Chicago January 03, 2018
The 16 Chicago Restaurants You Must Try In 2018
While you’re making your resolutions for the new year, add taking time to eat at some of the best restaurants in Chicago. Make 2018 the most delicious year yet with these amazing eateries. Forget going to the same old places and try something new this year. Keep scrolling for Chicago’s best eats.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Arbor (2545 W Diversey Avenue)
This epic eatery grows many of its own ingredients. Guests enjoy upscale dishes in a simple setting at this popular spot. Menu items include salads, breakfast bowls, cheese plates, soup, and sandwiches.
for more in-depth details.
2. Billy Goat Tavern (430 N Michigan Avenue)
This 1934 diner is swathed in history. Today it has eight locations around the city and was made nationally famous by a Saturday Night Live skit. Most known for the "Cheezboiger," you'll also find an impressive menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items here as well.
for the story behind this local landmark.
3. Daley's Restaurant (809 E 63rd Street)
This historic restaurant should be on your bucket list. It began in 1892 and is a true Chicago gem. You can get just about anything you want to eat. We highly recommend stopping in for breakfast.
for details about one of Windy City's oldest restaurants.
4. Elizabeth (4835 N Western Avenue)
One of the best restaurants for 2018 is this upscale little eatery that offers amazing tasting menus. Dishes are inspired by nature and the ingredients of the season. You won't be able to help but take pictures of your food here.
for more mouthwatering details.
5. Gayle's Best Ever Grilled Cheese (108 N State Street, Level B1)
Feed your inner child at this delicious place. Serving up adult grilled cheeses, this restaurant is the answer to your nostalgia. Patrons enjoy gourmet ingredients like crab, lobster, and even mac and cheese.
for more info about this cheese lover's paradise.
6. Joey G's Mac n' Cheese (2351 W Augusta Boulevard)
Speaking of nostalgia, this wonderful restaurant will satisfy your inner child as well. Get mac and cheese any way you like at this joint. You can even put it on a sandwich.
for more details about this delightful eatery.
7. Kaiser Tiger (1415 W Randolph Street)
Bacon lovers unite for the best spot to eat in the whole city. This incredible restaurant infuses bacon into everything and even has beer pairings to go with the dishes. The best menu item is The Bomb, which you can order by the slice.
for more info about this carnivore heaven.
8. North Pond (2610 N Cannon Drive)
For celebrating a special occasion or trying to impress a date, this romantic restaurant is the right choice. It is beautiful inside and out, and even the food is designed to be visually pleasing. The ever-changing menu utilizes fresh ingredients from local markets.
for details about this elegant eatery.
9. Red Apple Buffet (3121 N Milwaukee Avenue in Avondale | 6474 N Milwaukee Avenue in Norwood Park)
Enjoy all you can eat at this wonderful paradise of food. The whole family will find something they love to eat at this community hotspot. Dishes are prepared using fresh ingredients and many reflect cuisines from European cultures.
for more details.
10. RM Champagne Salon (116 N Green Street)
Any time of year, this is a gorgeous restaurant for a laid-back meal. It is best known for oysters and sparkling wine which can be paired with cheeses, mini sandwiches, and pastries. Patrons also enjoy shrimp, lobster, steak, burgers, flatbreads, salads, and more.
11. Rockit Bar & Grill (22 W Hubbard Street)
Make 2018 epic with a visit to this dynamite bar restaurant. It is a high-energy, late-night lounge that is known for delicious eats and even better drinks. Guests enjoy classics like sliders, calamari, wings, mozzarella sticks, ultimate nachos and much more, including a drink served out of a skull.
for more info.
12. Roots Pizza (1924 W Chicago Avenue)
The pizza at this joint is amazing, but the mozzarella sticks are even better. From the moment you step into this pizzeria, you'll never want to leave. A beautiful interior and astounding food make this a local favorite.
for the delicious details.
13. Sorrento's Ranch Restaurant (50W187 State Rt. 64 in Maple Park)
While you may have to drive for a while to get to this restaurant, it is so worth the trek. It has been serving amazing Italian-inspired meals since 1974 and is a great place for banquets and receptions. Guests enjoy prime rib, steak, and other meats as well as soup, salad, and desserts.
for more why you need to visit this tasty place.
14. The Junction Diner (7401 Madison Street in Forest Park)
Kids especially will love this top-notch eatery. Sit at the bar to have your food delivered by train. Patrons enjoy American favorites like burgers, wraps, and a wealth of different sandwiches as well as pasta, salads, and all-day breakfast options.
for more info about this one-of-a-kind restaurant.
15. The Silver Palm (768 North Milwaukee Avenue)
Of course, it's just as much fun to eat in an actual train. This converted restaurant gives you an unforgettable eating experience that can only be found in Chicago. The interior is cozy, and you'll find items on the menu to please any palate.
to read more about this epic dining experience.
16. Three Dots and a Dash (435 N Clark Street)
Not just for summer, this wonderful tropical diner is one of the best restaurants you should visit in the new year. It is an oasis of exotic decor and marvelous eats. There are multiple themed rooms to dine in and creative tropical drinks that you won't be able to resist.
for details about this tasty oasis.
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Which of these best restaurants in Chicago are you looking forward to most? Share your thoughts (and recommendations) with us in the comments below!