What Gyros on the Spit lacks in execution, it makes up for in potential.
Lakeview, North Side
The pork is falling-apart tender, with just the right amount of fatty bits and burnt edges to give it textural appeal.
Far beyond cured salmon, the restaurant does a stellar job proving that a seafood spot can serve brunch just as handily as the other stroller magnets around town.
This new gourmet popcorn shop is an anti-fake-powder kind of place, dedicated to using real food—from real maple syrup to local beer to fresh fruit dehydrated in-house.
I was lucky enough to snag a ticket and get a behind the scenes look at just what goes into one of these boils. And get really, really full on crawfish.
Iskender Kebab is a robust dish with strips of meaty lamb doner, brightly acidic warm tomato sauce, and tart cool yogurt, all tossed with bread cubes—a riot of bright contrasts amid the general subtlety of wholesomeness.
While it's a shame Redhot Ranch doesn't carry pickles, it's best not to let a minor issue get in the way of a genuinely excellent new burger option in Chicago.
Amidst the flurry of re-imagined diners, City Dough stands as one of the best examples of the template. From the polished, sunny vibe to the jovial servers and heartwarming, heart attack-inducing menu, the restaurant is what diner dreams are made of.
I loved the idea of this sandwich. A buffalo chicken french dip? Why didn't I come up with that?
"Comfort revisited" is the culinary mantra at Hearty, a restaurant rooted in reinvigorated nostalgia and a hefty dose of whimsy.
This comfortable, crafty addition to East Lakeview could very well be the new quintessential Chicago brunch haven, not terribly crowded, accessible and comforting to all, with a menu rife with decadent and inventive American brunch fare.
There aren't any surprises with this sandwich: it's the awesome Crisp fried chicken in a different outfit.
Extra creamy and creatively flavored, Jeni's has a remarkably ability to make other ice cream seem one dimensional—like it's missing something. Though Jeni's has been shipping to Chicago for years, I was still excited when the company announced plans for a permanent scoop shop in Lakeview.
As with any good American comfort food spot, the brunch menu at Hutch is borderline overkill. It toes the line between heinously indulgent and "oh, wouldn't it be cute to try croissant French toast?"
Sometimes a fish sandwich, while great, is so covered in fried batter that you don't really feel like you're eating fish at all. This is not one of those sandwiches. Instead, the fish sandwich ($14) at Hutch is the kind that keeps it simple.
Thanks to the delicately breaded and fried shrimp, it's lighter than most banh mi I've tried. The menu says this one doesn't have the Korean red pepper aioli, but it was totally on mine and I count as a victory.
When I heard that a brand spankin' new restaurant in Lakeview, Four Belly, was serving up things like silkworms, I knew I had to try them and share my experience.
You can tell LooseLeaf crafts sandwiches with care. Nothing looks like it was haphazardly slapped on, and there was nothing I didn't like about the chicken pesto sandwich.
As far as I'm concerned, a salad can only be improved by addition of meat, or, better yet, something fried--anything, really, to remove the notion that I'm eating something vaguely positive for my arteries. So the Crispy Onchoy Salad ($12) at Andy's Thai Kitchen in Lakeview is basically my dream dish.