Foods & Drinks

Best Restaurants In Chicago

The weather outside is frightful, but indoor dining is none-too-delightful… For Chicago gourmands, that only leaves two options: Either take refuge in one of the many makeshift heated outdoor structures proliferating the sidewalks or dive head-first into the thriving take-out and delivery scene. From tongue-in-cheek sandwich creations to Scandanavian beers, a pioneering purveyor of Peranakan cuisine, and Japanese cocktails fit for a king, here are the city’s hands-down hottest restaurants. Read on for the best restaurants in Chicago.

Best Restaurants In Chicago

Smoque BBQ

Smoque BBQ | Restaurants in Irving Park, Chicago

With two smokers to prep meaty St. Louis-style and baby-back ribs, tender brisket, apple-and-oak-smoked pulled pork and more, this destination on the Northwest Side neighborhood of Irving Park delivers barbecue in the style of Kansas City and Memphis. Over the summer, owner Barry Sorkin converted his parking lot into a socially distant and friendly covered patio.

3800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

Mi Tocaya Antojería

Few chefs share the talent and drive that Diana Dávila exhibits while showcasing a dazzling display of small Mexican dishes in Logan Square. Dávila isn’t shy about risks; she isn’t pandering to the typical American diner. The chef just switched to a winter menu with duck carnitas and wondrous spaghetti squash that’s done “elote style.”

2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647


It’s all about the hearth at Galit, where chef Zach Engel fires up lovingly warm pita that serve as ideal vehicles for a plethora of spreads at this upscale and relaxed Middle Eastern restaurant. The James Beard Rising Chef winner and GM Andres Clavero have created a welcoming restaurant in Lincoln Park. An example of Engel’s approach is when he uses small chunks of brisket in his world-class hummus; it’s a small and welcoming add with big results. The natural wine selection provides ideal complements. Takeout and delivery only.

2429 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Paulie Gee’s Logan Square

Paulie Gee's Logan Square Restaurant in Chicago |

This New York institution has found its groove in Chicago thanks to a team that has a genuine love for all things pizza. All of Paulie Gee’s N.Y. staples remain, like the Hellboy drizzled with hot honey, and an extensive selection of vegan pies. But Paulie Gee’s is distinctively Midwestern thanks to Detroit squares with a crunch and premium toppings that surpass the originator of the art form, Buddy’s Pizza. The pickup window sells slices, and whole pies can be ordered online.

2451 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647