If there’s one thing Chicago is famous for, it’s the food. Pizza, hotdogs, and Italian beef are just a few of Chicago’s best-selling eats, and the city sees many visitors who are only there for one reason: to fill their tummies with traditional Chicago delicacies from the best local restaurants. If you’re one of those people, here’s a roundup of Chicago’s absolute best restaurants you’ll want to chow down at during your Illinois trip.
Beef is a Chicago staple, and you can get yours at Mr. Beef. While it may not be the fanciest joint on the block, you’ll easily forget about the atmosphere as you melt away into a bite of gravy-covered beef. Get it on Italian bread, and you can say you’ve tried Chicago’s well-loved Italian beef sandwich.
Owned and operated by a husband and wife, Smyth and the Loyalist is actually two restaurants. Guests who enjoy bright, cheery spaces can sample the tasting menu at Smyth, while those who prefer darker environments can taste the best burger in Chicago at The Loyalist. Both offer exquisite seasonal dishes prepared by Chicago’s top chefs.
At Honey Butter Fried Chicken, the chefs put an upscale twist on Southern, homestyle classics. However, there’s much more to this Chicago restaurant than artistically presented fried chicken. You’ll find that the food here is bursting with flavor, and there’s no better example than the original sandwich. Spicy mayo adds just the right amount of kick, and the coleslaw adds crunch and texture that takes this juicy chicken sandwich to a whole new level.
If you want to experience a taste of Tokyo’s renowned seafood market, head to Chicago’s beloved Sushi-San. The restaurant boasts the freshest fish in the city, and you’ll be able to enjoy all sorts of raw delights in a unique, upscale atmosphere. The rolls are a favorite of Sushi-San regulars, and you won’t find scallops any tastier than the ones prepared by Sushi-San’s chefs. If you get hungry for seafood while you’re in Chicago, Sushi-San is the place to go.
Of course, a visit to Chicago wouldn’t be complete without devouring a deep-dish pizza. Pequod’s has made quite the name for itself as one of Chicago’s best pizzerias. However, the pie here is a bit different than your typical Chicago-style pizza. Airy crust and crisp, slightly burnt cheese make this pizza more enjoyable for those who usually prefer thin crust. Without the super thick dough to work through, pizza from Pequod’s is a more manageable version of traditional deep-dish pie.