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Ginosi's Chicago Restaurant Picks

2016-10-28

Chicago is definitely known as a place to grab some grub! Famed for its deep dish pizza and the classic hot dog, The diverse dining scene of Chicago will have your taste buds bursting and imprint your travel experiences in your mind.

Here are the bare essentials and must tries hand picked by our Ginosi Staff.

Cheap Eats

If you want to experience the taste of Chicago but without breaking your wallet, here are some top choices to check out.

Portillo's Hot Dogs - 100 W Ontario St, River North

This is the place to find your Chicago Dogs and Italian Beef sandwiches, a must try when visiting the Windy City. They have everything from chilli cheese dogs to pastas and even some vegetarian options. Many come for the classic ‘Chicago Dog’ with mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, tomatoes, pickle and sport peppers on a sesame-seed bun with a side order of crinkle-cut french fries with the cheese sauce.

Lawrence Fish Market - 3914 W Lawrence Ave, Albany Park

You won’t find quality to match the price at this cash only spot. Considered one of the gems of Albany Park, the Lawrence Fish Market serves up delicious sushi of all kinds. It's not very big, so keep an eye out for it. Most sushi will cost less than $2 per piece, and rolls clock in at just under $8 making it a truly tasty bargain.

Pizza

Chicago-style deep-dish is a hallmark of Chicago cuisine. Here are the deep dish and thin crust places to visit to judge for yourself.

Pequod’s Pizza -  2207 N Clybourn Ave, Lincoln Park

For thick delicious crusts and excellent sauce, Pequod’s a highly frequented neighborhood bar  famous for pepperoni and sausage pizzas. You won’t regret giving their signature pan pizza ringed with caramelized cheese a shot. Even better news, a single slice is big enough to make your whole meal. Wash it down with a pick from their extensive wine and beer selection.

Coalfire - 3707 N Southport Ave, Lakeview

If thin crust pizza is more your forte, then you should check out Coalfire. Strong and unique topping combinations are a staple of this River West pizza place. Two favorites are the Lasagna and 'Nduja pizzas. The restaurant gets packed pretty quickly, but a takeout is also available.

Fine Dining

If you’ve got a taste for the finer things in life and are willing to splurge to satisfy your palate, then consider these options.

Alinea - 1723 N Halsted St, Lincoln Park

You’ve never seen food served like this before, as chefmaster Grant Achatz sets you up for a delightful ride filled with flavors, textures, seasonings, and temperatures. Be sure to book in advance for this magical experience in modern fine dining. Boasted menu items include squab with peppercorn custard, sorrel and strawberries; and cocoa-coated watermelon with cubed Kobe beef.

Sixteen - 401 N Wabash Ave, River North

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy one chef Thomas Lents’ themed tasting menus, like Chicago History. With no end to culinary creativity, top service and two Michelin stars, the restaurant is a place you’ll want to visit for some exquisite fine dining in Chicago. Though the official dining room may be a burden on your budget, (dinner for two with wine pairings costs around $1,000), the patio offers an views of the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower and more affordable entrees.

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