Steakburger
    dry-aged for 28 days; w/ cheddar, horseradish cream, frizzled onions; looks good
  • Grilled Lamb Burger
    cucumber, feta, harissa, sesame seed bun
  • "The Duke"
    10 oz. Rib eye filet; trimmed fat is rendered separately & used to create "beef butter" used to baste steak before & during broiling
4.0 out of 5
1525 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Steak); est. 2014; "an updated take on the classic steakhouse & features nearly 2 dozen different cuts of beef sourced from the finest butchers across the globe" (from its website)
Sepia ($$$)
(1164 ratings)

123 N Jefferson St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 441-1920
www.sepiachicago.com
  • Rohan Duck
    seared duck breast, foie gras ganache, picked blueberries & carrots, sauce poivrade infused w/ chocolate; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1164 ratings
opened in 2007; built from a 19th century print shop; featuring inventive American cuisine
ShantySee Shanty Video ($$)
(509 ratings)

38985 N US-41 Map It!
Wadsworth, IL 60083
(847) 336-0262
www.theshantyrestaurant.c...
  • New Orleans Blackened Conch Filet
    8-oz filet mignon wrapped in bacon, rubbed in Cajun spices & flamed w/ fresh conch meat, cilantro, tomato & red onion
  • Whiskey Shrimp
    fan favorite; four fresh jumbo shrimp flamed in a Jack Daniels cream sauce & served over toast points; looks good
4.0 out of 5
509 ratings
est. 1971; homemade olive oil (from their own olive ranch in Greece); "comfortable rustic atmosphere and friendly service, this truly is the place where quality food meets a fair price" (from its website)
Socca [CLOSED] ($$$)
(314 ratings)

3301 N Clark St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-1155
www.soccachicago.com
  • Shrimp & Heirloom Tomato Pizzette
    pizza-like
4.0 out of 5
314 ratings
[CLOSED]
Sun Wah Bar-B-Que ($$)
(1701 ratings)

5041 N Broadway Map It!
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-1254
sunwahbbq.com
  • Beef Chow Fun
    homemade thick rice noodles, beef in soy-based sauce; looks good
  • Roast Pork
    juicy pork w/ crispy skin; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1701 ratings
serving Hong Kong style Chinese BBQ
Superdawg Drive-InSee Superdawg Drive-In Video ($)
(1697 ratings)

6363 N Milwaukee Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60646
(773) 763-0660
www.superdawg.com
  • Superdawg
    hot dogs
  • Hot Dog
    "Superdawg"; toppings: mustard, relish, onion, pickle, green-pickled tomato
4.0 out of 5
1697 ratings
#46 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); started as a hot dog stand in 1948; a Chicago institution, internationally known; where the hot dog statues are on top of rooftop; have car hop service
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken
    "crispiest, juiciest, best-est fried chicken I've ever had"-Ted Allen; served only on Sunday night; takes 2 days to prep; looks good
4.0 out of 5
657 ratings
[CLOSED]
Taste of Peru ($$)
(564 ratings)

6545 N Clark St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 381-4540
www.tasteofperu.com
  • Tamale
    wrapped in banana leaves (rather than traditional corn husks)
  • Lomo Saltado
    Beef rib eye strips, tomatoes, onions, french fries, served over rice; looks good
4.0 out of 5
564 ratings
"I don't care if you live within 200 miles, you should walk here!"-Guy Fieri
Tre KronorSee Tre Kronor Video ($$)
(780 ratings)

3258 W Foster Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 267-9888
www.trekronorrestaurant.c...
  • Gravlax
    Aquavit cured (for 3 days) salmon with chilled asparagus and toast points; looks good
  • Swedish Meatballs
    Topped w/ gravy, served with mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers and housemade lignonberry relish
4.0 out of 5
780 ratings
opened in 1982; Swedish & Norwegian food
Tru [CLOSED]See Tru Video ($$$$)
(599 ratings)

676 N Saint Clair St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 202-0001
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Sugar Rush"
  • Chocolate Bar Dessert
4.0 out of 5
599 ratings
[CLOSED]
Tufano's Vernon Park Tap ($$)
(455 ratings)

1073 W Vernon Park Pl Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-3393
  • Chicken Parmigiana w/ Pasta
    topped w/ "red gravy" (marinara sauce)
  • Lemon Chicken
    a specialty; chopped, seasoned & broiled & served w/ side of sliced fried potatoes
  • Veal Picante w/ Pine Nuts
    sliced veal cutlets, pounded, breaded, pan-fried & topped w/ lemon-based sauce
4.0 out of 5
455 ratings
no sign on building; family restaurant serving traditional Italian; Dick Vitale, Phil Jackson, Bob Costas have eaten here
Urbanbelly [CLOSED] ($$)
(395 ratings)

1400 W. Randolph St. Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 583-0500
www.urbanbellychicago.com
  • Rice Noodles w/ Hominy, Kimchi, and Spicy Pork Broth
    soup
4.0 out of 5
395 ratings
[CLOSED]; communal dining composed of salvaged wooden planks from old Indonesian ships to create a minimalist dining room; moved from original airing location (3053 N California Ave)
Vito & Nick's PizzeriaSee Vito & Nick's Pizzeria Video ($$)
(943 ratings)

8433 S Pulaski Rd Map It!
Chicago, IL 60652
(773) 735-2050
www.vitoandnick.com
  • Egg Pizza
    Fridays only
  • Italian Beef Pizza
    thin crust pizza
4.0 out of 5
943 ratings
they throw the pizza board across the room to each other in kitchen
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
3.5 out of 5
227 ratings
"Best Ribs in the U.S."-Bon Appetit; locations also in Murphysboro, O'Fallon and Sparta
Al's BeefSee Al's Beef Video ($)
(534 ratings)

1079 W Taylor St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-4017
www.alsbeef.com
  • Italian Beef Sandwich
    have it dipped Italian beef gravy w/ Italian relish; looks good; winner of Best Sandwich (Midwest); topped w/ spicy gardinaire (Italian relish) and dipped in beef gravy; have it dipped Italian beef gravy; looks good
3.5 out of 5
534 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Sandwiches); #11 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
Food War: Al's #1 vs. Mr. Beef... Mr. Beef won (4-votes-to-1); opened in 1938; in Little Italy
Albano's PizzeriaSee Albano's Pizzeria Video ($)
(152 ratings)

5913 W Roosevelt Rd Map It!
Cicero, IL 60804
(708) 863-0060
  • Pizza Puff
    plate-sized; "calzone on steroids", but deep-fried; looks good
3.5 out of 5
152 ratings
#8 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
Black Bull [CLOSED]See Black Bull Video
(386 ratings)

1721 W Division St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60622
  • Paella Valenciana
    bomba rice, free-range chicken & rabbit, green beans, rosemary, socarrat
3.5 out of 5
386 ratings
[CLOSED]; est 2012; permanently closed & rebranded under same ownership as Mama Delia
Cemitas Puebla [CLOSED]See Cemitas Puebla Video ($$)
(307 ratings)

817 W Fulton Market Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 455-9200
  • Cemitas
    sandwich w/ choice of meat (Carne Asada, Al Pastor, Carne Enchilada, Milanesa), avocado spread, adobo (chipotle pepper), Queso Oaxaca (Mexican cheese) and papalo (a bitter herb); Guy had the Milanesa (breaded butterfly pork chop); Guy also got one w/ Milanesa, Carne Enchilada and ham
  • Taco Arabes
    spit roasted pork and onions wrapped in a thick tortilla served with a chipotle salsa; looks good
3.5 out of 5
307 ratings
[CLOSED]; moved from original location at airing (3619 W North Ave); authentic Poblano food w/ homemade chipotles and salsas; 80% of menu is from Puebla; many of the ingredients are brought in from Mexico; Other Recipes: Cemitas Puebla Steak Tacos w/ Salsa Verde
Chicago Brauhaus [CLOSED] ($$)
(570 ratings)

4732 N Lincoln Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 784-4444
www.chicagobrauhaus.com
  • Rindsroulade
    beef rouladen -- thin sliced sirloin of beef rolled w/ mustard, bacon, onions & pickle, slowly braised served w/ spaetzle (German noodle) or potato dumplings and red cabbage
  • Sauerbraten
    braised, 6-day-marinated beef, topped w/ gravy & served w/ spaetzle or potato dumplings & red cabbage; Guy got spaetzle (German noodle); looks good
3.5 out of 5
570 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 1964; named a street & a park after the chef, Harry Kempf; "a friendly Bavarian atmosphere where friends and family of all ages can enjoy a good meal, a stein of cold beer and dance along to the sounds of the world famous Brauhaus Trio. It is always Oktoberfest at the Chicago Brauhaus." (from its website)...looks like fun
Chilam BalamSee Chilam Balam Video ($$)
(747 ratings)

3023 N Broadway St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-6901
chilambalamchicago.com
  • Corn Masa Memelas
    fried mini crusts topped w/ black beans, aged goat cheese, arbol salsa and dressed shoots
  • Flautas
    flautas (small rolled-up tortilla) stuffed with chicken thigh and rajas, chipotle sauce, pickled cabbage, carrots and crema; looks good
3.5 out of 5
747 ratings
"a sustainably minded BYOB restaurant serving Mexican shared plates with a farm fresh twist" (from its website); all dishes designed to share at the table; "dive w/ refined food"; recognized in multiple publications (Time Out-Chicago, Chicago Sun Times)
  • Firebrand Chili Challenge
    tomato-based w/ blend of hot spicy meat served w/ beans & juice; also offer varying degrees from mild; challenge - spicy hot; Adam won
3.5 out of 5
79 ratings
est. 1945; off of Route 66
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