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The Bristol is one of Chicago Eater 38.

1. The Bristol

2152 N Damen Ave (at Webster Ave.), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Bucktown · 96 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The Bristol chef Chris Pandel does things with animal parts most others wouldn't dare and the experience is heightened because of it. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

Frontera Grill is one of Chicago Eater 38.

2. Frontera Grill

445 N Clark St (at W Illinois St), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · River North · 217 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Rick Bayless' mexican haven is a Chicago institution spawning spinoffs around the globe of south of the border fare from street food to high end. [Eater 38 Member]

Nightwood Restaurant is one of Chicago Eater 38.

3. Nightwood Restaurant

2119 S Halsted St (at 21st Pl), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · East Pilsen · 98 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Jason Hammel and Jason Vincent give us another reason to travel to Pilsen: their impeccably prepared rustic seasonal fare and a cool, modern Kevin Heisner-designed room to eat in. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

Balena is one of Chicago Eater 38.

4. Balena

1633 N Halsted St (btwn Willow St & North Ave), Chicago, IL
Italian Restaurant · Lincoln Park · 60 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Between the rustic Italian fare, heavenly desserts, and fantastic cocktail list, the partnership between the Bristol and Boka groups doesn't show any signs of slowing down. [Eater 38 Member]

Avec is one of Chicago Eater 38.

5. Avec

615 W Randolph St (at N Jefferson St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Loop · 159 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Even a fire couldn't sideline the star of the Blackbird group; Chef Koren Grieveson keeps her preparations simple and lets the flavors really burst forward. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

Yusho is one of Chicago Eater 38.

6. Yusho

2853 N Kedzie Ave (at W. George St.), Chicago, IL
Japanese Restaurant · Logan Square · 74 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Charlie Trotter's vet Matthias Merges took a massive departure from fine dining and opened this yakitori-inspired Japanese street food spot. [Eater 38 Member]

Au Cheval is one of Chicago Eater 38.

7. Au Cheval

800 W Randolph St (at S Halsted St), Chicago, IL
Gastropub · Fulton Market · 284 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Some may decry this as a hipster diner, but the quality of food—crispy potato hash with duck heart gravy, foie gras, and scrambled eggs and toast— puts this spot in a new category. [Eater 38 Member]

Lula Café is one of Chicago Eater 38.

8. Lula Café

2537 N Kedzie Blvd (btwn Linden & Logan Sq.), Chicago, IL
Café · Logan Square · 185 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Before Logan Square had Longman & Eagle, it had Lula Café. Ten years on it's easy to see why people flock for its locally sourced menu, Sunday brunch and Monday night farm dinners. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant is one of Chicago Eater 38.

9. Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant

2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL
Chinese Restaurant · Armour Square · 100 tips and reviews

EaterEater: One of four Chinatown spots owned by Tony Hu, the focus here is on Szechwan dishes, ranging from the basic to the downright adventurous. [Eater 38 Member]

GT Fish and Oyster is one of Chicago Eater 38.

10. GT Fish and Oyster

531 N Wells St (at Grand Ave), Chicago, IL
Seafood Restaurant · River North · 163 tips and reviews

EaterEater: If it were just fish and chips and chowdah, we'd still be won over; but everything you'd think you're on one of the coasts. [Eater 38 Member]

Vera is one of Chicago Eater 38.

11. Vera

1023 W Lake St, Chicago, IL
Spanish Restaurant · Fulton Market · 34 tips and reviews

EaterEater: A cute spot where you can go for a quick glass of Sherry or wine at the bar or have a romantic dinner over Spanish small plates. [Eater 38 Member]

Smoque BBQ is one of Chicago Eater 38.

12. Smoque BBQ

3800 N Pulaski Rd (at Grace St), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Old Irving Park · 194 tips and reviews

EaterEater: With two smokers to prep meaty St. Louis-style ribs, tender brisket, apple-and-oak-smoked pulled pork and more, this 'cue joint ain't no joke. [Eater 38 Member]

Ruxbin Kitchen is one of Chicago Eater 38.

13. Ruxbin Kitchen

851 N Ashland Ave (at Pearson Ave), Chicago, IL
American Restaurant · Noble Square · 51 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Don't pass up this tiny, no reservations spot. It has a BYO policy and a chef who cooked under Thomas Keller preparing a globally influenced menu. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

Piccolo Sogno is one of Chicago Eater 38.

14. Piccolo Sogno

464 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL
Italian Restaurant · Fulton River District · 76 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Even if you can't sit on the city's best patio all year, chef Tony Priolo's pizzas, housemade pastas and grilled meats make a trip worth it even in the dead of winter. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

Trenchermen is one of Chicago Eater 38.

15. Trenchermen

2039 W North Ave, Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Wicker Park · 92 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The Sheerin brothers have outdone themselves with a polarizing menu of upscale charcuterie. Everyone has an opinion on this spot. [Eater 38 Member]

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant is one of Chicago Eater 38.

16. Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

4801 N Broadway St (at Lawrence Ave.), Chicago, IL
Ethiopian Restaurant · Uptown · 37 tips and reviews

EaterEater: When we want to eat with our hands and sop up spicy Ethiopian sauces and tender doro wat and vegetables we head north to Uptown. Tip: they roast their own coffee, too. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

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17. Taxim

1558 N Milwaukee Ave (btwn Damen Ave & North Ave), Chicago, IL
Greek Restaurant · Wicker Park · 30 tips and reviews

EaterEater: When you want more than spanikopita and gyros, David Schneider's authentic regional Greek fare (and amazing Greek wine list) beckons you to this beautiful dining room in Wicker Park. [Eater 38 Member]

Pho Xe Tang is one of Chicago Eater 38.

18. Pho Xe Tang

Chicago, IL
Vietnamese Restaurant · Uptown · 4 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Uptown's Argyle Street is also known as Little Saigon and Tank Noodle is the crown jewel for its authentic Vietnamese cuisine, especially the various steaming bowls of pho. [Eater 38 Member]

19. Coalfire Pizza

1321 W Grand Ave (Ogden), Chicago, IL
Pizza Place · Fulton Market · 90 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Coalfire changed the way we think about thin crust. If you like it super crispy with a little bit of char, this is your new haunt. [Eater 38 Member]

The Publican is one of Chicago Eater 38.

20. The Publican

837 W Fulton Market (at N Green St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Fulton Market · 314 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Three years in, Paul Kahan's temple to pork and shellfish remains strong, especially with chef Brian Huston overseeing the kitchen. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

Pleasant House Bakery is one of Chicago Eater 38.

21. Pleasant House Bakery

964 W 31st St, Chicago, IL
Bakery · Bridgeport · 60 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Fish & chips Fridays start at 5:30. [Eater 38 Member]

Sepia is one of Chicago Eater 38.

22. Sepia

123 N Jefferson St (btwn Washington & Randolph), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Loop · 48 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Andrew Zimmerman's menus paired with a cutting-edge beverage program makes it a complete experience. [Eater 38 Member]

Big Jones is one of Chicago Eater 38.

23. Big Jones

5347 N Clark St (btwn W Summerdale Ave & W Balmoral Ave), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Andersonville · 113 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The Boarding House lunch (with juicy fried chicken) and hearty brunch platters have given Big Jones new life. [Eater 38 Member]

Cumin is one of Chicago Eater 38.

24. Cumin

1414 N Milwaukee Ave (btwn Wolcott Ave. & Evergreen Ave.), Chicago, IL
Indian Restaurant · Wicker Park · 56 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Authentic Indian south of Devon can be tough to find. Throw in Nepalese, an array of curries, platters, and cocktails and you might not go back up north. [Eater 38 Member]

Calumet Fisheries is one of Chicago Eater 38.

25. Calumet Fisheries

3259 E 95th St (at Calumet River), Chicago, IL
Fish Market · 40 tips and reviews

EaterEater: When you need your fried seafood or smoked fish fix, hit this James Beard-recognized, Anthony Bourdain-endorsed classic Chicago fish house on the Far South Side. [Eater 38 Member]

Hot Doug's is one of Chicago Eater 38.

26. Hot Doug's

3324 N California Ave (at Roscoe St), Chicago, IL
Hot Dog Joint · Northwest Side · 244 tips and reviews

EaterEater: There's little doubt that Hot Doug's is the preeminent hot dog and "sausage superstore" in Chicago, perhaps even the country and world. [Eater 38 Member]

Grace is one of Chicago Eater 38.

27. Grace

652 W Randolph St (at W Couch Pl), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Loop · 33 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Grace's fine dining has been wowing diners, and media, from its inception. A glass-enclosed kitchen, spot-on wine pairings, and fascinating backstory only add to the draw. [Eater 38 Member]

Acadia is one of Chicago Eater 38.

28. Acadia

1639 S Wabash Ave (btwn E 16th St & E 18th St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · South Loop · 40 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Ryan McCaskey and team tackle one of the best burgers in town at the bar, embark on a journey through an eight-course menu, and satisfy a sweets craving with a dessert tasting menu. [Eater 38 Member]

Katsu is one of Chicago Eater 38.

29. Katsu

2651 W Peterson Ave (btwn N Talman Ave & N Washtenaw Ave), Chicago, IL
Sushi Restaurant · West Ridge · 34 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Katsu continues to churn out uncompromising sushi in an unassuming building on the Far North Side for a quarter-century and counting. [Eater 38 Member]

Fat Rice is one of Chicago Eater 38.

30. Fat Rice

2957 W Diversey Ave (at N Sacramento Ave), Chicago, IL
Asian Restaurant · Logan Square · 66 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Former underground chef Abraham Conlon has reached the big time with his creative take on Macau cuisine. Try the pickle assortments and namesake "fat rice." [Eater 38 Member]

31. Sticky Rice

4018 N Western Ave (at W Irving Park Rd), Chicago, IL
Thai Restaurant · Horner Park · 44 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Go further then Pad Thai and get adventurous with Northern Thai specialties like gang hung lay and housemade sausage, with sticky rice on the side. [Eater 38 Member]

32. Edzo's Burger Shop

1571 Sherman Ave (btwn Davis St & Grove St), Evanston, IL
Burger Joint · 74 tips and reviews

EaterEater: While a second location is open in Lincoln Park, the first in Evanston remains a cult destination and the gold standard for griddled, no-frills burgers. [Eater 38 Member]

Pequod's Pizzeria is one of Chicago Eater 38.

33. Pequod's Pizzeria

2207 N Clybourn Ave (btwn W Webster Ave & N Greenview Ave), Chicago, IL
Restaurant · North Side · 204 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Chicago deep dish gets a twist and a cult-following at Pequod's that even out-of-town deep dish haters can love. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

Mindy's Hot Chocolate is one of Chicago Eater 38.

34. Mindy's Hot Chocolate

1747 N Damen Ave (at W Willow St), Chicago, IL
Dessert Shop · Bucktown · 171 tips and reviews

EaterEater: While the savory food and the drinks are very good, the sweets and the hot chocolates are predictably not to be missed from an owner with a James Beard award for best pastry chef. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

La Sirena Clandestina is one of Chicago Eater 38.

35. La Sirena Clandestina

954 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL
Latin American Restaurant · Fulton Market · 50 tips and reviews

EaterEater: John Manion continues to crank out empanadas & other chef-driven Latin fare among the big boys on Fulton Market. A fresh remodeling and inventive cocktails completes the experience. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

Cemitas Puebla is one of Chicago Eater 38.

36. Cemitas Puebla

3619 W North Ave (at N Monticello Ave), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Humboldt Park · 58 tips and reviews

EaterEater: No matter who you are & where you're from, broad swaths of food-loving humanity make the trip to Humboldt Park for Tony Anteliz's authentic cemitas sandwiches and spit-roasted meat. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

Dusek's is one of Chicago Eater 38.

37. Dusek's

1227 W 18th St (at S Allport St), Chicago, IL
Bar · Pilsen · 71 tips and reviews

EaterEater: A creative beer-themed restaurant, a basement punch-focused bar and a concert hall. Don't miss the "Juicy Lucy and the General Tso's sweetbreads. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.

Girl & the Goat is one of Chicago Eater 38.

38. Girl & the Goat

809 W Randolph St (at Halsted St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Town · 458 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Four years in and Stephanie Izard's restaurant row flagship continues to be among the busiest - and best - restaurants in town. [Eater 38 Member] Read more.