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Our Top Five Restaurants In Chicago

If you happen to be visiting the windy city be it for business or pleasure it is always a good idea to know exactly where to stop for a bite to eat. There are many top of the line restaurants in Chicago which offer a variety of eating options and in this article we hope to help you make your eating out choices easier. Here are our top 5 best restaurants in Chicago.

5. Vivial

Vivial is known for its fine comfort foods and cocktails which they serve in a very intimate, informal yet beautifully sophisticated setting. Located on 3755 N. Southport Ave Vivial offers inventive cocktail and elegant yet simple comfort food. They offer various dining options as well as specials with a very friendly, down to earth service.

If you are interested in a cocktail you may want to try the ìHonestly, I spilled the White Outî, or the ìFight Nightî. If you want a little brunch you could start with some Beer and Cheese soup, followed by a Duck Scramble accompanied with a delicious Yuzu Me Please. And for Dinner maybe a Crudo, some Handmade Beer Bread and a Short Rib Bucatini. Keep in mind you can also order a fine bottle of wine.

4. Arbor

Arbor is known for its sustainable, farm fresh options that are presented in a very creative way. Set in a very clean and unpretentious manner Arbor has evolved the concept of food and beverages. They have not only very high reviews for their food but their service is above excellent.

From a Breakfast Burrito to a full on hunters breakfast which includes a delicious Black Forest Ham, a truffle aioli, omelette, spinach, perfectly grilled mushrooms all laid out on an English Muffin.  They offer chef picked dishes that are artistic such as the Arbor Cheese Plate or Midwestern style Omakase. Arbor definitely does not lack in its artistic flare.

3. Ballaro

Located on 214 Green Bay RD Ballaro is known for its great food but even greater service. Ballaroís gathers its inspiration from the Palermos Ballaro Market and using seasonal midwestern ingredients they offer a contemporary take on Italian Cuisine and Drink. This is a truly traditional cuisine with a modern flare.

They have a variety of appetizers which include Snow Crab Risotto Cakes, Duck Prosciutto Salad and Minestrone Al Forno. Their Four Cheese, Taleggio and Radicchio and HOusemade Sausage pizzas are to die for. They offer a variety of pastas and risottos and their entrees include Rainbow Trout, Scottish Salmon and Amish Chicken. Make sure you leave room for dessert.

2. Maple and Ash

Maple and Ash is a very hip and attractive steak house which is located 8. W Maple St. This two story joint offers an upstairs menu and a downstairs menu but the food and service is sublime regardless of the floor you choose. They also offer various free plates to whet the appetite while you wait for your food and drink.

If you choose to dine downstairs you can start off with Oysters on the Half Shell, Burrata, or Baked in Coals French Onion Soup. They offer various salad options and as a main course maybe some Mussels and Frites, Roasted Lamb Chops or a Sophisticated Grilled Cheese.

Meanwhile upstairs you can pick from various raw/chilled options, some Caviar, King Crab Salad, Shrimp De Jonghe or Sauternes Soaked Foie Gras.  You can also try out a Roasted Seafood Tower which varies in height and size or some delicious Steaks and Chops. Don’t forget to check out the drink menu. But regardless of the floor you choose you will be delighted.

1.For our top pick we went with Swift and Sons which is an all American steakhouse. Swift and Sons is known as Chicago’s Premier Steakhouse With A Modern Twist and they are in the same group as Momotaro which speaks volumes in itself. Their appetizers include Foie Gras Torchon, Celery Root Agnolotti and Ricotta Dumplings.

You can have cold or hot shellfish platters and of course chilled King Crab Legs and Oysters by the dozen. They have a variety of soups and salads which include Lobster Bisque, Tomato and Red Onion And Arugula Salad. They offer salmon, sturgeon, chicken and lamb entrees and of course their famous prime steaks.

Start off picking your steak and boy is there a variety to pick from. Bone-in Filet, Bone-in Ribeye, NY Strip, Dry Aged Porterhouse, Chilean Ribeye, Australian Wagyu Strip Loin, A5 Japanese Strip Loin, you name it, they have it.

You then move on to sauces and condiments which are ample and include but are not limited to Bordelaise, Anchovy Garlic Butter, Whipped Lardo and Oxtail Marmalade. As if that is not enough you have an added option to include a Surf and Turf which can be a Nigerian Prawn, King Crab ìOscarî, Marrow Bone or even Seared Foie Gras. There sides are delicious and varied and they also offer a Tavern Menu as well as a variety of scrumptious desserts.

So there you have it our top five pick of the best restaurants to visit while in Chicago. It is important to keep in mind your budget and judge accordingly. But with so many options available that will not be a problem. The great thing about Chicago is there is something for everyone so you are sure to enjoy your eating experiences while there.