6 Great Eats in Chicago From Institutions to Chinese Food


Top six list for Chicago eats from passportdelicious.

The Billy Goat Tavern: Under Michigan Avenue. (Watch for the staircase by the Wrigley Building.) Old school red-and-white checked formica tables. A grill staff that will banter with you. Average but tasty double-cheeseburgers, but you’re not here for the food. A bit dingy with age, but still infinitely lovable, IMHO.  I especially like breakfast at The Billy Goat.

Bangers & Lace, Wicker Park: Come here primarily for the interesting and comprehensive beer menu, but the brats are pretty good too. Oh, and the corn nuts are ADDICTIVE.

Oasis Cafe, Loop: Grab a falafel sandwich for this mysterious Middle Eastern cafe in the back of a jewelry mart. Really, the location is the main reason to go. Quirky!

Lao Sze Chuan, Chinatown: The most delicious Chinese food. Really. Make sure you get the sweet potato cakes for dessert.

Lush, West Town: This is a wine shop and cafe. Truth be told, I’ve never eaten the food here. But I love the wine shop and have bought a bottle from the shop and taken it over to the bar area to enjoy. Great, knowledgeable staff.

Hema’s Kitchen, Lincoln Park: A Chicago institution, Hema has been dishing up Indian food in Chicago since like when I first lived here in 1996. Her “new” Lincoln Park outpost is much more convenient than her old Devon location. I need to eat my way through the menu here.

Thx passportdelicious.

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