In the age of YouTube, sometimes people don’t want to read. So for those folks, I’ve compiled a simple Yes/No list, as in yes, you should eat there, or, no you should not eat there, of all the places I’ve eaten at in the last three years, which are also still open.
I wanted to keep this very black and white, so some restaurants that were a “maybe”, didn’t make this list. For example, Kyoten showed a lot of promise, but so far, for me, it’s not a yes at the prices they’re charging, but also it’s not a no.
This is not a comprehensive Chicago list, just a snapshot of places I’ve eaten at in the last three years. Restaurants that I should have gotten around to eating at, but haven’t, like say Hai Sous or Parachute or Bar Biscay are not on this list, because I have no idea about them.
Acadia or Goosefoot or Alinea etc. would probably make this list also, but I haven’t eaten at any of these spots in the last three years.
Finally, it’s interesting how few definitive “NO” spots there are. Turns out there would have been a lot more “NO” spots on this list, but a lot of the places I didn’t like, closed. I didn’t, of course, have anything to do with that.
I am sure I forgot some place.
|Band of Bohemia|
|Bayan Ko||Dutch and Docs|
|Billy Sunday||Free Rein|
|Boka||Parson’s Chicken and Fish|
|Bonchon||Pearl’s Southern Comfort|
|Bonci||Potter’s Chicago Burger bar|
|Brown Bag Seafood||Prime and Provisions|
|Bunny Bakery||RPM Steak|
|CafÃ© Marie Jeanne||STK|
|Cellar Door Provisions||Tied House|
|Duck Duck Goat|
|El Che Bar|
|Hienie’s Shrimp House|
|Honey Butter Fried Chicken|
|Hoosier Mama Pie|
|Ina Mae Tavern|
|Lawry’s The Prime Rib|
|Lola’s Coney Island|
|Maple and Ash|
|Owen & Engine|
|Pacific Standard Time|
|Paulie Gee’s Logan Square|
|Publican Quality Meats|
|Rubi’s at the Maxwell St. Market|
|The Corned Beef Factory Sandwich Shop|
|The Jibarito Stop|
|The Stop Along|
|Triple Crown Seafood|