Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-05-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

SAVOR Best restaurants of 2018
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-01-02

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Chicago has thousands of restaurants—and Windy City Times checked out a few of the spots last year. Below are some of the best that this writer witnessed ( in no particular order ):

—Twain ( 2445 N. Milwaukee Ave.; www.twainchicago.com/ ): This Logan Square restaurant deserves all the business it can get. The Grahams ( chef Tim and sommelier wife Rebekah ) evoke Midwestern nostalgia with dishes like creamy chicken and dumplings ( inside pots similar to what your grandmother used ) and drinks like The Sconnie ( with Korbel and Sprite )—and now it offers brunch.

—Marchesa ( ( 535 N. Wells St.; marchesachicago.com/ ): This River North spot manages to be simultaneously majestic and intimate. The eatery features upscale Italian, Spanish and French dishes, and Executive Chef Mark Sabbe definitely knows what he's doing. Offerings like the orecchiette pomodoro e rapini must be tasted to be believed—even if the prices make this spot a special-occasion restaurant rather than an everyday haunt.

—Prosecco ( 710 N. Wells St.; prosecco.us.com/wordpress/ ): Marchesa partners partners Jason Clark and Kathryn Sullivan Alvera actually worked together at nearby spot Prosecco—but this restaurant will treat you like royalty, from the exuberant waitstaff to the Italian dishes that will have you returning for more.

—LiqrBox ( 873 N. Orleans St.; liqrboxchicago.com/ ): And things become even more complicated, as Prosecco Executive Chef Mark Sparacino also spearheads this innovative clubstaurant that will take you back to your childhood. Sparacino serves items such as ( large ) pizza rolls, shrimp corn dogs, creamy mac 'n' cheese served in a parmesan bowl and a loaf of cheesy bread—with part of it cut out to hold tomato soup. It's perfect comfort food.

—FRIO Gelato ( FRIOGelato.com ): Serving genuine Argentinian gelato, FRIO ( which now has three locations, in Andersonville, Lake View and Evanston ) has several exciting flavors—and styles. There are gelato shops in Argentina that revolve solely around the dulce de leche ( understandable ), but FRIO ( in which everything is made in-house ) has flavors such as frutilla ( strawberry ), malbec con frutos rojos ( malbec wine with berries ), queso y miel ( cheese and honey ), menta granizala ( mint chocolate chip ), banana and many others. For me, it's never too cold to have gelato, especially when it's this good.

—Tied House ( 3157 N. Southport Ave.; www.tiedhousechicago.com/ ): Next door to the popular spot Schubas Tavern, Tied House occupies the spot where Harmony Grill used to be—but it certainly isn't the same as its predecessor. The exciting and complex dishes include beeswax-aged mackerel, which comes with leek, yellow beet, horseradish and duck sauce; and milk-braised pork, with cabbage, salsify and apple. Even the bread service is a step above that of most restaurants.

—Mott St. ( 1401 N. Ashland Ave.; www.mottstreetchicago.com/ ) is an Asian-themed restaurant for the adventurous. For example, the menu takes appetizers like grilled cauliflower and adds sahmjang butter, fennel seed and almonds. However, the centerpiece ( if you're lucky enough to get there on time ) is the Mott Burger—a wondrous concoction consisting of double chuck patties, sweet-potato shoestrings, hoisin aioli, pickled jalapenos, dill pickles, miso butter and American cheese.

—Dog Haus Biergarten Lincoln Park ( 2464 N. Lincoln Ave.; lincolnpark.doghaus.com ): This spot surprised me. Just when you think you've seen everything regarding hot dogs ( and burgers ), Dog Haus ups the game with gourmet items like the pun-worthy Scott Baioli ( smoked bacon-wrapped dog, cheddar cheese sauce and caramelized onions, garlic aioli )—all served on those sweet King's Hawaiian rolls.

—Streeterville Social ( 455 N. Park Dr.; LoewsHotels.com/Chicago/Downtown ): This spot is elusive only because it's seasonal. On the rooftop of The Loews Hotel, I was lucky enough to partake of a brunch that include the tasty ( and huge ) avocado toast, gluten-free wild-rice pancakes and more. During the summer, this place is a must-try.

—Ronero ( 738 W. Randolph St.; www.ronerochicago.com/ ): "Ronero" refers to someone who has mastered the art of distilling rum—and, this West Loop spot has approximately 200 different bottles of the drink. However, it offers so much more, like empanadas and pollo al vino rojo ( a half-chicken with pate and roasted raisins )—as well as music and an atmosphere that epitomize Latin America.

Honorable mentions: Aurelio's Pizza Wrigleyville, The Florentine, The Dearborn, The Purple Pig, Mercat a la Planxa, The Bakery at Fat Rice, Bounce Sporting Club, Lark, Homestead on the Roof, Travelle and Conrad's Grill.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

SAVOR Alpana Singh talks restaurants, show in the age of COVID-19 2020-05-23 - Since the stay-at-home order was imposed weeks ago, the national restaurant industry has collectively been delivered an economic gut punch. Windy City ...


Gay News

Man working to help LGBTQ seniors 2020-05-13 - Danny Beers is working to help LGBTQ seniors during the coronavirus pandemic. Five days a week, Beers has been collecting donated food and ...


Gay News

2Bears Tavern Group prepares community meals 2020-05-13 - When you're here, you're family ... Twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays, the staff of 2Bears Tavern Group distributes community meals at ...


Gay News

SAVOR Culinary spots to consider for delivery/pickup (Part II) 2020-05-13 - As with practically all businesses at this time, restaurants are fighting to survive—and have had to adapt by, among other things, getting creative ...


Gay News

Illinois Restaurant Assoc. opposes Pritzker plan 2020-05-09 - The Illinois Restaurant Association ( IRA ) is urging Gov. JB Pritzker to reconsider the timing provisions outlined in the Restore Illinois plan ...


Gay News

Restaurants and related businesses: COVID-19/LGBTQ news 2020-05-04 - —Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., now has concessions to go. The packages include favorites from its concessions stand, including soda, candy, ...


Gay News

Restaurants and related businesses: COVID-19 news 2020-04-28 - —Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the official launch of the City's Emergency Food Coordination Center at Malcolm X College in partnership with The ...


Gay News

SAVOR Culinary spots to consider for delivery/pickup 2020-04-28 - As with practically all businesses at this time, restaurants are fighting to survive—and have had to adapt by, among other things, getting creative ...


Gay News

One in four LGBT people experienced food insecurity in the past year 2020-04-28 - Nearly 27% of LGBT people, an estimated 3,029,000 adults, experienced food insecurity in the past year, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA ...


Gay News

Restaurants and related businesses: COVID-19 and LGBTQ news 2020-04-20 - —Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Chicago Cubs owners Tom and Laura Ricketts for a visit to a new Lakeview Pantry satellite site at ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.