As an international city, Chicago can’t help but have a culturally-rich culinary scene influenced by citizens that hale from around the world. No matter where your taste buds want to travel, Chicago restaurants deliver with authenticity. Here are a six favorites that, if you close your eyes while chewing, will make you swear you've been transported to a foreign land.
Try one on your next visit, or go even bigger by building out your own neighborhood food tour.
Irazu Costa Rican Dining
1865 N. Milwaukee Avenue
As you approach this laid back Bucktown eatery, you can smell the flavor wafting down the street. This is a perfect spot for a chill night out (they are a BYOB, so bring your favorite craft beer) or some delightfully transportable takeout. The hearty Costa Rican dinners come piled with sides such as Gallo Pinto, sweet or garlic plantains, and features perfectly seasoned seafood, beef or pork selections. For lighter appetites, try the Chorizo Burrito or the Pepito sandwich with rib eye steak or chicken, sautéed onions, cheese beens and Lizano sauce.
This little gem by Midway airport never ceases to surprise. Specializing in Mexican and Asian fusion, they offer creative takes on standards found in both cultures, such as the creamy Avocado Rolls in crunchy wonton wrappers with aioli dipping sauce or the Korean BBQ Steak Burrito with rice, cheese, Sriracha sauce, and cilantro.
Don’t Miss: The Shrimp Tacos and Pineapple Lemonade
5460 Park Place, Rosemont, IL