Rosebud Steakhouse is one of Chicago.

1. Rosebud Steakhouse

192 E Walton Pl (at Mies Vander Rohe Way), Chicago, IL
Steakhouse · Streeterville · 28 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: If you've had the excellent steak, maybe it's time to try the burger - one of the best in the city. Technically it's only on the lunch menu, but you can ask for it anytime - no one will blame you.

TRU is one of Chicago.

2. TRU

676 N Saint Clair St (at E Huron St), Chicago, IL
French Restaurant · Streeterville · 31 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: This high-end spot has the traditional fare (caviar, tartare) as well as a wide variety of creative new dishes: Moroccan-spiced Scottish salmon with Meyer lemon and Israeli couscous is a recent fave.

Spiaggia is one of Chicago.

3. Spiaggia

980 N Michigan Ave (at Oak St), Chicago, IL
Italian Restaurant · Streeterville · 63 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: A sister cafe to the impressive Italian fine-dining venue, the cafe boasts lake views and consistently delicious fare, such as the gnocchi tossed with green beans, potatoes, and pesto.

Avenues is one of Chicago.

4. Avenues

108 E Superior St (at N Rush St.), Chicago, IL
Event Space · Streeterville · 3 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: Traditional fare is sparked to life with quirky touches of molecular gastronomy - foam, "snow," and Altoids are no strangers to your plates during a visit to this refined venue... with a twist.

Balsan is one of Chicago.

5. Balsan

11 E Walton St (at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 3rd Floor), Chicago, IL
Gastropub · Near North Side · 37 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: The more casual of Elysian's two restaurants, Balsan is a buzzy bistro with a wandering menu created for the adventurous. Sample the small plates for fun, but the suckling pig platter reigns supreme.

Custom House is one of Chicago.

6. Custom House

500 S Dearborn St (at Congress Pkwy), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Printer's Row · 23 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: This surf-and-turf spot focuses more on turf, with exotic, fall-off-the-bone tender results. The steakhouse sides are dreamy, too: try the fingerling potatoes with black truffles.

Everest is one of Chicago.

7. Everest

440 S LaSalle St, 40th Floor (S LaSalle St and W Congress Pkwy), Chicago, IL
French Restaurant · The Loop · 33 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: French spins on American cuisine put this 40th-floor gem on top of the world. Sample the signature roasted lobster in Gewürztraminer-ginger butter sauce, but save room for the stellar cheese platter.

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is one of Chicago.

8. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

439 N Wells St (btwn Illinois St & Hubbard St), Chicago, IL
Pizza Place · River North · 296 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: Chicago's famous pizza is at its acme here - the cheese and sausage pie is deep-dish nirvana.

Graham Elliot is one of Chicago.

9. Graham Elliot

217 W Huron St (at Wells St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · River North · 48 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: This eponymous restaurant from a rising culinary star does not disappoint. Its small-plate offerings, like a gigantic buffalo chicken wing with Budweiser foam, are a joyous, delicious laugh.

Gene & Georgetti is one of Chicago.

10. Gene & Georgetti

500 N Franklin St (at W Illinois St), Chicago, IL
Steakhouse · River North · 60 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: This "hotspot" (literally!) keeps patrons warm during the winter - its 1,100°F Vulcan broiler sears steaks to perfection with plenty of heat to spare. Sip on icy martinis to keep cool in the summer.

mk The Restaurant is one of Chicago.

11. mk The Restaurant

868 N Franklin St (btw Chestnut St & Locust St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Near North Side · 47 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: Like the food, the stylish bi-level dining room achieves a balance between elegant and easygoing. Make sure to save room for dessert - pastry chef Kate Neumann is sure to be a rising star.

Mr. Beef is one of Chicago.

12. Mr. Beef

666 N Orleans St (at Huron St.), Chicago, IL
Italian Restaurant · River North · 40 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: A restaurant that does one thing so well nothing else matters, Mr. Beef turns out a juicy Italian beef sandwich customized to order. Also great? The fries - and try a sub with red peppers for variety.

North Pond is one of Chicago.

13. North Pond

2610 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Lincoln Park · 36 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: Learn where your food comes from at this farm-to-table restaurant, and enjoy the daily-changing menu while gazing at the "rural" scenery - it's located in a park that serves as oasis for the city.

Avec is one of Chicago.

14. Avec

615 W Randolph St (at N Jefferson St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Loop · 186 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: This venue has surrendered happily to the small plate movement; only 6 items on the menu are full-size. Roasted artichoke crostini and whipped brandade with garlic bread & fresh herbs are winners.

Japonais by Morimoto is one of Chicago.

15. Japonais by Morimoto

600 W Chicago Ave (at Larrabee St), Chicago, IL
Japanese Restaurant · 93 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: This riverfront hotspot is minimalist and organic in all aspects, but its austere dishes are never lacking in flavor. Cook your own Kobe beef on sizzling rocks as you sip sake from the extensive list.

Carnivale is one of Chicago.

16. Carnivale

702 W Fulton Market (at Union Ave), Chicago, IL
Latin American Restaurant · Fulton River District · 134 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: South American cuisine and brightly colored decor will transport you to, well, Carnivale! Try the rum-glazed roast pork or pupusas stuffed with oxtail, cheese, and refried beans.

Ann Sather is one of Chicago.

17. Ann Sather

3411 N Broadway St (at W Roscoe St), Chicago, IL
Scandinavian Restaurant · Lake View East · 56 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: Famous for its authentic Swedish meatballs, Ann Sather is loved by locals (Scandinavian or not) for its desserts - gigantic cinnamon rolls and marzipan cream cakes.

The Publican is one of Chicago.

18. The Publican

837 W Fulton Market (at N Green St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Fulton Market · 348 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: This self-avowed "beer focused restaurant" combines European beer-hall decor with fresh farmhouse fare. Their small plates are a must, from hearty pork rillettes to juicy yellow beets.

Alinea is one of Chicago.

19. Alinea

1723 N Halsted St (btwn W North Ave & W Willow St), Chicago, IL
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant · Lincoln Park · 132 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: A hidden second floor of dining space is only the introduction to the surprising, delightful meals to be had at this elegant venue. 12- and 24-course meals are massive, mouth-watering undertakings.

Moto Restaurant is one of Chicago.

20. Moto Restaurant

945 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant · Fulton Market · 43 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: Chef Homaro Cantu has become the poster child of the mad-scientist conceptual-cooking fad in America. The result is "postmodern interactive cuisine" that is worth the experiment.

one sixtyblue is one of Chicago.

21. one sixtyblue

1400 W Randolph St (ogden), Chicago, IL
American Restaurant · Fulton Market · 17 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: Contemporary French cuisine is served amid elegant surroundings at this restaurant, owned in part by Chicago superstar Michael Jordan himself. Try the mushroom-stuffed guinea hen breast.

Indie Café is one of Chicago.

22. Indie Café

5951 N Broadway St (at Thorndale Ave), Chicago, IL
Thai Restaurant · Edgewater · 39 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: This BYOB, wallet-friendly favorite fuses Thai and Japanese cuisines for a menu that is delicious and never boring. Lunch specials are an even bigger bargain!

Hot Doug's is one of Chicago.

23. Hot Doug's

3324 N California Ave (at Roscoe St), Chicago, IL
Hot Dog Joint · Northwest Side · 241 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: Sure, you could order a classic beef frank with relish, but with odd, intriguing menu items like goji-berry pheasant sausage with jerk mayonnaise & cheese-stuffed sweet peppers, how could you resist?

Lula Café is one of Chicago.

24. Lula Café

2537 N Kedzie Blvd (btwn Linden & Logan Sq.), Chicago, IL
Café · Logan Square · 240 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: This cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner effortlessly and without pretension. Best of the best include brioche French toast and roast leg of lamb with sherry-braised black figs.

Woodfire Grill is one of Chicago.

25. Woodfire Grill

1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA
American Restaurant · Lindridge - Martin Manor · 55 tips and reviews

EpicuriousEpicurious: The Top Chef contestant and co-owner is best known for his love of pork, but the true highlight of this hotspot is its focus on local ingredients. Try the wood-roasted duck breast with Georgia peaches

Sensational Bites is one of Chicago.

26. Sensational Bites

3751 N Southport Ave (btw Grace & Waveland), Chicago, IL
Cupcake Shop · Lakeview · 29 tips and reviews

Serious EatsSerious Eats: Grace's Caramel Bar provides a hefty vehicle for sugar consumption. Chewy caramel, chocolate chips, and walnuts are sandwiched between layers of chocolate that's a textural mix of cake and brownie.

Au Cheval is one of Chicago.

27. Au Cheval

800 W Randolph St (at S Halsted St), Chicago, IL
Burger Joint · Fulton Market · 404 tips and reviews
Dove's Luncheonette is one of Chicago.

28. Dove's Luncheonette

1545 N Damen Ave (btwn Milwaukee Ave & Wicker Park Ave), Chicago, IL
Diner · Wicker Park · 86 tips and reviews
Floriole Cafe & Bakery is one of Chicago.

29. Floriole Cafe & Bakery

1220 W Webster Ave (btwn Magnolia & Racine), Chicago, IL
Café · North Side · 87 tips and reviews
HEWN Artisan Bread is one of Chicago.

30. HEWN Artisan Bread

810 Dempster St, Evanston, IL
Bakery · 12 tips and reviews
Beurrage is one of Chicago.

31. Beurrage

1248 W 18th St (Throop), Chicago, IL
Bakery · Pilsen · 6 tips and reviews