Dinner Spread - Blog

The best thing about Chicago Restaurant Week is that when you're trying to decide on a spot, you really can't go wrong. No matter what you do, you're headed to one of the city's most celebrated restaurants and you're getting a deal. I'm hungry just thinking about it.

That said, I have some personal favorites on the list this year and I'm more than happy to share if you're looking for a little guidance. This is To Kiss The Cook's Can't Miss List

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Bar Toma (110 E. Pearson St.)

Authentic Italian pizza, situated perfectly to help you refuel after some shopping on The Magnificent Mile. 

BellyQ (1400 W. Randolph St.)

The #1 Chicago Restaurant Week priority for at least three of my friends. Bill Kim knows BBQ.

Carriage House (1700 W. Division St.)

Show me a man who can resist a bowl of slow-cooked grits and I'll show you a man who needs to go to Carriage House. Low-country cooking, right on Division Street.

David Burke's Primehouse (616 N. Rush St.)

My favorite steak in the city and it's in the heart of River North.

G.E.B. (841 W. Randolph St.)

Graham Elliot's newest spot is a treasure trove of old records and new dishes.

Hearty (3819 N. Broadway St.)

Head up to Lakeview and you will quickly come to know how this place got its name.

Leopold (1450 W. Chicago Ave.)

Smoked rabbit leg and a rich Belgian ale-it's what winter dreams are made of. I also have it on good authority that a brand new cocktail line-up starts tonight.

Nacional 27 (325 W. Huron St.)

I love this place. It's great for groups and feels like the actual antidote for winter. Specifically: the ceviches.

Piccolo Sogno (340 N. Clark St.)

Handmade pasta is my weakness and they just do it so well. If you have a chance to try the gnocchi, it's a chance well worth taking.

Terzo Piano (159 E. Monroe St.)

Perched brightly atop the Modern Wing of the Art Institute, Terzo is chic, seasonal and makes for an excellent lunch stop after a cultural morning at the museum.

Trenchermen (2039 W. North Ave.)

We've never had a bad meal there (brunch or dinner) but out of everything on the menu, try the kale. I know that sounds strange but trust me. I want this for you.

So there you have it, and this was the edited down version. Go make a reservation.

[Editors note: The opinions in this column are that of Jessi Langsen and, while delicious, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Choose Chicago. We challenge you to try all of our nearly 300 participating restaurants over the next ten days. Here's your list - you have 235 hours starting... NOW!]

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