Chicago is a city known for fine dining and authentic, exciting cuisine. Inside the city itself a range of eateries vie for the top spot. Patrons – both local and visiting – definitely come out on top.
Relatively new to the city, but definitely a beat off the pizza and beer you’ll find on virtually every corner, the Savoy is the brainchild of Ricky Moore and Brian Greene, who serves as the executive chef for the restaurant. The flavor of the restaurant is almost exclusively of the ocean, both in décor and flavor. The walls of the restaurant are whitewashed and drift wood is used for as many accents as possible throughout.
The nautical feel of the restaurant perfectly complements the seafood dishes prepared for patrons. A raw bar serves oysters, Alaskan king crab and other delicacies while servers bring out platters of French, Spanish and Asian-inspired cuisine choices. With house favorites both on and off the menu, you’ll always find plenty to enjoy here.
While perhaps not the typical fine dining establishment, Little Goat is making headlines for being one of the most interesting eateries in Chicago. While the name says “little”, there isn’t much small about the restaurant itself.
Inside the door, you’ll find more than 8,000 square feet of space dedicated to a retro diner, a coffee shop, and a bread store for artisan palates as well as a private dining area. Rounding out the establishment is the cooking school housed in the restaurant as well.
Enjoy one of the sixteen craft beers on tap as well as classic American menu items and cocktails. And be sure to grab some of the excellent sourdough bread to go.
Perhaps the most happening restaurant in Chicago is one you’ll never get into – unless you’re very lucky that is. Next, the brain child of Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas is making waves by not accepting reservations, bribes or even holding tables for A-list celebrities. Everyone must buy a ticket in advance and those lucky few tickets per day are usually snatched up in just a few seconds once released.
Tickets are reselling for thousands of dollars, much like tickets to premium sporting events and the menu items change periodically. All food is made fresh and is inspired by virtually everything under the sun including street food in Thailand and American food items from eras long past.
Your best bet to get a table at Next is to either pay the premium price required by those lucky enough to get tickets the first time or simply reserve the entire restaurant, bar or lounge for your own private party or event.
Not to Miss
The range of options and opportunities for dining in Chicago is rivaled by only a handful of cities.
A visit to Chicago isn’t complete without stopping by one of the many steakhouses. A visit to Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, and David Burke’s Primehouse are just a few not to miss.